Ba Gua Sabre

The Ba Gua Sabre (Ba Gua Dao), with its metre long blade is visually the most striking of the White Cloud weapons. The Ba Gua Hand Rolling Broadsword form is the longest and most complex in the White Cloud repertoire and is only taught to those who can demonstrate competency in the open handed, circular and linear Ba Gua forms.

The shear weight of this sword means that training with it, even for only a short time, is difficult and the students who want to progress will need to push the limits of their strength and endurance. However, the Ba Gua Dao is not just a heavy weapon used to build strength, it is a part of the Ba Gua art which means that the form, when done properly, will involve all the subtleties that the internal martial arts entail - for these reasons there are very few people who have learnt the form in its entirety.


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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