Tào Lù and the Platonic World of Forms

套路 - tàolù Taolu is the pinyin romanisation of 套路. In this context 'tào' is a classifying word for anything regarding sets or collections of things, 'lù' is a journey, road, path. In English we speak of martial arts forms, sets, routines. The Japanese term 'kata' is often used also. Plato was of course the … Continue reading Tào Lù and the Platonic World of Forms

New Blog Post: Learn How To Play!

The school holidays are here and with the amazing weather here in the UK, the parks are full of families. This week just gone, I spent a day by the coast in Brighton and some of which was at a playground with climbing frames, slides, seesaws, etc… As soon as we entered the area, my … Continue reading New Blog Post: Learn How To Play!

Meditation, simple and effective…

The practice of meditation can often be an intimidating prospect for some people, often associated with sitting for long periods of time in a full lotus position keeping thoughts from entering the mind while trying to reach some Zen-like state of peace and enlightenment! When in reality, meditation is essentially a very simple practice, which … Continue reading Meditation, simple and effective…

So, why should I make martial arts part of my new year’s resolution?

As you pick up a leaflet, or see a poster or find us on Google, this may well be a (very valid) question that pops into your head! Martial arts are suitable for everyone I think one misconception is often that martial arts are only for a select few people who fit into a certain … Continue reading So, why should I make martial arts part of my new year’s resolution?

A brief history of Damo and the origins of the Chinese Martial Arts

The Chinese Martial Arts have a long, colourful history that is almost as fascinating to learn about as performing the arts themselves but the history/legend of the origins of the martial arts in China all lead back to one common source, the Indian monk Damo (also known by his Indian name Bodhidarma), who travelled from … Continue reading A brief history of Damo and the origins of the Chinese Martial Arts