Training

 

Classes are typically around 2 hours long, and are usually of mixed ability and ages. There is also a good ratio of female to male students. We believe this is because our style does not depend on explicit muscle strength. Classes will include:

Chi gung breathing exercises

Chi gung or Qigong is a mixture of breathing exercises which will initially help students with their balance and posture. After more practice students will learn to use this for meditative purposes to help relax and focus. This will be supplemented by more aerobic warm-ups, which builds fitness, body condition, and flexibility. These prepare the body for the more technical elements  that follow.

Pad-work
We practice our basic hand techniques and kicks, which will include striking focus mitts. We believe it is important to actually become accustomed to feeling what it is like to make contact.
Self defence 
We recognise that students must learn how to improve their awareness, avoid situations and as a last resort know how to defend themselves. Self defence plays an integral part of what students will learn and practice to not only improve their confidence though to better prepare them if confronted.
Paired combination work
We teach specific attacks and counter defences, building them in complexity, before offering you and your training partner more freedom in the way you move. This will also include locking, grappling, nerve point techniques.
Forms
These are known as katas or sets in other martial arts, and are prearranged sequences of movements, and form the basis of most traditional martial arts. These forms constitute the “dictionary” of our style, and encode all the techniques we use, in flowing sequences performed alone (or even in pairs at more advanced levels). These sequences allow students to develop the “art” in martial art.
Sparring
At beginner level this will simply involve reacting to fixed attacks in a specified way, and will be done under very safe and controlled circumstances. As you acquire more techniques and demonstrate you can use them safely, you will progress to light free sparring then onto a more advanced level sparring and combat.
Weapons
These are an important part of the training for more senior students, though junior students will have the opportunity to practice basic weapon use too. We teach 18 traditional weapons which include: staff, broadsword, spear, steel fan and 3 section staff to name a few.