As a martial arts instructor I meet all kinds of people, and get challenged often. While most of these challenges are from people wanting to intellectualize something or judge someone else (i.e., me) without confrontation, they present interesting lessons on life. A week or so ago, I shared one such story under the heading A… Continue reading A Failure to Adapt: Part 2
Have you ever been out with your friends and have one of your friends get irritated with someone and instigate a confrontation with someone else? I know I have, and so has this person, who wrote to me this question: Sifu, how should I respond when I'm out and a friend of mine instigates a… Continue reading Responding to a Confrontation in Public & Protecting Friends
One of the hardest things to accept as a martial artist is the reality that no matter how much one trains one cannot protect everyone they love all of the time. To make matters worse, everyone you love will not be interested in self-defense training. For example, my daughter was at the pre-game parties for… Continue reading They Attacked My Daughter, and There Was Nothing I Could Do!
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
A Terre Haute, Indiana man recently inquired about self-defense lessons in the Wabash Valley, commenting: Most of the schools around here seem to cater to children or sports. I want something I can use if I'm attacked with my kids or wife. Do you guys offer that? The short answer to that question is: Yes. … Continue reading Self Defense in the Wabash Valley – Really!
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