Book Review – DR. ATKINS’ NEW DIET REVOLUTION

In this video, I review the nutrition book DR. ATKINS’ NEW DIET REVOLUTION by Dr. Robert Atkins, M.D.

If you would like to buy this book based on my review, you can do so at this link: https://amzn.to/33mJKQP

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ABOUT THIS VIDEO: When I was in my early twenties, I went on the Atkins diet. (Actually, it was a slightly different version, which was detailed in the book PROTEIN POWER, but the core concepts were still the same.) I combined this with a “circuit training” workout routine.

When I started, I was over 200 pounds. Within a few months, I was down to 160.

Aside from talking about the quality of the book, I also address a few myths about the Atkins approach.

I know this won’t change the mind of anyone who is convinced this diet is a fad and a fraud, but at least I tried.

~~~Steve Grogan

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Book Review – CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTING by Jack Dempsey

In this video, I review one of the best books written on boxing, CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTING: EXPLOSIVE PUNCHING & AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE by Jack Dempsey.

If you would like to buy this book based on my review, you can do so by following this link: https://amzn.to/3umhedX

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ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Jack Dempsey was the man. The man who had a knockout lead punch. He didn’t even call it a jab; he called it “the straight jolt.”

In this book, Dempsey talks about the mechanics of something he called “the drop step,” which I was introduced to at a local JKD school. (SIDE NOTE: My exposure to the drop step was the ONLY good thing to come out of my time at that place.)

He also goes into the mechanics of the hook, uppercut, and shovel hook. It is amazing how a lot of his tips can be transferred to Wing Chun training.

Naturally, there are some techniques that do NOT translate well, like the defensive moves of the slip, bob and weave, and snap back. However, there are far more similarities than differences, and I feel justified in saying this book would make a fine addition to any martial artist’s library.

~~~Steve Grogan

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Book Review – TAO TE CHING, translated by D.C. Lau

In this video, I review the Taoist text known as the TAO TE CHING as translated by D.C. Lau.

If you want to buy this book based on my review, you can do so via the following link: https://amzn.to/2PWVUwB

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ABOUT THIS VIDEO: If you read TAO OF JEET KUNE DO before you read this book, you will get a sense of deja vu. That is because Bruce took a lot of his ideas and philosophies from Taoism.

Bruce Lee was the “gateway drug” that led me into the wonderful world of Chinese culture, literature, and philosophy. It didn’t take me long to come across Taoism. When I did, there was no turning back; I was hooked.

Taoism teaches us to live in harmony with the universe around us because resistance causes nothing but trouble. To me, this makes perfect sense. Think of this example: a pro-life person meets someone who is pro-choice, and they immediately get steamed. “WHAT??? You are pro-choice??? You shouldn’t be! That’s just not right!”

But here’s the thing: that pro-choice person will be pro-choice no matter how many times you tell them they shouldn’t be, so why bother resisting? Just let them be.

This idea also reflects the idea of “action through inaction.” However, there is more to this concept than what I just illustrated. “Action through inaction” means to let nature take its course. To go against nature will cause destruction. In the martial arts world, this means letting go of your conscious mind and letting your skills/reflexes take over.

Watch the video, and you will learn why I have a book about philosophy on a martial arts channel.

~~~Steve Grogan

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Book Review – BODY BY SCIENCE by Doug Mcguff

In this video, I review the exercise book that changed my life: BODY BY SCIENCE, by Dr. Doug Mcguff and John Little.

If you want to buy this book based on my review, you can do so by following this link: https://amzn.to/3vLqKaO

***DISCLAIMER: What I have provided you here is an affiliate link, which means I will get a commission if you buy it. However, that will come out of AMAZON’S pocket, not yours. Also, I would not post an affiliate link to a book that I thought was awful.***

If you want to see what a workout from this book could look like, then watch me do a full workout with my trainer Jay Primarolo. He explains what we are doing and why it works, as well as answers my questions about various exercise myths.

https://youtu.be/52Lkk9KTFio

(For the record, Jay has his own YouTube channel here: https://bit.ly/33oJSz6)

If you are convinced this workout will give you the same results it has gotten me, then follow this link. Select your state, province, or country and see if there is a trainer near you! http://www.drmcguff.com/find/

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: I have done various kinds of exercise routines over the years, trying in vain to lose weight. P90X, Insanity, Rev Abs. They did the trick for a while, but the results didn’t last, and I didn’t stick with them.

Why not? Because I am a martial artist. I already devote a lot of time to practicing Wing Chun. Who the hell had the time to work out 6 days a week for 60-75 minutes at a time? Not me.

Then I heard about this method of exercise called High Intensity Training. (Please note this is not the same as High Intensity INTERVAL Training. Notice the word “Interval” is missing.) It was mentioned in another book that John Little coauthored called THE TAO OF WING CHUN.

In it, main author Danny Xuan says his coauthor introduced him to a training routine where you work out only once a week for 30 minutes. I thought, “Yeah, right. This sounds like the lazy person’s workout dream come true.”

I don’t remember if Danny mentioned this book, but somehow I wound up coming across it. I decided to give it a read. When I did, I was blown away. “If this stuff is even 50% true,” I thought, “then this could really be something!”

I went to Dr. Mcguff’s website and found a trainer near me. In August 2019, I scheduled a free lesson and was amazed at how DESTROYED I felt after it. Funds were a little short, so I had to wait until January 2020 to begin. When I did, I never looked back.

What were my results?

In January 2020, I weighed 241 pounds.

As of May 2021, I weighed 164 pounds.

This is the REAL DEAL, so it would be worth your time to hear me out, not to mention buy the book, and learn what I have learned: High Intensity Training is where it’s at.

~~~Steve Grogan

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Book Review – WING CHUN KUNG FU by James Lee

In this video, I review one of the best “introduction to Wing Chun” books I have ever read: WING CHUN KUNG FU by James Lee, with technical editor Bruce Lee.

If you want to buy this book based on my review, you can do so on Amazon via the following link: https://amzn.to/3nV85Xf

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ABOUT THIS VIDEO: There are a lot of “introduction to Wing Chun” books out there. Maybe some of them are technically better than this one, but for some reason I have a soft spot in my heart for it. This has been my “go to” text for years. In fact, I used its organization to help me create an outline for Wing Chun classes that I have taught.

Watch the video and find out why I loved it so much!

~~~Steve Grogan

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MENTAL HEALTH TIP – Ignore Insults

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: When it comes to people insulting you, there is more than one reason to ignore them.

The first one is something we have discussed in the past, which is that people’s opinion of you actually has nothing to do with you. If that person met someone else just like you, they would throw that insult at them as well. Therefore, it isn’t personal.

However, there is another reason you should ignore insults, and I explore that in this video. If your self-esteem isn’t strong enough to let you brush off the harsh words, you can use this as a backup.

Insults are usually thrown in the heat of the moment, when an argument is going on, and tempers are flaring. When someone reaches a point where they feel they are backed in a corner and/or they are unable to continue countering what you say, they will throw an insult at you.

In other words, insults are meant to distract you from the argument at hand.

My mental health tip: recognize that, and don’t let them do it! Ignore the insult, or give it the briefest acknowledgement. For example, if they said something about how you have bad breath or they mock your fashion style, you could say, “Well, maybe so, but back to the topic at hand…”

Watch the video for my full exploration of this topic.

~~~Steve Grogan

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Wing Chun Instructor Appreciation #4 – Randy Williams

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: I am so sick of all the negativity that runs rampant in the Wing Chun community. In fact, I can’t think of any other martial art where it is this bad!

That is why I began this video series. I want to bring some positivity to the scene. It might be minuscule, but it’s more than most do.

What I have done is taken one Wing Chun instructor and focus on AT LEAST ONE POSITIVE THING about them.

Many of the instructors I’ve chosen are ones who cause tempers to flare even at the mere mention of their name. In my opinion, most of the controversies around these people are silly and petty. They also serve to distract from the fact that these folks actually HAVE SKILL.

Maybe if more people spent time practicing instead of leaving negative (and juvenile) comments online, there would be other Wing Chun fighters who could achieve the level of these hated figures in the community.

Ah well. I can dream, can’t I?

~~~Steve Grogan

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WING CHUN CRITICISM – Bong Sao/Lop Da is TOO SLOW to Deal with a Jab/Cross Combo

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: There are several martial arts videos out there where a student attacks their instructor, and the instructor does a million attacks while the student poses after just one.

Wing Chun is no stranger to this kind of criticism. There are no shortage of people who say it would not work in a real fight. One of the most picked-upon moves would be Bong Sao/Lop Da.

I happen to agree with what they say. Unless someone came in with a heavy, dedicated punch, Bong Sao/Lop Da would be too slow, especially if someone “flicks” their jabs, AND if they follow up the Jab with a Cross. Then again, what the critics don’t realize is that Bong Sao wouldn’t be our first defensive choice anyway!

But let’s assume for some reason we DO throw Bong Sao out there first, with the intention of going to Lop Da, but our opponent does a fast Jab/Cross combo. Does that mean Bong Sao/Lop Da is totally useless? Or does it mean we should play around with it and find out how it could be applied?

Personally, I lean toward the latter, so let’s explore how Bong Sao/Lop Da would “really” work if we were faced with a “flicky” puncher.

~~~Steve Grogan

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WING CHUN TRAINING TIP – Hit Hard Enough to Distract

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: When it comes to self-defense, I have seen many people freeze up when they could have easily hit someone and wound up winning the fight.

Later, when I asked what went through their mind when they froze, they said, “Well, he was too close. There was no way I could have hit him with enough power to knock him out.”

Sadly, this mentality is (I believe) the reason why a lot of strikers lose to grapplers in MMA matches: when the grappler gets up close, the striker doesn’t know what to do because they think if they can’t hit to knock the opponent out, then they shouldn’t hit.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Hit, hit, and always hit. Then hit again.

Some people might say, “If you can’t knock them out, then that’s wasted energy.”

No it isn’t. The only time a strike is wasted energy is if you throw one that you KNOW will not land. By that, I don’t mean you know the opponent will block it (because no one can predict that). What I mean is if you throw a strike even though you know you are out of striking range.

Well, then what about feints? Ah, feints are not really strikes though. Feints are something you do to make someone THINK you are throwing a specific strike at a specific target, but in reality it is a setup so you can hit the spot you really want.

Watch the video and explore this concept with my son William and I.

~~~Steve Grogan

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WING CHUN EXPLANATION – Rooting Does NOT Mean We Stand Still Like Trees!

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: People love to be critics of Wing Chun. If you show them how one criticism is baseless, they will come back with another…sometimes almost immediately.

Such is the case of the concept known as “rooting.” Someone was saying how Wing Chun powers are weak because of their short range. I explained that we are able to get more power into our punches by “rooting” our stance.

What was their reply?

“Oh, okay, so then you stand in one spot like a mannequin while the opponent moves 360 degrees around you, kicking your ass.”

***sigh***

This is kind of like that argument people make when they say Wing Chun doesn’t work in MMA. Then if you point out a Wing Chun person who won, they say, “Well, they weren’t doing PURE Wing Chun.”

With people possessing this mentality, you just can’t win. So why bother?

Having said that, I am still going to post this video for those who will watch it with an open mind.

~~~Steve Grogan

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