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,…

The Last Jedi – please come back George

The Force Awakens relaunched the Star Wars franchise. It was a typically smooth JJ Abrams soft reboot. Visually spectacular and occasionally conceptually ridiculous – I’m talking ludicrous mega-Death-Stars – it set the scene for the two that were to follow. This was to be the long awaited final trilogy of George Lucas’s extended saga. A…

Wanders in…Cornwall

Urban living has its challenges. The London property market is unforgiving; among the packed urban sprawl, we are all essentially on top of each other. I could chronicle the moves between gym, work and home with all the regimented lack of diversity of an Orwellian dystopia. The distinction being that while London transport has all…

Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The original Kingsman movie combined a slightly grungy urban reality with the fanciful world of international espionage. It was in essence a kind of Great Expectations yarn of a man with limited prospect elevating himself beyond his immediate surround, aided by a generous benefactor. It was that age-old tale with the addition of as much…