Where was your Instructor last week? Back at Soma Bay on the Red Sea for an intensive week of training and learning (and eating and swimming and sleeping and [fill in envious thought here]). But it doesn’t look too intensive in the photo, does it? That’s because the hotel management asked if we would like to take part in an initiative to help UNICEF by sponsoring a tree.

We have been coming to Egypt for training for a number of years now. The dry heat, guaranteed weather, stunning night skies and beautiful landscapes make training both a physical challenge and a mental joy. “Perception of effort” takes on a new meaning doing early morning sprints up 30-metre sand dunes. Read More

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

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

“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

What do the words “power-to-weight ratio” mean to you?  Cyclists are obsessed with it, especially when it comes to hill climbs.  An extra 5kg of weight requires a proportionate power output to maintain speed, but what if that extra 5kg is of high-functioning muscle?  What if that extra 5kg of muscle came from Kung Fu training?

I have said it before, there seems to be some connection between keen cyclists and Kung Fu. Lucas Oliver trains at our Cambridge club with Instructor Karim Daoud. Lucas cycled the Surrey 100 to raise funds for Cancer Relief.  That’s 100 miles of asphalt, using only muscle power for locomotion.  All endurance athletes know that feeling of having to “dig deep”, “get more out of the tank”, and sometimes of “hitting the wall”.  Did Lucas’ Kung Fu training help him during those moments?

“I have been a keen cyclist for many years now, but I am only just seeing out my first full calendar year of training with Karim at the Cambridge University Club. Read More

Introducing the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Champion, Bruce Lee!  Now you’ll see his films in a new light. There isn’t much of a physical resemblance, but when Jack Lawrence, FWC Cambridge University student, had a go at competitive  Dancesport, he was surprised to find that his Kung Fu training gave him an unexpected edge.

“I’m standing in a decadent hall in Nottingham, surrounded by vibrant colours, excessive amounts of hair gel, wax and general ‘fabulousness’. The noise of over 700 people gathered in this illustrious ballroom pauses while the announcer calls out the numbers of those who made it to the final round of the beginners’ Jive.

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