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Mondays:        8.00-9.00pm, Beginners

Wednesdays:  7.00-9.00pm, Intermediate

Intermediate, Advanced classes and seminars by invite only

Ages: 16+ (14+ if guardians/parents are also training/present)

Gain confidence, improve your health, strength and fitness, lose weight and learn self defence, improve speed and reflexes in friendly and enjoyable classes, that are ideal for beginners or people new to the style.

The classes start by providing an essential ‘Kung Fu’ physical education and skills that equip the student with knowledge spanning from ancient to contemporary Kung Fu. Over time the syllabus begins to focus on the older and more traditional Shaolin styles. The class sets its foundation with TanTui (Spring Legs) forms and the Shaolin Hung Ga Tiger & Crane forms, covering all in detail. Our version of TanTui is said to have once been a prerequisite of study for apprentice shaolin monks, and its dedicated practice not only allows a practitioner to understand and utilise long fist fighting methods, but as the years of commitment to the routines pass by it tends to produce a transformational effect in the intrinsic physicality and grace of its practitioner, that can be quite astounding in the way that it converts almost any subject into a spirited Kung Fu practitioner.

Our Tiger & Crane style echoes back to the early formation of that style and was made famous by the legendary Wong Fei Hung, as seen in countless kung fu movies. There is often much debate about which styles ‘really’ originate from the Shaolin Temple, with often little proof either way, but its generally accepted that Hung Ga Tiger Crane has a well documented history stemming from the Shaolin Temple. Having said that, the styles and form of the Shaolin temple have obviously fluctuated over 1500 years, and so no one individual style can really claim to be any more than just a snapshot from one period. For these reasons the Golden Dragon Syllabus also includes some contemporary forms to represent what’s currently being practiced at the temple (probably even while you read this), because after all Shaolin Monk Temple Kung Fu is something practiced by Buddhist Monks at the Shaolin Temple who also do Kung Fu, and that’s exactly what ‘some’ are still doing there right now.

Intermediate students go on to learn Shaolin ChangChan (Longfist), Shaolin Wind Dragon Staff weapon, competitive sparring and tumbling / aerial skills. Advanced students go on to learn Shaolin Lying Down (crouching) Dragon Sword, Shaolin Yi Jin Jing internal transformation and some of the most ancient Shaolin styles.  

Instructor: Darren Fitton

Darren has been training in martial arts since childhood and has been dedicated to Kung Fu for about the past 25 years. He has spent this time studying both contemporary and ancient styles of Shaolin Kung Fu, including animal styles, long fist, modern athletic Wushu and both traditional and sport-related fighting methods. He has trained mainly in the UK, but also in China with high ranking masters both in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the Shaolin Temple. He has been teaching Chinese martial arts for over 14 years, and is the founder of the Golden Dragon School Of Shaolin Kung Fu.

In addition to multiple black belt qualifications and a Physics Degree, Darren holds recognised MASTARR certificates in Coaching, Instructing, Health & Safety, Child Protection, Child Coaching and is fully police CRB checked.

Darren continues to pursue his own self development with further study of more advanced Yang Style Tai Chi fighting applications and traditional Tai Chi weaponry, and the ancient Shaolin warrior monk forms.


Clip of Beginners Training Session

Beginners Drill.mp4

Clip of a typical beginners kick drill