San Francisco Seminar

Just a quick post:

I’ll be in San Francisco Oct4-11 doing a week of intensive training with a private client. I’ll be occupied in the mornings but will have some free time as of noon. If anybody’s interested in hosting a seminar, give me a shout via my contact page and we can see if we can make it happen.

Topics I’ll gladly teach are:

  • Combat Sanshou: My personal blend of Chinese martial arts.
  • Sanshou/Sanda: Chinese version of kickboxing. If you’re into MMA and want to work on your stand-up, you’ll get a lot out of it.
  • Heavy bag training: Lots and lots of stuff to cover on this topic.
  • Pad/Focus mitt training: Same as above, tons of things to do here.
  • Self-defense: Simple, effective, no-nonsense stuff.
  • Practical Tai Chi Chuan: form, push hands, weapons (sabre, sword and spear), self defense, the works. The only thing I won’t teach is nei gong.
  • Of course, you can mix and match topics as well, it’s all good.

So if any of you are interested, let me know and we’ll figure it out.


Video update: Combat Sanshou

Next month, I’ll shoot the next part of my Combat Sanshou series. It’ll focus on the two main strategies and tactics I teach for the system. One of the things I will add to this new video is a couple scenarios. I have several in mind but wanted to ask you guys first:

Which type of attack would you like to see me cover in the new video? What kind of scenario do you find most interesting for an instructional video?

Just leave a comment here on this post and I’ll consider it. Of course, “Fight 27 ninjas!” type scenarios will be ignored. :-)



Combat Sanshou, striking

Why I’m not a martial arts millionaire (yet)

In the last few weeks, a couple things came together and the result is this (long) post. Here’s the list of events:

  • Somebody asked about blogging and I responded. Part of my response was this:

If you really want to make money blogging, you’ll have to work hard and probably go for business models that aren’t always as cool. Not my thing, but to each his own.

  • I had a discussion with another instructor/author about training methodology, cross training and the value of traditional martial arts. It took me a while before I figured out we weren’t talking about the same thing. I think he’s right in what he said. I also think I’m right in what I said.
  • Branimir Tudjan said the following in the interview I did with him

First I would like to thank you for your interest in my MOSS video and for conducting this interview. You know, in the so called martial arts world which is nowadays unfortunately full of big ego “grandmasters” or “guru’s” and where every “expert” perceives others (and their systems) as a potential threat or less “realistic & effective” system then their own, it’s a pleasure to meet a person and a colleague like yourself who is competent, mature, confident and open minded. I am also genuinely impressed with your work with Paladin Press.

  • Somebody got the ball rolling on important life lessons, things that suddenly clicked. I wrote:

Mine was: just because I’m right about something, somebody else isn’t necessarily wrong about the same subject. And vice versa.

All these things combined are what lead up to the title of my post here.

Why I’m not a martial arts millionaire (yet)

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So you want to be a writer, Part 7

Here’s another interview in my series on how to become a writer. This time, I asked a couple questions to Steve Perry. I first learned of him via the Net Force series and later on by reading his blog, which has great info for both authors and martial artists. Steve’s written a gazillion novels in a wide range of franchises: Star Wars, Tom Clancy, Aliens, Conan and much, much more. So let’s just say he’s a pretty experienced writer.  Enjoy the interview!

Steve Perry, training Silat

Steve Perry, training Silat

Q: How did you start out writing your first book?
A: I was looking for an agent, and I’d been writing short stories, which weren’t going to get me one. So I pitched a novel. The potential agent wanted to see chapters and an outline, and I didn’t really know how to do that, so I wrote the book in a hurry, then used that as a basis for the outline. [Read more…]