Teachers have tools, great teachers make tools. But that’s not all. Students also make tools, in their minds. And the persistent teacher will go inside those active minds too, creating new ideas and ways to view things. All, of course, to the student’s benefit. Everyone who teaches the martial arts can fall victim to micro-management […]
They may tremble. They may protest. They may also be right and you should listen to them. Obviously I’m talking about your knees, not your parents. Other parts of the body politic should be heard from once in a while but the knees are of special concern to anyone who would like to keep them […]
For the umpteenth time I am re-designing the basics practiced at my school. This may come as a surprise to people for a couple for reasons. I know that there are styles which have probably taught the same basics for decades, even centuries. I used to study at a school that taught two distinct and […]
Congratulations and Felicitations. You’ve become an assistant instructor! Big things coming; but right now all you’ve done is stand in the back of the studio making stunted jerks and twitches. Well, you would like to help. Start with what the instructor has deemed useful behavior. But, in anticipation of the day when you and he […]
Sometimes people tell me there is no blocking in their martial styles and I feel a little sad for them. No doubt they feel that not blocking is a more evolved level of martial prowess.
This form of punching has many skills all wrapped up into one package.
To the student this is often just a neat effect, not to mention a little test of timing. But to the instructor it has more meaning, and therein may lie a lesson.
But I find the “double weight problem” to be considerably more interesting and definitively more useful than most people make it out to be
This is one of those things that veteran martial artists know; once in a while we mention it but we don’t talk about it…
The point is not that they should try to hurry up their moves, but that they should abandon speed as something they can “control” or “will” into happening.
I was watching a competitive match on Youtube the other day (I do not do this regularly or I would have to spend days screening samples and answering people’s questions). A Muay Thai fellow was pitted against a Kung Fu practitioner.
The problem isn’t going through the first grade, the problem is being stuck in the first grade forever.
The corrections you are so concerned about are probably the wrong ones…
Personally I like speed practice because true speed suggests efficient neurological path ways and that seems beneficial to just about everybody.
I’ve heard it said that most people get into the Martial Arts not simply to become Martial Arts practitioners but to become Martial Arts “Masters” …
A kung fu teacher’s ruminations on the nature of students and content.
A large rock squats in the middle of the creek. The water circles the rock without hesitation, uninterrupted in its career.
Your classes are well enough attended for you to need some assistance. . .
Combination techniques occupy a special place in martial training.
I never demonstrate the move to be learned, at least not at first.