End of year – how was it for you?

Now that we are coming to the end of another year it is good to take a step back and see how far you have come on your Wing Chun journey. I have seen many students from the Adults and Children’s classes transform this year and make real progress in their Wing Chun development. Something…

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December 21, 2018

Focus On Effort, Not Outcome

If you are “in to” martial arts or words of wisdom, then you probably have come across the phrase: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” You don’t have to be a martial artist to know a Bruce Lee…

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November 27, 2018
Halesowen Wing Chun Family party at Halloween

More than a Martial Arts Club

When is a Martial Arts Club not a Martial Arts Club? Sometimes when running a martial arts school and teaching in class you can forget to look up and see what is going on outside of the teaching and learning process. If you take a moment out, look and observe you will notice parents and guardians…

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November 6, 2018
Sifu Alan Bagley Halesowen Wing Chun School

The Wooden Man Post – Muk Yan Jong

The Wooden Dummy When new students come into the Halesowen Wing Chun School one of two questions will inevitably be asked what the “wooden thing” on the Wall or “how soon can I begin to train on the Wooden Dummy” Muk Yan Jong. Literal meaning. “wooden man post”. Traditionally, the Wooden Dummy is taught after the…

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October 16, 2018
The benefits of Martial Arts for Women

The benefits of Martial Arts for Women

If you are a woman and considering taking up a martial art, but keep putting it off or thinking it might not be for you, here are a few of the benefits of Martial Arts for Women that you may not have considered. Empowerment and Self-Confidence Learning a martial art can help with your state…

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October 12, 2018
Sifu Alan Bagley on the Wooden Dummy

How long should we continue to practice our forms for?

How long should we continue to practice our forms, kata Taolu, Set? Many Sifu’s or senseis would simply answer: forever. Forms are an integral part of most traditional martial arts. Sometimes students wonder why they should put the effort into practicing and mastering these choreographed sequences of fighting movements, here are a few benefits Benefits…

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October 5, 2018
Jack and Sifu Alan Bagley at the Halesowen Wing Chun School

Why you should encourage your children to learn a Martial Art like Wing Chun

And encourage them to continue, even when they want to stop The main/obvious reason children need to practice martial arts in this day and age is to stay active. It seems like we almost have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem…

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October 3, 2018

Empty your cup

A proverb about a teacup Once upon a time, there was a wise Zen master. People traveled from far away to seek his help. In return, he would teach them and show them the way to enlightenment. On this particular day, a scholar came to visit the master for advice. “I have come to ask…

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September 28, 2018

No Ground Fighting in Wing Chun!

Does Wing Chun have ground fighting? If you think about ground fighting, what comes to mind? Maybe something like the guys here in the octagon. Now, these sports professionals and world-class athletes and have spent many hours honing their craft, stand up and ground fighting. To even consider entering the octagon you have to be extremely fit, brave,…

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September 26, 2018

How often should I practice Wing Chun at home?

This is a question that comes from students often as they start to learn Wing Chun Kung Fu how often should we practice Wing Chun at home? Any journey takes time and consistent movement and as the old saying goes, the more you put in the more you get out. Should we practice Wing Chun…

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September 21, 2018
Wing Chun Kung Fu Halesowen

Wing Chun Kung Fu Halesowen