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: 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: 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…

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…

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…