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,…

Wing Chun: Internal Wing Chun – an introvert with a grandiose vision

He gazed at me threw a pair of thick rimmed glasses. He was short, dark haired and carried himself with a familiar unease; unease, because he was a persistently akward chap, and familiar, because he made such an effort to be chummy. I had arrived early and we were engaging in a little pre-class conversation….

Yoga: Something to Crow about

Sometimes it can seem like we are just going through the motions. Week after week of Yoga with no discernible improvement, but every now and again something unexpected happens: you get better. It gives you pause for thought and makes you reflect that actually your practice is going pretty well. The Crow pose comes from…

Yoga: Year One

I’ve been practicing yoga for about a year now. A year is a reasonable amount of time. After a year, one would hope, you would start to see and feel the benefits. So what are these benefits? Well, it’s difficult to say. Am I more flexible? Well maybe, I don’t know. I would assume so, but…

Wanders in…Southern Spain

I stayed in a beach hut, at least it was advertised as a beach hut. The advertisers were spot on the money with ‘hut’ and much less so with ‘beach’. It is fair to say that you could see the coast, although it was from a substantial distance. It was undeniably a stretch to call…