Carl Howarth - Instructor

 As a child, Carl learned Jiu Jitsu at a school in Burnley but did not make the transition from junior to senior student. While still living in Padiham, as a young adult, he tried to rekindle his interest in martial arts after hearing about a style called Wing Chun from a friend. He found a Wing Chun club in Colne and began learning the style only for the club to close after just a few months. After moving to Darwen in 2012, he decided to give martial arts another go. In 2015, he finally found a martial arts home at The White Cloud Martial Arts Academy.

Carl’s main reason for joining White Cloud was to learn Wing Chun and that remains his preferred style which  he enjoys learning, sparring in and teaching.  However, as White Cloud is much more than a Wing Chun school and Carl has also learned and become proficient in  Tai Chi, Long Boxing and all the weapons that are expected of  a White Cloud instructor.

Through years of training and hard work Carl has attained the level of instructor in spite of a disability, something which he feels is "a testament to both the inclusive and accessible nature of White Cloud and the supportive environment of the club".

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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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