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…

Karate: School Bully’s Revenge

Everyone knows a made to measure suit is a thing of beauty. It’s fitted exactly to your frame with all the love and care the tailor chooses to give, but sometimes we don’t need bespoke, sometimes we just want to grab a suit off the rail. It’s cheaper, it’s easier and quite frankly who can…

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,…

Wing Chun: that magic touch

The thing that distinguishes Wing Chun from other martial arts, perhaps more than anything else, is its sensitivity. It is understandable that, when looking to defend yourself against an unruly assailant, most people would probably place the need for sensitivity fairly low on the agenda. Though – as it turns out – that would be…

Wing Chun: The will to teach

This teacher is a colourful man. He has a wealth of experience employing Wing Chun practically across a career spanning Asia, America, and Europe. Amongst his many achievements is being one of the early Wing Chun instructors to practice in England. Never too shy to make claims, his knowledge of kung fu was acquired as…