One of the defining characteristics of particular styles of kung fu are the hand shapes. In the USA, many kids who grew up on Sunday afternoon/night “Kung Fu Theater” shows in the ’80’s have done some version of the Shaolin Five Animals by striking poses while stating the names. And even kids complete unaware of… Continue reading Hand Shapes
Kata, Tao Lu, Dulon, Forms, Patterns, Sets, Routines. Solo forms are the signature of most Asian martial arts. These 30 second to 3 minute long choreographed routines are a crowd pleasing event and one of the most enjoyable parts of many of the martial arts. They can provide quiet in a busy day, a way… Continue reading Martial Art Forms: 3 Most pervasive myths about solo training.
The keyboard warrior. The eternal "expert". Mr. Know-it-all. In martial arts we have all had our run ins with these types. From belt collectors who brag about their multiple month long training sessions with specific martial arts to the Armchair Quarterback explaining the game to you, as if they knew better, they are quite annoying.… Continue reading Why do non-fighters think they can fight?
Fitness, and especially martial arts, is replete with sayings and training koans. Many of these sayings are rather suspect, sounding good on the surface but not standing up to scrutiny. Others are so counter intuitive, they foster resistance to them to this day. One of these sayings is “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”.… Continue reading Slow is smooth and smooth is fast
"It is easier to take 500 calories out of a diet than it is to put them into a workout. " Happy Holidays! The holidays have us pretty busy, but I saw something come through my feed that made me elated. In the pubic mind, there is a pervasive tendency to focus on diet when… Continue reading Exercise is the #1 Health Tip from Diet Experts.