Tag: Martial Art Training

  • Hidden Secrets of Kuk Sool Won™

    The idea of “secret techniques” in the martial arts has always fascinated people. Verbal tradition, urban legend, movies, and television have all perpetuated the idea that there are secrets that allow martial artists to achieve near super-human powers with the right training and practice. Like all legends, there must be some kernel of truth to […]

  • Ten Exercises that will Make Taking Martial Art Classes More Fun and Less Scary

    Ten Exercises that will Make Taking Martial Art Classes More Fun and Less Scary

    Most people like the idea of being a martial artist. It sounds cool, and honestly it is cool. What we don’t like is getting started and actually doing the work necessary to become a martial artist. Beginning is the hardest part. Most of us remember gym classes from high school where everyone seemed to know […]

  • Traditional Martial Art as Compared to Modern (Mixed) Martial Art

    I’ve talked in the past about how our area of the state and country has produced a lot of great “fighters”. If those guys were training today, you can bet that they would be doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and wrestling in addition to kickboxing and Karate. All of these “Combat Sports” are considered “realistic” martial arts. […]

  • Skill versus Exercise

    Skill versus Exercise

    One of the things that I really like about martial art training is that is doesn’t always seem like exercise. It’s interesting and challenging, but fun at the same time. I hated gym class in school because there was always a (seemingly) endless list of exercises to do, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. with no real payoff. […]

  • Tai Chi, Cardio Kickboxing, Cross Training, Yoga, and other Distractions

    Tai Chi, Cardio Kickboxing, Cross Training, Yoga, and other Distractions

    I am sometimes contacted by people who want to learn something very specific: say, tai chi, yoga or cardio-kickboxing. I have done these activities in the past, but I don’t teach them. Not because they don’t have benefits. They do. Strength training, cardio-vascular work, and the rest all have their place. I have problems with […]

  • Two for One for Two

    I neglected to post this earlier in the month. I might be persuaded to continue the offer if there is interest. During the month of July two people can join Kuk Sool Won of Muncie for the price of one and keep that price for the next two months! That means a 50% savings for Back-To-School […]

  • Training Notes

    These are just some notes and interpretations from the past six months of training. If they help you, cool. If you disagree or would like to expand on anything, feel free to do that in the comments. Discussion is always welcome.   Don’t use the body to power strikes. Keep stance and body still like […]

  • Americanized


    Have you ever hear someone use the word “Americanized” as an insult? Maybe not directly, but in an insulting way? I have, and it’s getting harder for me to keep quiet about it when it happens. Here’s why. When someone laments the “Americanization” of something, they are speaking from a culturally conservative point of view. […]

  • Fifty Shades of Goals

    Nothing titillating here. Just the title. Sorry. This time of year, I usually write something about goal setting, Black Belt Mind, etc. This year though I wanted to do something completely different. I want to be very open and honest and share some of my goals with you. As an exercise, I want to share […]

  • Good Pain vs Bad Pain

    I can’t find a good online definition for “pain”. They all talk about physical pain being “discomfort caused by illness or injury”. Martial artists, heck, anyone who has done fifty sit-ups on a whim knows that pain doesn’t have to come from “illness or injury”. Do me a favor. Reach over and pinch your arm. Feel that? Is there […]