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13th Beijing International Wushu Tournament, November 2022

This year, Tiger Crane Kung Fu was the only UK club to participate in this invitational tournament, which had nearly 10,000 entrants (and over 30,000 entries), almost entirely from mainland China.  The results were as follows: Head Instructor Dave Courtney Jones...

New Year’s Resolutions

The Christmas period is a perfect time to re-evaluate your life, consider where you are going in the coming year, and to make those New Year's Resolutions to get you kick - started. Here are some tips: Have a think again about what success really means to you....

Some Thoughts on Training

You Get Back What You Put In It’s a very common saying but, really, what does it actually mean?  Kung Fu is, first and foremost, a martial art, but it is also a way of life that incorporates ancient wisdom and philosophy. The practise of the art allows you to...

That which doesn’t kill you…

I stand, on the mats, in front of the crowd, officials all around, looking at the enormous guy I am due to fight.  How on earth did I end up here? Taking a step back, I have been training Kung Fu for something like 8 years.  Before this year I had...

100 Battles in Highbury Fields

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Highbury Fields, members of Tiger Crane Kung Fu Club were participating in the 100 Battles Challenge. This was a fundraiser for Claremont Project.  This particular charity is important to the club for two reasons. Firstly...

Confucian Principles in the Modern World

I have been training in one way or another for over 30 years - longer than some of our students have been alive - but after years in the gym making myself bigger and stronger I found something else.  Something better.  However, I don’t really want to write...

Fundraising – Why Do We Do It?

It seems obvious, perhaps. We do it to challenge ourselves, to see whether we can achieve a difficult task that we’ve set ourselves. To enjoy that feeling when it’s all over. That mixture of achievement and relief.  Then there’s the charity of course. We do it...

On Comfort Zones & Motivation

“I can’t today*/this week*/this month* because…”  (* delete as applicable) We all know, at least in theory, that we can only get better, we can only make serious improvements in our lives, by coming out of our comfort zone.  Theoretically, this gets easier with...

The Marvellous Old Cat, Part II

A Difficult Decision The swordsman woke from his nightmare, bathed in sweat, and with tears running down his cheeks. He let out a deep breath, trying to slow his racing heart. The horrors of his dreams slowly fading, he sat up in his bed, knowing that he wouldn’t be...

The Way of The Woman

What does it mean to train “a woman’s style” of kung fu? How is a woman’s style — that is, a style specifically developed by a woman — distinct from one developed by a man? Normally, when people think of kung fu, they think about things like attacking an enemy, taking...
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

The Christmas period is a perfect time to re-evaluate your life, consider where you are going in the coming year, and to make those New Year's Resolutions to get you kick - started. Here are some tips: Have a think again about what success really means to you....

Some Thoughts on Training

Some Thoughts on Training

You Get Back What You Put In It’s a very common saying but, really, what does it actually mean?  Kung Fu is, first and foremost, a martial art, but it is also a way of life that incorporates ancient wisdom and philosophy. The practise of the art allows you to...

That which doesn’t kill you…

That which doesn’t kill you…

I stand, on the mats, in front of the crowd, officials all around, looking at the enormous guy I am due to fight.  How on earth did I end up here? Taking a step back, I have been training Kung Fu for something like 8 years.  Before this year I had...

100 Battles in Highbury Fields

100 Battles in Highbury Fields

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Highbury Fields, members of Tiger Crane Kung Fu Club were participating in the 100 Battles Challenge. This was a fundraiser for Claremont Project.  This particular charity is important to the club for two reasons. Firstly...

Confucian Principles in the Modern World

Confucian Principles in the Modern World

I have been training in one way or another for over 30 years - longer than some of our students have been alive - but after years in the gym making myself bigger and stronger I found something else.  Something better.  However, I don’t really want to write...

Fundraising – Why Do We Do It?

Fundraising – Why Do We Do It?

It seems obvious, perhaps. We do it to challenge ourselves, to see whether we can achieve a difficult task that we’ve set ourselves. To enjoy that feeling when it’s all over. That mixture of achievement and relief.  Then there’s the charity of course. We do it...

On Comfort Zones & Motivation

On Comfort Zones & Motivation

“I can’t today*/this week*/this month* because…”  (* delete as applicable) We all know, at least in theory, that we can only get better, we can only make serious improvements in our lives, by coming out of our comfort zone.  Theoretically, this gets easier with...

The Marvellous Old Cat, Part II

The Marvellous Old Cat, Part II

A Difficult Decision The swordsman woke from his nightmare, bathed in sweat, and with tears running down his cheeks. He let out a deep breath, trying to slow his racing heart. The horrors of his dreams slowly fading, he sat up in his bed, knowing that he wouldn’t be...

The Way of The Woman

The Way of The Woman

What does it mean to train “a woman’s style” of kung fu? How is a woman’s style — that is, a style specifically developed by a woman — distinct from one developed by a man? Normally, when people think of kung fu, they think about things like attacking an enemy, taking...

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