my past years and looking forward to the year 2002.
spent the New Year's celebration with an old Wing Chun friend
of mine, and we spoke of the past with great humour. Master James
Sinclair and I go back to approximately 20 years, and it is amazing
after all these years we remained very good friends. Despite our
competitive positions, the same Kung Fu style and different opinions
on martial art methods and philosophy. I really enjoyed myself
at his home looking at some really dodgy photos of the past -
you know the ones I mean, the 80's massive hairdos, makes you
lost touch for 10 years, and we got in touch again, it was
amazing how we both went through very similar personal ups and
downs of life. Now, we both run very successful martial art organisation.
It is always humorous when we speak of an instructor we both experienced
in our early years of Wing Chun training. We just couldn't believe
what some people got away with in the martial arts fraternity
during the 70's and 80's. Wild claims to the ignorant many were
the recipe for high status and high financial income.
martial arts today are generally healthy and very informative,
and there are a lot of good instructors out there. However, it
would be great to see martial arts adopting the standards of other
recognised professional bodies. The future is only as bright as
we feel, and actions to reinforce those bright ideas.
me, the recent development of this Martial Art Institute website
is a massive jump to the right and bright direction forward. Those
who visited the old website since 1995 until October 2001 will
have noticed very poor maintenance of the site, updates were slow
or none at all for a year, and wrong club information. Consequently,
the official site is now controlled in the UK, and assisted by
two new webmasters in Sweden. The result is clear, a great new
website that will be ranked highly on search engines soon.
I am so please with new website now, and I can now begin my
other New Year resolution - training for the show at the Queen's
Buckingham Palace very soon. Other great news to come but secret
will end this column, by saying that it has been a brilliant
year 2001, and started well at the beginning of 2002 in the company
of an old friend James Sinclair. Lastly, my thoughts are with
a good friend of mine 'Professor Wally Jay' of the Small
Circle JuJitsu organisation (I hope you are well and we must meet
up soon). I also take this opportunity to wish all martial artists
a very best in the 2002.