The Stabbing Fist

I jump forward, doing a chest level heel kick.  At the same time my hand shoots forward; the intent being that the opponent would be distracted by the hand and the kick would land.  I am performing a set.  A set is a collection of techniques put...

Da Dao

My training partner and I face each other across the field.  In his hands is a staff. But it is being held as if one were fighting with a rifle bayonet.  In my hands is a two-handed sword. It has an extremely wide blade.  Suddenly, my partner springs...

Mindfulness

Many years ago, I was walking through the gym when I came upon someone I had met while visiting a local Karate school.  “Hello!” I said.  “How are things at your school?”  He shook his head and said, “I don’t train there anymore.  I realized that...

Taiji!

I am on the roof of the school, hidden by the privacy walls that surround that level of my building.  Half of the second floor of my school is my apartment, the other half is my garden.  I am often there, among the trees and plants in my container garden,...

Why ancient weapons?

The two men face each other across a path.  It is one man’s assignment to guard the path, the other’s assignment to take it.  They maneuver, each seeking an opening in the other’s defenses.  The man guarding the path is holding a spear, known among the...