Category Archives: Training

Information about training at Zong Wu Men and training in the martial arts in general.

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

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Free Internet Workout Timer

 Could be useful for tabata and bag work……. if only I had a computer with Internet access near where ever I workout……. http://www.speedbagforum.com/timer.html

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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

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Nice gentle sparring w/ Anderson Silva

Check it out. Too many people always want to get too rough or try to “win” in their sparring. Here’s a pro at the top of his game, practicing. He’s throwing elbows – safely. He’s throwing leg kicks – safely. … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Abstract training of martial arts

Martial arts training is by its very definition an abstract of what real violence, a real fight condition is like. What we are attempting to do in training is attempt to take the chaotic whole of combat and dissect it … Continue reading

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Static Posture Training

Just had a realization the other day, that I wanted to share with everyone. The goal of Zhan Zhuang or San Ti Shi is essentially this – to unite and focus your breath/intention, and to teach your phasic muscles to … Continue reading

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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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Postural Deviations

Hi! It’s been a while…I’ve been really busy with school and work.  One more week of finals and that’s over! One of the things that is constantly at the top of my mind is the concept of good posture.  We … 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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