About our Martial Arts Classes
Please note we currently do not offer any children’s classes.
We teach White Crane Boxing (Bai He Quan) from Yong Chun in Southern China and Singapore. White Crane embraces both the hard and soft elements of Chinese martial arts by finding a balance between tension, relaxation, conditioning and breathing. When these elements combine in an efficient way we have a strong structure and an unbroken chain of energy transfer.
Our classes are here to teach effective self-defence, promote health, keep a great art form alive and most importantly have an amazing time. People with inflated egos and points to prove will struggle to learn with us. The classes are very relaxed and new people are always welcome. However our relaxed and open approach with no belt system or gradings is not everyone’s thing so if coloured belts are more important to you than practice it will be more time effective to browse the uniform sections of online martial arts suppliers.
It is important to note that NO basic level of fitness or experience is required for any of our classes. We have even trained a student at the grand age of 105 so there really is no excuse to not come along and give it a go.
White Crane Tai Chi Classes
If you are wanting to slow down for an hour, relax your body and calm your mind whilst also learning self-defence, then this may be for you. These classes have a greater emphasis on breathing exercises and slow movements and are therefore less strenuous on the body. The classes are designed to develop the anti-gravity muscular system which is often neglected, even in the gym. Progress is at a steady pace and it can be of great benefit for injury recovery by strengthening and stretching the body in a gentle way. The principles embrace the yin elements of White Crane by teaching the concepts of yielding and redirecting energy.
The classes focus on a set of 66 movements called Shuang Yang Bai He Rou Ruan Quan, which translates as Frost and Sun White Crane Soft and Yielding Boxing. This form is very rare and is amazing to practice. Although it is slow and relaxing, when performed correctly it becomes a fantastic work-out routine and its beauty hides self-defence techniques that are both effective and useful in the real world.
The classes focus on:
Joint mobilisation and gentle stretching
Leg strength and stability
Control and coordination
Qi gong beathing
Listening and sensitivity skills (sticking hands & pushing hands)
Practical applications for self-defence
White Crane Kung Fu Classes
With a shift in focus to hard conditioning, cardiovascular fitness and strength exercises, our White Crane Kung Fu classes may suit those seeking a more energetic workout. Again with an emphasis on relaxed movements the goal is to develop skill and economy of movement as opposed to brute force and thuggery. Great attention is paid to the body’s structure and connecting the core muscles to allow us to develop resilience but also an effective transfer of energy from the ground upwards.
The classes revolve around a series of set movements or forms which teach the principles of the art in both a physical and mental sense. For self-defence it is no use to intellectually understand a martial art if the body has not learned the memory to use it. Martial skill is attained by combining knowledge and practice with application.
We teach Yong Chun White Crane Boxing (Yong Chun Bai He Quan) from the Weng Gong Ci Wushu Guan in Yong Chun and also White Crane Boxing with a Tiger element from the Nam Yang lineage of Ang Lian Huat from Singapore.
The classes focus on:
Forms (Taolu) practice
Two person exercises
Fitness and flexibility
Strength and conditioning
Iron shirt and iron palm conditioning
Evolved striking techniques that do not abide by rule books
Bridging, blocking and trapping
Grappling (both standing and on the ground)
Sweeps, leg locking and take-downs