It's about how, why, and the history.
How do you make a fist?
How do you kick without hurting your hips?
How do you punch harder than anyone else?
It's about hacking the Martial Arts for the best possible outcome and carrying on the tradition of my instructor. Always improve. Always question. Always learn.
Uniting the Martial Arts with Dr. Carl Totten
In this episode I chat with Dr. Carl Totten about his history in the arts and his currents goal of bringing back all aspects of the arts from harming to healing. Dr. Totten has had the same school in the same location for over 35 years. While the McDojo's come and go Dr. Totten has maintained a consistent student base, which tells you something about his teaching quality.
From his biography:
Professor Carl Totton is the founder of the Taoist Institute. He has studied the Chinese healing, spiritual, and martial arts for over 45 years and is licensed as a clinical and educational psychologist. He is certified as both a Reiki master, and qigong and martial arts grandmaster. He has worked in many clinical settings including private practice, hospitals, community mental health clinics, schools, and a college counseling center.
Douglas Wong: History
The podcast talks about the following topics (in order):
Martial Moves Global Reach
Camp of the Masters
GM Douglas Wong Interview
JAM (Joining All Movement)
1950's in Los Angeles (Watts) and Family Styles
Shotokon and Tag Soo Do
Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Ark Wong
School Hopping / Mixing
Which arts worked? Kung-Fu had it's issues
Tiny Lefiti and Mok Gar
Ark Wong and "feeling it"
Linear vs Circular movements
Ed Parker and Kenpo
Kung-Fu Television Series
Inside Kung-Fu magazine
Forms VS Sets
Teaching someone to fight VS Fight Choreography
Lucy Lawless and her talent
Real Fighting and tactics
Rules of Street Fighting. Did they exist?
What is he exploring now?
Who do you wish you trained with?
How do you generate power?
Cliff Stewart: Executive Protection (Pt 2)
The second part of a two part podcast with Maha Guru Cliff Stewart. This episode covers his experience in Executive Protection with Larry Flint, Muhammad Ali, Wesley Snipes, James Garner, Mr. T, and others. We also discuss the difference between self defense and MMA. If you are into real world combat this is the podcast for you.
Cliff Stewart: History and Application (Pt 1)
Dr. Ron Chapél
This episode covers Dr. Ron Chapél's early days at Ark Wong, how he met Ed Parker, Bruce Lee, Gene LeBelle, fight films, the evolution of Kenpo, Tiny Lefiti, and how he became a Martial Hacker.
Dr. Chapél has been training in the arts for over 55 years with a lineage that include GM Ark Wong and GM Ed Parker. To say that this man knows what he's doing is an understatement. He has lived the Martial Arts longer than most of us have been alive. He is truly the original Martial Hacker. Someone who examines the arts from a scientific basis. Does it work? Yes, then he uses it. If it doesn't then he throws it out.
Interesting history and technical discussion
I’ve never actually been a martial arts person, but regardless I find the discussion very interesting and informative. Brad seems to be incredibly knowledgable about a variety of disciplines in self defense and does a great job getting his guests sharing. Most of all the history covered in these episodes is great, and I suspect this is the only primary sources for a lot of what the guests share.
Dr. Chapel podcast
I really enjoyed the laid back interview technique used. I can honestly say from personal experience, the podcast was like so many conversations I have had in that very same room. It is good to get all of this pertinent and resourceful information out to the public.