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Teenage Mutant Ninja Hurdles – How Martial Arts Have Taught Me Persistence Pays And Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Back in 1983, when I was 14, I started practising martial arts. Like many people who become martial artists, I started off with karate. Shotokan karate, to be precise. And like many people who start fight training, I became absolutely obsessed with it. Here is a photo of me taken at Christmas that year: Read More…

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The Black Dragon – Fakes, Frauds and Kentucky Fried Chicken

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That is a photo of one of my childhood heroes. Count Juan Raphael Dante. Martial arts master, founder of The Black Dragon Fighting Society, voodoo priest and alleged bank robber. He came to fame in the 1960s by posting adverts like this in the back of American comic books : Read More…

Passion, Poetry and Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows – How To Star In Your Very Own Hollywood Movie

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Winter Is Coming. For most people, that’s just a tagline from “Game Of Thrones”. An internet meme with Sean Bean holding a sword on a windswept hillside, usually involving some sort of joke. For other people, like me, “Winter Is Coming” is not a joke, it is an actual warning. Something to be genuinely concerned about. Read More…

A Brief History Of Hong Kong Hip Hop – How Bruce Lee Invented Everything And Audrey Hepburn Liked It Rough

It is a little known fact that Bruce Lee invented Hip Hop. Like most people, I had assumed that Hip Hop came Straight Outta Compton and was hammered into shape by Dr Dre and his crew. Not so. Scratching, mixing, beatboxing. All invented by Bruce Lee.  Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof: Read More…

Enter The Braggin’ – At Last, A Definitive Answer To The Question “Which Is The Best Martial Art?”

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 If you took a roomful of very religious people of all denominations and posed the following question “Which is the One True God?” the ensuing debate would probably be quite lively. If you let the debate go on for long enough, there’d probably be a fistfight. Even the Buddhists’ knuckles would start itching eventually. Read More…

ITCHYCOO PARK – The War On Drugs And How To Win It

 

It Did Get A Bit Like This At One Point.

It Did Get A Bit Like This At One Point.

Picture the scene. It’s 2.30 in the morning in a wild natural park. Jesmond Dene in Newcastle upon Tyne if you happen to be familiar with it. Substitute any wild natural park if you are not. A group of young people are creeping cautiously along one of its many paths and occasionally diving into the undergrowth when a noise startles them. Read More…

Pow! Right In The Kisser – An Important Lesson In Self Defence Brought To You By Glenn Danzig

Glenn Danzig is a rock musician. Here he is talking about his martial arts training: Read More…

The Anatomy Of A Mid Life Crisis – Why Nasal Hair Is Actually Your Best Friend When You Hit Your Forties

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Tradition dictates that once time has taken a large enough bite out of a man’s Forties, he has to do something weird. Read More…

Occam’s Razor Fight – Why Beethoven Has A Lot In Common With Punching Someone Unconscious

 

Just One Of Many Tattoos I Never Got. Plus, I'm Not A Girl.

Just One Of Many Tattoos I Never Got. Plus, I’m Not A Girl.

I don’t have any tattoos. This isn’t because I find them distasteful or have a fear of needles or anything. It’s just that my tastes are far too fickle to mark any of them permanently on my body. Read More…