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Tim Geoghegan

I recall meeting Tim in 1985 or 86 after getting back from Taiwan, Tim’s younger daughter Deborah reminded me that she recalled me in or around 1983 —- and that may have been during my sabbatical between my Taiwan visits of 82 and 84. For me meeting with Tim was a life changing experience as…

Kelly Yeaton

Kelly Yeaton Chapter 1 Fighting, Dance and Drama “If it’s a wave you better ride it”. When I went to see Kelly Yeaton (1993) he had a tape recorder ready and Paul Cote and I sat down and told him how we got involved with the trail of William Fairbairn. I owe Paul for driving…

Influences; William Mellor

Dr. Mellor While working at my family’s bookshop a customer came in with an English accent. He was an older man who always wore suit. Even in the summer-he would put on his pin striped linen! A very old fashioned type was this Englishman. As we saw each other periodically when he would come to…

Rose Li (Li Shou-tien)

Rose Li The first time I read of Rose Li was in Robert Smith’s ,“Pa-kua; for Fitness and Self Defense”. That was around 1974. Later on in a trip to England around 1976 I visited her at her class in Manchester. Manchester at that time was pretty bleak. It was in many ways what was…

Fairbairn Researches

Dorothea his daughter holding a portrait of her dad The “Fairbairn – Sykes” knife (credit to Samuel Yeaton as well for design) Observations of Fairbairn on the Smuggling of his era Sample Letter from the S.M.P. Fairbairn’s “Come Along” Wrist Lock…

Training the Legs

(The Original of the article was published in The Journal of Asian Martial Arts with photographs-due to interest and until I can get that up I insert this old draft here) The Lower Body; Training from Traditions and Science The purpose of this article is to present various training methods for the lower body. The…

Food, Nutrition and Tradition

Stefane has asked me to write about the relationship of Wisdom of the Body to food so let us start with the aspect of appetite or desire. Desire for food is what moves the body. The baby is listening to the voices of his parents and though his eyes do not focus he can see…

Fashion- Costume and Jewelry

As I travel around doing workshops, seminar and talks I find the subject of fashion comes up periodically. Since my workshops often consists of yoga people, dancers, actors and martial arts people they each are used to their own clothing and costumes. So I think -especially after doing our floor movement-they realise that what we…

The Chiron Text; Chapter 8 – Saturnine Wisdom

Chapter 8; Saturn and Neptune Physical Education as root of Wisdom Teaching -in order to develop Sophrosyne-Discretion and Prudence Saturn the Father of Time -who as Lord of Time and Discipline – eats his children! Time takes us all. Neptune the Lord of the Deep Sea and Deep Perception. Saturn for Discipline, Neptune for Imagination.…