Wing Chun: and the internal martial arts

If I push you backwards, and you lower at the knees – perhaps tilting forward slightly at hips – then you won’t move backwards, not one inch. This is because you’ve changed your centre of gravity and channelled my forced downwards to the ground. Should you feel any tension, it will be at the shins,…

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,…

Book Review: A Fortune-Teller Told Me

I’ve got to confess: I’m an absolute sucker for horoscopes – but let’s get this straight, when I say ‘horoscope’, we aren’t talking about some column in a daily tabloid. If I’m going to be duped by an astrologer, then they’ve got to do it right. I need a little mystery, some smoothly delivered sophistry,…

Shaolin Kung Fu: as English as high tea

Messing around isn’t something the Shaolin really do. They have a program for martial perfection and they stick to it. This is rigorous, demanding, and occupies the majority of their waking life. Bones are strengthened, styles perfected, and sinews stretched. It is a complete martial form and an extremely demanding one; it requires the complete…

Wing Chun: Raw gums and half remembered science

He was missing his four front teeth. This seemed to make life more inconvenient. He infrequently slurped saliva back into his mouth, limiting the trail from dribbling down his beard. He was heavy, perhaps sixteen or seventeen stone. A slightly discoloured wife beater displayed his bulky physique and sprawling blue tattoos nicely. He wore a…