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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...

Returning to In-Person Training

Standing with the Strength of the Tiger Firstly, I want to personally thank every one of our existing students for their continued support and hard training throughout the Covid-19 crisis.  The soul of any Kung Fu club is made up of the people who train in its...

Pushing my Limits through the Lockdown

Pushing my Limits through the Lockdown is an inspirational read about how Instructor Daniel Shaw-Abulafia has not just kept his training going through the Covid-19 restrictions, but has gone far beyond this, as the photos reveal! If you are interested in training with...

The Marvellous Old Cat

[ This is my version of an old eastern martial arts folk-story, which I usually tell as a Christmas story to the children in my Kung Fu classes. It is, by far, my favourite story, as it is fun to tell, but also contains some very profound martial wisdom. Enjoy! - Dave...

October 2020 Update

Hi All, I just wanted to give you a quick club update - how things are, and what we’ve been up to recently. Adjusting to Covid Things do seem to be settling down (although sometimes a little up-and-down) and we are in the routine of running the classes at Claremont...

Claremont is Open Again!

The Strange and Unexpected This whole thing has been a strange experience for me, as I’m sure it has been for everyone else. I have taught Kung Fu for more than 20 years in the traditional way, relying on contact to teach and adjust my students, and the Covid-19...

On habits

Others have written about the transition from training at Claremont and St Luke’s to training in our living rooms, here and here. Going to class entailed a set of practices or habits that I relied on to get myself into a training frame of...

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...
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...

Returning to In-Person Training

Returning to In-Person Training

Standing with the Strength of the Tiger Firstly, I want to personally thank every one of our existing students for their continued support and hard training throughout the Covid-19 crisis.  The soul of any Kung Fu club is made up of the people who train in its...

Pushing my Limits through the Lockdown

Pushing my Limits through the Lockdown

Pushing my Limits through the Lockdown is an inspirational read about how Instructor Daniel Shaw-Abulafia has not just kept his training going through the Covid-19 restrictions, but has gone far beyond this, as the photos reveal! If you are interested in training with...

The Marvellous Old Cat

The Marvellous Old Cat

[ This is my version of an old eastern martial arts folk-story, which I usually tell as a Christmas story to the children in my Kung Fu classes. It is, by far, my favourite story, as it is fun to tell, but also contains some very profound martial wisdom. Enjoy! - Dave...

October 2020 Update

October 2020 Update

Hi All, I just wanted to give you a quick club update - how things are, and what we’ve been up to recently. Adjusting to Covid Things do seem to be settling down (although sometimes a little up-and-down) and we are in the routine of running the classes at Claremont...

Claremont is Open Again!

Claremont is Open Again!

The Strange and Unexpected This whole thing has been a strange experience for me, as I’m sure it has been for everyone else. I have taught Kung Fu for more than 20 years in the traditional way, relying on contact to teach and adjust my students, and the Covid-19...

On habits

On habits

Others have written about the transition from training at Claremont and St Luke’s to training in our living rooms, here and here. Going to class entailed a set of practices or habits that I relied on to get myself into a training frame of...

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...

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