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How To Get To Wudang Shan With Ease
2020-12-06 07:37
Wudang Shan or Wudang Mountain is one of the most famous mountain ranges in China. By the way a shan 山  is what the Chinese call a mountain. By the way if you hadn’t notice… Read More
A Word From Alan Watts
2020-11-05 00:56
by Phillip Starr For those may not have heard of him, Alan Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter o… Read More
The Dojo Kun
2020-10-20 00:52
by Phillip Starr The training hall oath…recited at the beginning of class by many martial arts schools worldwide.  The oath is a reflection of the values and spirit of the martia… Read More
2020-10-05 15:04
by Phillip Starr In earlier writings, I’ve mentioned the concept of “kyo”, which is the chink in your opponent’s armor; it is an opening, a “window of opportuni… Read More
2020-10-01 05:34
Here’s the latest school review for one of the toughest schools we work with and one that is nonsense good for Sanda and combat kung fu. Owen Gibson trained at Master Wang’s Kung… Read More
How To Piss Off Your Martial Arts Teacher
2020-09-15 14:14
by Yang Shuangxing Ever wonder what seemingly small, inoffensive things might very well annoy or even genuinely cause your instructor to get fairly steamed?  It’s well to have a g… Read More
2020-08-30 02:09
by Tim Miller My experience at Shengjing Shan kung fu academy has been one of the best experiences in my life. I have been here for 8 months and I am in the best physical and mental conditio… Read More
2020-07-15 04:31
Recently I went to Thailand to meet my first BJJ coach Paulo Tavares do a little training, relaxing, and catch up. For this experience I met up with Nano and a few other guys from Big King M… Read More
2020-06-30 05:15
by Phillip Starr In karate, taekwondo, and various forms of gong-fu, we can easily observe many different types of kicks and you may wonder about where they came from and/or why they were de… Read More
2020-06-15 10:46
By Phillip Starr The legendary Tadashi Yamashita (10th dan, Kobayashi Shorin-ryu karate) once said that one of the great “secrets” of karate was in the correct training of stance… Read More
2020-05-30 10:09
Check out this latest Kung fu School review posted by Des from the Philippines. She studied at the school for 1 month this summer. I studied at the Yuntai Shan International School for one m… Read More
2020-05-15 08:56
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, also known as The Master Killer, Shaolin Master Killer and Shao Lin San Shi Liu Fang, is a 1978 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by… Read More
Lengfan – ‘eating Cold Rice’
2020-04-30 08:15
by Phillip Star Sun Lutang (1860-1933), renowned founder of the Sun styles of both baguazhang and taijiquan rose early each morning in Beijing to walk to his baguazhang practice with the fam… Read More
2020-03-30 06:55
By Phillip Starr     Over the years, I’ve heard several martial arts instructors remark that they like to “work out” in the classes that they teach and/or that th… Read More
2020-02-05 02:21
TIME AND TIME AGAIN… by Phillip Starr The cathedral at Chartres, France took more than a hundred years to build. A whole century! That means that the stonemasons who laid the foundati… Read More
Learn Kung Fu In China Resources
2020-01-30 07:47
I’ve been working hard to continue to provide the best resources for martial artists and adventure travellers who want to travel to China for intensive all-inclusive training packages… Read More
Don’t Fight When You Can Run
2020-01-04 06:33
by Adeniyi Makinde, As cowardly as this may sound, it’s a Chinese proverb used by Jackie Chan in his cartoon series JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES. Running does not necessarily mean “tak… Read More
Who’s Who Of Women In BJJ
2020-01-04 05:47
Originally posted on SMA bloggers: A run down of the current top Female BJJ players in the world inspired by Attack the Back. Whether the following amazing women and BJJ competitors whe… Read More
2019-12-18 05:20
I often get bookings from people keen to take advantage of their winter holiday, get fit and experience a life less ordinary. Their questions will often be, where is the best training option… Read More
Have You Lost Your Mind?
2019-10-21 15:25
By Phillip Starr I used to ask my students, “Have you lost your mind?” They’d look at me quizzically and I’d continue with my query, “Where did you put it?&rdqu&hell…Read More
Why Martial Arts Are Great For Kids!!!
2019-09-10 11:23
Education is very important for kids. But besides attending school, your kids should also be engaged in some kind of athletic activity. This would allow them to develop a more versatile set… Read More
2019-09-03 02:26
Check out some of the latest reviews of Tancheng Chan Kung fu School one of the most affordable schools available for learning kung fu in China. Tan Cheng Chan Wu International Kung fu Schoo… Read More
My Martial Arts Journey
2019-07-31 06:56
by Bill Fettes My martial arts journey began in 1969 at the first classes of the Tomiki aikido style in Melbourne, Australia, under the guidance of (then) Leoni Heap.  I was a drifter a… Read More
2019-07-17 08:15
by Phillip Starr We often hear our teachers tell us to “concentrate your mind on….”, but truly focusing our minds on any given thing is more than a little difficult. One o… Read More
My Journey To China To Learn Kung Fu
2019-07-01 14:50
“I am going to travel to China and there I am going to study Kung Fu.” Some people gave me a polite laugh and then asked again: “No really, what are you going to do? Which… Read More
Chinese Kung Fu Throughout The Ages
2019-06-19 14:43
by Du Peizhi There is no doubt to many Chinese that the original source of martial arts is China, but the history of this art is highly controversial. In primitive times when tribes tra… Read More
2019-06-05 07:36
by Phillip Starr I imagine many of you have heard the version of how the Japanese coloured belt system came to be; a white belt signified innocence and/or a blank slate for beginners, after… Read More
2019-06-03 11:19
by Les Bubka Martial arts are often perceived as being a very athletic activity that is reserved for very fit and fully abled people, mostly men aged between 16 to 30 something.  This s… Read More
The Broken Bow
2019-05-01 08:27
by Phillip Starr “The bow is shattered, arrows are all gone. At this critical moment, cast aside all doubts. Shoot, without the slightest delay.” These lines were penned by Zen m… Read More
Learn Muay Thai And Teach English
2019-04-16 23:50
If you’ve ever dreamt about learning Muay Thai in Thailand? Or maybe you’re already in Thailand at a Muay Thai Camp and you want to be able to extend your stay? Alterna… Read More
Is CBD Oil Legal In All 50 States?
2019-04-11 11:59
Thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp is legal in all fifty states. However, the legality of CBD is still confusing for many. We dug into the laws of each state and even hired a group of lawyer… Read More
Polishing The Sword
2019-03-29 05:15
by Phillip Starr I was teaching a class on use of the Chinese broadsword and a young man approached me with his sheathed weapon. He explained that it was a steel blade and asked if he could… Read More

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