After hiking the trails in the tea plantations (read part one here), the next day I decided to visit the old village of Xiamei (下梅). Xiamei was an important hub during the Qing Dynasty where tea producers would bring their tea from the mountains to sell to traders from port cities like Fuzhou and Xiamen […]
Ni Hao! Welcome to my travel & martial arts website! My name is Will and I am a practitioner of Kung Fu. For the past decade I have been travelling Asia seeking out the most respected and authentic masters of martial arts. I want to share my training, travel & martial arts research and experiences with you, in the hope I may be able to dispell some myths, and make it more accessible. Some of this information I have presented here for the first time in the English language. At the same time, some Chinese Kung Fu styles are incredibly rare, if not almost unknown outside of China.
Why Travel & Martial Arts?
To me, travel & martial arts are two of the most enriching things in my life. Travel brings us new experiences and exposes us to different ways of life, while martial arts encourages us to challenge ourselves and overcome obstacles. Together these are the perfect match. Browse the pages above to read about the different styles and teachers I've met and trained martial arts with. There is also a section where you can find listings of kung fu schools and information about travel and work in Asia.
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Current location: Shanghai, China
As an avid drinker of Wulong tea, Wuyi Mountain is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. A dramatic range of limestone peaks and cliffs nestled in the northwest of Fujian province, straddling the Jiangxi and Zhejiang borders, Wuyi Mountain really is the postcard image of China. The range is known […]
Being both an avid traveler and obsessive martial artist, I often feel I’m living two contradictory lifestyles. Martial arts requires dedication and routine, making sure you train every day no matter what. Travel is unpredictable and exhausting, and the last thing you want to do while exploring a new country is tire your body with […]
Mercenary Mandarin is the account of an eccentric Victorian adventurer, William Mesny. During his time in China, he worked as a smuggler and gun runner, got imprisoned by the Taiping Rebels, and eventually landed himself a job as a general for the Qing Emperor, charged with overthrowing a Miao Rebellion in the mountains of Southwest […]
For my last day in the Philippines, my new friends drove me out to Tagatay, to see the large lake with a volcano in the middle. It was about a two hour drive outside of Manila, most of which was spent just getting through the city traffic! As we got out of the city the […]
Some of My Guest Posts on Other Sites
Praying Mantis Kung Fu is a system of kung fu originating from Laiyang county, a rural area of Yantai city, Shandong province. It was created around the late Ming - early Qing dynasty (17th century) … read more about Praying Mantis Kung Fu 螳螂拳
Xinyi Liuhe Quan and Xingyi are two names for a system which grew up in northern-central China around Shanxi, Henan and Hebei provinces. Xinyi, which means Heart-Mind Fist was the original name and is … read more about Xinyi Liuhe Quan 心意六合拳
Taekkyon is a Korean martial art with a strong influence from traditional Korean dance. It was popular during the Joseon Dynasty as a folk game, where competitors tried to kick the opponent in the … read more about Taekkyon 택견
A good friend of mine, Brendan Tunks, is one of the leading teachers of Seven Star Praying Mantis in the western world. I caught up with him recently for a chat about his martial arts training, and … read more about Seven Star Praying Mantis with Brendan Tunks
A good friend of mine, Thomas Holtmann is one of the main guys "keeping it real" in the Praying Mantis world. Besides being a formal disciple of Seven Star Master Zhong Lian Bao, he is also a full … read more about Seven Star Praying Mantis with Dog Brother Thomas Holtmann (part 1)
Today’s guest post is by Only Once Today. Lobke and Inge want to share their experiences and insights with the world. They write about LGBT, budget travel and different destinations. http://onlyonce.today When we embarked on our trip to China, we were a little concerned about language barriers. That’s why we decided to join a […]
The Miao (Hmong) ethnic group of Qiandongnan – southeastern Guizhou province – are hill-dwelling farmers, best known in China for their embroidered jackets and complicated silver assemblages that women wear during the many festivals dotting the Miao calendar. Buffaloes – aside from their obvious agricultural uses – crop up everywhere in Miao life (not to […]