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BURY CLASS - Elton Community Centre

(David St, Off Walshaw Rd / Tottington Rd, Bury BL8 1SA), Ages 14+.

Mondays 8-9pm :        Beginners Shaolin Kung Fu Fitness
                          (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 a Kung Fu technique based workout without personal contact or sparring. The class offers participants the scope for one of the most physically progressive fitness classes possible, if desired!

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, teaching critical body mechanics for delivering power. It is like Yoga on the move.

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, and later in the year hopes to start the almost extinct Shaolin Chain Hands Close Combat style.


Clip of Beginners Training Session

Beginners Drill.mp4

Clip of a typical beginners kick drill