Overlooked Self-Defense Elements 2: Avoidance

This is part two of a series of articles where I look at the elements needed for a self-defense or self-protection course to be of real use. In a previous article I listed the required elements as follows: Awareness Avoidance Pre fight indicators (pre-fight rituals) De-escalation Adrenaline effects And last, actual physical skills Avoidance. Men…

Overlooked Self-Defense Elements 1: Awareness

This is part one of a series of articles where I look at the elements needed for a self-defense or self-protection course to be of real use. In a previous article I listed the required elements as follows: Awareness Avoidance Pre fight indicators (pre-fight rituals) De-escalation Adrenaline effects And last, actual physical skills In a…

Hollywood Misconceptions

The scene is in nearly every martial arts movie out there. The martial artist is alone. He isn’t wearing a shirt or shoes, so we know he isn’t on his way to the convenience store. He is training. He assumes the splits, possibly up on chairs or the railing of a balcony. He starts to…

To McDojo, or not to McDojo? THAT is the question.

I often joke that “if I had it all to do over again, I’d open a McDojo.” The truth is not really all that far from the statement. See, for years I took an almost masochistic pride in NOT being successful in my commercial schools. I taught, and made little to no money for it,…

The Karate Kid Movie

  I am REALLY looking forward to this movie! When I first heard it was going to be redone, my thoughts were “why mess with a classic?” Then I heard Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and I started to become interested in the possibilities. This one could be really good!

New Book

Within the next week or so, my latest book will be available. This one, titled “Kick it to the Next Level, Improve your martial arts instruction without selling out” is not about Hung Gar specifically, but is a collection of articles on teaching martial arts. I will post the link once it is available!

The Lost Interview

It has been a long time since I even thought about these interviews. Bruce Lee was awesome, and one of the three stars who inspired me to begin and continue training in the martial arts. The “Lost Interview”…

Another GJFFK Update

I have received an number of emails from people asking questions about what I am doing with the GJFFK form, and what these changes are. As stated in previous entries, I am going through that form, as well as the 8 trigram staff form, and simply working the form. I am not looking for hidden…