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    Archive for June 2015

    Rational Thought is Based on Perspective : TKF 55

    Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    perspective,rational,martial arts, self protection Rational Thoughts and Emotions can lead to either rational or irrational actions.

    In Martial Arts and Life, that can lead to problems and costly failures.

    But being able to differentiate between them in yourself is a first ingrediant.

    Not making 'morals' or 'qualities' like 'truth and lies' synonymous to rational or irrational is important.

    How embracing the irrational is being as perfect as the rational creates a paradigm shift, that help in all aspects of life.

    In the Podcast Based on Perspective of Rational Thoughts and Actions :

    Why does the irrational make sense sometimes?

    Why is it important to identify it in yourself?

    Why are some emotions very rational?

    How does it relate to martial arts?

    New Classes

    There are several class and workshop changes coming in July.

    Download Rational Thoughts and Actions are Based on Perspective

    Artwork: Perspective by Kwarrz

    Edited on: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:09 PM

    Posted in Mindfulness - Attention , Personal Development , Podcasts , Self Defense

    New Sciences in Goal Setting : TKF 54

    Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 5:30 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    goals,martial arts,karate,kungfu,raleigh We all want to improve upon where we are, somewhere in our lives.

    Climbing to new heights is part of life's pursuits.

    Practicing Martial Arts and QiGong of any style inherently comes with the pursuit of improvement or to maintain skill.

    What seperates those from who seem to achieve massive results, those who achieve steady results and those who achieve spotty results?

    One thing for sure... "Whether you practice setting goals and intentions or not, it has an effect on where you are headed."

    Artwork By : PHumada

    In Podcast #54 :

    * Author Writes : "What I Learned About WeightLoss In Kungfu"

    *Neuro-Sciences Behind Goal Setting..

    What has and hasn't worked for me

    Tangible and Intangible Goals

    How far can you reasonably set a goal?

    How clear can you make a goal?

    How does goal setting work in your mind? What does it change?

    #54 New Sciences of Goal Setting

    Mentioned in this Podcast:

    Baggy Pants Weight Loss System: How Busy People Are Shedding Pounds


    Episode #15, When is De-esculation Over?

    Episode #30 Kungfu Intentions and Routines

    Todd Herman

    Bo Jackson

    Edited on: Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:49 AM

    Posted in Athletic Performance , Podcasts

    Flowdrills for Martial Arts

    Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 10:31 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    martial art flowdrills Flowdrills develop the skills necessary to move and respond quickly.

    3 Primary Skills :

    You learn to make these work to your advantage:

    1. Space

    2. Angles

    3. Techniques

    Speed is interrupted by tension. You can not maintain muscular tension and move at full speed. By the time you relax, they are already gone.

    We start flow drills progressively. Utilizing techniques from various styles, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, Bagua, Hsing I and other martial arts styles to help you develop the skills to respond to close engagement situations quickly.

    These Flowskills skills are used by :

    Children who want to learn how to get a bullies hands off them, without resorting to punching and kicking first, if at all.

    Law Enforcement to quickly adjust a situation to get the criminal at a disadvantage

    Para-Military, Bodyguards, Bouncers, and Doormen who need non-lethal alternatives to disengage a hostile enemy, without going to techniques that create a commotion intially.

    Athletes who need to know how to develop full body engagement and speed to give themselves opportunity to be successful.

    Edited on: Friday, April 15, 2016 2:24 PM

    Posted in Athletic Performance , Chinese Martial Arts , Self Defense , Style: Ba Gua , Style: Tai Chi , Workshop

    Tips to Picking A Martial Art Style : 53

    Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7:27 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Topics Covered In Podcast #53: bullying,martial arts,

    I put together what an informative program that is based on a recent students question and on a recent workshop.

    Bullying Update :

    Forbes published an article on June 3, 2015 : The Effects of Bullying :

    Where they reference a recent study that included 6,700 13 year old children. And the effect that bullying had on these children by the time they were 18 years old. Startling results. If you are a parent, you will want this information.

    6 Tips to Picking A Martial Art Style or School

    Beginners Flowdrills :

    As a Beginner Students have to learn to flow. For practice in QiGong, Tai Chi or in combative situations.

    Tension and Freezing will get you in trouble. How to start? What are the most important ingrediants? FlowDrills take practice, progress and become a blend of sensing, expressing and responding.

    Tips to Picking A Martial Art School

    For More Information on Flowdrills for Martial Arts

    More on the Effects and How to Handle Bullying

    Violent Crime Statistics

    2013 Public Schools Acts of Violence and Crime Report

    TKF Podcast #41, Recognizing a Bully.

    Bully Prevention

    TKF Podcast #15 : “When is De-esculaton Over”, the youtube video/slideshow version is there too.

    Water Dragon Artwork by Echo-Moon

    Edited on: Friday, June 26, 2015 5:29 PM

    Posted in Podcasts

    Listener Comments Cover Martial Arts to Internal Kungfu : 52

    Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 5:07 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    martial arts,kungfu,self protection, This podcast outline was put together by listeners from around the world that wrote in and from people that I work with directly.

    Thank you very much for taking time to contact me, it means a lot.

    Benji at Facebook, my Houston Connection

    "I just finished listening to the last Tibetan Podcast Episode About Worrying. Best episode I've heard so far. It came at just the right time in my life and I appreciate it. Well done and thank you.”

    Larry, A Student Sent me a Text :

    I can't thank you enough for showing me what real kung fu can do. See you in the morning.

    Real kungfu is more that has a lot to offer.. if you have just an idea of what you are looking for, you can find it.. I remember reading in a taoist text that we are born in balance, through time, distractions, analyzing, judgement, desires, influence of substances and others, lust, we get out of balance… but when we are born.. we are in balance, so every problem we were born to face, we were also born with the solution.

    Mark From Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Tim,

    I just discovered your two Podcasts and I'm extremely impressed.

    I love how you clearly separate the various aspects of martial arts (martial, show, health) and discuss how martial arts can be used to improve our daily lives. I particularly enjoyed the episode on Martial Arts Intentions and Routines. I got a lot from this and I'm working on a new training plan based on the ideas and areas of focus you mentioned. At the moment I am listening to the episode on how to train worry to work for us and I'm finding that very useful also.

    I love the collaboration with Ben Judkins at Kung Fu Tea and the episode on the history of the Wooden dummy was fascinating. All I can say is that I love the shows and please keep doing what you are doing!

    Just to give you some details on myself - I am a martial artist from Dublin, Ireland. I practiced Jiu-Jitsu for many years (before MMA made it fashionable). I also have some Wing Chun, Aikido and Karate experience but I switched to Traditional Yang style Taijiquan exclusively about 16 years ago and I am currently teaching Taijiquan here in Dublin.

    Mark explains that his lineage is through Yang Cheng Fu and that it has a martial focus and one of the main reasons I switched was that I found traditional Yang style Taijiquan much more effective from a martial point of view for a person with a smaller build like myself than the Jiu-Jitsu I had been practicing. Interesting…

    I was very interested to hear that your Taijiquan comes down through Yang Ban Hou. I have some experience crossing hands with students of his lineage when I was (briefly) in China and I found it a very fun and educational experience. I am on Twitter @markbrady77 (I am following you) and my personal club website.

    Martial Art and Internal Kungfu Listener Comments


    Newsletter went out yesterday, June 2, 2015 with a new structure, schedule and a purpose to bring you information and updates.

    For example in this newsletter, I take you through how to Recognize and Respond to Indicators of Worry in Children and Adults, step by step.

    We will be adjusting the workshop and seminar schedules and packets. I am preparing to start taking occasional weekend seminar trips, so if you have an interest in me, kungfu style, strategies and techniques, contact me.

    Reeling Silk TaiJi & QiGong Ebook is now at store. If u know TaiJi or QiGong and have wanted to know if you could use the practice to help someone else, or if you are an administrator looking for real experiences to make a decision to implement a program, then you will find this book useful. Based on over 20 years of continued hands-on experience by Exercise Specialist of the American College of Sports Medicine... me :)

    Email from Patrick

    Patrick, a listener that has become a friend whose question was the source of Podcast #46 : Martial Arts Question on Jui Jitsu, Aikido and Bushido : TKF 46

    "I have now listed to this particular show 3 times. I really like what Iain has stated in that it is important that I feel comfortable with the dojo. I guess that I thought that the "spirit" of the dojo would be standardized across all forms within the same style. Now I know that I just need to do some window shopping and find a place that fits.

    What is compliant or noncompliant training. Does it have something to do with the functional aspect of the training?

    Have a great week and I will look forward to listening to the next few shows for I am a bit behind. ' Patrick'

    Compliant versus uncompliant

    This same question was asked internally as well.. generally what Iain is referring to is does your practice include a progression of developing an awareness and skills to deal with non-compliant behavior..

    Examples Compliant Behavior is :

    they will follow rules, not kick in groin, no hitting to face, quit when you uncle.. etc..

    they attack fair, hand to hand, weapon to weopon.. like a fair contest..they attack one on one,

    By FBI stats, over 40% of sexual assaults are by more than one assailant. Even law enforcement officers have to prepare, 40% of all attacks on officers of the law are by more than one.. to make it worse, sexual assaults are Way underestimated..

    June 7, 2014, The Nation.com reports:

    Corey Rayburn Yung, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, concludes that between 1995 and 2012, police departments across the country systematically undercounted and underreported sexual assaults.

    Yung used murder rates—the statistic with the most reliable measure of accuracy and one that is historically highly correlated with the incidence of rape—as a baseline for his analysis. After nearly two years of work, he estimates conservatively that between 796,213 and 1,145,309 sexual assault cases never made it into national FBI counts during the studied period.

    Edited on: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:51 AM

    Posted in Podcasts