I once met a man who had a black-belt in Taekwondo. He had studied other martial arts in his home country; and after coming to the United States, he got drawn into a taekwondo school that was popular in his community. While he wasn't totally satisfied with the training that he was receiving, believing it… Continue reading How Does Wing Chun Work With Taekwondo? Are They Compatible?
As part of the move to Tallahassee, Florida, I recently made the decision to move away from the yostwingchun.com website and domain. Perhaps in the future I will return to a website, but for the time being I will be communicating more directly through this blog site (yostwingchun.blog), through my twitter page, and through my… Continue reading yostwingchun.com A Decision to Move
Have you ever been discussing something with a friend and catch yourself drifting off? They say something you either agree or disagree with, and your mind begins to respond to their comment; in the meantime, you fail to capture everything they're saying. Sure. We're all guilty of that. (Husbands, reportedly, more so than wives. lol)… Continue reading Active Listening Self Defense Training
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