External versus Internal

Beside the strengthening of the body, the practice of martial arts is a spiritual practice; the goal is to make a person more open minded, and to teach them to use the moral virtue of martial art…to weaken the enemy, to neutralize anger; this is the highest achievement of martial arts & the most difficult!

"Listening To The Joints"

Swimming is an excellent complement to any martial artists training regime. Our movement in space reminds us of our common evolution, a return to this ‘watery environment’ provides that key opportunity to contemplate our internal being. You might try this: whilst floating on your back, making sure your core is afloat or buoyant, the legs glide in the hipcage & …

The Wooden Man

Martialworks Muk Yan Jong is in place… this one was custom made by local Colorado woodworker Jake Eichorn of Wooden Tattoo. The placement of Wooden Man training in Wing Chun Kung Fu comes after the student has learned the first – Siu Nim Tau “the little idea” and second – Chum Kiu “searching for the bridge” forms of Wing Chun; …

Shaolin meets Wing Chun

I met Shifu Yan Lei a 34th generation Shaolin disciple on Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado in the Summer of 2010; we had lunch at the Moongate Asian Bistro with Brian ‘Seraiah’ Wood MMA Champion Colorado, USA. During our meal ~ I set to conversing with Yan Lei as to the history of Chinese Boxing, he confirmed some very interesting points: …

The Passion of Martial Arts

Those on the path of martial art would agree, the discipline is unusual in its offering; the practice is a continual process of metamorphosis it offers to re-make the practitioner in a Way like no other, turning him into – the real man. Some years ago in Manila, Philippines I remember falling into conversation with Mandala Tim Waid of the …

The Chi of Ving Tsun Kung Fu (Wing Chun)

Looking into the depths of China’s past and back across the broad span of time leading us to the contemporary world, one can see a vast and murky expanse; to which, I’m sure we all struggle to attach ourselves. I think it can be safely said that “a history, of no history” has been given us by China, and this …

Zen In The Martial Arts

It has been a while since I last posted an article; but I was having a read through one of my favourite books the other day called, Zen In The Martial Arts by Joe Hyams and after reading a few choice quotes I just could not resist posting a few of them for you to read, so enjoy!

Teaching Martial Arts to Children

I grew up living on the tallest hilltop in Johannesburg, South Africa – Melville Kopje. I used to ride down the hill to take Judo lessons; and remember every time I entered the dojo, or passed another school as a special time – steeped in the mystery and respect that surrounded these places. On occasion I would travel with my …