Animal Styles in Kung Fu

Animal styles in Kung Fu is not what most people think – We’ve all seen the shows of the “Kung Fu Master” jumping around imitating various animals by making noises and “claws” or “beaks” with their hands.  And it usually ends up looking something like this.. The problem is that what many schools teach […]

Challenge your Style

Dissent is not disloyalty.  Too often, elders confuse dissent with disloyalty and punish people for the crime of having a different view they are no longer in touch with Tao, but instead mouth self-serving convention.  – 365 Tao, Deng Ming Dao. In my years of training, I’ve seen more than a few people who are […]

Internal vs External Duality of Kung Fu

For years I thought about internal and external as independent systems; merely another choice in the plethora of styles. Of course there was the saying that with time internal becomes external and external becomes internal. But how often does that happen? The Yin Yang symbol represents opposites and how they relate to each other. Which […]

Forms Training -Sense of enemy

Practicing a form 10 times without focus is not as good as one time with intent. What separates a martial arts form from a dance, is intent, or sense of enemy.  Besides proper technique, to practice the form with proper sense of enemy you must first have done the form enough times that you no […]

Classical Weapons Training – Modern World

I’ve had several students in the past ask me why we practice weapons. It’s not as if we walk around sporting a spear, or broadsword in public, so what’s the purpose of training with them? Well… I have a few reasons why I believe training classical weapons are an essential part of Chinese Martial Arts. […]

Martial Artist Blues

Making a living as an artist is usually a long and difficult path and the martial arts are no exception. In my opinion it’s one of the most difficult “artistic” ways to make a living. This is why: When a talented painter, writer, musician etc. creates a work he puts it out for people to […]

What is technique without training?

Too often students new and old, are looking for the next form, or that secret technique that will propel their Kung Fu to the next level. Focusing on the more advanced and esoteric portions of their art in hopes that they could bypass all the simple stuff and move right on to martial greatness. The […]