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  1. I agree with all that is said above about Bruce...

    I agree with all that is said above about Bruce Lee. There is frequently a tendency to elevate past practitioner (masters) to a demigod status. Generally speaking, this is not helpful. The demigod...
  2. Bruce Lee's criticism of modern versions of Kung Fu, Karate and other Martial Arts

    I recently read the book [i]Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu: Commentaries on the Chinese Martial Arts[i]. In it, Bruce Lee, writing in 1963 & 1964 (i.e., in his Wing Chun days, and before Jeet Kun Do),...
  3. The "tail bone tuck" is really a very subtle...

    The "tail bone tuck" is really a very subtle alignment, not a gross movement. Weight lifters do it at well. The tuck allows the lower body to be better connected with the upper body.
    See...
  4. Martial Arts practice and Mindfulness

    Recently, there have been several articles in the popular press, including in The Economist, about the rising popularity of "mindfulness training". I pulled together some of these citations into a...
  5. Cannot agree more. Any type of martial arts...

    Cannot agree more.
    Any type of martial arts training should go back to the roots. If it is not effective in being "martial" than it should not be practiced as "martial arts".
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    From an instructor's perspective, the question is...

    From an instructor's perspective, the question is "what is the purpose of the Black Belt". For all too many schools, belt awards have become part of the "business model". The incentive is therefore...
  7. Obviously, with a martial art such as Tai Chi,...

    Obviously, with a martial art such as Tai Chi, which is so rich and intricate, without having an experienced instructor, or attending a martial arts school, one is not able to progress much. Perhaps...
  8. Wall Street Journal reports on Health Benefits of Qigong

    The Wall Street Journal earlier this week reported on the health benefits of Qigong. We summarize the Qigong health benefit report on our San Diego martial arts school's site here, as the Wall Street...
  9. We have a short history of Tai Chi here,...

    We have a short history of Tai Chi here, courtesy of our martial arts school in San Diego.
    The short answer is that Tai Chi, in its current form, is actually quite young -- from the 19th century....
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    The larger fight is internal. Only by confronting...

    The larger fight is internal. Only by confronting our fear and knowing ourselves can we hope to truly succeed in the fight that is life.

    As Sun Tzu said in "The Art of War":
    "
    It is said that if...
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    I respectfully disagree. Self defense (as well as...

    I respectfully disagree. Self defense (as well as protection of one's master from harm, i.e., body-guarding) are some of the key tenants of martial arts, be in Kung Fu, Karate or others. 99% of the...
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    Depending on the circumstances, and on how it is...

    Depending on the circumstances, and on how it is taught, I think you will find that Tai Chi has quite a lot of grappling and submission techniques.
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    Practicing with a partner may not be available...

    Practicing with a partner may not be available all the time. The form, on the other hand, is there with you always. Practitioners can learn more, and get a deeper understanding of alignment,...
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    Conditioning

    From long-term health perspectives, one should be cautious in how they train and condition their for bodies for "iron shirt". Many of these training methods have very negative long term health...
  15. Rape and sexual violence are a serious issue...

    Rape and sexual violence are a serious issue worldwide, and self defense training can and does help.

    Shocking statistic: The United States Government's Center for Disease Control and Prevention...
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    Poll: Cannot agree more: search yourself. Find a good...

    Cannot agree more: search yourself. Find a good instructor that you like and where you feel a connection. Don't worry about what the martial arts system is called.
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