Q &A 4/30/17
Q: Does Mantis have iron shirt/fist type conditioning exercises?
Chi Sau is the art of occupying the empty space
Q: Mantis seems to be heavily focused on attacking, but does it also have blocks and defensive maneuvers?
With this thinking, we generally do not focus on defense as an individual skill but rather a consequence of engagement. While we may deflect or absorb a strike on our way to the center, the block is never hard-line but rather a side-effect of the initial attack being intercepted. Remember, the idea is to attack the nearest point of contact while moving through to the mother-line (dead center) of your opponent.
Q: How do you balance the violence of martial art and the rest of your day to day? I heard that you can become too aggressive from training.
I am a dove with claws
If you can touch with control, then you can touch and control.
Q: Can you explain what Daoist yoga is?
For example: If you look at the basic press up progressions and the get up exercises that I teach; these are all coded “yoga” exercises…slow them down and you can see clearly the methodology for this. Martial art training is meant to strengthen the body and sharpen the mind for all aspect of life, not just self defense. This is why we say self protection. We protect ourselves by sitting, standing, and moving from various anatomical positions with intent and focus. There just tends to be a strong martial influence seeded with in the practice. Add to this focused breath and concentrated mind and you will have the yoga you seek.
Q: Can you recommend some reading material?
I could do this all day I have a library ripe with American history as well as herbology, philosophy and martial tactics books. I very, very, very rarely read fiction, its been probably more then a dozen years since I read anything to that front. Books are amazing but I want to learn and I have my own imagination I have no time to read fiction. Here are a few pics of the books closest to me as I sit here this moment.
- The Book of Chuang Tzu by Chuang Tzu
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- The Tao Te Ching by Lau Tzu
- The Dao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
- The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
- The War Prayer by Mark Twain
- Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
- Siddhartha by Hermen Hess
- Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreou