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What is Softness?

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

One of the major differences in our style from others such as Karate or Taekwondo is that ours is a “soft” style. I have been asked several times to explain why this is and how it is beneficial. This can be a long explanation, which I will be covering different aspects in the coming weeks, so check back often.

The first question usually is “What do you mean by ‘soft’?”

A quick explanation is simply that when we fight and play most forms, we have no tension in our muscles. Now obviously we must have at least some to remain standing and moving. But that is all we should have, just enough. It can be difficult for beginners and intermediate level students to judge how much is just enough. The best advice I could give would be to err on the side of softness.

Why soft? Not having tension and rigidity in your body will allow you to act and react quicker and more efficiently. A common example that I give is to try and tighten your whole arm and have someone push on it. Your whole body will move. In order to block or strike with that arm, you must first relax the muscles before you can move it. If you do the same thing, but only keep enough tension to hold the arm in place, then when someone pushes on it it will move and your center is not compromised. If you need to block or strike with the arm, it is ready to move immediately, therefore saving you the precious few moments needed to relax it, and possibly saving yourself from being hit.

Remember to check back often as I will post more on this very important subject soon.

Bit By The Bug

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

I want to share with you my experience with Tyler Kung Fu and Fitness. I’ve always been amazed with martial arts. From the first Karate Kid to Bloodsport, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to discipline your body to do things you never thought that it could do.

I’ve been training at TKKF for about a year now, and I feel that I am in the best physical shape of my life. I started out training in the Cross Training Combat class. The first day that I came in, Sifu Brandon Jones told me that it would be an intense work out, and was it ever. After the warm up I was about ready to quit, but the macho guy inside me had to save face. We did push ups, on our palms, on our finger tips, on our knuckles, and then came the sit ups, the leg lifts, the bag work out, the kicks, and the list goes on.

The next day I felt like I had ran a triathlon, but what I saw was what we were learning was REAL. The training that we were doing wasn’t only conditioning, but it was learning a reaction to what could happen in real life. We weren’t breaking boards, we were learning the applications of Mantis Kung Fu.

The combat class quickly led to Kung Fu. You see all the movies and the hoopla on T.V. but this was REAL. I guess that is the point that I want to drive across. I was just amazed and still am to this day that someone could train their body to sit in a horse stance for a solid hour, and hour squatting with your legs bent at a 90 degree angle, back straight, and breathing through the pain of your legs burning out of control and trying to keep them from collapsing. I have trouble fighting through two minutes.

And after a year you begin to think, hey I’m in great shape, I’ve learned a lot, and you realize that you haven’t even brushed the surface… and it drives you. It makes you think, what could I accomplish, how much harder could I train to be better, what could I read to make me a better martial artist, who can I talk with to teach me more, how early can I leave work today to go and train?

If you want to learn fancy kicks or how to break boards, I urge you to go somewhere else, but if you want REAL martial arts training, a caring staff of instructors, and the application of this training for real life self defense…come to TKKF.

Hi, I’m Jimmy Decker, and I’ve been bit by the BUG.