Beyond mechanics

Beyond Mechanics I met a long term Aikido practitioner recently who had a deep faith in his art. You could say it bordered on woo-woo, though when I pressed him he admitted that dojo practises was a long way from the dynamics of resistance and was unlikely to reflect the reality of violence with only…

Book Excerpt: The appeal of the obscure and pond size effect

From How to choose your Internal martial arts teacher – full table of contents below I am curious about the appeal of the exotic and obscure in martial arts. This is what I have observed. In the world of martial arts there are fads and fashions. For various reasons people fixate on the desire to learn a specific…

Next book ready soon – a short guide to Baguazhang circle walking

I’m putting together the last parts for the next book – a short guide to Baguazhang circle walking I think I’ve done a pretty good job of going through some of the important points of how to practise. The book is structured around the 24 key points of Gao Yisheng, describing each requirement in a…

The Sichuan Heuristic

To develop fighting skills also requires process. Every martial art has its own recipe, though quite a few fail with the end products. To continue with the cooking metaphor a full free course meal of combat is not something that is widely considered very good for the health. The wise cook separates the ingredients and prepares them in a certain order. The wise cook prepares the diners too.