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look closely – the walls are running with sweat

Not outside, the British weather did that all by itself, but inside. Even with the doors fully open the sweat was literally running down the walls at yesterday’s chi sao gathering in Redditch. Dread to think what it smells like today………


wing chun kung fu Massive thanks to all four of the gentlemen pictured here, my own sifu, Sifu Shawn Rawclife, Sifu Colin Ward, Sifu John Brogden and Sifu Karl Stanley, for making the chi sao gathering yesterday in Redditch possible. All four organisations were well represented and everyone mingled seamlessly training alongside each other as it should be.

150 people from across the country filled the room, travelling from as far as  Yorkshire and Dorset. We even had an international flavour with folks making the trip from Wales…..

With well over a hundred people training in close proximity to each other for six hours it is testimony to the friendly and non confrontational approach encouraged by the chief instructors of the various groups represented that there was only one minor accident in the whole day and everyone had almost permanent smiles etched on their faces throughout the day.

It was great to see so many people with such a wide range of experiencewing chun chi sao in reeditch happilly training with each other, from almost total novices to seasoned instructors and it was a real privilledge to have had so many Sifus and senior students under one roof at the same time. Everyone who attended the day had a great time and I’m sure everyone is eagerly looking forward to the new year in anticipation of the next chi sao gathering.

A big thank you once again to everyone who came along and made it such an enjoyable day.

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Chi sao today – coming along nicely









Thanks to one of my senior kung fu brothers I now have sissy grips on my knives!!! Before anyone says anything it seemed like a good idea at the time.

In all fairness the grips do make the knives much less slippery when your hands get sweaty and so add a lot more oomph to the various actions (meaning that my newly mounted tyre is taking a beating). On the downside because they’re more grippy they are more difficult to spin and twirl, but at least I’m not in danger of them slipping out of my hands at an inopportune moment and causing irreperable harm to both the house and my marriage.



Classes this week have been great fun. I know everyone really enjoyed chi sau today and from the feedback, pressure testing the bong lap on thursday put a new perspective on things for a few students. Putting the head guards on lends a whole new dimension to the training even if they do restrict peripheral vision (and get very sweaty) and I know for a lot of folks it was a new experience knowing that the person in front of them was genuinely trying to hit them and take their head off. The chi sau is starting to come along nicely (even if some of it is a bit unorthodox!) and its great to see everyone making progress.