You don’t actually have to go to Tibet to experience Tibetan nomads and their culture. In fact areas of Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces are ethnically and culturally Tibetan. The Tibetan grasslands of Gansu are traditionally known as Amdo by the Tibetan people, and was traditionally the eastern most province of Tibet. Due to the ever-changing […]
Ni Hao! Welcome to my travel & martial arts website! My name is Will. 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.
Who Am I?
I was always fascinated with travel & martial arts as a kid. As soon as I turned 18, I made the decision to pack my bags and head to China. Since then, I have traveled throughout China and Asia, teaching English, training Chinese Kung Fu, eating everything from silk worms to live octopus, drinking tea with monks, drinking copious amounts of alcohol with communist party officials, getting all too many black eyes and fat lips, having an AK47 pointed right at me and still, the journey continues...
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
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The recollections of Jon Blofield, a British man who lived in China before the communist era. I really enjoyed this book, and would give it 4/5. The only reason it loses a point is that I feel he overly romanticised old Chinese society and was unable to see anything bad in it, for example justifying […]
Shanghai has three styles of kung fu which are popular, Xingyi Quan, Xinyi Liuhe Quan and Wu style Taiji Quan. After reading up and watching some clips I began to feel like Xinyi Liuhe Quan is quite similar to Taiji Mantis, so I decided to check it out. I made a new friend, a guy […]
The China of your imagination; ancient villages of whitewashed walls and ornate carved-wooden doors, pine covered mountains that come straight out of a painting, and deep green bamboo forests, welcome to Huang Shan aka Yellow Mountain in central Anhui province. I visited in winter, when it was particularly scenic, and there were few tourists. The […]
I’ve celebrated Chinese New Year more than a few times in Asia, whether it was with the remote Dong people in the mountains of Guizhou, venerating the Jade Emperor with ethnic Chinese in Malaysia, or watching a rock band in Singapore. However there’s one particular New Year I remember well. My teacher, Master Zhou, invited […]
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)
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 […]