Structure

Structure - Devising a Lesson Structure

A lot of martial art training is done with very little class-to-class structure. The instructor has a plan for the day, and maybe an idea about tomorrow, but not a clue about next week. There is nothing wrong with this Free Flow approach. It leaves the classes open to random,…

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Flow

Flow

When training or using a martial art, we tend to favor force. We want to hit hard, kick hard, throw hard, submit hard, block hard. However, hardness is not always the best option. Wing Chun employs constant pressure. With small steps, a small movement, the practitioner moves in to the…

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Unwind

Unwind

Someone is in your face. Their voice gets harsh and yours gets shrill. Your hands clench. You feel your blood pressure rise. It looks like a fight is imminent, but this is not the mood to fight with. ‘Haste makes waste’, they say. In the heat of the moment, we…

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It is Always Happening

It is Always Happening

All of us get disappointed at some point. We get disappointed with ourselves, or our ability to accomplish, our school or instructor, our hobby or interest. We set goalposts, and feel like we never quite reach them. This is especially true for those who practice a martial art. We may…

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A Rank Paradox

A Rank Paradox

This may have been you… Grasshopper becomes enthralled with martial arts as seen in a movie or TV presentation. Perhaps it was the “Ninja Turtles”, or “Dragon Ball Z”, or, well, it does not matter what it was. All that matters is Grasshopper, whether they are youngster, teen, or adult,…

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