Tai Chi Sabre

The Tai Chi Sabre (Dan Dao) is one of the core weapons at White Cloud and what is taught here is complimentary to what has, or will, be learnt with the staff. Training with the staff is physically demanding and requires a certain amount of strength and stamina, with the Tai Chi Sabre however, as the name suggests, the student is within the realms of the internal martial arts.

The sabre itself is a simple weapon and it's basic applications of slashing and cutting can be learnt by anyone in very little time, what White Cloud uses it for is more than this. It is beneficial for the student of the Tai Chi Sabre to have some experience in open handed Tai Chi, but not essential as, like many other aspect of the White Cloud Syllabus, progress in one will aid progress in the other. What most people will achieve is the ability to do Tai Chi with a sword in their hand, what the White Cloud student strives to achieve is to do Tai Chi through their sword - the difference is subtle but important.


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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