Understanding the Purpose Of Cross Arm Don Chi – Wing Chun Training

Wing Chun is an amazing martial art. It has a very colorful history, throughout the years people have held to the idea that less is more. There are lots of politics in Wing Chun, though I am sure there are lots of politics in all the different martial arts.

What I believe separates Wing Chun from other martial art systems is that it relies on a persons skill to work rather than a persons strength.  If there is anything I learned in my own Wing Chun training it’s that patience is a virtue.

Often times I tell my own students that if you took someone who was doing MMA style fighting, they might fair better than someone who does TMA style fighting not because one is superior than the other, but because the MMA way of fighting is to get in the ring and start working it out. The TMA style of training is more interested if foundation is strong.

When I first started training, I struggled when I sparred against MMA (type) martial artist, I say type because many styles make up MMA… I only knew a handful of techniques in my first 5 years of training.  My sensitivity was still at a baby stage.  There is much more to this story that I will share at my other blog. For now though check out a new video we uploaded on the basics of Cross Arm Don Chi Sau


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What Is Considered A Good Kung Fu Diet?

Lately, I have been asked what is a good Kung Fu diet.  Eating can be a tricky thing, we all need to eat, however depending on the circumstances some of us eat more than others. When your training you want to be able to perform at maximum proficiency. Not eating enough and you may be at a loss for energy. Eat to much and end up wasting energy. Like all things Kung fu balance is the key to harmony.

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I need to stress that I am not a health expert in any stretch of the imagination, however there are some things I have found to be true in my life and maybe it might be true in yours. I always exercise better before I eat a meal.

You would think it’s the other way around, however food tends to stay in our system longer than we think. Especially meat, that stuff hangs out in your digestive track for days and in some cases longer.

While I am not a vegetarian, there are many benefits to becoming one. The only reason why I am not one is because I enjoy eating fish and poultry. I don’t eat any mammals.  I do eat  vegetables.

There was something that I did that had a tremendous effect on how and what I eat that has made a huge difference in my life I think everyone should give the Virgin Diet a try for 3o days. You will learn a lot about what your body can and can not eat.

For me, the most important aspect of my kung fu diet was feeling good enough to train. I often found myself feeling sluggish and non motivated. At the end of the day you really are what you eat.


Chen Tai Chi (Taijiquan) Live Energy Resistant Partner

It’s seems all over the internet you can find someone slamming traditional martial arts saying how they are outdated and non effective with today’s standards. It’s refreshing to see that traditional martial arts like Tai Chi holding it’s own against modern day martial art styles.

I am sure there will be some people that say this doesn’t look real. Or they may something along the lines of I would do x, y and z so that stuff wouldn’t work. Rather than trying to convince someone that what they are seeing is the real thing. I invite the person not to judge based on one or two personal experiences.

Martial art skills takes a life time to master. Learning to develop internal martial art skill takes much longer to truly develop than does learning external martial art skill. Some would say why waste time learning something that takes many years to be good at.

The reason is because being fast and strong will only take you so far in combat. At some point someone will be bigger stronger and faster than you. This video clearly demonstrates the difference between brute force vs internal martial skill.

Notice in the video how the big guy is breathing very very heavily while the smaller guy doesn’t even look a little winded.  I am the type of martial artist that believes you should have an open mind when your training. That you should really use all the tools at your disposal.

There is merit in developing your external skills as well as your internal skills. The martial artist that limits themselves to following only one way of thinking limits their own martial art growth.

Maybe 100 years ago you where limited to what you could learn.


Now It’s Your Turn

What has your experience been dealing with internal martial arts?


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