In many of the Western-world's countries, martial arts have been diluted even redefined as a sports competition. The once combat martial art has been reduced to a useful lesson or two in how to fight within a set of sports-orientated rules in the minds of many. This leads to questions, debates, and other issues with… Continue reading How Does Wing Chun Kung Fu Deal With Ground Fighters?
Earlier today I released a blog highlighting some of the dangers associated with "mixed martial arts" (a term I hate to describe it) has promoted in our societies. Here's another: The dilution of true combat martial art systems as taught to practitioners across the world. You see: What happens is someone goes to several fighting… Continue reading Jiu Jitsu Federation of Guanabarais Requires a Black Belt to Teach
I'm old enough to remember a time when the term "martial arts" meant someone was learning a system to help them survive the worst of combat conditions. I'm, also, old enough to have seen that change. Today, depending on who you ask, the term "martial arts" means different things, but it's not always been that… Continue reading What “Mixed Martial Arts” Has Become is a Danger to Our Society
I remember, as a child, many things. Two things that stood out (as it pertains to this article) were: (1) fighting wasn't an option, at some point one had to do it; and (2) I wanted to learn kung-fu to help me fight and win. During that time there were serious concerns as to whether… Continue reading The Problem with Martial Arts Schools Today:
As a Wing Chun instructor at the Yost Wing Chun Kung-fu Academy (in Terre Haute, Indiana), I receive a lot of questions and comments about what fighting is and is not. Some of these people have a background in a sports-related style of fighting; while, others have no background at all. What I'd like to… Continue reading Being Physically Fit for Combat
(This article is long, but well worth the read. It covers some important issues that may keep you and those you love safe - even alive...) In today's world, the perspectives surrounding "martial arts" and "self defense" are changing. Well, to be honest, they've been changing for years. And, these changes are not positive. So,… Continue reading Toughing Up Softies – Wisely!
Today, sports fighting has expanded to provide viewers with a variety of spectator sports. It has, also, become a huge influence on those who follow it. As this man, who we'll call John Doe for his privacy, found out, these sporting events are much different than the fighting that takes place on the street: I… Continue reading Never Again!™ Never!™ John Doe’s Self-defense Story: