Swamp Talks

Episode 16 - Mining Junk - Are forms worth mining for techniques?

Episode 16 - Mining Junk - Are forms worth mining for techniques?

Forms are windows to the past. They can show not only a fighters techniques, system, and series of counters, and counters to an opponent's counter. They are a fascinating anomaly. Are the techniques within worth the…

Episode 15 - What is Xing Yi Quan?

Episode 15 - What is Xing Yi Quan?

Forrest Chang and I discussed at great length a style of Chinese boxing known as xingyiquan. I thought I would add a follow-up explaining what Xing Yi Quan is, and share with you some of the history I uncovered while researching another project. Listen and find out more...

Episode 14 - Are Chinese Martial Arts Still Relevant? Are they worth saving? A Conversation with Forrest Chang of Xingyiquan

Episode 14 - Are Chinese Martial Arts Still Relevant? Are they worth saving? A Conversation with Forrest Chang of Xingyiquan

Are CMA (Chinese martial arts) still relevant in modern times? Are they worth saving? Over the winter, I had a chance to sit down and have a conversation with Forrest Chang of the Chinese boxing style known as xingyiquan. Forrest and I discuss the issues plaguing Chinese martial arts styles often…

Episode 09 - Get There From Where You Are...

Episode 09 - Get There From Where You Are...

All too often, we want something to work when we’re sparring, or rolling, and it just doesn’t happen for us. Let’s take a deeper look into why.

Episode 03 - Wasted Time - Forms Training

Episode 03 - Wasted Time - Forms Training

Join me in this episode I discuss forms (Kata, Tao Lu) training in the martial arts, and why I believe it’s a waste of time.

Episode 01 - Plateaus

Episode 01 - Plateaus

Hitting plateaus in our training comes with the territory. There is no avoiding them. The longer we train martial arts, or any sport/activity that requires long periods of intense practice, we are destined to hit these stale periods in our progression.

Over the years I have hit many of these, and the longer I trained, the longer some of these lasted. Join me as Max catches up with me