War and play

War and Play Cosplay and Kung-fu This post is a reply to Jesse Conley’s article  Make war the Roman way  about some patterns he sees in self defense teaching that get on his nerves. Essentially I agree with him, I’d like to take a parallel path to some of his points then rejoin him at…

What does Natural motion offer?

What does Natural Motion offer? Natural motion/movement is an approach to movement that makes some quite specific and impressive claims. It is the creation of Monya Gorelik, based on several decades of martial arts practise, the application of mathematics and the research of biomechanics – with a special emphasis on Eastern European sources (more about…

Unbelievable!? Face, politics and money.

For a moment I thought that something was happening. If you have not seen ex Sanda and MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong is on a campaign to call out what he considers to be frauds in Chinese martial arts. He has targeted the Chen family and other famous Chen Taiji people – who charge €26000 for…

Social media pledge

I have a mixed relationship with social media*, on the one hand it allows me to reach and be reached by people I otherwise would not, it brings in a flow of ideas and research that I value. On the other hand, well you probably know the other hand. I don’t want to be part…

It’s me who received the secret transmission …

Recently I’ve had the pleasure to work and play with a diverse set of human bodies, trained in different sports and arts. This has given me some extra exposure to compare and contrast how individuals from different groups tend to move. It’s interesting. Without singling any group or persons out there are some regular trends…

The illusion of knowledge

Recently I had the pleasure of training with Maul Mornie in Paris. You can see what Maul does in a video below. The way Maul teaches in these seminars is to spend some time on basic drills, then go on to sequences of techniques which he demonstrates multiple times on one of his senior students….

Important! Can you spot the differences?

“Information is news of difference” Gregory Bateson Of course you can see differences, I’m interested in the differences you overlook Two questions: So how many differences can you spot between these two photos? And why the hell is this important? I’ll answer the second question first with a personal example and the first question second at the end…

Beware of miracles

The world is complex, more complex than we can really understand. It is tempting to try and make sense when sense is not necessarily there. This applies to movement and martial arts. I want to tell you my story, it may save you some time. I first discovered the miraculous when I was fifteen and…

Step Size

Is this article about how long or short your steps should be in Bagua? Partly. One reason Bagua is a rich art is because movement is a rich source of metaphor that help us make sense of the world. More specifically the base unit of Bagua,  the step, is an the way we progress from…

Is ‘internal’ the holy grail of movement?

Is there a single most efficient movement method? What is natural movement? What makes a movement ‘internal’?
These are all topics I’m going to cover here. Along the way we’ll touch on Swan Lake, the Easter bunny, craft beer, bees in trees, divisive marketers, what I like about Jake Mace, where to put Chen Yu’s pies and much, much more…