Thursday, April 19, 2018

Do You Practice Your Martial Art Everyday?

"Do you practice every day?"

The evening sun had finished setting over the western edge of Tempe Town Lake, the last of the Arizona evening's golden rays of sundown fading into the deep blues and purples of twilight.
My newest student asked this question as we finished up her second martial arts class. It's one I get asked a lot.

"That's complicated" I answered.

"After more than 15 years in the martial arts, it's become more of a way of life, so I'm always doing something, but it doesn't always look like this". I was referring to our class structure, that involves a combination of partner training and solo exercises.

Do I practice everyday? Yes... and no.

As I tried to explain to my newest student; there's a lot of things to train: skill, strength and conditioning, mobility (flexibility), even recovery needs to be approached deliberately and with care.

"Most of the time, when I'm training something on my own, I'm training just one thing, and focusing on that thing very deeply (as opposed to training all of the exercises we had just done). Of course, at this point, even when I train just one exercise, it has all the other exercises within it."

And then there's always the training of the mind.

Once you switch from training your martial arts as a workout, or technique, to a tool to train the mind, literally everything you do becomes training.

I know what you're thinking: sounds like BS, but it's true.

If you read my Sifu's book "The Martial Art of Awareness", you'll see, out of 13 chapters, eight deal with attention and the role of the mind.

"Two people are walking. One is full of thoughts, other is fully present, in the moment. What is the difference between the two?"

Does it sound like BS; yes, but it's true. When you're training the mind, even standing in line at the grocery store can be training, if you're there.

Do you feel yourself? Are you aware of the body, the feeling of like or dislike; are you aware of your thoughts and ideas? Do you see the cause and effect relationship of phenomena? Do you see the "come and go" as everything is changing moment to moment?

You can apply this to all your training.

Take mobility work and self myofascial release with a tool like the foam roll, or a Rolflex: the tool makes contact with a trigger point in your leg, or your back and some feeling arises in association with the sensation.

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Relax and breathe. Sense into the tissue.

Are you resisting the sensation because it's uncomfortable?

Do you feel the change in the tissue, slowly releasing from tense, to relaxed? Do you notice the change?

That's training all the time.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Vacation I Liq Chuan 21 Form

I took a little trip away from Tempe and took the kids to Hawaii.  Similar to a tai chi form, the I Liq Chuan 21 Form is slow, graceful and a form of dynamic meditation as well as a martial art training method.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tex-Mex Omelette

Lots of people join a martial arts class because they want to lose weight and get in great shape, which is awesome, BUT... You can't out train a bad diet. No matter how much you train martial arts, your still going to be fat if your eating 100 chicken nuggets from McDonald's and your washing it down with two liters of every day. (I read a story about an Arizona man recently that actually ate like that and them some. Check below for link)

As Arnold used to say "abs are made in the kitchen".

But, if you're like me and you come from a background where there wasn't much real cooking done in the house, you might not know where to get started, so I'm going to start sharing my meals with you here.

These are the types of meals I'm eating currently as a member of the Thrive Nutrition program (which I paid a lot to be a member of, and you're getting it FREE here.)
Now I can't give you all the ins-and-outs of the program of course, but if you just take advantage of some of meals I share with you here, you'll be a long way along.

So here's breakfast. I most likely won't have very many different options to share with you because I eat the SAME THING EVERY DAY. I find that variety is overrated, and with all the other decisions I need to make in a day, I don't want to waste any of my decision making power for the day on what could be a no brainer.

Tex-Mex Breakfast Omelette

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  • 2tbs Kerrygold grass fed butter 
  • 3 L Eggs 
  • 2tbs Sour Cream 
  • 1tbs queso fresco (Mexican farmers cheese, find it in AZ at your local Food City. I like the oaxacaquno, because it's a bit salty so then I don't need any extra salt) 
  • 2tbs homemade pico de gallo 
  • pinch of black pepper 
  •  I'll often add a little bit of ground turkey if we have any leftovers from "Taco Tuesday". which adds a little cumin flavor, but it's optional. 


  1. pre-heat pan on medium low heat and melt butter 
  2. crack eggs into a large mixing bowl 
  3. add sour cream and mix thoroughly 
  4. if I'm using a little leftover meat, add to pan and swirl around to season the pan 
  5. pour contents of bowl into pan and cook to desired level of done-ness 
  6. add pico and enjoy!
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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Story Of Personal Transformation Through Martial Arts

Martial arts like Kung Fu are associated as much with character building and personal development as they are with self defense.

In this week's video blog post I share a personal story of my own experience of personal transformation as a result of my kung fu training.

The night before my first full contact fight I had a profound realization that changed how I look at martial arts and those I train with forever.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Coaches Corner - Push Hands Tips

 In this week's on the mats I'm going to introduce a new channel segment called Coach's Corner as we take a look at some competition Push Hands footage coming up right after this.

Troy was that my mini seminar in La last month and asked me on Facebook to take a look at video of him doing some competitive Push Hands in the Pasadena California ICMAC tournament in participating in last month and give them my feedback.

First of all props to you Troy for stepping out on the Mast test your skills I think that always has to be said and you did awesome if you're not familiar with competition Push Hands it can vary wildly depending on the rules set and who's judging but in this case the rules were pretty free so it was essentially like a nogi Judo match.

First thing I'm going to offer some critical feedback based on my background in I Liq Chuan, which is entirely principle-based and Troy already received lots of tactical suggestions on Facebook so we're going to focus mostly on body mechanics as opposed to any individual technique and then I want to end the video on a positive note by pointing out three really nice moves I spotted by Troy.

The first tip I want to offer is to make better use of the wrist as opposed to the hand for control which is one of the things I talked about when I was in LA. I caught a couple of times where your hand was laying flat on the opponent's arm and he was able to use it against you.  Maintaining the wrist as the point of contact will help you keep that as a pivot point.

 The second tip is getting more comfortable with the lower hand and our lower hand sticky hand drills can definitely help with that. To me it looks like you spent a lot of time and energy just trying to fight for the upper hand position. Working on getting a little better at being able to control your opponent from the lower hand wood go a long way especially when a much larger opponent is basically just posting out on you like we see several times and your match.

Lastly I would work on maintaining the alignment of the shoulders and the hips a little more which we would talk about under the 13 points or the balance of yin yang, but we see here where you move either the hips or the shoulders first, as opposed to both together, winding in and out of the feet, really compromising the position of the spine and limiting your ability to transfer power from the ground to your opponent or vice versa.

 On a positive note I was really impressed with how you managed to avoid what in kung fu they call a creeping or osoto gari in Judo despite being totally caught up in the double underhooks, which I think is actually called a Whizzer and wrestling if I recall correctly.

Secondly there's a point in the first round where you'll end up with your back turned to the opponent and you use a very bagua kind of stepping and turning to reorient yourself quickly and prevent your opponent from taking advantage of your back and lastly, I thought you did a very nice job of controlling your opponent's arm early in the first round preventing him from getting that half guillotine after your failed single leg attempt.

That's it for this week's on the mats and our first edition of Coach's Corner. Would you like some feedback on one of your videos? Hit me up on Twitter at lawyer going through or drop a comment below and as always thanks for watching and subscribing and I'll see you guys next time.