Master Hughes' Blog

21 Steps to Win the Fight

The goal is to hit and not be hit.  Easier said then done.  Here are some things to think about. Manipulating the range with footwork Body and head movement is…
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Respect the Training Process

Bushido is the way for a martial artist to follow, a code to live by, the samurai way. A samurai was a member of the Japanese warrior caste.  The samurai…
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How We Learn New Things

There's a huge difference between some martial arts schools and teachers and others. Professionalism is number one.  Second are tested, proven methods to get the desired result.   Techniques are…
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Mobility and Security

In Iron Mantis Martial Arts, the fighting stance is called Hou Shi (monkey position).   Its emphasis is on mobility and security.   Proper execution of this position will determine…
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Successful Actions

What makes some days better then others?   Sometimes it's all the little things we do throughout the day that makes the difference.  It not just the way we look…
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Mental Strength

Recently a student asked me about staying mentally strong through martial arts training and competition.  I found this an interesting thought.  There are a lot of motivational quotes, books and…
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What is Qi Gong?

8 Pieces of Brocade Cloth Chi Kung or Qigong is the skill or ability to obtain and cultivate vital energy (Qi).  Qigong is a self-healing art that combines movement and…
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Throwing a Knockout Punch

If you are right handed that means your power hand is your right and your left is your jab.  The jab sets up more knockouts, but the straight punch with…
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Setting the Table With a Jab

What's the most important punch?   Some say the most important punch is a jab because it sets up more knockouts then any other punch.   FIST BASICS When throwing the jab, it's…
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Health and Nutrition

I have many friends and students who struggle with their weight, diet, performance in the dojo and overall health.  My philosophy is to keep things simple. I will share some…
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Effective Martial Arts

People talk a lot about "effective" martial arts.  Effective for what?  To defend yourself against a bad guy trying to hurt you, rob you, rape you or trying to hurt…
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Old School Training

When I started training with Master Raymond Fogg, I drove 40 minutes one-way to class every day.  I arrived one hour early to clean the school, do repairs and then…
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Always Moving Forward

There's a saying in 7-Star Mantis Kung Fu:  “always moving and changing direction in order to break your opponent’s guard.” I like to apply this not only to my fighting…
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Jack of All Trades…

People are training martial arts in too many places these days.   I never saw this growing up.  It takes a lot to be a highly skilled, well-rounded black belt in…
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18 ways to hit your goals

Discipline of the mind, body and spirit ("the three battles"). Discipline in a training hall is as equally important as discipline outside of it.  We are martial artists full-time. Martial artists…
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Mantis Kung Fu is Old School Mixed Martial Arts

There are many styles in the world claiming to be the original Mixed Martial Art.   Many of them embraced the idea of change early on in the development of their…
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7 Star Praying Mantis History

The legendary Wong Long, creator of the famous northern Shaolin seven star praying mantis system of kung fu, developed his system while spending his days at the Shaolin Temple. Taking…
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Code of Ethics

Master Huo Yuanjia co founder of the Chin Woo Athletic Association Master Hughes Martial Arts Codes of Ethics: Always honor one's family without expectation of receiving. Strive for family honor…
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