Tag Archive: american school of martial arts

Structure

Structure is the hose that water pours through. Without the hose, there is no possible way of transporting water in such a focused way. If the hose is weak, it breaks; if the hose is too stiff, it’s lack of pliability impedes its full use. Our bodies are similar to the hose. They are the…

There is Nothing Like Playing Push-Hands for Exercise!

There is nothing like playing some push-hands to enjoy an afternoon. Josh and I frequent the game for a bit of fun and exercise. Once in a while we get a little rowdy . . . but usually we simply train to sweat a bit. This day was a rather demure day of simple exercise….

Master of Five Excellences by guest master, Andrew Salman

Master of Five Excellences by Andrew Salman I remember a day back in college when I was auditioning for the “Jazz A-Band.”  It was a certain triumph for me to even be in that group…I remember my counselor telling me that they don’t let freshmen in.  I tried out for it anyway and along with…

Ignore Result – Follow Process

“Ignore result,” was a common mantra of Grandmaster Suh. He constantly reminded us to to “try to hard for power,” that power will come out of excellent training following principles — that if you try for power, you will lose it. This is such an important point that I should post it every day for…

Some Interesting History

Mr. Suh’s teacher was Park, Chull-hee the man in the center of the photo below. To the right of Mr. Park is Grandmaster Kim Soo a friend and training partner of Mr. Suh back in Korea. They were part of the body guard team together. Grandmaster Kim Soo continues to teach in Texas, Chayon-ryu style…

Inch by Inch

When training a martial art, it is important to keep on mind that you are involved with an “inch by inch” endeavor — that it takes time to do something well; and, more particular, it takes time to undo what time has done! You could be 15; you could be 50: but those are not…

Just Keep Training – It Will Come: Part 2

“A response to a question on a Facebook thread. I thought I would share the info here, with you.” “It is the scholarly position that I represent. Doing what one believes is one thing; proving it through years of research is another. In that, keep in mind that techniques are not unlike suggestions. There are…

Just Keep Training – It Will Come

Food for thought. If you remain in the thought-realm of “if he does this, I do that,” you are not yet trained enough. The basics, the techniques are all representations of “theories.” These theories give birth to variations and a multitude of understanding. The multitude comes from your creative force within and adapts, assimilates in…

A Year, A Life – in Reflection

A Year, A Life – in Reflection Martial arts has a Way about them. There is a humbleness and yet a power within them. But, the power is not one that is obtained; it is a power that is gifted from years of arduous training. Train soft to become strong; train slow to become quick;…

Something You Are

When you train kung fu/karate, you step into another world. You walk, kick, and punch through the hands and feet of the ghosts of the past — but you are actually becoming that past, now present. It is a spiritual step. It is a step of trust and ethic. It is a step of faith,…