Random thoughts

I began my martial arts journey, really as a child. I saw TV rasslin’, and thought it was real. I remember thinking that those guys must be the toughest guys in the world, to take that kind of a beating every day. I wanted to be that tough. My brother and I were always rough…

Soft Serve

In the world of martial arts, there are some pretty funny ideas. In the 1970’s, there was not a lot of Chinese martial arts (authentic) to be had. Most of what was out there was of the Northern Shaolin variety. The Southern Shaolin martial systems are very different in structure, philosophy, and execution. The common…

Old and New

Many martial artists use the categories of “old school” and “new school” to build themselves up, and put others down. It is usually the people who are putting the others down who will label themselves as “old school”. Another term used frequently in putting down a martial arts school is “McDojo” or “McKwoon” or “McDojang”….

My Support

Every once in a while I need to get all mushy… I owe all that I have to one person. My Wife. My wife is the one person, more than anyone else in my life, who figures in all that I do. She makes me stronger than I really am, and better than I really…

Our Future

It is often said that “children are our future”. I work with youth, almost exclusively. The organization I work for teaches martial arts to at-risk youth as an alternative elective, or PE credit. We are a part of their regular daily class schedule. They see us as often as their math teacher. I ran, and…

Basic Training

Most martial artists claim some form of stance training as part of their daily routine, but few really practice it. I had a student show up early for a class, and they caught me in the early stages of my daily stance training. Here is how I go through it – I assume a low…