“Grand Uncle-Master, do you think this random slashing and chopping style sword form of mine will enable me to block his fast knife chops?” Linghu Chong asked hopefully. “If you want to block, of course it won’t help you much. But why do you have to block?” Feng Qingyang said. Jin Yong, Smiling … Continue reading Why Block?
Is self defense really self defense, or is it a code word for learning how to harm others? Is it really possible to directly thwart the efforts of someone who is trying to hurt you, or is it necessary to actually inflict harm upon them, thus interfering with their ability to cause you harm? There … Continue reading Self protection Versus Other Harm
It can be thought of like proactive emotional health insurance. If a bad guy tries to take your wallet, you can take him out and keep it. Or, you can choose to give it to him as an act of charity. Either way, you are at choice in the matter, it isn't being stripped from … Continue reading The Value Of Self Defense
Hypothetically, there are three types of things that fighting skills might be used for. A) Sports & competition B) To physically dominate or harm someone who does not have the ability or intent to harm you. C) To have the ability to protect yourself from someone who does have the ability and intent to harm … Continue reading What Are Fighting Skills For?
Is tai chi for combat? Longevity? Spirituality? Mastery? Or is it more appropriate to ask, what are you using it for?
Excerpted from Ninja Realms of Power, by Stephen K. Hayes: The man who feels himself the weaker of two contenders is the one who will let go of all considerations for others and adopt the extreme of savagery as his only defense.
There are certain skills common to all good fighters that make their art effective. The reader should not become confused between a good fighter and a successful fighter. I would argue that all it takes to be a successful fighter is to be a breathing human being, because the only substantial criteria demarcating success as … Continue reading Three Principles of Fighting