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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...

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

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...

The Benefits of Training Kung Fu

The Benefits of Training Kung Fu

The benefits of kung fu training are numerous and varied. It is easy to assume kung fu teaches you how to attack and defend, and of course it does both, but learning how to defend yourself is by no means all kung fu teaches. We’re going to discuss some of the benefits...

Back to China (2016)

Back to China (2016)

This summer my main focus has been my preparation for the 2016 International South Shaolin Wu Chu Chuan and Traditional Martial Arts Competition in China. I attended the same competition three years ago in Quanzhou, and I won a Gold Medal for my...

Life Imitates Art

Life Imitates Art

Time for a moment of self-reflection. When was the last time you did something new? Came out of your comfort zone? If you think about it, are you doing the same old thing, day in, day out? Has it come to the point of just comfortably killing time until you die? You...

A Sheet of Paper Every Day

A Sheet of Paper Every Day

You finish your first ever day of training, and a sheet of paper magically appears from thin air. It floats gently down to lie on the floor and remains there. Your second day the same thing happens. A second sheet of paper appears and floats gently down and lands...

Empty Your Cup

Empty Your Cup

Ever felt like you’re not making any progress? You’re turning up to class, but instead of racing ahead learning new moves, it feels like you’re doing the same thing over and over. You want to improve, but you don’t know where to start. Your instructor seems to be...

I Can’t

One of the most frustrating things I can hear from a student in class is “I can’t…” I hear it again and again, from the youngest children to the most mature adults, and often in a situation when they really, actually, can. It puts an immediate stop to the mental...

Twisting Punches

Why twist your punch? The majority of traditional Eastern martial arts use the straight punch which starts at the side of the body, palm up, and finishes with the arm extended, palm down. This requires a corkscrew-like twisting of the fist, which is the hallmark of...

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