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An Example of Distance Line

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Submitted by Shun Shifu Weaver on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:36

I thought this video was really illustrative of a few things:

1)Distance Line - Really good use of distance line. He stayed at the exact distance that the aggressor would have to over extend to attack. While giving the appearance of backing down and giving the aggressor an out. I teach distance line constantly but probably still not enough. It is essential training. When practicing with partners always train it. Never let your partner throw from an improper distance line. If he's to close simply remind him by attacking first.

Zen Tenets for Artists

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:00

The title of the article may seem to be designed for artists, but in reality it can apply to almost anyone across a multitude of lifestyles. These little tidbits of life philosophy can all come together to present a masterful outline for the best way to approach day to day things. With thought provoking statements on embracing nature, self confidence, and understanding your role in your own actions, the full article is well worth a read- and maybe even a bookmark.

Of Fires, Fire Extinguishers, and Society

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:00

Don't let the title fool you, it's actually a metaphor of sorts that lends itself to a very delicate topic of addressing the ongoing societal issue of rape. The metaphor illustrates a very thought provoking point regarding how to best approach the issue, and what approach should NOT be taken. How we have gone about dealing with the concept of fire in society may have a lot in common in the best approach to making progress towards correcting the problem of rape.

Thinking of the Children

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:00

In some circles, it has become common marketing to suggest that adults should rediscover the magic of learning that encompassed them as children. The most efficient way to learn ideas as adults may be to strip the process down and try to learn as if we are all toddlers. However, an argument can also be made that such a magic doesn’t even exist. This post attempts to illustrate the flaws in the logic behind the magic of child learning.

Building a House

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00

The process of the proper way to build a house can be applied to a variety of things in life. It is imperative to understand the value of a good foundation. It is only from their that walls, a roof, etc can be put into place. If the foundation is weak however, the quality of everything after it will not matter though, as the whole structure will crumble. This principled and more and is illustrated beautifully throughout this article.

Hard and Soft Martial Arts

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:59

There are different styles of martial arts and this article compares them from each other. Specifically the styles of Tai Chi and Hung Gar. The article explores the ways in which the two styles are more alike than different. It explores how Hung Gar, which is perceive to be more external than Tai Chi, has increasingly more slower and internal exercises as the practitioner becomes more advanced.

“Don’t Walk Like an Old Japanese Man”

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:59

The writer was at a Seminar where Seiti Wasa was being demonstrated. During a demonstration of Sanpogiri, the writer watches several demonstrations and practices mimicking the movements. When the writer performs the waza the instructor, Iwakabe Sensei, walked up to him and said with a smile,;Good, but next time don't walk like an old Japanese man. The writer had inadvertently copied the old instructor so closely that he had copied the man’s walk as well.

Dusting and Cleaning

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00

Competitions have different effects on people's lives. Specifically the effects of winning trophies and having to either pay to earn them and to have to dust them afterwards. It says that the victory should be the prize and not the actual trophy. Even competing should be rewarded and lauded, just not with trophies.

Read the full article here:
Dusting and Cleaning

The Question of Motivation

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:59

The writer describes his first hand experience as he reflects upon being a misfit without direction as a teen until he found martial arts. At that point he became engaged in the skill and interacted with other kids who themselves were outside the box. He found it to be an activity he looked forward to and fit in which encouraged him to participate and he looked forward to his mat meets and all the energy that teens have to be released.