Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi is a centuries old fighting system which has seen numerous transformations throughout it's long and colourful history, unfortunately, today it is being taught in classes throughout the West as little more than a low impact cardio exercise. Though it may be so that these gentle, turning and stretching movements can provide some relief from bad backs and other modern day maladies, hidden within these graceful, flowing postures is a truly effective system of combat. At the White Cloud Martial Arts Academy it is this aspect of Tai Chi Chuan which is taught, with postures stripped down and their real implications laid out for students to see and apply.

The forms, slow and gentle to the casual observer, are done in such a way as to allow the practitioner to concentrate on what is happening within their own bodies; that their balance is exactly where they want it to be, that their weight is distributed where it is needed and is moving in time with the rest of the body. The end result is that when a fist hits, the whole body hits with it.


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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