I have been training continuously in martial arts since 1981. My studies have included the following:
- Okinawan karate; and
- the Chen Pan Ling system of gong fu (kung fu), including taiji (tai chi), bagua (pa kua), xingyi (hsing i) and shaolin (hard style gong fu); and
- traditional Chinese grappling and throwing arts known as qin na (chin na); and
- various weapons arts from China, Japan and the Philippines (including arnis/escrima/kali).
|Master Chen and I after the bai shi ceremony in |
Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2009
I am currently the Chief Instructor of the Academy of Traditional Fighting Arts based at the Bayswater Martial Arts and Yoga Centre in Perth, Western Australia.
I hold separate classes in karate/weapons and the gong fu (kung fu). Prospective students, whether in karate (including weapons arts) or gong fu (kung fu) (including taiji/tai chi only), are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Academy’s website.
I am also the founder and administrator of the Traditional Fighting Arts Forum – a place where serious traditional martial artists can discuss technical, historical and philosophical matters pertaining to traditional martial arts of all kinds.
I am committed to teaching the traditional martial arts not as a sport, but as a method of practical self defence, a holistic platform for health, fitness and well-being, and a means of artistic cultivation and expression. I feel that traditional martial arts such as karate, taiji (tai chi) and other gong fu (kung fu) styles are ideally suited to this purpose.