Essentials of Martial Arts
8 Essentials of Martial Arts as seen by Sifu Andy:
You can never show too much respect! Although I do not always demand
high respect, I always like to see it, and appreciate those students who
show it. For proper respect see our list of rules in the school and read
Senior Master Leonard's List of Courtesies: www.starmgc.com/shaolin/courtesy.html
Good class attendance is important to learn our extensive material and
to be able to perform it correctly. Also, practice outside of class on
your own time is important to excel in your martial arts performance.
The harder you practice the easier everything becomes and the less
effort you have to put out.
Knowing how to time your attacks, defense, and counterattacks correctly
is important for the effectiveness of martial art technique. Good timing
is usually achieved through partner drills.
Good balance is important to have in order to stay on your feet and use
your style correctly in application.
Power is important to thwart an opponent. If an attack is not powerful
enough to cause damage to the attacker, then it becomes mostly useless
and you best chance for survival is running away or if they eventually
Another important quality is speed. There are several elements that
speed consists of. They are the time it take to react
to an attack or opening, the time it takes to recognize
what the attack is and what you should do, and also how fast you are
capable of movement.
Put these together and you have your speed.
Proper technique plays a huge roll in your power, speed, and the
effectiveness of a movement. Diligent practice and asking questions in
class is the only way to achieve coordinated, precise, and effective
This is a must in order to have a safe class environment to practice in
especially when working with a partner. If you can't go fast and stay
controlled, then keep it slow so no one get injured. Control is also
very important to have in a confrontation. If you lose control of
yourself, the all your practice, timing, balance, power, speed, and
technique will fail you. Martial arts is about controlling you mind as
well as your body.