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 …

Advanced Defensive Tactics

The Martialworks Advanced Defensive Tactics (MADT) program has been developed at the interface of the powerful weapon components of 3 major South East Asian boxing systems; it is largely influenced by Pekiti Tirsia Kali, the pre-eminent blade fighting method of choice for Philippine Government.

Upcoming Events / Missions

Martialworks Kalista will be visiting Philippines in March 2010; we’re already deep in preparation for Jungle Survival School and the endless exercise of ‘bridging skill’ on the beach ~ the Filipinos are best at this = find 2 palm trees + hammock, learn to relax!

Kids Update

The Children have just completed their ‘1st Season’ of training; we covered a lot of territory! This included: tours through the long histories and deep cultures of the martial arts traditions we practice; meditation for health; stretching routines from Muay Thai Kickboxing and the Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics team; Taoist Yoga; Chinese Boxing; stick-fighting and much more… even the big Kids …