A lot of martial arts for children classes tell kids that fighting is only used as the solution of last resort. I agree. However, as part of the child’s first introductory class, they teach kids how to punch and kick
We cannot take for granted how we move or even maintain a static pose – a lot of chronic pains are developed because of bad mechanics. By mechanics, we mean strength and coordination of muscles, workload, angles / alignment, balance,
It makes me mad when I see people using the all potent term Qi or Ki to impress audiences and mystify something that could have been explained with simple science. An example of one such demo regardless of style or
As martial arts practitioners, we are often told to relax. Tightening not only waste energy but can work against you by creating a leverage system to the benefit of your opponent. Furthermore, tightening can telegraph, slow you down and more.
Sometimes, people only see “Oh, that knock-out was spectacular!….(The fighter must be very talented)”. Actual fact is that talent by itself only take you so far. Here are some clips that tells a more in-depth story of a ‘non-traditional’ journey.
There is a difference between hiding it well versus not feeling it. As a martial artist, you pay up-front (desensitize drills) and draw on it when you need it. You train to push pain and feelings aside – you don’t
When we talk about the environment, most people associate it automatically to the physical environment / situation that you face during a conflict. For example, are you fighting over slippery surface? is the ground flat? are there obstacles or hazards
Darryl send me the link to this article by Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu – Why “Move B” Counters “Move A” Isn’t the Answer. In essence, even if a technique works most of the time, it is not totally fool prove. Furthermore,
When people talk about furniture, they often think of the features, looks and primary material like the quality of wood. Sales people talk about the price. Yes, all those considerations are important but if a piece of furniture needs to
If you think you are strong, there is always someone else who is stronger over time. Strength is only one of the many dimensions of your ability to overcome challenges. As an example, in American Ninja warrier, those that excel