What you are reading now are the words of a more determined, more disciplined me. As 2012 came to a close, I was in Brighton with my honey, and I welcomed in 2013 with my folks. It was a calm, quiet holiday, and it was lovely.
For some time, now, we at Fujian White Crane kung fu club have been eagerly anticipating the publication of a book by instructor Danil Mikhailov, called The History and Philosophy of Kung fu: An Introduction. Earlier in the year, Dave asked me if I would do Danil the favour of proofreading it, a task I, of course, eagerly took on. It would, in fact, be an honour.
It doesn’t seem that long ago since it was Dave’s first camp of the year, and yesterday was already the second of three. I got up at 5 a.m. to catch the train and, when I got to London Bridge, it wasn’t nearly as busy as staff seemed to anticipate. However, the normal exits and entrances were blocked off, one of the ticket halls was shut (where our guys usually go to buy tickets) and there were those metal gate things (what do you call them?) to kettle people around the long way. So, as I see it, far from making things easier during the Olympics (oops, not allowed to say that, am I?), they’ve probably made things ten times more complicated than they need to be.
This was the first of Dave’s summer camps in Kent this year, and we began by ‘calming down’ after coming from the stress of London. This meant standing in the greater meditation position, which is hard as you need to concentrate on something other than the pain in your shoulders. But it did work. We all calmed down, and by then it was time for tea and pastries.
I was without a laptop for three weeks. My screen died, I had to send it for repair and in the meantime I checked the internet using other people’s computers. I couldn’t edit the book I’d started editing, I couldn’t check my emails as often as I usually do and I couldn’t access the Plot Bunnies website enough for my liking (I check it daily). What I wanted to do before my laptop fell ill was blog about the Sport Relief Mile that I ran with my kung fu club (evidence, should you need it, that I was there can be obtained by looking at the photo on our club website). So let me start with that. Continue reading