Ben Mercer - Chief Instructor

Ben joined the junior section of White Cloud Martial Arts in 1995 at the age of 10, receiving his early tuition from the high ranking instructor Jimmy Tanner.  Three years later he transferred to the senior class, quickly progressing through the grades and gaining his black belt in 2003 shortly after his 18th birthday, he is currently at the rank of 5th dan.

Whilst away at university Ben took some time away from Kung Fu and spent a year learning Tae Kwon Do and Ju Jitsu, getting to green belt in both before moving back to Blackburn and returning to White Cloud.  However this experience of cross training led him to Muay Thai which he practised for three years, having numerous competitive fights and teaching the art at a local club.

Nowadays Ben is focused solely on White Cloud, teaching the traditional Chinese open handed and weapons systems that he has been practising for the past two decades, with his preferences lying within Long Form Boxing and with the rarer White Cloud weapons, being the only person in the academy qualified to teach both the Ba Gua Sabre and Da Dao. Though his experiences elsewhere often mean that his classes have a more pugilistic feel and involve some interesting tangents away from the traditional. 

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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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