This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Project Press-Up

On a flight back from training in Egypt last September Instructors Anna Wallen and Sharon Ngo were seated together. “What are your press-ups like?” “Could be better – even after years of trying – blame it on my embonpoint*. You’re an engineer – what can we do about it?” “Pencils and papers to the ready – ” So after numerous stick figures, excuses, experiments, and research, here is Anna’s Project Press-Up report, Part One.

“Done properly, press-ups are one of the simplest and most beneficial exercises there are to improve your Kung Fu and general fitness. However, as in all training, it can be difficult to get the movement exactly right. Many of us can find developing the correct muscles for press-ups problematic. This article focuses on what a press-up entails, what the common problems are and how best to correct them and build up your physique. Read More

Spirituality is not the same as religion. While any religion has spirituality as a core part of its offering, it also has other elements like concepts of faith, morality, doctrine. On the other hand, people can find a spiritual experience in everyday non-religious pursuits. This non-religious type of spirituality was the topic of a festive broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, on the 28th of December 2017 guest edited by poet Ben Okri. You can still catch it on the BBC iPlayer – the relevant segment is in the last 30 minutes. Ben Okri asked the Today’s programme reporter, Sangita Myska, to interview practitioners of a range of non-religious pursuits and she approached Fujian White Crane Kung Fu Instructor Danil Mikhailov for an interview about spirituality and Kung Fu. Only part of their interview made the final broadcast so in this article Danil delves a bit deeper into how the practice of Kung Fu can be a spiritual experience.

“I have practised White Crane Kung Fu for over twenty years, martial arts of any type for over thirty. In fact, my first memory from when I was around four years old is of my father teaching me how to punch correctly Read More

The Northern Hemisphere days are short and the nights are long. What better time than to sit in the house, eat large amounts of sweetened, salted foods, and tell tall tales of your glorious achievements in 2017? Everything starts to wind down now, and it’s nearly two weeks for the regular training sessions to fully re-start. Happy Holidays!! So why do these much-aniticpated holidays become bliss for some and hell for others?   The reasons are complex, but Instructor Joshua Villar decided to take the mental bull by the horns and asked the other Instructors, “how do you stay sane and fit over the Winter Holidays?” So, in no particular order, here are the secrets they revealed… Read More

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

Serendipity:The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way (Oxford English Dictionary).  Devora Wolfson trains with Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo – Devora is second from right in the photo above.  Here is Devora’s story of what happened with serendipity struck.

“One wet Sunday afternoon I was flicking through the TV channels and came across the programme ‘The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs’.

I began to watch intently when I saw the part which showed how a woman who could barely walk and was taking very strong pain killers was transformed through learning Kung Fu! Read More

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series 40th Anniversary Celebration

Relive the wonderful evening in September when the Club came together with hundreds of family and friends to celebrate 40 years’ of training.

Forty years – right now there is no more to say other than enjoy.

See you in class.


Uncountable thanks to Ben Hallifax from FWC London South for co-ordinating the video and stills cameras on the night.

And to Jeremy Mathieu from FWC Covent Garden and West End for the video edit.

The Anniversary Celebration was a beautiful outpouring of all our years of training – a wonderful showcase of student and Instructor training. But having come so far we should not rest on our laurels. Time for us all to get back into class. Why?

We expect all our Instructor training to be consistent and constant. We set out our expectations and they rise to the challenge. We subscribe to the values of Lifelong Learning.  In addition to their own spheres of specialist knowledge and learning, the Instructors have to maintain their physique and technical prowess. They do this by attending class regularly as well as travelling to intense one-week training camps twice a year. Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo leads from the front, training himself daily in addition to constantly guiding and teaching your Instructors.

We ask that you demand the best from them – help them to be the best Instructors anyone could ask for.

After the beautiful gallery of photos for the Anniversary published recently, Instructor Sharon Ngo took out her camera and had a go at capturing both the intensity and the “fun” of the Instructors’ training in Sunday class. We hope you enjoy taking a look. Read More

Following another successful training camp in Crete this Summer, Carmine Pariante was tasked with writing about his experience – you can spot him in the photo listening intently. Rather than a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account, he has decided to throw down the gauntlet to everyone else…

“I am too busy. I am too old. I am too young. I need to spend time with my family. I need to study. I need to work. I don’t like the heat. I don’t like the food. I can’t swim. I have not trained enough yet. I have trained too much already.

Have I given you enough excuses not to come to the Crete camp? Good! Now let me give you some real reasons why you should come to camp, Read More

Can Kung Fu actually make you younger? We always thought it would make us immortal – but younger?  Isn’t that going the wrong way? Well, Gary Oliver who trains with Instructor Karim Daoud at FWC Watford Club, thinks that Kung Fu has made him younger – and he’s got proof.

“I joined Kung Fu later in life (at 55 (well, almost 56) I am the Grandpapa of my Club!). It’s never too late and I am so glad that I am part of this journey.

Having been an avid sportsperson all my life I have undertaken many sports including rugby, football, canoeing, cycling, and then the curse of the GYM….  none of them really conducive to Kung Fu! So 6 years ago, one cold January a leaflet dropped through my door and caught my eye….so I gave  Kung Fu a try. Read More

Depression and training – can you have both? Mental health is private and personal. Training in class is public and visible. No-one knows how you are feeling, what you are saying to yourself inside your head. How could the tough confrontational world of Kung Fu possibly help? We train hard, there is physical and mental pressure to focus and move, to improve technique week after week. We stand side-by-side in class, trying to keep up, catch on to new skills, do one more push-up than last time. So what about all the research being done on the effects of training on depression, such as in January’s issue of Scientific American Mind?

As we so often do, we looked within our Club for answers. Instructor Joshua Villar did the asking. And he didn’t have to go far, as he trains with Professor Carmine Pariante.

Forward By Instructor Joshua Villar

Depression is such a delicate and complex subject that I very quickly became aware of how challenging this article would be to write. I realised I would have to show people how Kung Fu can benefit someone suffering from depression without making Kung Fu sound like ‘the cure’. Read More

The April 2017 FWC Kung FU Competition was once again held in South London. Last year Femi Adeoye, who trains with Richard Wagstaff at FWC London South wrote up his account, So as not to disappoint his public, he has repeated the reportage for this year’s event.  So here is Femi’s blow-by-blow account from his very personal perspective – pun fully intended.

“Another year, another FWC club competition. I came into the day off the back of my relative success in the last competition, just over a year ago.  My aim for the day was to better my bronze and gold of 2016. The day started (oh so) early at 9am. After an inspirational performance by the instructors which saw them all displaying a different pattern simultaneously, the competition was officially underway.

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