About Mushin

Wing Chun researcher and teacher.

Gorilla Power

In CMA we like to talk about animal shapes.

In this video I talked about what we can learn from the gorilla

I don’t want to call this internal. It should be as it is. You take a principle, you take an analogy, you learn from it and if you get something out of it then its a bonus.

Most of the stuff we do in SKD can be learned fairly easily. It just takes practice.

For the purists and elitists we can make the explanation complicated but what’s the point. We want to get the skill not titilate our mind with the knowing.

As an aside take a look at the clip below; you can see how gorillas fight at the beginning of the clip :-

Glock the Gun






I don’t have any interest to read about guns but I recently came across this book Glock : The Rise of America’s Gun which proved to be an entertaining read.

The author mentioned how the name Glock rhymed very well with some words which allowed gangsta rappers to write lyrics which rhyme with Glock, for example, “I choose droppin’ the cop, I got me a Glock.”

Elsewhere there’s also a chapter on how the NRA and the US government unintendedly helped Glock to sell more guns, perticularly the model nicknamed Pocket Rocket when a law was put up to ban certain guns.

The NRA argued that lawfully armed citizens were the first line of defense in stopping crime cause there’s never a cop around when you need one.

I don’t understand gun culture as over here guns are banned but I get the point about there never a cop around when you need one.

The point that the law do not get is that no one wants to have to fight (well, maybe some people do cause its the thing for them) unless they are forced to. Our natural impulse is to call a cop.

But what if the threat is imminent like right now, right here and you don’t have the opportunity to call for a cop?

Have you called the police post? It takes a few rings before someone picks up. Then they want to know your details and why you are calling. By the time they come it could be at least 10 minutes before any patrol car shows up.

So what do you do in the meantime? Tell the person who is about to attack you to chill and wait?

So we don’t want to fight. Its a hassle, a pain in the ass, not just physically but also legally. The law does not understand because it is not the law that is getting whacked. So on this point I get why there is a need for a gun.

Since we don’t do guns here the next best option is our fist. But it is said that if you are older using a fist against a younger attacker or a few attackers is not to our advantage.

What we do then? Enter the knife. OK, we don’t do knives either. For one its not legal to carry and two its also messy when the blood starts to flow.

Next best option is a stick whether a palm stick, a longer stick, or perhaps a baseball bat. OK, unless we just came back from a baseball game or we are in a car chances are we won’t have a bat.

So I like the palm stick. Its like a blunt knife. Easy to carry. The law does not say its illegal. Easy to conceal too wheres a 28 inch stick is my preference but too long to carry and sticks out like a sore thumb.

It is said in peace train for war and in war prepare for peace. Learning and training to protect ourselves is for those times a cop is never around and we ourselves is the key to a world of hurt, possibly death, or life.

Unlike insurance you can’t buy skill and expect it to take effect in the next minute. You want to have the skill you gotta put in the time and the repetitions. It does not guarantee that you will come out in one piece but it is better to have an option than not.

Interested to learn principles that apply to emptyhand combat, sticks or blades? Write me.

Big Movement

This is part of our previous SKD session last Sunday.

The development of striking skills begin with bigger movements rather than smaller movements.

Why we begin with bigger movements is because it is easier to feel what we are doing. It is also easier to develop power through a bigger motion.

When we can feel what is happening, example how our arm is moving relative to the waist, how our legs is assisting the swing by coordinating the rise-fall movement that allows us to use gravity to accelerate down and use the same movement to come up etc, then its time to work on reducing the size of the movement.

A smaller movement is faster and is more useful when used for probing and entering.

Minimize the External

At one time I did not like wide, circular strikes. When I learned Wing Chun they used to tell us that circular strikes are slow.

However, if this is true why is it that many styles use circular strikes?

Once I took a closer look then I discover that a circular strike can move just as fast as a linear strike. It is a matter of how you apply it.

You do need to train to do wide movement first to get the power before you minimize the outer movements so that you can move more efficiently.