Mondays: 8.00-9.15pm, Kung Fu Fitness Class (Beginners/Non contact)
Intermediate & Advanced classes also available.
Gain confidence, improve your health, strength, flexibility, fitness, lose weight
and acquire blistering speed in friendly and enjoyable classes, that are ideal for
people interested in learning authentic elementary Shaolin Kung Fu.
The Kung Fu fitness class is accessible by beginners starting with a very low level
of general fitness, with an appropriate instructors attitude to such. It is a Kung
Fu technique based workout without personal contact or sparring. However, the class
offers already fit participants the scope for one of the most extreme and physically
progressive fitness classes possible!
The Kung Fu Fitness classes start by providing an essential ‘Kung Fu’ physical education,
with skills that equip the student with ancient and rare Shaolin Kung Fu. The class
sets its foundation with the TanTui (Spring Legs) style and the signature Shaolin
Hung Gar style Tiger & Crane form, but also includes the famous 8 Section Linked
Shaolin Boxing and Shaolin Tong Bei drills. 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 range 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,
and learns critical body mechanics for delivering power. It is like Yoga on the move,
with attitude !
Our Tiger & Crane form 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.
Regular students that manage the Kung Fu fitness class ok, can also start the optional
intermediate ‘Kung Fu Combat Class’. The Combat Class teaches the fighting applications
to match the routines and styles learned in the fitness class, and offers carefully
controlled free fighting, body toughening/conditioning and in depth partnered Kung
Fu technique applications, plus the opportunity to study for belt grades. Serious
Golden Dragon School students also eventually learn both our extensive Tai Chi syllabus,
FireKiss ‘street kungfu’ fighting method plus much internal training, in order to
graduate from the Golden Dragon School Syllabus.
Instructor: Darren Fitton
Darren has been training in martial arts since childhood and has been dedicated to
Kung Fu for more than 27 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
15 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 push his self development, learning advanced Yang Style Tai Chi
fighting applications and weaponry, and also now studies Shaolin Pak Mei Kung Fu
under one of the last living true multiple lineage holders. Later this year Darren
also has the opportunity to start the internal style of Ba Ji Kung Fu.