Martial art styles, Which is better?

People have asked me this all the time. When people have an interest in martial arts, they either want to learn self defense, or to stay fit. Sometimes people would like to do a specific type of martial art. They want to know which style is better. Is it Kung fu? Taekwondo? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?  My answer is this; all of them are good. Every style is different, it’s how the person uses it.

I’ve met people who tried our classes, sometimes people don’t like it because they don’t feel challenged or it’s not for them. In my opinion, you should find a style that works for you. Before I studied Kung Fu, I took Taekwondo-Kickboxing. Studied it for 5 years, I really enjoyed the fitness and the cardio we were having, but I wanted to try something different.

I remember my dad always watched a lot of Kung Fu movies, like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Lee. I always wanted to do Kung Fu because of the movement and the crazy kicks and flips. My mom found a place close to home that Teaches Kung Fu. Studio was called FreeStyle Kung Fu.

After a few months being there, I had a lot of difficulty changing the way I fight. I was used fight in Taekwondo-Kickboxing style, but it took time to adjust. But I still use my previous style to fight. I believe whatever style you learn, you should keep your past experiences in mind. The style is different, but it doesn’t matter. What really matters is that you are willing to learn and keep an open mind.

If you want to know what style is better, you should try out what’s suitable for you. Theirs no such thing as a #1 martial art, every style is unique in it’s own way.

Kung Fu Panda 3 changed me *Spoiler Free*

I just saw Kung Fu Panda 3, I love it! I’ve been a fan of Kung Fu Panda since the 1st one, and I’m so happy they made the 3rd. I have studied kung fu for 19 years, and I’m still learning. I haven’t been back for a while because of school, but after watching the movie, I miss teaching students and seeing my teachers. I can’t wait to see them once the semester is done.

Yes, Kung Fu Panda has changed me, especially the past films. What I learned in the films and as a martial artist, is that theirs no secret ingredient to being the strongest, the fastest, the smartest. It’s just you, it’s what’s inside you that makes you unique and strong, and no one can change that because that’s who you are.

Finding inner peace. It’s not easy. Vengeance and holding that anger isn’t going to make things better for anyone around you, or yourself. You will end up hurting people, and you will be blind to see the truth. When you are consumed by anger, you can’t think straight. Your mind is clouded with pain. But when you take a deep breath and reflect. Think to yourself “What can I do to make this work?” or  “What should I do to make myself happy?”. That’s inner peace, learning to forgive. Sometimes I just sit on a desk and close my eyes. I empty my mind and take deep breaths. That helps me relax.

I’m not going to spoil the movie, But the thing I will talk about that was in the film, is about Chi. Chi is basically energy within oneself.  You may not know this, but you have chi as well. Every single person has it. But what can you do to develop chi? It’s simple, balance.

This is a good example a friend told me. You are holding four spoons. Think of those spoons of things that’s important. School, work, family, and your favorite hobby, etc. Now add another spoon to your hand, think of another thing that you do, or a task. Add more until you can barely hold on. This is a perfect example of imbalance. You are doing way too much. The more things you have in your life, you will eventually fall and hit the ground. Theirs so much that one person can do. You have to respect yourself, and what I mean by that is you have to know your limits and make some sacrifices. You can only hold four spoons, if you sustain that, you’ll create balance.

 

 

What also creates balance is life experience, whether if it’s good or bad. For example, the Yin and yang symbol. Let’s look at the white side, theirs always good in what you experience, but their can be a dark side. That’s why there’s a black dot in the white area. Same as the black side, theirs the bad, but theirs good. That’s what also creates balance. We are not bound to be perfect. Theirs always a good and bad side of life.

Growing up, my mom put me in martial arts to learn self defense because I always get bullied in school. But as I continue this path, I began to understand what balance is and what being a martial artist is. I may not be the best teacher, but I can learn from my mistakes and become better at it.

Bryan’s Biography

My name is Bryan. I’m an actor, singer, and Martial artist. I’m currently a student at SAIT studying Radio Television Broadcasting News (RTBN). The reason why I’m in this program is because my biggest dream in life is to be a Voice Actor. I want to put my voice in cartoons, Radio commercials, and TV commercials. I would love to do public speaking as well. If I can, I would love to keep doing acting in the side and sing as well.

I’m part of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, I joined in August and I’m loving every moment of it. I get to learn new music, sing in front of people, and meet special guests who will be performing with us in concerts. What’s great about being in the choir is that we make perfect harmony. When we hit those music notes, I feel we are like choirs of angels. I hope to continue with the choir for as long as I can.

As an actor, I have been acting when I was 12 years old. Mostly acting for musical theater, but I also act for film as well. The most memorable role I have done is playing as the Baker from “Into the Woods” in Elementary school. That was my first main role. I’ve never acted in school, only sing. But I gave it a try, and wow, I had such a fantastic experience.

I have been doing Martial arts for 19 years now. I started at the age of 5. I was bullied a lot in school. My mom had enough and she enrolled me to martial arts classes. I started at Karate, Taekwondo, and Kickboxing, but I never really enjoyed it. then I joined Kung Fu. The style was my most favorite because of the flow of movement and the secrets of using your opponents energy against them.

As I said before, I’m pursing a career in voice acting. Reason why I chose this path in radio is because I want to learn more the technical side of it. That way I have something under my belt in the future.

In this Blog, I’ll be sharing my experiences in Martial arts, talking about action movies, shows, etc. Hope you enjoy reading my content and joy what you see.