Mondays: 8.00-9.00pm, Kung Fu Fitness Class (Beginners/Non contact)
Wednesdays: 7.00-9.00pm, Kung Fu Combat Class (Intermediate)
Intermediate & Advanced classes 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 people interested in a new Kung Fu lifestyle.
The Kung Fu Fitness 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.
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.
Serious Golden Dragon School students are also expected to eventually learn both
our full Yang Tai Chi syllabus, FireKiss ‘street kungfu’ fighting method plus much
internal training, in order to graduate from the Golden Dragon School or become an
Instructor: Darren Fitton
Darren has been training in martial arts since childhood and has been dedicated to
Kung Fu for more than 26 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.