What’s the point in learning a martial art?

I do ask myself sometimes. I mean why do I get hit, bruised and thrown about each week? I guess the standard answer is that, if the worst comes to the worst, you will be able to defend yourself. I mean it’s a nice idea, but if the worst does come to the worst, you…

Thai mediation: Wax-on, wax-off

I was a big fan of Karate Kid as a child. I watched all the way to number three. Mark my words; Daniel learned a thing or two over that time. He’d been in a succession of fights, visited Japan, offered various forms of emotional support to Mr Miagi, and saved a bonsai plant. All…

Thai meditation: Get off of my cloud

Mindfulness starts at the door. I strode in and thumped my zafu on the ground and dropped down, turning my attention to the orange clad monk. He wasn’t impressed, and through the medium of his middle aged female translator, he was able to tell me at length how unimpressed he was. I had been in…