It’s amazing what you can do with 2 shirts. At the FWC Club Christmas Dinner we raffled a cycling shirt and a children’s funky t-shirt. This raised £438 for Aspyre Africa. Co-founder Savina Geerinckx who trains at FWC Covent Garden & West End with Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo has sent an update on how the organisation has used the funds to buy “The Tools of Peace”. Read More
Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing You Prosperity in the Coming Year!
Welcome to the Year of the Monkey! Have to make lots of noise to bring good luck, hence all the exclamation marks!!! Read More
It’s not exercise but resisting gravity that gives us big muscles. That’s why astronauts can’t punch their way out of a paper bag when they land back on earth¹. After a few recent adventures with FWC Hammersmith Instructor Adam Prout, I started to hear, “Ask Adam to do more crazy stuff”. Now, dear students, that is somewhat missing the point. Adam is not a Crash Test Dummy, he’s a Kung Fu Instructor. Nor is he (totally) reckless. But he loves a challenge. And Britain has an astronaut in space. Let’s put Adam to the test again. Read More
Wise words from Chief Instructor, Dennis Ngo, on being ready for competition. Challenges come in all forms – standing up first in class after 100 sit-ups, making it to class at all on especially tough days, saying the name of your pattern during a grading (in Mandarin), folding your trousers properly, the list goes on and on. But, as Dennis says, “competitions are where the pressure is really on – a chance to find out what you are made of as you stand up alone in front of everyone to give it your best and submit to being judged. The preparation is most important. First you take yourself apart – then you train and train and train. Then you go out and show what you are made of. Winning, not winning, that is merely a by-product of stepping on the mat.” So he didn’t mean taking your opponent apart then? Read More
There are as many reasons for starting martial arts as there are people. If you are thinking of giving it a go then walking into that first class can be daunting. Courage my friend, take that first step and never look back – you have nothing to fear but fear itself. But isn’t the Instructor going to be scary /terrifying/ immortal?
Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo (6th Dan but still mortal) talks about why he takes on beginners in his classes. What’s in it for them? What’s in it for him?
“I have been teaching for more that 35 years. Although I am approaching 65 I have no plans to stop teaching, and I certainly have no plans to stop training. I am on a lifelong journey of learning and improvement – I may never achieve perfection but I’m going to die trying. Given that some of my students have now been training for over 30 years themselves, why do I still say “Beginners Welcome”? Do I really mean it? Read More
Earthbound beings that we are, our hinge-like joints and large leg muscles allow us to defy gravity and reach new heights. In theory. Once we leave childhood behind, most of us stick to the earth as though it is a mark of adulthood. But among us there are secret jumpers, people who try to rediscover the joy of transient weightlessness.
Here is one of them.
My name is Dave, and I’m forty-four. And a quarter. Read More
Ah, the double-edged sword of New Year’s Resolutions. If you make a good one and stick to it, you’ll be jolly all year. But make one and break it, and it casts you down into the pits of despair. Most people make resolutions to eat more healthily, do some exercise and lose some weight. Guess what, training at our Club can help you do all three – a bargain New Year’s Resolution! But you still have to keep at it. Fear not, we know just what it’s like trying to stay motivated, and we have the knowledge and support to get you past those bumps in the road.
For those of you who want to start something new this year, here is FWC Instructor for London South, Richard Wagstaff, to show you how.
“New Year’s Irresolution
You’ve finished ploughing through the turkey sandwiches, mince pies, and Christmas pudding and you’ve just got over the disappointment of another highly-anticipated yet distinctly average New Year’s Eve party. You have the whole year stretching out ahead of you – exactly the same as last year.
“No, this year is going to be different” you say to yourself. Read More
It’s late winter. We’ve had the Solstice. We’ve had Christmas. We’ve had the mid-winter holidays. We have in fact had whichever marker it is when your culture turns from darkness and the old, to lightness and the new – if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere.
What does this have to do with training? Well, we are primates. Do primates hibernate? Some ursines do. Some rodents do. Some reptiles do it. Even butterflies do it. But we do not (though I acknowledge that some historical anthropologists argue over this one).
But the real question is, how do you feel? Read More
“What would you like for your birthday?” It’s a big one in base 10 – so time to ask for a big present. “I would like a hand-made, bespoke, and personalised straight sword please.” “Shouldn’t be a problem.” And so the Saga begins.
Your story-teller is FWC Instructor Timothy Stevenson. Read More
Well, this is one of those long-term challenges and the first entries are coming in. I had thought that this would appeal to the adventurous spirit of the younger members in Cambridge, but they have been well and truly shown up so far.
I admit that some of the categories were a bit, well, challenging, but we just sent an astronaut to the International Space Station and someone could have slipped an FWC Cambridge mug into his luggage. Come on you young people, show some initiative!