To earn a Black Belt, and with it the role of instructor, at The White Cloud Martial Arts Academy takes a minimum of five years dedicated training and usually more.  So you can be assured that anyone teaching at the White Cloud Academy is experienced in what they're doing.  The senior instructors all have decades of coaching under their belt.

All White Cloud black belts are required to complete an NVQ level 2 in 'martial arts coaching', in line with the UKMAF (United Kingdom Martial Arts Forum) requirements.  The clubs instructors have also been trained in Child Protection, have passed a DBS check and are required to hold their own individual Personal Indemnity insurance. 

The White Cloud Martial Arts Academy is the original school founded in 1962 by Master Derek Gordon, passed directly to his highest ranked student Master Dave Cowell in 1994 and now training exclusively at St Bede's RC Sports College.  Over the years many instructors have been trained at the White Cloud Academy and several now run successful schools of their own.  However, although these instructors are White Cloud trained they are not recognised by the Academy and as such neither are any of their students. 

The White Cloud Martial Arts Academy at St Bedes is not associated with any other school of Kung Fu and is the only place to learn the White Cloud Kung Fu system devised by Master Derek Gordon!

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