Martial eligibility

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Fit for combat?

In martial arts, if you attend the lesson, the assumption is that you are fit enough to train. If there's anything preventing you from training properly that night, a kung fu lesson is not suitable for you.
Traditional kung fu does not offer concessions or tailored lessons. Nor does it offer age, gender or weight-specific classes. Everyone trains together. The only differentiation is ability.


To train chin nashuai jiao, self defencetai chi chuan or weapons, you must fulfil the health and safety criteria presented by our insurance company. It states that all students must be taught relative to ability/competence/health.

Mandatory factors

These six items are essential for martial arts training with our school:

  1. No medical/health problems *

  2. Age (over 18) **

  3. Good attitude & humour

  4. Weekly attendance

  5. Prepared to practice at home between classes

  6. Not studying another martial art

* this includes being notably overweight
** please note that we are not insured to teach combat to children or new starters above the age of 60

Fitness & attitude

We reserve the right to decline martial tuition:

• if we feel that a student is physically unable to study kung fu safely
• if an individual demonstrates the wrong attitude for kung fu study
• if the candidate is too young or too old to start kung fu lessons

Insurance regulations prohibit a student from training material that is unsuitable for their fitness/ability level.
Rachel will always act with the wellbeing of the student in mind.

If you’re looking for something easy, then kung fu is probably not for you.

(Anna Spysz)

Worth reading

The Sword Polisher's Record: Way of Kung-fu by Adam Hsu
• Martial Arts for Beginners by Ron Sieh

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Last updated 23 November 2006