The Escrima were introduced into the White Cloud syllabus in 1980 by Dave Cowell who learnt the art from Danny Inosanto (best known as a student of Bruce Lee).

Mastery of these weapons requires fast hands and supple wrists so they are usually taught along side Wing Chun which requires similar attributes and progression in the one aids progression in the other.

The White Cloud student will work through numerous strike combinations, a variety of two man drills, self defence applications then one and two stick sparring.


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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