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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…

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;…

Trying Too Hard

Instead of trying too hard, overworking and adding to your frustration list, slow things down. Take a deep breath and relax. Wake up each day and make your classes. Listen to the instructors: participate and enjoy yourself. There is nowhere to go and all the time to get there (my common and long standing mantra)….

Do It Again and Again

Oddly, I’ve had students, over the years, that quit training because of the repetitive qualities of learning martial arts. I experienced the same thing when teaching music. Now, either I’m boring, or they are! Seriously, this is the diminishing of our culture – the quick fix, instant grat- seeking folks who want a lot for…

It’s Time to Unite and Defend!

5 to 10 years old . . . innocent children . . . and the loving adults who were the guardians and teachers . . . killed. “To Protect and Serve” is the dream of our police. A lot of good hearts join various police forces to make a difference. They try hard at their…

Grandmaster Young Ik Suh

To this day, I admire, respect and follow the ways of Grandmaster Suh. He taught me a Way; he guided me into a career that’s meant a great deal to me and thousands of others. He punched me when he should have; he put a black belt on me and sent me on my way…

Chi Kung (Qi Gong) for a Healthier Life

In traditional Chinese medicine the following 7 emotional factors are considered the most likely causes of cancer: joy, anger, melancholy, mental activity (excessive), grief, fright, and fear – important influences on health. These factors generally fall within the normal psychological reactions of the human being. They are a major part of the internal/external being. They…