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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Time for a Change

Time for a Change

We each come to a martial art school, or garage, for different reasons… Some are looking for a part-time hobby, an escape that may include social interaction. Some are looking for general fitness, though something different from a gym or jogging. Some want to learn practical means of self-defense. Some…

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First and Only

First and Only

No matter what you do, it is the first time you will do it, and the only time you will do it. ‘But Sifu, I’ve done this kick 100 times.’ Then this will be the first time you have done it 101 times, and the only time you will do…

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Evolve

Evolve

We have a host of actions and reactions built into us. Instinct is the result of millions of years of evolution. While instinct proves beneficial in an evolutionary way, natural reactions are not always the best option for the individual. Individuals in combat have to deal with their instincts. Instincts…

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First Strike

First Strke

There is the thought that the one who throws the first punch usually wins. This is supported with the cliché, ‘Better to be charged by 12 than carried by 6’. In the case of extremes, that would be true. However, there is a very large grey area. Is the offensive…

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