The style of Kung Fu that I teach is Lau Gar. I have been practising this now since 2007 and I train under the watch full eye of Brian Nelson. Brian is the holder of three World, three European championships and countless British titles. Brian is considered to be the country’s top instructor of Lau Gar Kung Fu and Kickboxing.
From my experience, the best way for me to describe Kung Fu, is that it is more of a Kickboxing style martial art, with the emphasis on blocking and striking, whereas Ju JItsu is about blocking and restraint. The class is suitable for children as well as adults and allows participants to do sparring and point fighting and enter competitions, if they choose to. Sparring can help take someone’s fitness to the next level as well as helping people become more confident and assertive, as well as contributing towards their overall well-being.
Benefits of Kickboxing:
- To gain the Fitness and Health benefits
- To improve your physical awareness
- To help improve co-ordination, balance and flexibility
- To gain confidence through the increasing ability to defend yourself
- To help relaxation and coping with stress
- To improve your powers of concentration and ability to learn
- To study a sophisticated and fascinating art that you can continue to learn for a lifetime
- Spiritual enlightenment of mind and body
What is Lau Gar
Kung Fu Lau Gar Kuen (the styles full name) is derived from a style of Chinese boxing that was practiced in the Kuei Ling Temple in the Kong Sai Province (Guangxi) of west China. It was taught to Master Lau Sam Ngan, a tiger hunter, by a monk on retreat from the temple. This first Master Lau had a nickname, Three Eyed Lau, because a deep scar in the middle of his forehead resembled a third eye. The first Master Lau is honoured as the founder of the style, with the phrase Lau Gar Kuen literally meaning Lau Family Fist. Only 4 other ancestral families have been honoured by having a Kung Fu style named for them: Hung Gar, Choy Gar, Li Gar and Mok Gar
Classifying Lau Gar
Kung Fu can be classified as being external or internal, hard or soft, long or short and northern or southern style. Lau Gar is a Shaolin, southern Kung Fu style that is short, hard and external in nature. The fighting techniques of the style are based upon the Shaolin Five animals, Dragon, Tiger, Snake, Leopard and Crane. The mental training and fighting strategy are derived from Buddhist philosophy. Lau Gar has a significant internal content, as well as soft and long techniques. The internal requires significantly more training because the power that makes them effective, is not from the obvious external type.
Kung Fu for children
Growing children are full of energy, which can leave you feeling exhausted. My martial arts classes are a fun way for them to let off steam while developing some useful new skills
*Fun and Exercise
Kids will also learn the ability to stay calm, co ordination of the two sides of the body, creativity and visualisation, focused attention and concentration, increased positive energy and controlling ADHD behaviour.
What is Martial Arts for Kids?
Imagine a classroom where students have learned to focus on the work but are relaxed, have developed the self confidence they need to proceed, have a reasonable level of fitness muscle tone and balance, are free of excessive fears and anxiety
“My daughter really looks forward to Paul’s Kung Fu classes every week and was welcomed from the first lesson. She really applies herself to this class, and as a result, has become more confident. I highly recommend this class for children and Paul has a great rapport with the kids who attend”
Jennifer Dyer, Liverpool