The Folly Of Holding A Grudge

For a while there was a gruff old Cuban boxer who came to my sifu's kung fu school. He had the temperament of a bully and the build of a pitbull, and he would always just muscle people around in push hands. He basically touted the fact that he could beat up anybody in the … Continue reading The Folly Of Holding A Grudge

The Relationship Between Internal Strength And Willpower

Internal strength and willpower have a very interesting relationship. One way of thinking of internal strength is as innate strength. When you use your innate strength to do something, it feels easy. It is when a task is beyond the realm of your innate strength that it feels hard. Think of how easy it is … Continue reading The Relationship Between Internal Strength And Willpower

The Three Most Dangerous Words In The English Language…

…are "I know that". The brain is a computer, and words are code. The way the brain responds to this particular command is by shutting down new knowledge acquisition, since its resources are finite and knowledge assimilation takes energy. This happens if you even think these words silently to yourself, but if you really want … Continue reading The Three Most Dangerous Words In The English Language…

“Monofocus” in Martial Arts

We have all met them: those individuals who have such a singular focus and dedication that they devote the entirety of their working lives to the development of a particular skill (or set of skills), and hence attain a rare and astonishing level of refinement of that one thing. My suggestion: learn from them, as … Continue reading “Monofocus” in Martial Arts