While I have warned in my blogs of becoming as arrogant and presumptuous as these athletes put on before their fights, I wanted to write this blog to highlight something of importance regarding one's maturation in any fighting system: fellowship of martial arts, or martial artists. Proper fellowship is essential if you want to learn… Continue reading Fellowship of Martial Arts
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
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?
When you think of martial arts and self-defense, do you think of the same thing, or does some other image come to mind? I ask that question for a reason: Everyone comes to train for different reasons. Understanding your perspective on this is a good beginning; one that helps you make a wise decision on… Continue reading What Is Your Self-defense Training Truly Preparing You For?
One trend that has grown in the "martial arts" (I use that word loosely in this sense) schools and organizations (like the American TaeKwonDo Association and various Brazilian Jujitsu organizations) is what I call isolationism sparring. The idea behind this type of sparring is that students only spar others within their fighting system (e.g., taekwondo… Continue reading Isolationism Sparring is Inadequate in Preparing Students for the Fight