Yue Fei

The Tomb of General Yue Fei – Hangzhou

Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province, is only a 90 minute journey by high-speed train from Shanghai, and the city centre doesn’t feel a whole lot different. What is different, however, is the amount of culture and history surrounding the West Lake. Of particular interest to martial artists, as well as patriotic Chinese, is the tomb of …

Heroes of Martial Arts Qi Jiguang, Yu Dayou & Taizhou Great Wall

Good News! I’m starting a new project called The Real Heroes of Martial Arts, which will be on my Youtube channel (follow the link to subscribe). For the first episode, I went to Taizhou in Zhejiang province to look at the generals Qi Jiguang and Yu Dayou and discuss their relevance to martial arts. We …

wild tea of jirisan

The Misty Mountains of Jirisan, South Korea

Jirisan is a mountain range in the far south of South Korea. The surrounding county, Hadong, is home to Korea’s “wild tea”, which has been cultivated here for over 1000 years. I arrived late in the afternoon with my wife and we took a bus through beautiful scenery following the river to the village of …