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Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!


Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!

Children's martial art classes are much more widely available across London than you'd imagine.  And with classes starting from 3yrs (see Pee Wee and Crouching Tiger) you can channel some of that endless energy.

Sure, Kung Fu and Tai Chi are China’s most famous forms of martial arts, but its principles can be found in techniques from all over the world. From Karate to Tae Kwon Do, children focus on how to gain confidence and discipline, and improve their fitness, through the practice of self-defence. Traced back to thousands of years, it’s a healthy outlet for energetic children.


Tang Long Kung Fu School

www.tang-long.co.uk Tel: 07725 803 748
Since 2003, Shifu Heng Wei, a Master from the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China, has been teaching martial arts at Tao Long. The school offers children, from 5yrs, Kung Fu classes, aiming to teach techniques and skills from martial arts, promote quality of life and incorporate principles from Chinese culture. Children train the same way as in China and are able to participate in competitions.

17 Rosemont Road, NW3 6NG
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm and Sundays 12.30-1.30pm. £5/class. Check website for memberships and other offers.

SAS Martial Arts

www.saswingchun.com Tel: 0207 267 9000
Established in 1986, SAS focuses on teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu, a quick and effective discipline and Tai Chi Chu’an, a gentler purposed practice. The centre believes that, by teaching children martial arts, they can develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments and acquire key self-protection skills. Their goal is to prepare children physically, mentally and spiritually for challenges they may face. Children’s classes are available in two branches:

Bourne Hill, Southgate, N14Tel: 0207 267 9000/ 0207 267 9005
Beginners, Thursdays at 5.15-6.30pm and Advanced, Thursdays at 5.15-7pm
Spectrum House, 32-34 Gordon House Road, NW5 1LP  Tel: 0800 328 7086/ 0207 267 9000
All Levels: Tues & Thurs, 5-6.15pm, and Sat & Sun, 10-11.30am.

Monthly rate from £24 for ages 5-12yrs. Check website for more details. 

Shi Kon Martial Arts

www.shikon.com Tel: 01634 581 092
Ever since Shi Kon was founded in 1988, the centre has gained the reputation of being one of the top martial arts club in the country. This year, they have been invited to demonstrate the art of Kung Fu in the main Chinese New Year celebrations in London. Kung Fu Kids is a program the school designed to teach children, 4-11yrs, self-defence techniques through physical exercises, meditation, role playing and competitions.

Newington Tenants Hall, Elephant & Castle, SE17 3AN
Colfeians Sports Club, Eltham Rd, Lee, SE12 8UE
Horizon Primary School, Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, BR8 7BT

Membership: £29/month, 1x/week or £34/month, multiple lessons/week.*
Family membership: £44/month, 1x/week or £54/month, multiple lessons/week.*
*Includes martial arts suit, license, insurance, belts badges certificates etc.
Check website for timetables.

Crouching Tiger Karate

www.crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk Tel: 020 8560 5267
If Kung Fu is not for you, why not try Karate? "The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant." Crouching Tiger divides their classes in two age groups: The Tiger Cubs, for 3-6yrs, is a fun introduction to Karate and Karate and Shotokan Karate, for 6yrs and over, is based on more technically advanced skills. Discipline, respect, balance and strength, however, are taught to all.
Tiger Cubs Karate Term Fees: 30 min/week - £90 and 30 min 2x/week - £135 (fee includes the Merit Badge Grading).
Shotokan Karate Term Fees: 45min/week-£90, 45min 2x/week-£135, 1hr/week-£100, 1hr 2x/week-£150.
Crouching Tiger has six locations in South West London: St. Margaret’s, Putney, Kew Gardens, Grove Park, Chiswick and the Mortlake PowerStation. Check website for timetables.

Pee-Wee Karate

www.peeweekarate.co.uk Tel: 020 8940 8958
Founder, Sensei Debi, believes that children should be involved in sports from an early age but don’t always have many choices. With 10 years of business in London, Pee-Wee Karate specializes in teaching the art of self-defence to children from a young age (3-6yrs). Older children can continue to study at the centre until they reach the coveted black belt.

Scout hall, Kew Gardens: Mon 3.45-4.15pm & 4.15- 4.45pm and Tues 3.45-4.15pm & 4.15-4.45pm.
Trafalgar Infant School, Teddington: Wed 3.30-4pm.
Southfields Vitality Centre, Southfields: Thurs 3.45-4.15pm and 4.15-4.45pm.
Hampton Wick Baptist Church: 11a Upper Teddington Rd: Fri4.30-5pm.
St Barnabas' Church, Clapham Common: Thurs4.30-5pm.         
St Michael's Community Centre, Barnes: Mon3.30-4pm and 4-4.30pm.
St Catherine's School, Twickenham: Wed3.30-4pm and 4-4.30pm.     

£90/term, view website for term dates and other locations.

Fighting Fit Kids

www.fighting-fit.com Tel: 020 8715 0463
Tony Lloyd developed his own method of martial arts called Seal-Lung Kung Fu, based on the teachings of his hero, Bruce Lee. Today, with over 35 years of training and various centres in South London, children learn a mix of martial arts techniques. From bag and pad work to self-defence training, qualified instructors focus on developing skills children require in today’s competitive world.

ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1G9
The Malden Centre, Blagdon Road, New Malden, KT3 4TA
Tooting Leisure Centre, Greaves Place,Tooting, SW17 0NE
Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, Putney, SW15 1BL
Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Fairfield Road, Kingston, KT1 2PY.

From 4yrs+, £6/members and £8/non-members. Check website for timetables.

 Pee-Wee Karate

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