There isn’t a whole lot I can say about this clip other than it sucked.
Actually, there’s always more to say about anything so here goes:
Wing Chun teaches us that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The flip side of that saying is that any attack that follows this “straight line” principle also carries with it a lot of stopping power.
In this clip I happened to be on the receiving end of a quick and efficient kick to the jewels which put me down when I was pumped up and ready to go not 2 seconds before. That’s how potent centerline shots are- all the important stuff (eyes, throat and balls) are located there! Continue reading
Yep, you read right! I realize this sounds braggodocious, sensational, more than a little presumptuous and definitely pretty ballsy…but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s true.
As Wing Chun folks, we need to always remember why we train this stuff! I don’t train for a medal or a trophy and I sure as hell don’t train for enlightenment, at-one-ment with the cosmos or inner peace. Now if I happen to win a medal or feel a bit more peaceful as a result of training to cave someone’s nose in who tried to jump me in a WalMart parking lot at 11:30pm-so be it, but it never detracts me from my sole objective in all of this. Continue reading
The Physical factor is the most-often focused on aspect of self-defense and any system or style of martial arts.
Many might read the previous sentence and think to themselves, “no shit!” I agree that it sounds so obvious it’s insulting but just work with me for a second.
It is obvious that physical techniques are going to form the largest component of training, as one obviously needs to learn specific techniques and be able to execute them effectively. That’s like going to handyman school and learning how to hang a shelf by watching a power-point but not picking up a hammer or actually changing the head of a drill.
I am not implying that the Physical aspect of self-defense training is the least important – quite the contrary. What I am saying is that the Physical aspect of training is all too often done incorrectly or, at the very least, much less effectively than it could be. At the end of the day, repetition really is the mother of skill – so long as the repetitions are done correctly. with the proper mindset and mentality and in the proper scenario or situation for self-defense and personal protection. Continue reading
People begin training in the martial arts for any number of reasons.
Some are looking for a new way to exercise; others need a form of stress relief that is more engaging than an elliptical or a treadmill. Some are drawn to the social aspect of a class environment while others prefer the solitary peace of practicing in their own home. Some want to feel empowered and prepared to protect and defend themselves while others just like to hit someone without getting arrested.
Whatever reasons for beginning one’s martial journey,all are equally valid.
What most often draws women into the the martial arts are one of two reasons: self empowerment and self defense. This is where things get a bit unclear-not because of their desire and drive, but because the majority of arts out there quite simply are not effective for self defense the way they are taught today. Continue reading
I was watching one one of my favorite movies the other night, Boiler Room.
Having zero to do with martial arts or fighting, it tells the story of a persuasive young entrepreneur named Seth who drops out of college and begins running a casino out of his house. In an effort to please his father, a respected Circuit Court Judge with whom he has a strained relationship already, Seth shuts his casino down and begins working at an investment firm named J.T. Marlin. After an uber-aggressive interview by Ben Affleck (doing his best Alec Baldwin from Glengarry Glen Ross) and surrounded in a culture of pure excess and greed, he soon becomes a standout broker, closing sales and rapidly rising up the ranks.
The problem? J.T. Marlin is a “chop shop” brokerage firm; a front designed to screw people out of their money by using hard-line and very aggressive sales while simultaneously probing for weaknesses and signs of hesitation.
As I watched this for the 982nd time I couldn’t help but be reminded of the similarities between this movie and our end goal of Wing Chun fighting skill both in chi sau and self defense. In both cases, Continue reading
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