Techniques & Applications

Every one of us has at some point ventured down to the local bookstore and picked out a specific martial arts text that we think will change our outlook. Several weeks after finishing the book it begins to collect dust on a table or on a shelf along with other remnants of similar experiences. Forms are usually no different.


While sticks and stones can break your bones, your words may actually kill you. They can also save your life. Having to be right despite the cost, reacting indignantly in the face of a threat, or insulting an adversary often guarantees that a conflict will escalate to violence. Clever words, on the other hand, can de-escalate a tense situation, stave off bloodshed until help arrives, momentarily distract an opponent to facilitate your counterattack and escape, or create sympathetic witnesses who will testify on your behalf.

Famous last words will kill you


Almost every Kung Fu master claims to have some mastery or knowledge of Iron Palm techniques. While not all Kung Fu styles teach the Iron Palm methods, there are many that do. This article will cover some practical ideas for Iron Palm training and, hopefully, save you from some of the pitfalls along the way.


mature adults practicing tai chi

For those of you that have practiced martial arts for many years and then let them go for one reason or another, there is still hope! Most martial artists have a real passion for their art. Even after not practicing for a brief, or long time, you never forget the moves or the fun you had while in good shape. But you have not worked out for a while and you're out of shape. What do you do?


And this is what I tend to teach Law Enforcement Officers in brief workshops. Usually they have been taught by their training officers or by other workshop teachers the same old useless methods of self-defence like the old X block against knife which will get you killed, or to use locks and holds to try and control the attacker which will also get you killed, or they are told to grab the arm that is holding the knife, or they are told to use a sleeper hold, which is all going to get you killed!