In this episode we speak with martial artist Eddie Niwata.
Eddie has been practicing Choy Li Fut, a Chinese martial art, for over 20 years and currently teaches Choy Li Fut and Tai Chi
Heads up: this episode is going to be heavy on martial arts (techniques, training, style comparisons, etc...) with a bit on Asian American identity and racism in the first section.
HIGHLIGHTS (in chronological order):
Revised Guitar Intro Song!
Choy Li Fut
Mixed Race (Hapa)
The Death Touch
Finding your martial art is like finding your religion.
Pedagogy: How to teach
Traditional vs MMA
Muhammed Ali vs Bruce Lee
The importance of sparring
External vs Internal
Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation)
MARTIAL ARTS TIPS
We each share some advice we’ve picked up over the years.
Master Huang’s Five Loosening Exercises: good for loosening the lower back and body tension.
Keep your butt tucked in: lessens lower back pain and increases stability.
Doing things with intent: makes movements more powerful.
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