Wu De : Martial Virtue

Wu De : Martial Virtue

Wu De 武德   Martial Artists live by a code of honor called Wu De, literally  meaning martial virtue.  As a teacher of the traditional martial arts, I take this responsibility to heart because I know many do not.  It…

A day well spent.

Hey, how do you manage to fit in all this training that you talk about?  There is just no way that I can fit in all that there is to do!! Well for sure, it is easier said then done…at-least…

push hands: a path to zen mind

In the suttas, samadhi is defined as having a single pointed mind. This is commonly referred to as zen. This is a high level practice and is an expression of  ones understanding of the self.  Difficult yes however it  is…

order of operation

Mantis fist has plenty  of  forms or taolo to learn…however with my current focus I tend to isolate the individual techniques first and foremost. Forms themselves, these are earned through time spent training in my art. To break a formula…

Southern Mantis Ground Fighting.

Most people do not associate gung fu with ground skills but this is short sighted, there are many drills in gung fu that will address this aspect of self protection. Remember traditional martial art should address the four excellence’s :…

targeting and movement

This old tennis ball targeting exercise is nothing new although there are good ways and then even better ways to train it. I have found that with my set up there is endless opportunity for receiving live feed back. The…

goals attainable

I am self driven and engaged obsessed in my training but I am rather detached from many other aspects of life. This translates to me having very little to do with things outside my field of interests, which in turn…

martial movement

As martial artists, we are training with specific goals in mind…namely combat readiness. For this process, the mindset behind each  movement should be considered as you pursue combat fitness. Martial mobility is the basis for combat fitness and is the…

endurance and conditioning with a heavy bag

There are several angles to consider when you address martial fitness some of which I am better at then others. But when you Are looking at combative arts then you had better take your training serious and not deny the…

exploring bamboo mantis freehand

Training mantis fist involves  partner drills and exercises that are set in pattern, but you should also work from a less scripted perspective from time to time (duh). This is the part of training that everyone wants to jump into….