Category Archives: General Info

For various posts that don’t necessarily fit anywhere else.

Chinese Opera Duck Walking

 Wait for a couple minutes into the video for the bald guy, first part is just tongue twisters. Apparently its part of training for the Chinese Opera – how an adult would portray a child’s height. Real impressive that he … Continue reading

Posted in General Info, Training | Leave a comment

Scientific benefits of meditation

Link to the article… http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/relax–its-good-for-you-20090819-eqlo.html?page=-1

Posted in General Info | 4 Comments

Rolling away the knots…

 I’m always suggesting to my students and friends to use a foam roller. I even gave away my original one to my aunt. Its insanely cheap, especially when compared to visits to a massage therapist or chiropractor and you can … Continue reading

Posted in General Info, Training | 1 Comment

A nice blog to read

Here’s a blog that I stumbled across some time ago and just returned to again recently. Its great for that combination of historical information coupled with stories of the old masters. That sort of writing is what got me hooked … Continue reading

Posted in General Info | 3 Comments

Outclassed

UFC 101 Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffen fight. Just saw it, and although I love a brawl as well, I just enjoy watching an incredibly skilled fighter totally outclass the other. That is what happened here in this fight. Here’s … Continue reading

Posted in General Info | 2 Comments

Acupuncture in Europe 5000 years ago

I have mentioned this “find” before to a number of my students, in and out of class. I thought it fascinating. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31965532/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Posted in General Info | 2 Comments

Video of Luo Laoshi teaching in Paris

Here’s some great video of Laoshi teaching at this year’s seminars in Paris, France. Thanks to Ed Hines for putting this together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vt6hldEFR4&feature=channel

Posted in Baguazhang, General Info | 1 Comment

Marcus Brinkman is up on youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/user/BrinkmanTraining This is the youtube channel for Marcus Brinkman, one of my seniors under Luo Dexiu. Marcus also studied directly with Hong Yixiang as well as a host of other teachers. He’s an awesome practitioner and I’m so glad to … Continue reading

Posted in General Info | Leave a comment

The flip side

I’ve been thinking about something since I wrote that last motivation thread. I felt that that post came out a bit on the pessimistic side. Although it was honest, I do want to present another aspect into the equation. I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in General Info, Training | Leave a comment

My baby Evelyn

I posted this pic up on Facebook. My new baby girl is now nearly 2 weeks old. Her name is Evelyn Sarah Wood and she’s our newest handful of sleep-depriving joy! This is what’s keeping me busy:

Posted in General Info | 3 Comments

Nice looking exhibition match with Fedor and Aoki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rLzvW6YTtw Some great transitions and throws in this one.

Posted in General Info | 3 Comments

Issues with motivation in training and life

 Josh Leeger asked a question about my thoughts on motivation following a post of mine below. I decided to transfer my answer to a new post in the hopes that it can lead to more discussion and more meditations on … Continue reading

Posted in General Info, Training | 6 Comments

Baguazhang and the concept of “play” in training

In its most simple sense, baguazhang likes to take things and play with them. The art is based on the attitude of play. You can play with forms, you can play with opponents and training partners, and you need to … Continue reading

Posted in Baguazhang, General Info, Training | 4 Comments

More about the training of martial arts

All martial arts are abstract from the real thing. There is no perfect imitation of what is chaos – a violent encounter. At best we try to imitate, to take aspects of the whole and train these. Many martial arts … Continue reading

Posted in Baguazhang, General Info, Training | 4 Comments

Brain damage from heavy sparring and head blows

FYI and another reason that I do things the way I do… http://news.softpedia.com/news/Boxing-Damages-Brain-Despite-Headgear-Protection-35433.shtml

Posted in General Info, Training | Leave a comment