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 …

Jose is my Hero

Jose Rizal is recognized as a national hero within Filipino culture. Born in 1861 he was educated in Europe and Japan – he wrote two books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo; and is widely seen as a figure head for his political actions within the Philippines, during the Spanish occupation of the Islands. Rizal developed renown for being widely …

The Chi Kung Teacher

At the time I was training cage fighters inside of Amal Easton’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Boulder; I recognized within the continual fighting amongst powerful young men, the harboring of energy that was not mine. Fortunately, I had been exposed to ‘sport’ at the highest level during my time coaching Olympic level Gymnasts and in teaching them the ‘life art’ of …