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    Archive for January 2016

    Motivation versus Discipline : TKF 80

    Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:31 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

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    Motivation is often over rated.

    Waiting till you feel right to do something is simply a form excused proscrastination. As practitioners of Martial Arts of any style and for any reason. We have to work to developing our self-discipline.

    A Friend's Blog Post

    Andrea Harkins has developed into a good friend of the past couple years. On her blog

    The Martial Arts Woman had an excellent quote in a April 2014, titled: ‘You, Only better’

    she wrote in this post:

    “I was able to change the assumption that I was “not as good as others” into a more positive mantra:   “if they can do it, so can I. focus on progress, not perfection. “

    Motivation vs Discipline Podcast


    The Martial Arts Woman Blog, with Andrea Harkins

    Tao of Po Blog

    Brightside : Why Discipline is more Important

    Benjamin Franklin : 13 virtues

    Robert Downey Jr. Self Discipline

    Zen Habits

    TKF 30 : Intentions and Routines

    Edited on: Friday, January 22, 2016 12:03 PM

    Posted in Athletic Performance , Beginners , Chinese Martial Arts , Health , Podcasts

    Balancing Being Dad and Pursuing Martial Arts : TKF 79

    Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 at 6:09 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

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    A Listener named Paul wrote from a small city, north of Japan. He is a dad of two and had several questions.. but first, here is what he said about the program :

    “Dear Sifu TW Smith,
    My name is Paul and I've been listening to your podcasts, Tibetan Kung Fu and KungFu Podcasts, for about a month and a half now. I've kept up on recent episodes and have gone back to some older ones in the archive when I found some time to do so.
    I really enjoy your show and it's been nice to hear someone talk about martial arts in the way that you do. It's particularly nice to hear you talk about how the lessons of the martial arts apply to aspects of your life outside of training as well as the philosophical subjects you cover. Your voice fits very well with podcasting. I really enjoy your shows and want to encourage you to keep up the good work. The positivity of your shows is truly inspiring."

    Paul shared more of his story and then asked some important questions :

    Am I reducing the effectiveness of my training by cutting my practice into small chunks and separating them throughout the day?

    I want to be a good family man, but I also can't abandon tai chi. How can you have both?

    How do you devote yourself to both your family and the martial arts?

    Do you have any advice on push hands? Is it possible to practice alone?

    How can I ever really have confidence in my tai chi if there's no one there making the important corrections for me or telling me I'm doing it right?

    Can you really learn tai chi from a book?

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    Support Veteran Steve Baskis, He was blinded in Iraq and wants to return to his Martial Arts practice.

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    Edited on: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 1:26 PM

    Posted in Cultural , Personal Development , Podcasts

    Joint Lock Course : Beginners and Novice

    Posted on Saturday, January 02, 2016 at 3:05 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

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    3 Weeks of Qin Na : One of Five Modern Primary Martial Art Skills

    Joint Locks are a critical part of Martial Arts Training, there are specific circumstances that make Joint Pressure and Joint Locking very effective and in some cases the only legal alternative for gaining advantage.

    Joint Locks Details

    Date: 3 Consecutive Saturdays, April 9 - 23rd, 2016 from 1 - 2:30pm

    Cost for Entire Course: $60, Students and Members will have discount rates applied

    If you have to miss one, we can make it up.

    Qin Na has subdivisions of skills, Joint Locking is the primary one we will apply skills practice too.

    When is the Skill of Joint Locking Needed?

    Joint Locking is a means to your objective. Every conflict has an objective, they usually differ, hence the conflict. Usually our objectives are to

    If you are a teacher, body guard, military, law enforcement and in some sports, Qin Na is an essential part of your training. My Grandfather was a Police Officer and Sheriff, my Dad a Prison-Guard and Highway Patrolman, yes, they could get you where they wanted you.

    "Sifu Smith is a patient and highly skilled instructor who focuses on teaching joint lock combinations in a very effective manner. His emphasis is on conveying techniques in a practical way so they can be used in a real life situation. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn joint lock techniques or Kung Fu. You'll find working with Sifu Smith to be a very rewarding experience!" - Jeff Simonton


    In Progressive Use of Martial Arts Skill and Force : TKF 51 , I share with you real-life stories of people that could have used the skill and didn't have it. Some who had the joint locking skills and didn't use it. All of which had consequences.

    Military and Law Enforcement use various locks to immobilize, subdue and escort someone. Teachers and hospital orderlies have to use joint locks to subdue someone who has become violent or lost emotional control.

    What will we cover during this workshop?

    During this particular Basics Workshop I will be taking you thru some joint-locking techniques. I will also share some of my 'non-technique' training, which basically encourages an intuitive understanding.

    We will cover a variety of locks across various joints, and point out where you will see the same joint manipulation across styles.

    The techniques will be put in context, for example

    A Situation that you intend to warn them to keep their hands to themselves, from adults to kids.

    An adolescent has gotten emotional and needs a moment of pause to calm down.

    You need to get this person subdued, now.

    What do you need?

    Yourself and maybe a notebook. We will video and audio tape parts of the program, so you can have later.

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    Excellent For :

    If you Prefer to learn these techniques in a Private or Semi-Private Setting, say you and friend, just let us know by calling : 919-792-8089

    Edited on: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 5:38 PM

    Posted in Athletic Performance , Chinese Martial Arts , Self Defense , Style: Ba Gua , Style: Hop Gar , Style: HsingYi - YiChuan , Style: QiGong , Style: Tai Chi , Workshop