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When the Living Room becomes a Training Hall

So. I’m in the living room in Brighton, which... well, it isn’t very big. OK, it’s tiny. Barely big enough to swing a cat (that’s a cat-o’-nine-tails, not an actual cat — little history snippet, there). I’m looking at the screen, on which I can see Dave, myself and my...

Beating the Lockdown

So here we are, actually breathing the ancient Chinese curse of “Living in Interesting Times,” and interesting they are indeed! Nobody needs to tell you how tough things will be, because you are there right now, actually in the thick of it and there’s no getting out...

Online Kids Class Guidelines

Dear Parents, Please note the following guidelines, so that your children are all able to enjoy our online classes in safety, and without disruption. We can’t be responsible for your child’s safety or behaviour while they are participating in our online classes. For...

Remote Control: Kung Fu in the Living Room

I have been training Tiger Crane Kung Fu with Instructor Dave Courtney Jones for… Well… let’s just say it’s a number of years incommensurate to my progress through the pattern gradings! When it became necessary to move away from London for work in 2018, I continued to...

Online Kung Fu Training – Fighting the Virus!

Online Kung Fu Training all started with a Pyjama Party… Well, at least the "online" part of "Online Kung Fu Training" did… A student showed me a photo of her and her friends all up on the same screen, having a pyjama party together, but from their own separate houses...

Italy Training Camp 2019

The start of this kung fu training camp begins just before dawn, with a group of 9 figures huddling on top of a hill in the cold, as they wait for the first warm glow of dawn to appear on the horizon. Across the valley we can discern the silhouettes of hills rising...

The Duck Walk Challenge…!

Tiger Crane Kung Fu raises money every year for Claremont Project, a charity that helps Islington's over-55's. Claremont’s mission is all about facilitating the creative process so that its members can flourish as individuals, friends and as a community, and so that...

Kung Fu and the Art of Living

In September 2016 I started a one-year academic post. After months of feverish searching, applications, and obligatory self-doubt, this was the first academic job I secured after the completion of my PhD. The stakes were high: there might be a permanent post on the...

Why I Train Kung Fu – a Teenager’s Perspective

We asked Alexander (15 years old) to write about what he has gained from his Kung Fu training - why Kung Fu training might be important for teenagers - and this is what he wrote: The 4 lifechanging attributes Kung Fu has given me: Discipline, Perseverance,...

The Benefits of Training Tai Chi

Many of the benefits of tai chi training are well known — others less so. Tai chi is often recommended by doctors to their patients, to help with a number of different conditions, most especially back and joint pain, but it also has benefits in other areas, perhaps...
When the Living Room becomes a Training Hall

When the Living Room becomes a Training Hall

So. I’m in the living room in Brighton, which... well, it isn’t very big. OK, it’s tiny. Barely big enough to swing a cat (that’s a cat-o’-nine-tails, not an actual cat — little history snippet, there). I’m looking at the screen, on which I can see Dave, myself and my...

Beating the Lockdown

Beating the Lockdown

So here we are, actually breathing the ancient Chinese curse of “Living in Interesting Times,” and interesting they are indeed! Nobody needs to tell you how tough things will be, because you are there right now, actually in the thick of it and there’s no getting out...

Online Kids Class Guidelines

Dear Parents, Please note the following guidelines, so that your children are all able to enjoy our online classes in safety, and without disruption. We can’t be responsible for your child’s safety or behaviour while they are participating in our online classes. For...

Remote Control: Kung Fu in the Living Room

Remote Control: Kung Fu in the Living Room

I have been training Tiger Crane Kung Fu with Instructor Dave Courtney Jones for… Well… let’s just say it’s a number of years incommensurate to my progress through the pattern gradings! When it became necessary to move away from London for work in 2018, I continued to...

Italy Training Camp 2019

Italy Training Camp 2019

The start of this kung fu training camp begins just before dawn, with a group of 9 figures huddling on top of a hill in the cold, as they wait for the first warm glow of dawn to appear on the horizon. Across the valley we can discern the silhouettes of hills rising...

The Duck Walk Challenge…!

The Duck Walk Challenge…!

Tiger Crane Kung Fu raises money every year for Claremont Project, a charity that helps Islington's over-55's. Claremont’s mission is all about facilitating the creative process so that its members can flourish as individuals, friends and as a community, and so that...

Kung Fu and the Art of Living

Kung Fu and the Art of Living

In September 2016 I started a one-year academic post. After months of feverish searching, applications, and obligatory self-doubt, this was the first academic job I secured after the completion of my PhD. The stakes were high: there might be a permanent post on the...

Why I Train Kung Fu – a Teenager’s Perspective

Why I Train Kung Fu – a Teenager’s Perspective

We asked Alexander (15 years old) to write about what he has gained from his Kung Fu training - why Kung Fu training might be important for teenagers - and this is what he wrote: The 4 lifechanging attributes Kung Fu has given me: Discipline, Perseverance,...

The Benefits of Training Tai Chi

The Benefits of Training Tai Chi

Many of the benefits of tai chi training are well known — others less so. Tai chi is often recommended by doctors to their patients, to help with a number of different conditions, most especially back and joint pain, but it also has benefits in other areas, perhaps...

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