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China 2023 – World Championships, Pandas & Cranes

My world has changed very much since our last visit to China in 2018 when I took my son, Alexander, with me to train with Master Su in Yongchun. Of course we have been through Brexit and the Pandemic, but I also took the decision to establish my own Kung Fu Club,...

Italy Camp 2023

Getting together in Citta di Castello The excitement was building. Theo was coming all the way from India, Anne from Germany, Dave and his family as well as Marc and Ela flying in from the UK, and Lise was already at Citta di Castello: a really multicultural and...

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....

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...

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

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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