A Website For Everyone!

•December 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Combative Corner is a website that was started in April of 2010 and has quickly grown due to its amazing contributors, interviews and our monthly “Roundtable Discussions.”  The CC is the place on the web where you can go to get a fresh, unique perspective… where you can get quality advise from six, dedicated martial art professionals.  The site was created by yours truly (Michael Joyce, Chen Taijiquan/Fencing) and is includes Sensei Robert Lara (Aikido – Four Winds; Kansas), Sensei Brandon Vaughn (Karate – KI; North Carolina), Instructor Johnny Kuo (I-Liq Chuan; Pennsyvania), Sifu Freddie Lee (Kungfu; Chicago); and T.J. Kennedy (Hybrid Self Defense System; Ontario).

Please visit the site and subscribe. If you have a twitter account, the Combative Corner is THE one to follow! (Follow here)

A Gift That Should Be Considered

•December 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Happy Holidays Everyone! Just wanted to post that we’re having our “Holiday Special” from now till January 1st, 2011.  These self-defense keychains have sold like hotcakes and rightly so!… This shark-inspired keychain could, one day, save your life!  Normally, this wonderful tool is $12,… but for a limited time only, they are $9.99 each.  Get a pack of 5 for only $40… that’s only $8 a piece!

Download the FREE manual – Here

Disclaimer– The Isurus™ Self-Defense Keychains are to be used for self-defense only.

FINAL NOTE: Please purchase no later than Dec. 20th, 2010 in order to receive the product by Christmas (if in the U.S.).  Secondly, if ordering the Holiday Special 5-pack, specify within the PayPal invoice (comment section) how many keychains of what color you want.  Those who do not specify will receive all black.   The Isurus™ Keychains come in black and hot pink.

For questions you may contact: Isurus_Keychain@hotmail.com

KeyChains : Self-Protection “In-Hand”

•September 2, 2010 • 4 Comments

http://www.chencenterstore.com – Modeled after the Mako Shark, the Isurus is not only a handsome keychain, but a practical and highly effective self-defense tool. For the price that many people pay for lunch, you can own your very own Isurus. Made of premium lightweight aluminum, the Isurus is easily concealable, lightweight, and virtually indestructible.

Make sure you download the FREE Isurus User Manual at http://www.ChenCenterStore.Com

Full, Complete (Advanced) Isurus Manual will be available in paperback or digital download no later than December 2010. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget to check out our new website at http://www.CombativeCorner.Com – At The CombativeCorner, you’ll find not only great articles, interviews and videos, but the from the perspective of 6 highly-trained martial art instructors (each of a different martial art background)

Follow us on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/combativecorner

For a list of Coach Joyce’s books (namely, the popular “The Golden Thread”) visit http://www.lulu.com/chencenter

Mocksville Self-Defense Workshop

•August 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The ability to defend oneself from violence is an all-to-important skill-set, that unfortunately, gets overlooked when building life skills.  The act of taking a self-defense class not only aids in your ability to protect yourself, but fuels an deep inner confidence and understanding of your own personal power that goes far beyond the classroom.

Join self-protection specialist, Coach Michael Joyce, author of The Golden Thread: The Essential Principles of Self-Defense, for a 4-week workshop at the Brock Gym brought to you by the Mocksville/Davie Recreation Department.  Price is $50 per person.

Register by contacting Coach Joyce at 336-337-0348 or by

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144983875536310&ref=mf

Contact Coach Joyce at Michael@ChenCenter.Com if you have any questions.

Finding Your Purpose

•November 9, 2009 • 1 Comment

I was listening to a podcast by one of my favorite people, Mr. Geoff Thompson.  For those that don’t know who he is, he’s one of the foremost authorities on personal protection.  He’s a martial artist, author and he delivers free podcasts (you can find and subscribe to them on iTunes) every so often.

I have met plenty of young adults and above – that feel stuck… they aren’t quite sure what to do with their lives… what direction to go in, et cetera.  I’ve pondered long and hard on this myself in the past, and I was very lucky to have found my life’s passion(s) early on.  However, for most, it may not come right away, but there is method that can work for you… and having been inspired by this podcast, I want very much to outline some of these key points:  GEOFF THOMPSON SAYS…

When people are not sure what they want to do… it is because their purpose is just a few layers deep… normally, right below their depression. And they are feeding their depressions with addictions.

  • Get rid of ADDICTIONS (i.e.  people pleasing, self-pity, denial, shame, drink)
  • Get your body IN SHAPE (strengthen your body)
  • Read positive material and educate yourself on a daily basis (i.e. books, audio, films, conversations, etc).
  • Find an outlet for negativity and an inlet for positivity
  • Be Patient

When you’re patient, and you continuously improve your infrastructure, and give your ALL on a daily basis, your purpose will come to fruition.  But this will not happen when you continue to be a slave to your addictions, if you focus on negativity, and neglect your body.  Start with step #1…  make a list of both physical AND emotional addictions.  Slowly etch out the “New You” as you simultaneously train your body & mind.  Be receptive and direct your intention and time (whatever time you can spare) on yourself.  Be KIND to yourself.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.


What I Like About Tai Ji Quan

•July 23, 2009 • 4 Comments

Master Chungliang Al Huang, is one of my favorite people on Earth.  For years I taught martial arts as a system… and it was only until I was able to relax inside my own body did my form “make shape.”  Taiji isn’t about this [boxing]… it’s about that part of you that lets go and brings a smile to your face.  How did that happen? Was it your body? It was a feeling! A taiji feeling.  Summer is a great time for everyone to take to the outdoors and absorb the abundance of qi.  I hope you guys will take my advice.  Please watch this video (if only to smile)!  Many blessings my friends and students.  Coach…. out!

Highlights of a Young Dragon

•April 1, 2009 • 1 Comment