I have been involved with the martial arts for some time.
I received my brown belt in Okinawan Shorinji Ryu Kempo in 1977. While there was a hiatus for college, marriage, and the birth of my daughter, I made a return to the arts in the late 1990s.
I quickly gained rank in Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu – Bruce Lee’s art, and Wing Chun. I also have a great deal of experience FMA (Filipino Martial Arts / Kali), Muay Thai, CSW (Combat Submission Wrestling) and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).
I have been teaching many of these arts and styles for well over a decade. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my teaching position at a local school was removed. With a strong desire to continue my training and teaching, I have moved on to another school, KDA Karate Academy, where I now teach Wing Chun exclusively.
This page is dedicated to the Martial Arts. It is provided here as a tool for my students and any other interested parties.
Greet who enters. Escort who leaves. Fill the void.
Some related pages: Honored Back, The Art of Fighting Without Fighting
The Eye is a Window Into the Soul, or Not., The Human Shield
As I look around for information on martial arts, I often see discussion or outright drum beating about becoming super healthy, super strong warring machines, in short, the beast mode mentality. I have an issue with this.
Weight lifting and hardcore exercise has its value. For some,...Read More »
When talking about martial arts, one of the most common questions is, “What’s your style?” It is the closing line in “The Grandmaster,” a recent movie about Ip Man who is considered the modern Grandmaster of Wing Chun.
Style is an interesting issue. We all fixate on...Read More »
I am going to do my best keeping this to a movie review, though I will say the movie...Read More »
I recently read an *article stating that the currently accepted history of Wing Chun is false. That the history as we know it is entirely concocted from a line of previous fantasies. Upon reading this very compelling and researched article, my first human response was to...Read More »
Wing Chun was developed by a Shaolin Nun, Ng Mui, a little over four-hundred years ago.
We all have those moments when something springs forth from our lips and we do not realize the gravity...Read More »
I was thinking about David Bowie’s 1990’s hit, “Changes.” I was also thinking about discussions I have read on social networks about Wing Chun, as well as discussions about Si-Fu Francis Fong. Si-Fu Mills is always saying, “He is always changing things.” It is true. ...Read More »
When I was young and first got into martial arts, the martial artist was seen as some sort of super hero. They tended to be meek and mild individuals, with high...Read More »
Humans are generally social creatures, but I am a human that is uncomfortable around people. I am a Martial Arts instructor that dislikes fighting and violence. I enjoy playing music, which is a wonderful form of communication, yet I cannot perform in front of others.
Like most...Read More »
Later this week an instructor will...Read More »
Si Fu is Chinese for Father. But it carries a formal quality. It is not as informal as Pappa. It is closer to the religious title of Reverend. It is a family term, but used with high regard and respect. When...Read More »
I have never been heavily involved with competitive sports, I think largely because I do not like the way people act over the results of a win-lose scenario....Read More »
Each week the owner of the martial arts school where I teach and most of the other instructors meet to lay plans. The owner of the school is a huge follower of motivational speakers, Zig Zigler and a host of others, especially those that talk...Read More »
I am a martial arts instructor. You know, that whole Karate, UFC, chop-chop, kick-kick, beat ‘em up thing. However, there is a lot more to martial arts than the fun and...Read More »