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…

Wing Chun: Is Wing Chun a waste of time?

It has become fashionable to debate the merits of each martial art. This is a pass time as old as martial arts themselves, but YouTube seems to have provided something of a resurgence. It was during a chance search through YouTube that the Joe Rogan Show gave pause for concern. Joe Rogan made two observations…

Wing Chun: The will to teach

This teacher is a colourful man. He has a wealth of experience employing Wing Chun practically across a career spanning Asia, America, and Europe. Amongst his many achievements is being one of the early Wing Chun instructors to practice in England. Never too shy to make claims, his knowledge of kung fu was acquired as…

Jiu Jitsu: The corkscrew, nail file and can opener of martial arts

Some martial arts specialise and some want to do everything. Like an over achieving school child, or a student of PPE, some martial arts just can’t be contained to just one area. Jiu Jitsu is one such practice; Japanese Jiu Jitsu that is, rather than its flamboyant Brazilian cousin. Jiu Jitsu offers it all; it…