Category Archive: Blog Posts

  • Hello folks, It’s been a few weeks since the mask mandate has lifted, and we have had a glimpse of what life after COVID might look like. Although Massachusetts is doing relatively well in terms of vaccinations and COVID infections, the situation remains fluid. In the coming weeks, we will continue to feel out what […]
  • We had a really wonderful time during this past Saturday’s Advanced Northern Style Long Pole seminar with Sifu Gary. It was a really fun day (even if it was insanely hot) and it was great to have both our schools training together again for the first time since the pandemic began in 2019. One of […]
  • You are working on your current form. At the same time, you will still be working on Lian Huan Quan, trying to refine it, and to make it stronger and more beautiful. In fact, forms are something upon which you never stop working. Perfection can never be reached, but excellence is attainable. Karate master Tatsuo […]
  • There are many kinds of respect: respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for the environment, etc. To respect means “to show regard and consideration.” Respect is like a good stance while doing a Kung Fu technique: it is the base that all goodness is built upon. Out of all the different kinds of respect, […]
  • A form is a set pattern of blocks, kicks, punches, sweeps, and throws, which represent a fight against several opponents. Like sparring, forms are a different way of applying techniques you have learned in order to improve them, and to better understand your Kung Fu. To do forms well, the student must develop good stances, […]
  • “Qi” (氣) is a Chinese word that loosely translates to “breath” or “energy,” but it is difficult to define in English, as the Chinese consider qi to be “neither matter nor energy, but both.” Many Asian cultures believe qi to be the intrinsic substance of all things in the universe, “the medium between and within […]
  • The Eleven Elements are eleven phrases that are based on the lessons taught by many great teachers throughout history. As with all spiritual lessons is NOT necessary to memorize the expressions word by word; rather, they are meant to be reflected upon. When thinking about each element, meditate on the phrase to try to reach […]
  • Why are some people drenched with perspiration after a workout, while others are barely winded? Fitness level and body chemistry are two reasons, but another reason that is seldom discussed is effort. The amount of effort that each person exerts during a workout varies. This is especially true when the workout has become so tedious […]
  • People sometimes ask, “What is the best martial art to study?” All styles have value, but the most important thing to search for is an enlightened teacher. What the school teaches is more important than its martial arts style. Since anyone can teach skills, the quest is to find a school that teaches life values […]
  • To stay motivated, you should reward yourself at each step toward further fulfilling your goals When you are setting your goals, pencil in what your reward will be as you accomplish each short-term goal. By making the rewards better and better as you fulfill each short-term goal, you will constantly jump-start your motivation to keep […]