Wing Chun is not a collection of techniques

After having written several articles on martial arts in general, I thought it might be a good idea to write an article about a topic that is close to my heart.Lately I have come across a few articles, videos, pod casts that are highlighting the use of what is being...

The “I want to be like that” syndrome

Recently I was speaking with a friend who had the opportunity to travel to China for a world martial arts competition.He was very happy to recount his experience abroad. One such encounter was a tale of having met a very impressive and colourful individual. This...

Thoughts on Sparring

Can sparring be used to accurately evaluate your combat skills in a real violent encounter?That is the question, here are my thoughts.There are a few things that must be understood in order to evaluate any drill or exercise. And that is exactly what sparring is! It is...

Choosing a Martial Art

Where to begin, I have so much to clarify I don’t know where to start.Training in the martial arts opens a door into a confusing and multifaceted world of methods that are called styles. All of which don’t necessarily lead to the same place.But most people don’t...

Martial arts training defined

With all the different training methods out there, combative martial arts, reality based martial arts, traditional martial arts to name a few types, I thought it might be useful to identify the different training areas within them and define what they are targeting to...

Martial arts forms practice, useful or useless?

Recently I had the opportunity to listen to a PodCast that was a debate between two opposing viewpoints on whether or not martial arts forms had any value.It is a controversial topic to be sure.Both parties had valid arguments that supported their point of view. So...