Kung Fu, also spelled Gung Fu, is a generic term for martial arts originating in China. It’s basic translation meaning “a skill which is achieved through hard work”.
For Junior Grades (White to Orange Sash) our classes start at 19:30 on Mondays. For Senior Grades (Green Sash and above) our classes start at 20:30 on Wednesdays.
We also offer a class at 12:30 on Saturdays as well as a class in Ledbury at 19:00 on Tuesdays both of which are open to all grades.
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Kung Fu is known for being one of the most effective and devastating methods of self-preservation known to man but most importantly it is a way of thinking and a code to live by.
Kung Fu requires of the practitioner a strict code of physical and mental discipline. It is only as a whole concept that kung Fu can be discussed, and this entails more than just fighting.
The philosophy behind Kung Fu is a combination of Taoism and Buddhism. The primary aim was to follow the Tao, the way of Nature. Only thus could the practitioner be in harmony with the Universe, and himself.
The Kung Fu that we teach is a hybrid system mainly consisting of Southern Chinese styles. Matt has studied and trained in Lau Gar Kung Fu for a good duration of his martial art journey and has also had a love for Wing Chun Kung Fu. Both styles utilises close quarter fighting and low kicks which are more realistic in a street fighting scenario. Matt doesn’t like the thought of styles being restricted to a particular way and believes all have weak and strong points, all depending on what the student wants to achieve. Our Kung Fu system combines hard and soft style techniques to create a comprehensive martial art. Our aim is to develop the whole martial artist, by training the body, the mind and the spirit, In addition to physical body conditioning and the teaching of forms and applications, meditation is an integral part of the training.
Matt emphasises individual learning and students depending on their own life style will progress at their own pace. Students who study Kung fu, quickly realise that their training is not limited to class time. It is when the student develops the ability to take the lessons they learned inside the Kwoon (training hall), and begins to apply it to their everyday life, that the transformation into a true martial artist really begins.