Internal training.

Internal training.

Internal martial arts are a scam, don’t fall for it. There is no chi, no internal energy to develop and no secret techniques!! there is no Jedi mind trick!! Just pump iron and spar! The claim of there being no…

I will run out of life before I run out of lessons

I will run out of life before I run out of lessons

Some in the community say that Mantis Fist was not intended for beginners of the martial art to learn. This idea could be supported by the lack of an apparent bare bones beginners curriculum. In truth, Mantis fist has a…

Eating Bitter/ Gat fu 吃苦

Eating Bitter/ Gat fu 吃苦

Hardship is a powerful teaching tool and failure leads to success–if you learn to eat bitter. Once your mind is oriented to understand this then you will be a step ahead of the majority.  The value of any technical skill…

a much needed break from social media.

a much needed break from social media.

Unplug and go back to the way things used to be; Not ignorant to the world  but separated from the emotional state it is in. There is  way too much nonsense and chatter to cause distraction…people all have opinions….its all…

combat fitness

It seems to me that to properly teach combat fitness, we should systemically address the functional applications surrounding the martial movements. and to understand fitness we must focus on our main directives. In other words, if you are teaching the…

A day well spent.

A day well spent.

Hey man! 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…

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. To break a formula apart into the…

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…