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Responding to a Confrontation in Public & Protecting Friends

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

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They Attacked My Daughter, and There Was Nothing I Could Do!

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!

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Maturing in Kung Fu: The Proprioception Principle, Part 2

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

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Maturing in Kung Fu: The Proprioception Principle

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

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Self Defense in the Wabash Valley – Really!

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!

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A Failure to Adapt

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

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The Amount of Flowing vs. Consolidated Force in Praying Mantis Kung Fu?

How would you relate the amount of flowing and consolidated force in Praying Mantis Kung Fu? For people with an innate skill, I would relate the two as 40:60, but most people who start (in any kung fu) do not have that kind of natural skill, and the condition of their forms and applications (of… Continue reading The Amount of Flowing vs. Consolidated Force in Praying Mantis Kung Fu?