Kwan Dao

The Kwan Dao (or Guan Dao) is one of a family of weapons known as the 'Long Handled Sabres' and consists of a heavy metal blade attached to a six foot staff. The Kwan Dao is thus another of the weapons in White Cloud which isn't taught until proficiency with the staff has been obtained. The weight of the weapon means that it can be used simply to train the users strength and endurance. But despite this extra weight the White Cloud students who begin the Kwan Dao training are expected to perform the form at pace, with the same verve as they did the staff form and to strike with the whole of the weapon's six foot length.  

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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