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: 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….

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…

MMA vs. Tai Chi: the story of master Wei Lei and Xu Xiaodong

The two circled sizing one another up. Master Wei Lei looked poised and expert, his hands raised in practiced precision. Xu Xiaodong brought his arms up languidly. Xu Xiaodong was questing, making probing motions as he circled, gauging his opponent. Master Wei Lei moved with care, left arm raised forward just above head height, the…

Film Review: John Wick

Mr Wick is grieving. He’s grieving for the loss of a good woman. More specifically, he is mourning for his wife. John is struggling to cope in her absence, as he passes his days in their magnificent minimalist home. His life is as barren and empty as the restrained architectural minimalism of his surroundings. It…

Wing Chun: Out with the old…

I was standing with the university official. It was just the three of us. I’d been summoned through from the class not understanding quite what was happening. I was a PhD student and my sifu was keen to get himself out of a bit of bother with the university. The question on the official’s mind…

Martial Arts: Show me the Money!

The Wi-Fi router looked good. Its four green glowing buttons declaring its clear proficiency – that’s a considerable number of buttons by anyone’s reckoning. I had been at loggerheads with my flatmate for some months over who should sign up for the broadband. I’d held off. It had been some time since we’d had working…

Wing Chun: man to man

Parents spend a fortune trying to give their children an edge in the rat race of the British education system. They’ll buy homes that fall in the right school catchment area, force them into various extra curricular activities, pay thousands for a public school education, and pack in those extra hours of private coaching. Some…

Wing Chun: After Hours

I always value exclusivity; it makes a person feel special. Being privy to that extra something that others don’t have. This is a very English trait, not so much having something that others covet, but having something they don’t know is even on the table. This could be alluded to with a tie or blazer,…

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,…