Far from an exhaustive list by any means, here are some of my personal top martial arts books. Keep checking back though, as I will add to the list over time. I’ve also tried to avoid any obvious entries or cliche books, as you no doubt already own them. The Sword Polisher’s Record: The Way of […]
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
In my last post I discussed my opinions on the fight between MMA guy Xu Xiao Dong and Tai Chi guy Wei Lei. The video has gained a huge amount of attention on Chinese social media, with people asking the question “what is the value of traditional martial arts”. In fact, Chinese state news even covered the story, […]
(I’ve since written a more in depth article on my thoughts about the situation here) Here in China everybody is talking about this MMA vs Tai Chi fight. Basically Xu Xiao Dong is the father of MMA in China. Although he hasn’t actually had any fights per se, he is responsible for establishing the sport […]
Despite the nice instagram photos, travel isn’t always fun and games, and so I have listed a few tips for planning travel in the hope you can save some time and effort. This is by no means set in stone, but it is the way I plan all my trips, and any services mentioned are […]
A friend lent this book to me a couple of years ago, and it was one of the best reads on the pyschology of martial arts and violence in general. This is not a book on technique, history or styles, but is a book by someone who has lived a life surrounded by violence, talking […]
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)
- Tai Chi vs MMA - the fight everyone in China is talking about!
- Big Announcement! Starting a New Joint Channel with Josh of Shaolin Yuzhai
- What Does the "Taiji" in "Taiji Praying Mantis Kung Fu" Mean?
- Monkey Steals Peach 2017：Taiji Mantis Kung Fu by Zhou Zhen Dong
- The Film "Arrival" and My Thoughts on Chinese Language and Martial Arts
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 […]