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: Turn and Face the Change (a bad Wing Chun day)

I’m ready. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Can’t wait to gain new skills. Yesterday’s session was great, but today’s…absolutely terrible. Why is it that our abilities can fluctuate so much? Learning an art isn’t plain sailing; bad training days can shift your focus from that positive appreciation of what you’ve learned, to staring into…

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…

Film Review: Iron Fist

Kicks might not easily be likened to lace curtains, the one doesn’t easily relate to the other. It’s a slightly confusing contrast. This contract could be used comedically to create a pithy one liner, such as: “Your kicks are like lace curtains, light weight and stylistic questionable.” – Oo burn! But something the comparison doesn’t…

Book Review: Bruce Lee: The Warrior Within

They say every dog thinks that it’s a wolf, which would surely explain the inexplicable swagger of a cocksure Chihuahua. According to the writings of Bruce Lee then, each Chihuahua must surely be in touch with its wolf within. This inner wolf is a massive reserve of energy that resides within us all, seemingly intangible,…