In October 2017 I ventured out for a place that will help me with my fitness goals. I was gaining weight due to medications and let me say that practicing Choy li Fut changed my life.

What is Choy Li Fut?

As fas as I was taught in White Dragon, Choy Li Fut is a martial art that focuses on self-defense. It’s not as fancy as other martial arts like Taekwondo, but the skill that I’ve learned is what matters. Nothing against Taekwondo or the other martial arts out there. I think every single one of them is unique in their own way.

Choy Li Fut focuses on circular strikes and makes use of both the upper and lower body. Basically, the style is similar to a rock at the end of the rope. We use relaxed strikes to conserve energy. Your fist is the rock, and your arm is the rope. But where do we get the energy? Well, we get it from the ground.

One of the main reasons why I like this martial art so much is because no matter how small you are, you can go against someone bigger than and still be able to defend yourself? How? It’s called redirection. Basically, you get close to your opponent and whatever energy they throw at you, you throw it back. Pretty cool, right? There’s a certain type of training in order to be proficient at this. It’s called pushing hands.

Stances

Every single stance we have has a main purpose. The first one is called the horse stance. It looks like you’re riding a horse hence the name. Legs are bowed out to make sure that you stay on the ground and don’t fall when you get hit by your opponent.

The second one is called the cat stance. I can’t tell you much about it except that it’s a stance where you’re prepared to kick, when your opponent gets close. As somebody who practiced gymnastics while younger, I have a hard time perfecting this. Why? Because I’m so used to walking in a straight line, that

The third one is called a bow stance. This stance is used with striking or striking and punching at the same time. It adds extra energy to your strikes as you lunge yourself to the direction your striking too.

Training

Besides the regular kicking and punching, we have this thing called arm conditioning. One of the instructors in my school particularly enjoys this, so he makes us practice this from time to time during class. At first you’ll get bruises on your arm but eventually your body will get used to it. Basically, in order for your bones to get stronger, you need to keep “hitting” it with other bones or wood. We usually practice this with a partner.

What school do I go to?

The name of my school is White Dragon Martial Arts. I think they’re logo is cool and modern. Their facilities are clean. Tuition is not exactly cheap but it’s worth it. I mean, are you really going to set a price for your health and life?

There are numerous branches in Southern California and the owner (Tai Si Gung Nathan Fisher) learned for Grandmaster Doc-Fai wong, who is part of the lineage. Hence, you can trust their system as they’ve been doing it a long time and they practice traditional Choy Li Fut.

In December 2018 I made Blue Sash. It’s the 4th Sash level and I was pretty excited. I used to think that I will never get there, as I always had an image of a cool martial artist that was athletic which I was far from. I guess, I know what I’m doing I suppose.

Some bloggers post their income reports online. Does that give you a moment’s pause? Why would they do that? What is an income report and should I be posting one as well? Monthly income reports can be a point of contention in the blogging world. Some people are fervently against EVER sharing their income reports, citing privacy concerns. Other’s share their monthly income reports to help bloggers grow their business. However, the bloggers who do choose to post their income reports are in the minority.

An income report is a line-by-line breakdown of a blogger’s earnings usually on a monthly basis, provide the reader with an understanding of where a blogger’s income is coming from.

 

Why publish a monthly income report?

 

Publishing a monthly income report is a personal decision. You do open the door for trolls, haters, and criticism when you post successful numbers. You need to understand the why behind what you decide to do – sharing or not sharing. Don’t make a hasty decision, take the time to weigh the pros and cons and see if publishing your income report is the right decision for you and your blog.

 

Here are some reasons why some of the bigger bloggers have chosen to publish their income reports:

 

1. The first reason is simple: to get more traffic. Up and coming bloggers read income reports to learn and figure out their main source of income and different ways you can generate income.

2. To gain exposure for their business.

3. Encourage and motivate bloggers trying to generate a sustainable income.

4. Lends credibility to their voice if they are making a significant income.

5. Income reports add the opportunity for conversation and learning from each other. Failures and successes are posted, failures can be inspiring as well. Realizing someone else makes mistakes and learning from each other’s mistakes is an important element of reading income reports.

6. Putting it together is as much for the blogger as the consumer – evaluating and learning as you view expenses on a whole instead of individually.

But remember, there are some drawbacks to reporting your income on your blog. The bigger your income can make a reader feel like you are not relatable, or people’s pettiness and jealousy of someone else’s success can cause for some mean comments and trolls. By posting income reports, there are some who might copy your ideas instead of using you for inspiration.

 

Here are a few bloggers who share their income reports:

 

We wanted to give some examples of bloggers who have chosen to share their income reports.

1. Neil Patel began earning a six-figure income before turning 18. Now he makes millions through his blog. You can check out one of his recent income reports. His three most famous sites, KissMetrics, QuickSprout, and CrazyEgg, help organizations and individuals with SEO and web analytics.
2. Smart Passive Income focuses on Internet marketing, and it was founded by Patt Flynn. He describes his service as being the  “crash test dummy of online business.” Flynn began income reporting back in 2008 and was one of the first to begin the trend.

3. Melyssa Griffin (The Nectar Collective) struggled with the decision to share her income report on her blog. She chose to do it for a “behind-the-curtains” peek for her followers. Griffin’s blog mission centers around helping people build their online audiences and their income, so it was a natural decision for her to make sharing her income report.

4. Entrepreneur’s Journey is the brainchild of Yaro Starak. He uses his site to help fellow entrepreneurs through coaching and practical approaches to build their audience.

 

If you are considering sharing your income report, spend time on other blogger’s income reports. Glean from their successes and learn from their failures. It can add credibility to your claims as an expert when you share your income report, and it provides the opportunity to develop the trust of your followers. And followers trusting your brand is one of the best ways to grow.

 

 

Tell me what you think – to report or not to report?