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Video note: above is a looped video of James and Dan practicing Taichi push hands. Edited due to privacy concerns of children entering the frame.

Hi All! Yin & Young are back with an episode sharing the lessons they’ve learned training martial arts and how they’ve applied them to their own lives.


  • Dan enrolled his kids to a kung fu school.

  • Picking a martial arts school for a kid: cost and convenience are major factors.

  • Delineation between hard and soft styles: Bruce Lee thought this separation between hard and soft was an illusion.

  • Many soft style masters started with hard styles first.

  • James studied Shotokan Karate and shares stories about his late teacher, Sensei Lafferty.

  • Dan says exposure and affinity to multiple styles is a modern development. Before, people in the old days just learned what was locally/regionally taught and adapted it.

  • Body styles might dictate the style best suited for people or how they can be adapted.

  • Stories about getting bullied while growing up

  • Is the world a cruel place?

  • Discussion about the deaths of Zhang Yingying and Xinran Ji, two Chinese international students in the U.S.

  • Stephen Kaufman's "Book of Five Rings" and "Art of War" are the interpretations that Dan recommends for both books

  • James recites the Shotokan Karate Dojo Kun.


道可道,非常道。名可名,非常名。無名天地之始;有名萬物之母。 - 老子

Dào kě dào, fēicháng dào. Míng kě míng, fēicháng míng. Wúmíng tiāndì zhī shǐ; yǒumíng wànwù zhī mǔ. - Lǎozi

The way that can be told, is not the eternal Way. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The Way is nameless but also Named and is the origin of all things. - Laozi (aka Lao Tzu/Lao-Tze)

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