The six foot, red oak staff is at the core of White Cloud weapons training and proficiency in this must be attained before several of the other weapons can be attempted.

The White Cloud student is introduced to the staff early, as the form which is taught originates from the Shaolin style is fast paced and energetic so lends itself well to the Long Boxing art which the lower ranked student will likely be studying at the time.

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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