If you've ever spent time learning kung fu you quickly come to realize that the movements aren't dependent on a single portion of the body and its muscles; for example, we don't throw a punch with tension, utilizing specific muscles from the shoulder and/or arm only. It is a mindful, whole body motion that utilizes… Continue reading Maturing in Kung Fu: The Proprioception Principle, Part 2
Earlier today I released a blog as an introduction into some of the principles embraced and exercised in kung fu. (If you've not read that blog, I encourage you to do so.) It highlighted a key component to kung fu that a practitioner taps into: the created self has an integrity to it that must… Continue reading Maturing in Kung Fu: The Proprioception Principle
There are (and have been) a lot of garbage regurgitated about kung fu, making it look like something out of a comic book rather than what it really is. While some of these practices go back many decades (e.g., the Boxers, of the Boxers Rebellion, believed that with the right training and concoction the swords… Continue reading As We were Created, so We Be!
I, recently, met a young man, about thirty years of age, who had everything (and to everyone) in the world to brag about his Jiu Jitsu accomplishments against wrestlers, judo practitioners, and other Jiu Jitsu practitioners. He went on and on about this and that rolling competition he'd been in and how he'd won all… Continue reading A Failure to Adapt
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” For the purpose of this article, we can generalize that into the following understanding: Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. According to the Anxiety and… Continue reading The Kung Fu Solution for Anxiety
Earlier today I ran into an old friend. Years ago we left a place of employment, going, each, our own way. He went to a correctional facility, and I started my own (industrial hygiene) business. During our reunion, he brought something up that I thought would be of interest to my readers, here: You know,… Continue reading My Gun Made Me Fat!
While doing a demonstrate at an Open House event my school, the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy, hosted in Terre Haute, Indiana, a young man approached me, inquiring about the pressure point training. He wanted to know if it was really necessary to train in pressure point strikes when, in his mind, many fights… Continue reading The Difference Between Vulnerable & Pressure Points: Is This Training Necessary?