The world of martial arts has always been a mystery to me.
I wouldn't know the difference between a leg block and a karate chop.
When I was presented with the opportunity to go a long to see what happens at a
Kung Fu class, I thought it would be a good idea - it might help to de-mystify the sport.
So one chilly Wednesday evening a couple of weeks ago I went along to the
Hull Collegiate School where I met Mike Mitchell and his wife, Odette who
run the Hull Shaolin Chuan Fa Kung Fu Club.
A Telecomms Engineer as his regular job, Mike has a passion to spread the word
about Kung Fu - to explain to everyone what it is and how much it can benefit a person.
Mike's been studying Kung Fu for 16 years.
He used to teach classes at Hull Grammar School, but the venue has since changed
and now the classes are run at the Collegiate School in Anlaby.
When he started the Kung Fu club 4 years ago he had 4 members.
These days there are 70 students aging from 7 up - age is no barrier.
Each session starts with forms, techniques, weaponry and sword work.
And it's not just a once a week thing - all the students study anatomy and
biology, learning about such things as pressure points; where they are and how to use them.
The evening starts at 7pm and continues until till 9.30pm.
Half of the evening is spent doing kung fu and the rest practicing skills with
the staff (6ft wooden pole) or learning about the healing system, Zen Shin Katsu.
Mike and Odette are both traditional Chinese medicine practitioners
I spoke at length with Mike, in between him teaching his class various moves
and combat positions.
As he demonstrated each move, he explained what that particular move was called
and how it worked.
Then the class divided into pairs and they would practice for a few
minutes before moving onto the next.
There were a couple of students who were visiting the class to brush up on
specific areas of skill.
Mike wants to change the perception of martial arts training.
It's an educational sport providing far more knowledge than simply how to make some moves.
Some of his students have gone on to take degrees in Sport and Chinese Studies.
He also feels that some clubs charge too much - and that puts people off.
Costs for the classes run by Mike and his team are kept to an absolute minimum.
Sports, Rally - The Wold Construction North Humberside Forest Rally 2006 - Saturday 25th March 06 By Matt Rudd
The third round of the BTRDA took place last as part of the
Wold Construction North Humberside Forest Rally.
The rally kicked off at the Jarvis Hotel in Willerby then a long road section to
Gale Rigg for the first stage of the event.
The weather of the previous day and night before the event would be decisive
throughout the event with the stages being extremely wet and slippery.
Sports, Rally - Robin Hood Forest Stages Rally - Sunday 5th March 2006 By Matt Rudd
As usual the Robin Hood Rally was split into 2 main categories; the
Robin Hood Historic Forest Stages and the Robin Hood Forest Stages Rally.
As well as having many stages on the Sunday, the Historic event also had 3 night
stages on the Saturday.
The Historic event was the opening round for this year's British Historic Rally Championship
and therefore did
Sports - Sunday 18th September 1.00pm - American Football Returns To Its Roots In Hull!
The new Hull Hornets A.F.T have agreed a deal with the Ennerdale Sports Centre, Sutton Road,
The Hull-City-council-owned centre last staged a competitive American football
game in the late 1980s, when the city's former team the Kingston Liberators played
at the site, although many people still associate the Ennerdale complex with
American football in the city.
Sports, Speedway - Wednesday 13th July - Hull CPD Vikings v Glasgow Tigers KOC 2nd leg By Mark Oliver Photos by Adam Jennison
Hull CPD Vikings: 44 Glasgow Tigers: 46
Heat 1 Re-run after Stancl fell on the first bend of lap 2. In the re-run Branney touched the tape so opted to go off 15m. In the second re-run Leverington won from the gate closely followed by Sanchez. Branney never really made the ground up from 15m back.
Sports, Rally - The 2005 Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally - Saturday 18th June By Matt Rudd
The Dukeries Rally, like the North Humberside which was my last rally,
is a round of the BTRDA rally championship.
The rally took place on June the 18th which was one of the hottest days of the year which meant for the competitors lots of dust. The rally was based at Mansfield while most of the stages were in the Sherwood Forest complex.
Sports, F1 - Motor Racing - How Pathetic! By Matt Rudd
I have always been a fan of motor sport, whether it was Rallying , Moto GP or Formula One.
However on Sunday it was the US Formula One Grand Prix.
To be honest this was the most pathetic race I have ever seen, instead of about 20 cars
on the starting grid only 6 came onto the track these were the 2 Minardi's , Jordan's
Sports, Water Skiing - Splashing Out for The Summer By Michelle Dee and Lottie Clark
Twenty five years ago Tony Edge a leg amputee formed the British Disabled
Tony Edge lost a leg in a flying accident during World War II.
He believed there was an easier way to enable amputees to water-ski and he along
with others formed the organisation to provide many disabled people a unique
Sports, Football - What a night. Liverpool European Champions By Mark Ryan
What a night. Everything I've believed about football - Steven Everett spoke of it - has been kicked into row Z.
Much will be written and spoken about the night Liverpool became football kings of Europe, and rightly so.
Milan's first goal was, we must admit, a sickener. A set-piece from the first attack in the first minute.
Traore - showing us the skill that scored that Burnley own goal - started as nervous as
Sports, Boxing - Fight Club By Stephen Allen
Nobody told me I should do boxing. It was only my cousin Gavin who told me
about the St Paul's Boxing Club when I was eleven. Gavin took me down there
the first time. I didn't know what to expect.
As we pulled up I saw a small brick building, with a blue sign
saying St Paul's.
The Beverley 2k Fun Run By Eleanor Smith Age 7 and Eleanor's Mum
I thought the Fun Run was very tiring but I tried to carry on.
My Mum and my brother's friend Ross were doing it too.
I wish I could do the big run when I'm older.
When I was doing the Fun Run I had a stitch in my tummy but I carried on.
My medal was excellent. I showed it too my class in 2FB Anlaby School.
They wanted to do the Fun Run as well.
My friend Eden was very very happy to see I had a medal and
Beware of the Cat - Beverley 10k - Sunday 15th May 05 By Mike Pullon
The 2003 Beverley 10 k was , at 44 , my first attempt at any sort of competitive running for about 30 years.
As part of a weight loss, and fitness gain, plan over the previous year I had been running about
2 miles a day and felt that this event would be a good test for me.
My goal was to finish and if possible not last.
In the event I found that the motivation
2005 Beverley Annual Fun Run 13 page Photograph Gallery By Mo
Well as the website is utterly buzzing from a home page link at the
Beverly Athletics Club thanks for that!
I have got together this 13 page gallery of the Fun Run for you all...Enjoy.
Coming up next is the 10 Race Gallery, shortly when I have my breath back..cheers
The Beverley 10k Run - Sunday 15th May 05 By Jonathan Rollison
The Beverley 10k - what a fantastic morning - well done Beverley Athletics Club!
This was my first ever running event since school - 26 years ago.
The main highlight was to see my 11 year old in the fun run come storming back into the
main arena at full tilt looking determined to get a few places up the field in the 2k race.
He admitted later that he started the home sprint too early, but
Sports, Speedway - Why Speedway? By Danny Searle
Why do I love speedway? My Dad used to go before I was born. As I started getting older I went more often. But I remember I was four when I first started to go.
I can't remember the first time I went to Speedway. I can however, remember two of
the riders, Jan Stapman and Joe Screen.
I can't remember
Sports, Bowling - Ten Pin Bowling - Championship Golden Bowl in Turin - 4th - 10 April 05 By Dom Gall
Reigning European Ranking champion Paul Moor from England defeated tournament leader
Osku Palermaa from Finland in the title match, 210-205 and 227-215, to win the Championship Golden Bowl
in Turin and 10,000 Euro.
This was Moor's second victory of this year's European Bowling Tour after winning the second stop in
Sports, Rally - The 2005 North Humberside Rally - Saturday 2nd April 05 By Matt Rudd
The Wold Construction North Humberside Forest Rally took place on Saturday April the 2nd.
The rally started and finished at the Jarvis Hotel in Willerby, just east of Hull.
However the stages were situated in the North Yorkshire forests of Langdale, Cropton
Sports - London Marathon 2005 - My story By Fergus Malone
On Sunday 17 April 2005, I ran the London Marathon on its 25th anniversary and for my first time. 35,680 runners started the race. I came 7,666th.
I had watched a mate of mine run it last year.
Afterwards over a beer he gleefully suggested to me
Sports, Football - In Reply To Football Sugar Daddies - Helping or Killing (By Steve Everett) By Gareth Marshall
First of all, I have to concede that I actually agree with Steve about the crux of his article.
There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a team who seemingly represent everything
that is bad about the modern game and who have pretty much had riches and success
handed to them on a plate
Sports, Football - Football Sugar Daddies - Helping or Killing By Steve Everett
Tuesday 22nd March. One of the richest clubs in the world, Manchester United, announce a
shocking 50% drop in profits over the last half a year, claiming to have fallen
victim to falling T.V. income and the cost of buying new players.
This comes months after