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: 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…

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…

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…

Running: Parkrun and the shadow of the Hog

I understand its perks. Running with others provides easy motivation, things become a bit spicier and competitive, and there’s that all important community spirit. Granted these are great pluses, but getting up early on a weekend to run around a racecourse just isn’t my deal. It becomes even less my deal in the rain. I’d…

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: 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…