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 13 - Is Boxing Good for Soldiers?

Episode 13 - Is Boxing Good for Soldiers?

Out of all the martial arts available, should ‘Boxing’ be used in hand-to-hand combat training for American soldiers who occupy combat arms roles?

Episode 11 - How Do I Tell if I'm Doing a Fake Martial Art?

Episode 11 - How Do I Tell if I'm Doing a Fake Martial Art?

Fake is a fickle word, and martial arts training, or what defines martial arts training, is subjective. With that said, I’m up for the challenge and will attempt this person’s question and do my best to help any of you out there that have questions on your martial art.

Episode 10 - Patting Horses, Scout Hands, and Answering Longtime Questions...

Episode 10 - Patting Horses, Scout Hands, and Answering Longtime Questions...

Go behind the curtain in this episode as I discuss my recent (2018) discovery of the application/intent behind a move that haunted me from years - High Pat on Horse. This is from Yang style…

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 08 - Emotional Control

Episode 08 - Emotional Control

Do you get nervous when it's time to spar, or roll with someone? Does anxiety overcome you? Have you ever had someone you 'really' didn't want to spar with in class? In this episode, I'll give you tips on how to manage this process and make sparring and rolling easier and more relaxing.

Episode 06 - Are Belt Tests Necessary?

Episode 06 - Are Belt Tests Necessary?

Let's dive into the pros and cons of testing adults in martial arts schools. How effective is the test? Does it produce better students? Does it make 'you' better? Or, is it a complete waste of time?

Episode 04 - How Long to Black Belt?

Episode 04 - How Long to Black Belt?

How long does it take to get a Black Belt? Why does it vary so much from school to school, or style to style? Is it a good idea to get a black belt quickly?

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