About White Crane Scotland
We are an independent school of Southern Chinese martial arts based in the heart of Edinburgh, however we are also part of a larger family who train under the Weng Gong Ci martial gym in Yong Chun, the birthplace of White Crane Kung Fu. See our links page for further details.
We teach traditional White Crane Boxing primarily for self-defence with light-hearted enthusiasm, ensuring that we have fun at all times. Put simply we train hard with friendship in mind and treat each other with respect without the need for a strict set of rules, hierarchies or rituals.
Whilst a lot of martial art schools place the glorification of an individual at the centre of the school, we place the style at the centre of the school. We are all here to teach and learn from one another as equals.
If you are seeking to be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, crush rocks with your toes or attain a black belt in only twelve months, then look elsewhere. We are not here to make distorted claims or win awards. Whilst the limits of human achievement are bounded only by the imagination we cannot change the laws of physics, we simply teach real-world principles devoid of false promises. White Crane Boxing is not a dance packed with flowery pirouettes and twirls but is instead a system of achieving martial efficiency with each movement designed to serve specific functions.
Our approach is not for everyone as we operate in a very relaxed way that allows people to take responsibility for themselves. Whilst coloured belts, certificates and trophies may play a cultural role in some martial arts they have no place in traditional kung fu. It's the practice of the art that is important, as an expression and progression of the self. White Crane only really exists when someone is actually doing it, and we are here to keep it alive by doing just that.
"Stuffing feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken."
White Crane Scotland was founded in 2012 by Kami Newton after many years of diligent and consistent training in White Crane Boxing. Kami began studying the Nam Yang lineage of White Crane in 2002 having previously trained in Goju Ryu Karate, Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Wing Chun, San Da and San Shou. Training for a minimum of 4 hours daily Kami embraced the art wholeheartedly and committed himself to the lifelong pursuit of passing on what he has learned.
Kami discovered new dimensions to White Crane after meeting Sarah Hazard who has been an essential component to his development. 2015 saw their first visit to Yong Chun, the birthplace of White Crane and the beginning of a journey with the Weng Gong Ci martial gym learning pure and authentic Yong Chun White Crane. Now training under Pan Chengmiao and his son Pan Qiongqi, Kami is extremely grateful for the help of Martin Watts, Haki Celikkol and Judith Whiter who are now part of our wider family of White Crane.
"Classes have such a great atmosphere, everyone is so friendly and welcoming and accepting of each other, I really enjoy being part of the club. Kami is an incredibly inspiring instructor and a lot of fun.
Training hard has changed my body shape and made me fitter and stronger than I have ever been, it's unlike any other exercise. It's not just about working your muscles though; it makes your brain fire up, makes you really think about what you're doing and why. When you really consider each movement you make in the patterns we are taught, and work hard to make each movement precise, they become so much more than they first appear. It has totally changed my outlook and the way I approach every aspect of my life. There is so much depth to what we do.
White Crane Kung Fu has become the most important thing in my life, and I love every moment of training, it's really challenging on many different levels and also incredibly rewarding. I never thought I could have learnt a martial art, but had always wanted to try. I'm beyond glad that I now do, it's the best journey I've ever been on and one that will last the rest of my life.”