Second part of my time during the Vital Target Combat (VTC) event hosted by Unified Weapons Master (UWM). Check out the first part here.
We were standing in the middle of the arena we’d be fighting in over the next few days, while we waited for the UWM leaders to announce the fight cards. I rocked back on my heels and took a few steps to get a feel for the surface. Didn’t want any surprises when the time came. Eventually we were Continue reading
First part of my time during the Vital Target Combat (VTC) event hosted by Unified Weapons Master (UWM). Click here to check out the second part!
I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time now. As you may recall, my last post was about how I’d gotten picked as one of the first fighters to fight in Unified Weapon Master’s (UWM) test event.
The intention was to write this post once my fight video from the test event had been published online, but alas. Shortly after they published the first fight video, Continue reading
Again, it’s been a while since the last post but rest assured I’ve kept busy!
Unified Weapons Master (UWM) finally went out with their ‘Call to Arms’ early this year, announcing that they were looking for fighters for their inaugural fight event. After completing Continue reading
In preparation of a more in-depth article on HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), I wanted to share this recent and excellent free-to-watch documentary on this rapidly growing martial art.
Although BACK TO THE SOURCE focuses on historical fencing (as opposed to modern sport fencing) and thus only covers a part of the various styles that would be considered HEMA, it is still a great introduction for those wanting to know more.
So grab thine popped corn, sheath thy longsword and enjoyeth the watch!
Kummooyeh is a Korean martial art that centers around swordsmanship. Wanting to know more, I paid a visit to one such school in Sydney.
I try to shrug off some of the raindrops as I walk up the stairs to the loft of a spacious building, just off the busy Parramatta Road here in Sydney. When I decided to save this visit for a ‘rainy day’, I had not intended for it to be taken literally! Maybe I should stop viewing the use of an umbrella as cheating.
A Taekwondo class is currently in session, so I take a seat while I wait for the Kummooyeh instructor to arrive. Continue reading
The story behind Ardent Heart, written to illustrate the inner workings of a Capoeirista. A completely fictional piece of my own imagination, with several creative liberties taken.
Note – Capoeira is one of the more unique martial arts due to its close ties to Brazilian culture, and its strong focus on qualities you normally don’t find in Eastern martial arts. Cunning, slyness and charisma are held in high regard. The Capoeirista (Capoeira practitioner) has a tendency to be flamboyant, cocky, charming and will find it hard to resist a worthy challenge. In the world of fighters, the Capoeirista is the ultimate rogue. A crooked smile, a glint in the eye, a chuckle and a solid belief in one’s own worth. Continue reading
Finally Ardent Heart is ready to be published! This has been a labour-of-love long in the making, a true team effort that could not have happened without the following talents:
Ming Ng, who handled the cinematography and editing. Check out more of his work here.
Bethany Levy, who handled design and visual effects. To see more of her work, have a look at her website.
Dudu Capoeira, a talented Capoeira musician and teacher who supplied the music. You can buy his music via his website, or on iTunes. Check out his website!
Inspiration came from this awesome ballet clip, which got me thinking Continue reading