Up Close And Personal: Going Into The Clinch

Welcome to Fighting Words; thoughts and theories on martial arts in the modern world. In today’s post I’ll be considering the use of a clinch in sparring and competitive fights. Ignored by some styles and respected by others – this is why you need to learn how to deal with the clinch… Anyone with aContinue reading “Up Close And Personal: Going Into The Clinch”

Street Fighter: The Novel by Takashi Yano

Welcome to Pop Culture Kung Fu, where I delve into the weird and wonderful world of movies, books, video games and all other media that touches on the martial arts. In today’s post I’ll be looking at the Street Fighter novel based on the hit fighting game series. Do words replicate the high tempo actionContinue reading “Street Fighter: The Novel by Takashi Yano”

Why Martial Arts Won’t Make You More Aggressive

Welcome to Fighting Words; thoughts and theories on martial arts in the modern world. In today’s post I’ll be writing about the often commonly held assumption that martial arts makes people more aggressive. Why do people feel this way and what can we do to help resolve this issue? This may be anecdotal, but I’mContinue reading “Why Martial Arts Won’t Make You More Aggressive”

Why Sparring Is Essential To Your Workout

Welcome to Fighting Words; thoughts and theories on martial arts in the modern world. In today’s post I’ll be considering why sparring is such a divisive subject in classes. Is it a replication of a real life self defence event, a training tool, or something else? Ask any ten people what their impression is ofContinue reading “Why Sparring Is Essential To Your Workout”

Covid Kung Fu And Pandemic Practices

How does a physical practice involving people interacting survive a world on lockdown? Welcome to The Water Method; thoughts and theories on Tai Chi in the modern world. In today’s post, I’ll be musing about the current Covid 19 lockdown and some of it’s knock on effects in the world of martial arts. How doContinue reading “Covid Kung Fu And Pandemic Practices”

How Many Forms Are Too Many?

Is the learning of endless forms necessary for improvement as a martial artist? Welcome to The Water Method; thoughts and theories on Tai Chi in the modern world. In today’s post, I’ll be discussing whether or not the repetitive learning of countless forms is a help or a hindrance to our practice. Just how manyContinue reading “How Many Forms Are Too Many?”

Who Carries A Sword Anyway?

The benefits of learning outdated weapons in the modern world. Welcome to The Water Method; thoughts and theories on Tai Chi in the modern world. In today’s post, I’ll be talking about why the fan, the sword and the staff are always good to know, even today. Do you remember that time that you wereContinue reading “Who Carries A Sword Anyway?”

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