Singapore Launch

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On Thursday, 30 August we had our Singapore Launch at Books Actually. Deep thanks to Jeremy Fernando for his inspiring words. It was great to connect with old friends and to make new ones, including practitioners from other schools.

Many readers of this book have never tried martial arts. Already some people are getting in touch to ask where they can try Wuzuquan and other Chinese martial-arts. My advice is to go and explore. Above all, be open-minded. Remember that Crippled Immortals is a literary work, not a manual or a history. It’s based on my personal experience and my opinions, and the validity of these perspectives is open to debate. Other schools will have their own training methods and their own opinions, which may differ from those in the book. Crippled Immortals often leaves it to the reader to decide what is right and what is wrong; the actual case of affairs can be murky. It’s the same if you try a class: the training may differ from what I describe, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. So: try, and please enjoy. If you like it, martial arts will benefit your health and, in your own way, you will help to preserve a wonderful heritage.






Launch Week


This week we celebrated the Australian launch of Crippled Immortals at The Paperback Bookshop in Melbourne. It was a wonderful occasion. I’m really glad we took this time to mark the culmination of a project that has involved (and continues to involve) a lot of hard work. Participants ranged from a friend who grew up around the corner in Dublin to students I started teaching this month; from the very young indeed to those older than they’d care to mention. The book was launched by Barry Hill, who is also reviewing Crippled Immortals for The Age.

Earlier this week I was interviewed by the Monash University media department. It’s fascinating how, already, people respond so differently to the book: Barry Hill engaging profoundly from his expertise in Japanese martial-arts and Buddhism, and Monash assessing the transferable skills of the book project (the prospect of teaching students to write nonfiction).


Later this month is the Singapore launch at Books Actually, by which point I expect the book will be available worldwide.