To Attack or Not to Attack

Be the attacker or attacked?

Please do not watch the following clip of a home invasion if you cannot bear witness to real violence, which is consequentially different from that dramatized in action movies, video games and combat sports. However, if you are willing to examine this appalling incident as an informing opportunity, let us assume the violent act captured below was unexpected and unavoidable — as are most such confrontations.

Most humans are reasonably socialized since youth to not hit or hurt others, yet there are dangerous exceptions who deliberately flaunt this golden rule to great effect. Unfortunately, they often cannot be stopped by other than raw physical means, the very ones they employ and we abhor. The regrettable fact is that criminals can and do attack members of their own species. Our primary, albeit tenuous, comfort is their relative rarity. Though this behavior is the norm among animals, our anthropocentric bias likes to project us as above the natural fray. The immediacy of unprovoked violence precludes psychosocial analysis of the predator, who is better evaluated after his incapacitation. Conversely, success behooves the imminent victim to flip off that inner switch controlling our thoughts, words and deeds of rationalizing civility, for these are irrelevant if not detrimental to survival. Continue reading

Your Best Martial Art

There are many martial arts you can train. But I categorize them into five types.

Before we discuss those, let me ask, what are you looking for? Why do you want to train a martial art? Is it to get physically active? Is it for a sense of personal progress? Is it for connection to a community? Is it because you are concerned about safety? Or is it simply to try something fun and new?

See if you can clearly identify your objective. I even suggest crafting a “Martial Statement”. Be concise and specific. Maybe you’re a bit out of shape: I will train to lose 20 pounds by July 1. Perhaps you work long hours: I will train to feel more confident walking home each night. Setting your intention will help you choose a relevant martial art. Continue reading

Learn to Defend Herself


Applying Tsong Kuen (Thrusting Punch) and Dap Bo (Striding Step) to attack as defense.

In light of the recent Cleveland triple kidnap and rape case, it concerns and motivates me even more to empower women with real skills and strategies. You just have to make the decision and take the action to show up.

I must reiterate that not all martial arts are for functional Self-Defense. Archaic, aesthetic or acrobatic styles, however engaging or enjoyable, will not stop an intent attacker nor will a purely defensive one. Continue reading

Learn WingChun in 3D

Sihing Paul Wang teaches Sihing Ayron Johnson Section 3.

The International Academy of WingChun (IAW) imparts both a comprehensive learning methodology and teaching pedagogy of WingChun Self-Defense.

Previously, I introduced “Feed, Read, Deed” to guide your practice of specific exercises. The following — “Collect, Correct, Connect” — is a general framework to identify certain dimensions of progress. It clarifies the mode of learning you undergo at any moment. Continue reading