Lots of advice on Martial Arts training here, from stretching techniques to managing injuries, from us at Enso Martial Arts with over 50 yers experience in many different disciplines of Martial Arts. Hope you find it useful!

2016 at Enso Martial Arts Shop - This article is probably a month late really, but having only recently returned from China and having a hectic January I now have the time… Continue Reading
5 tips to get yourself starting a martial arts class - It’s always exciting the prospect of starting a martial art. It may have been something your friend does or did, something you’ve seen on TV… Continue Reading
7 Tops Tips when preparing for a Black Belt Grading - When preparing for a black belt grading you will have done a fair number of gradings in the build up to this one. So you’ll… Continue Reading
Adidas martial arts shoes lowdown – Are they any good? - So for all of us hardline traditional martial artists, seeing brands like JJB sports, Adidas, Mizuno, Nike all getting in on the scene, for us… Continue Reading
Can anyone do Martial Arts? - Can anyone do Martial Arts? As I await my second spinal operation, it's a question I have been pondering myself recently. My back problems are… Continue Reading
Can you use a Judo Gi for BJJ or BJJ Gi for Judo? - Can you use a Judo Gi for BJJ or BJJ Gi for Judo? That's the question this week. I had a guy in the shop… Continue Reading
Coloured Belts with Stripes: Are they Traditional or Not? - Coloured Belts with Stripes on them get a little bit of stick from the ‘traditional’ martial artis world. The trouble is, the standard colours denoting… Continue Reading
Common Martial Arts injuries getting in the way of training - It's been strange time at Enso Martial Arts over the last year or so, myself and Phil, who work in the shop, have both been… Continue Reading
Dipped Foam vs PU Sparring Kit? What’s Best? - There are masses of Sparring equipment out there for Kickboxing. In the shop we cater for everyone. We'll put Thai Boxing aside as there a… Continue Reading
Doing business in China and working with language barrier - "Get a translator, it's what everyone else does" okay great thanks for the advice but I'd like to send a shipment regularly. "Well then hire… Continue Reading
Feiyue Black or White: Which is a better choice for training in? - Feiyue shoes have been the shoe of choice for Shaolin Monks for years. Many people practicing Shaolin Kung Fu, Wu Shu, San Da and other… Continue Reading
Foam, Rubber, Plastic, Wood or Metal Nunchaku? - With so many Nunchaku available how do you decide the type of Nunchaku you want to buy. What are the options? Well, mainly you’ll be… Continue Reading
How much Martial Arts training should I do? - It's a constant question I get asked all the time. How Much martial arts training should I do? It's a pretty vague question when you… Continue Reading
Improving Kicking Technique in Martial Arts - "For those interested on improving their kicking technique there is a range of equipment that can help them. Martial Arts, in general, has a huge… Continue Reading
Kicking into Shape for 2016 - If you like me have eaten and drunk too much over the festive season then your probably feeling a little sluggish and may look a… Continue Reading
Leg Stretching for Martial Arts - Most martial arts styes concentrate their stretching almost exclusively on the legs. So someone like me who has also dabbled a bit with Yoga, I… Continue Reading
Martial Arts Belts Meaning and What each colour represents - In the traditional sense martial arts belts have been used in Japan and Korea for hundreds of years, in the sense that they are part… Continue Reading
Martial Arts Christmas Gift ideas from Enso Martial Arts - Around this time of year, we get loads of people coming in the shop looking for martial arts christmas gift ideas for someone who training… Continue Reading
Martial Arts for Rehabilitation? - Being about 5 month post major back surgery, I have had a lot of time to think about what I will be able to do… Continue Reading
Martial Arts Stretching Exercises, Do’s and Don’ts - Martial Arts Stretching Exercises are a big part of most warm up routines and achieving box splits is a real goal for many. In fact,… Continue Reading
New Opening Hours at Enso Martial Arts - Enso Martial Arts has changed extended opening hours. We are now open: Monday 10am - 6pm Tuesday 10am - 6pm Wednesday 10am - 6pm Thursday… Continue Reading
News from UK (not China this month) - Back in the UK It's a little hard to talk about China this month as I have been back in the UK. Mainly visiting the… Continue Reading
Newsletter Signup: Enso Martial Arts’ Free Monthly Newsletter - Free monthly Newsletter Signup at Enso Martial Arts. With information including: - clubs - books - instructors - products - deals - offers - therapy… Continue Reading
Nunchaku Cord vs Chain – The age old argument - There are so many Nunchaku on the market these days it’s hard to know what to choose. Out of all the available Nunchaku there are… Continue Reading
Old Skool, New Skool Grappling Seminar - Sunday 6th Ocotber 2013 12pm til 6pm How does modern day sport grappling stack up against ‘old skool’grappling methods? Is one better than the other… Continue Reading
Playing with your martial arts? Is it allowed? - My garage gym is finally finished and I can get back into training properly now. Physio will always be important and that will always come… Continue Reading
Practicing Tai Chi in China differs to the West - Opposite the apartment block where I live is a row of shops, perfectly ordinary nothing exciting about them. Except maybe the artisan bread shop which… Continue Reading
Searching for Samurai swords for sale in deepest Shanghai, China - A Chinese story of Samurai Swords for sale in the most unlikely place This month I was thinking I should probably start trying to build… Continue Reading
Shaolin Temple China, shall they charge or not charge - While flicking through the paper this week, I noticed this interesting article about Shaolin Temple China "People's respect for religion diminishes when they're made to… Continue Reading
The Do’s and Don’t of buying Tai Chi Equipment - First and foremost before I dish out any advice on buying Tai Chi Equipment is in the beginning always follow the crowd. It saves having… Continue Reading
Training around Training? 7 Top Tips to Improve your cardio - It's pretty normal to think your cardio is absolutely fine, grading day comes and you realise your cardio is pants. You're a sweaty mess that… Continue Reading
Training Equipment for Martial Arts - The Boom of Mixed Martial Arts about 10 years ago brought with it a new breed of martial arts practitioners and a whole new way… Continue Reading
Watching Thai Boxing Thailand bouts on Koh Samui - Recently I found myself again in one of the Thai boxing Thailand stadiums in Koh Samui, it has been ten years since I first came… Continue Reading
What are the shaolin kung fu sash levels? - I get asked all the time “What are the shaolin kung fu sash levels?” It’s a bit of an unanswerable question. I’ll explain why. Kung… Continue Reading
What Bokken to buy? Which Bokken to Buy? - There are so many Bokken out there on the market these days, it can be hard to know what bokken to buy, let alone make… Continue Reading
What is the best martial arts to learn by Enso Martial Arts - What is the best martial arts to learn It’s the age old question and we still hear it a lot in the shop. I know… Continue Reading
What is the Year of the Dog? - The main thing with Dogs is they are Loyal, the Chinese say Men born on the year of the dog are straightforward and genuine, opinionated… Continue Reading
What’s the difference between a heavyweight and lightweight Karate Gi? - What's the difference between a heavyweight and lightweight Karate Gi? I get asked this all the time in the shop. Well, apart from the the… Continue Reading
Which are best the high tops or low tops for Kung Fu? - Shall I wear the high tops or low tops for Kung Fu? I get asked this all the time. But these amazing Feiyue shoes aren’t… Continue Reading
Wood vs Metal Nunchaku: Is there any difference? - With so many choices of nunchaku on the market, what’s a good option to buy? Well, one of the decisions will be on wood vs… Continue Reading