Life is fragile. We live day-to-day and take a lot of things for granted -- our health, our futures, and the people in our lives.
Sometimes, we are slapped with the cold hand of reality.
One of my website members, Michael Todd, passed away last night in Port Richey, Florida.
Michael was about 50 years old, with a loud voice. He has been a member of my website for almost two years and began calling on the phone almost immediately.
"I'm working on the Xingyi, Mr. Ken," he would say.
"You don't have to call me Mister," I said during the first call.
"Oh, that's just the way I talk," he said. "I love you, brother."
Now, it's unusual for a guy you don't know to tell you he loves you right off the bat, so I was a bit leery of him at first. I just wasn't sure. But he kept calling every week, letting me know how he was progressing, and finally, we set up a live one-on-one coaching session via Skype.
When we did the live session, I was surprised at how well he had learned the Xingyi...
Are you a former martial artist, in your thirties, forties or fifties, still athletic and looking to stay in shape, develop more mental and physical balance and continue learning self-defense skills in a way that will challenge you but won't leave you injured the next morning?
Do you live in the Quad Cities area (Iowa/Illinois)?
It is time to resume your martial arts journey by trying a free practice with our small group of adults.
I don't seek "local" students very often, and what we offer is more complex than some younger guys want to study. Young guys want to learn to "fight." But we have a few more years under our belts, and we are not preparing to enter an MMA cage with an opponent who has cauliflower ears.
We are learning self-defense arts that have tremendous depth in body mechanics and in the mental aspects of maintaining balance. There is a reason these are called "martial arts."
Anyone can pound on another human being. The internal arts focus on something...
Would your Bagua applications work against an opponent who was 35 years younger, stronger and 120 pounds heavier?
If he decided to shoot in and grab your legs, how would you deal with it?
We had a great practice yesterday, recording self-defense applications using some of the principles and energies from the Bagua 8 Basic Palms form.
The last time I recorded applications for this form was in 2008, with Sean Ledig, who is a member of the website. I didn't go into a lot of depth in the video, so after 10 years, I am shooting it again and adding more information and applications.
Downward energy is an important internal concept, and the first section of the form, "Fierce Tiger Emerges from Mountain," depends on downward energy.
Theoretically, it should work on a shooter, so we put it into action. Two of my students, Justin Snow and Chris Andrews, are big, strong guys who outweigh me by 120 pounds each. They put the pressure on me.
All martial arts require practice. Even boxers will...
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