Monthly Archives: July 2012

Stick-fighting, the French Way

Canne de Combat is a form of fencing with canes. The origins of the sport are ancient, going back to a time when gentlemen found they were not safe on the streets of Paris. Many took lessons in boxing and … Continue reading

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Places I love in Europe

Europe, so varied, both in landscape and in culture… I wondered how many European languages there are. After a bit of googling, I found a mind-boggling figure of 234 living languages. So, I won’t be learning them all  ;o) On the otherhand, … Continue reading

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Places I love in England

There are many influences on our lives, including parents, friends, our community and the things we see around us. Things happen… some good, some bad, we lose loved ones, we meet new friends, but generally life goes on. Over time, we … Continue reading

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Madagascar, off the tourist trail…

Madagascar is a large island (4th largest in the world) sitting in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by small peripheral islands. It broke away from Africa around 165 million years ago, and now is a beautiful, biodiversity treasure trove. I visited Madagascar as a … Continue reading

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Progression in the Martial Arts

I began training in martial arts and combat sports over twenty-five years ago. At first, I was interested in learning a few self-defence skills. I didn’t research at all, I just dived in and joined a club that my friend had … Continue reading

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Women’s Awareness and Self-Protection

The Women’s Awareness and Self-protection group is based in Cambridge, England. We run courses in assertiveness, self-protection skills and personal safety for schools, universities, companies, and… just about anybody who is interested.

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Women in the Martial Arts

Training in martial arts can be a great way of boosting fitness and self-confidence. In recent years, a lot more women have taken up martial arts, this article was written to help women who are looking for a good place … Continue reading

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