Category Archives: General Info

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

Here’s another reason to just shut up and do it.

It’s endemic in training for students to ask too many questions, teachers to over-analyze, and training partners to constantly give too much feedback. We all occasionally(or often) forget that the best way to learn something physical is to just do … Continue reading

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Another reason why I don’t prefer hard head contact in our basic sparring sessions

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/26/athlete.brains/index.html Check out the link and read it. It explains about concussions in sports. Combat sports can be even more prone to these types of trauma, boxing is famous for it. Another reason why the majority of our sparring is … Continue reading

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Relaxation and Michael Phelps

Here’s an article that I saw from the New York Times discussing relaxation and “in the zone” training. Since it is apropos to the concepts of the internal arts, I thought I’d link to it for you all: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/health/nutrition/02best.html?_r=3&nl=8hlth&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&emc=hltha4&adxnnlx=1223478830-V/6HOKV/UX6MLDim5oO5Qw

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Taiwan News program on Yizong

Here’s a link to a news program done on Luo Dexiu and his students, as well as the Yizong association in Taiwan. The Yizong association is a group of students from the early lineage of Zhang Zhunfeng, primarily through the … Continue reading

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Snake throw type arm break in competition

Here’s something that is pretty sad actually. At about 2:10 or so into the following video, the one slightly smaller dude uses some quick energy to do a snake type throw to his opponent. You’ll see the result. This is … Continue reading

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Luo Dexiu Laoshi on Burt Wolf’s Travel and Traditions

Oh, and just in case some of you haven’t seen it yet, I put up the relevant portion of a TV travel show that came to Taiwan and did an interview of Luo Dexiu laoshi. The show is Burt Wolf’s … Continue reading

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Ouch…

 Just saw this video and thought that its relevant to our training of locks, throws and just general training sense. Some people are idiots. Some people just don’t know the range of motion of their own joints and think they … Continue reading

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Some of you might want to check this out

One of my pet reading areas is in sports psychology. I find that especially after studying something like the internal arts, you get an even greater appreciation for what goes on in your head with regards to the various facets … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on directed mind/body connections

I was speaking with a student the other day and explaining one of the most helpful things that solo practice does for me nowadays. Since much of my efforts these days are directed towards teaching, when I am reviewing forms … Continue reading

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How do you explain Baguazhang?

Just thought I would throw this out there hoping for some comments. I’ve been thinking about this a lot the last few years – how to explain Baguazhang to those with no background knowledge in martial arts. I remember Nima … Continue reading

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Succeed in IMA – Part 3 – Being Present

Being Present. One must be able to fully concentrate, fully focus, be fully aware and have the ability to be fully in the moment. This is both a both a trained skill, and a prerequisite to long term success in … Continue reading

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There’s Chen Panling video out there!

This video was put up recently on youtube. I believe it was part of the archives of Robert Smith and I guess this guy got a hold of it and put it up on the web. LUCKY US! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb4eB3j88-s  Even … Continue reading

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Sorry, one more – some of the fu hu gong

Here’s some of the Fu Hu Gong exercises as performed by Steve Cotter, who learned from Mike Patterson, who learned from Xu Hongji, who learned from Hong Yixiang (although it was Xu Hongji who codified them and gave them a … Continue reading

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Judo master Mifune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUne9Xg55og Kyuzo Mifune was one of the most technically excellent judo masters of all time. He was the last 10th dan directly promoted to that level by the founder, Jigoro Kano. I have always admired his technique and dedication to … Continue reading

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Succeed in IMA – Part 2 – Be Present

Be Present. One must come to class. Its often that simple. There are always distractions; whether its work, traffic, significant others, sleep, TV, video games or whatnot, there is always something beckoning one away from what one wants to do … Continue reading

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