This year on retreat we did a few exercises designed to help our kung fu and tai chi students experience mushin, or a state of no-mind. One of these drills was something that we’ve never done before: zen archery. To be fair, this was a very quick approximation of zen archery. But we took the […]
True power is stillness within motion.
Think about getting on a surfboard. I haven’t been surfing before, but I know this is tough. When I was a kid I stood on a surfboard in a pool, and balancing was almost impossible. The smallest wave made by my brother would send me toppling into the […]
The internal Chinese martial arts are steeped in mystery. The most widely practiced of these styles is Tai Chi (also known as Taiji or Tai Chi Chuan). Stories of the men who developed their family styles of Tai Chi have become legend. Here are some of them.
Zhang Sanfeng (also known as Chang San Feng) […]
I’ve been a little surprised over the last few days when I ask my students at the dojo if they watched the Super Bowl. (They are also probably surprised to hear someone talk about football in a martial arts school). Only around 10% of them say yes. It’s the most watched TV event in the […]
Martial Arts Demonstration
This Saturday morning we are having a Wushu demonstration. All of our students are invited, and all kids are especially encouraged to come.
Demonstrations have been a part of martial arts for a very long time. First of all, for a student to properly learn, they must demonstrate their technique to whomever is teaching […]
Last week, the question of the week in the dojo was, “What is a quick decision you made that changed your life?” When I initially started thinking about this, I was trying to remember bad decisions I had made. There were plenty. One that sticks out was from when I was visiting Paris at 8 […]
Martial Arts Discipline
I have practiced martial arts every day for 16 years. It’s pretty much the only thing I’ve done every day besides eat, sleep, and meditate (I’ve probably skipped a few days of brushing my teeth and showering).
When I was 8 years old my parents put me in Taekwondo. I didn’t get it, didn’t […]
Best use of a clinch in a self defense situation.
Standing arm bar knife defense
Listening to Sifu at the end of the self defense seminar.
2016 Kids grappling tournament participants
Pulling the guard
Passing the guard
Scissor sweep and defense against full mount
Start to full mount
Patience: The First Way of Becoming Great at Martial Arts
From Budo Secrets by John Stevens:
An ardent young man petitioned a master swordsman to accept him as a disciple. “I’ll act as your servant and train ceaselessly. How long will it take me to learn everything?”
“At least ten years,” the master replied.
“That’s too long,” the […]