Straight Sword

The Straight Sword (Ji'en) is a light weight double edged weapon, it's effectiveness comes from the speed and accuracy of the practitioner and so, unlike the Sabre, requires many hours of practice to master even the basics. As such the straight sword is taught only to the higher ranked students who are ready to learn it.

The first form taught is a Tai Chi one and so builds on what was learnt when training with the Sabre, the second is a two man form which will necessarily improve the timing and precision that this weapon needs.

There is now also the option to learn a Mantis style straight sword form which Ben Mercer learnt from Grand Master Lee Kam Wing of Seven Star Mantis in 2010.




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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