Meditation: Its Acquisition and Purpose

The word meditation is derived from Old French (meditacioun) and in turn from a Latin Verb (meditari), meaning to ponder, to think, and to reflect or contemplate. There are so many different kinds and methods of meditations. Here is short list of them: Transcendental meditation, Zen meditation, Mantra mediation, Taoist meditation, Mindfulness meditation, Guided meditation, […]

Phoenix JKD: Proper Mental Attitude

Proper mental attitude has three parts to it: 1) confidence , 2) composure, and 3) killer (survival) instinct which more appropriately, it should be called “justice instinct”. A martial artist from the very first day to the end of his or her life should seek the balance between the three! This balance is relative in […]

Flow: A Reflection of Transition and Continuity

Each range (Kicking, Punching, Clinching, Ground-fighting) in a self-defense situation may flow within its own limitations, techniques and strategies; and therefore we can assign a sense of continuity within each range. However, when we consider higher levels of the quality of Flow, it becomes apparent that it is best observed when a fighter can actually […]

Range Control: What Does it Indicate?

The ability to control one’s range (distance control) indicates one’s subjective measure of the knowledge of footwork———–in turn, footwork provides us with the extent of one’s experience and wisdom in predicting the vector of (a) moving object(s). Repeated drills can initially help us with the basics of this, but at some point, drills must shift […]

My Strength Training

Strength is both a physical attribute and a mental state. Physically, it simply means the capacity to move something from some position to another. That’s one of the meanings of strength. The other, is the ability to not move at all, despite the force being exerted on you. One is external, the other internal. The […]

Martial Arts: Purpose|Motive|Cause

Martial arts must have a fundamental philosophy which is continuously defined by 3 essential elements: purpose, motive and cause. Martial art is not an isolated phenomenon, divorced from any other endeavor in life. It’s not a rare occurrence in life or a field devoid of the same internal principles from let’s say: engineering, science research, […]