The Useful Fiction

In looking at the many and varied approaches to self-protection out there, I did what is becoming ever more uncommon. I started thinking. There are a widely separated set of world views to choose from. But at the base, we see the world in the way that best suits our needs at the moment. Our world…

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…

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…

More Changes to GJFFK

Well, it has been happening again. In my research into the GJFFK form, and the in depth training of the form that I have been involved in, my form is changing a lot. Personally, I have never felt that there was any reason to take an over reaching pride in the “my-form-has-not-changed-in-6,000-years” mentality. I know…

One year with Gung Ji and Bagua Staff

After being thoroughly inspired by a book called “Five Year, One Kata” by Bill Burgher, I began a similar task for myself.   Now, the main point of the book was to decipher the hidden applications of the katas he selected (Gojushiho for those of you interested).   I gave it some thought, and consulted…