The latest news from Kung Fu Schools.
Chinese New Year 2018
On Sunday 18th February we will be celebrating the Chinese New Year 'The Year of the Dog' at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. There will be two shows one at 1:00pm and another at 2:30pm with performances from students of Kung Fu Schools Croydon and the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine based at the London South Bank University.
The Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animals and this year it is the Year of the Dog, there are 5 different elements associated with each zodiac sign and this year we have an Earth Dog. It is theorised that a persons characteristics are decided by their zodiac sign and the element. The Zodiac is deeply embedded in Chinese Culture as is Kung Fu, which is a traditional Chinese martial art. Wing Chun Kung Fu is practiced predominantly in Southern Mainland China and Hong Kong, in Hong Kong there are displays in the park on most days and have a well know 'Kung Fu Corner' where students to to practice and display their Wing Chun Kung Fu skills.
In Hong Kong the celebrations are the most colourful and biggest festival of the year, with markets, parades with floats, performances, the streets are decorated with lantern and climaxes each evening with an amazing firework display over the harbour and so much more. the celebrations are predominantly held over 3 days. Events so far this year in Hong Kong include Cantonese Opera, European Carnival, 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival, Lantern Carnival and Thematic Lantern Display and Masters of Kong Kong.
Purley Festival 2017
We had a fantastic time supporting the Purley Festival on Sunday 2nd July, this is a locally organised festival but it is extremely professional and a fantastic way to spend the day! We ran two Kung Fu workshops for children ages 4-6 years and 7-12 years plus we had a stall providing free Kung Fu goodies and with thanks to the Confucius Institute TCM at the London South Bank University we also had two ladies who beautifully wrote names or phrases in Chinese calligraphy with the traditional brush and ink stone for anyone who asked! We would like to thank everyone involved with the Purley Festival for asking us back each year and we are looking forward to 2018's festival!
Adult Degree Black Belt Tests May 2017 part two!
We would like to congratulate our students Roger and Gerald who passed the second part of their 2nd Degree Black Belt test on Thursday 18th May! Roger joined us at the age of 65 and at the age of 70 he achieved is 1st Degree Black Belt, not has has his 2nd Degree and we could not be more proud of him. Gerald has been a student at Kung Fu Schools since 2010, last year he achieved his goal in becoming a 1st Degree black Belt and since then he has trained tirelessly and today he achieved his 2nd Degree!
Sifu Paul, Gerald 2nd Degree, Roger 2nd Degree, Sifu Alan
Adult Degree Black Belt Tests May 2017
We would like to congratulate our instructors Si Hing Charlie Fox for achieving his 2nd Degree Black Belt and Kar Kit Li for passing his 3rd Degree Black Belt test on Tuesday 16th May plus Sifu Kieth Monk who is a student of Kung Fu Schools Croydon and Head Instructor of Kung Fu Schools Sutton on achieving his 3rd Degree Black Belt. We are very proud of our students and Instructors and also of the students of Kung Fu Schools Sutton who passed their Degree Tests.
Master Paul Hawkes, Sifu Keith Monk 3rd Degree, Sifu Alan Paterson
Grading week starts on Saturday 25th February and runs all week until Saturday 4th March.
Weeks Intensive Training
Starting on Monday 21st November until Thursday 24th November there is the intensive training seminar for extra training for our adult students. These are all day classes starting from 10:30am until 3:00pm, you can train all 4 days or just one!
New Mandarin Teacher
We would like welcome our new Mandarin teacher from the Chinese Confucius Institute TCM at the London South Bank University Yeqian Qin AKA Emily. Emily comes from a town about 1.5 hours train ride from Beijing and before joining us she was teaching Mandarin to students in the Philippines.
Mandarin Classes Resume - New Adult Classes
We are very excited to announce that we are now able to offer Adult Mandarin classes to our members and parents! The new student intake for Little Dragons, Junior and Adults students start's on Tuesday 11th October but please register to reserve your place. our new teacher from the Confucius Institute for TCM at the South Bank University is Ms Qin.
UK and ROI Confucius Institute Conference 2016
On Tuesday 20th September Sifu Alan Paterson and Sifu Paul Hawkes were invited to the the 2016 UK and ROI Chinese Confucius Institute for TCM Conference which was held in Glasgow. With Keynote speakers including Wang Yonil, Minister Counsellor for Education at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United Kingdom and Northan Ireland, Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early years and Gordon Currie, Former Director of Education and Children's Services at East Dunbartonshire Council. This was a very interesting day and we would like to thank the Confucius Institute for TCM for inviting us.
Sponsored Board Break
On Monday 26th September until Sunday 2nd October students of Kung Fu Schools will be raising money for the Peter Andre Foundation supporting Cancer Research UK by putting their Kung Fu skills to the test with a sponsored board break. So far Kung Fu Schools have raised over £40'000 for this charity and we are looking forward to adding to this total!
Sifu Sergio Summer Seminar August 2016
On Sunday 21st August Grand Master Sergio Iadarola was at Kung Fu Schools Croydon for a special seminar. We would like to thank Sifu Sergio and Sifu Mauro from the IWKA for such an intense and interesting seminar and also to all the students and instructors, what a great day!
Front: Sifu Alan Paterson, Master Paul Hawkes, Grand Master Sergio Iadarola, Master Mauro Gibin, Sifu Dave Bright, Sifu Keith Monk
Grand Master Sergio Iadarola Seminar 2016
Grand Master Sergio will be at Kung Fu Schools Croydon on Sunday 21st of August for a special seminar, this is the first seminar by Grand Master Sergio since 2014. This will be a fantastic experience with lots to learn, one not to be missed!and If you wold like to attend please speak to us on your next visit.
Euro 2016 Raffle Winners
Congratulations to our Euro 2016 raffle winners! The Little Dragon prize was won by a student who trains in the Dragon Room and Junior prize went to students who train in the Tiger room!
Purley Oaks School July 2016
Kung Fu Schools were invited to Purley Oaks Primary School on 6th July to hold Kung Fu Workshops for the students. Si Je Jo, Rishil and Luca had a fantastic reception form all of the students and teachers and we would like to thank them for such a great day!
Kung Fu Schools Croydon performing at the Preview of TMNT2!!
On sunday 29th May Kung Fu Schools Croydon were asked to perform at the previews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Out of the Shadows. Students performed to the special guests introduced by Paramount Pictures. The preview at Vue cinema in Leicester Square was attended by celebrities, prize winners and special guests but our students definitely stole the show! Paramount Pictures asked for our students to perform again as they were so impressed and they had the paparazzi asking for photos! we are so proud of our students who were amazing.
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Franchisee of the Year
A huge congratulations to Kung Fu Schools Gillingham for winning 'Franchisee of the Year'. Out of nearly 750 martial arts schools with Nest we were extremely happy to see Alex win. All the hard work has paid off and we are excited to see what the next year brings for him! This was the second time in a row that Kung Fu Schools have won this amazing award we could not be more proud.
Sifu Alan Paterson and Alex Perriman Kung Fu Schools Gillingham
Kung Fu Schools Croydon - A Kung Fu Family
Sifu Alan Paterson had the honour of presenting Kung Fu Schools student Scarlett with a new frame to help with her training. The special frame, designed specifically to help Scarlett train her Wing Chun, came from Lance who is a student of Kung Fu Schools Croydon and who's son is in the same class as Scarlett. Lance works with a company that develops and produces walking frames and after watching classes he was determined to find something that would suit Scarlett better and aid her training. In his words 'we are all family, a Kung Fu family, and we all want to help each other in training wing Chun and this should help by supporting her without the need to hold onto the frame. We are so proud to have students that will help each other no matter of age or Circumstance.
Kung Fu Panda 3 European Premiere
Kung Fu Schools Croydon were invited to take part in the European Premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3 on Sunday 6th March at Leicester Square in London. We started the day waiting inside the Odeon Cinema listening to the rehearsals of The Vamps who performed the theme tune for the film. We were then escorted along the red carpet to our Kung Fu Zone! The Instructors Sifu Alan Paterson, Master Paul Hawkes, Si Je Jo and Si Hing Charlie Fox gave the guests Kung Fu lesson whilst the students of Kung Fu Schools Croydon entertained the special guests with a nunchuck performance. It was a very exciting day and an honour to be a part of the European Premiere.
The Odeon Leicester Square, getting ready for the Premiere
Our passes for the Kung Fu Panda 3 European Premiere!
1st Degree Black Belts
Congratulations to students and instructors of Kung Fu Schools Croydon who passed their 1st Degree (Adult Black Belt) test on Tuesday 16th February, a very proud moment for all.
Sifu Alan Paterson, Master Paul Hawkes with the new 1st Degree Adult Black Belts
SJW Cup and Si Je Shield Winners 2015
Congratulations to our Leadership student Shauna who was awarded the SJW Cup for Outstanding Black Belt Contribution and Katana who was awarded the Si Je Shield for outstanding Black Belt Discipline we are extremely proud of you both!
Chinese New Year 2016
Kung Fu Schools Croydon and the Chinese Confucius Institute for TCM are excited to be celebrating the Chinese New Year 2016 the Year of the Monkey in the Whitgift Centre on Sunday 7th February. There will be two free shows with performances from students of Kung Fu Schools and also from the Chinese Confucius Institute with lots to see and do in between shows.
Special Year End Graduation January 2016
After December grading the Graduation Ceremony was held on Saturday 9th January with was a fantastic day as not only did the students receive their new certificate and sashes but also we had special awards to present to students.
Kung Fu Schools meet the the Vice Premier of China
Sifu Alan Paterson, Master Paul Hawkes and students of Kung Fu Schools Croydon were invited to the the grande opening of the model Confucius Institute for TCM, this is the first Confucius Institute in the world to be dedicated to Traditional Chinese Medicine at the London South Bank University. The students welcomed Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong as a guard of honour either side of the red carped. Kung Fu Schools students were then invited inside for the launch, this was a very proud moment for us as the students were chosen to sit in the front before the Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China and the other dignitaries for the speeches and performances.
Peter Andre Foundation supporting Cancer Research UK 2015
Peter Andre came to Kung Fu Schools Croydon on Friday 28th August to thank the students for all their hard work in raising £17'000 for this worthy cause. Kung Fu Schools held a sponsored board break earlier in the year where students trained their Kung Fu to kick through the boards and to the fantastic grand total of £17'000 for charity.
Kung Fu Schools China Tour 2015
Students and Instructors of Kung Fu Schools visited shanghai and Hangzhou in July 2015. The Cultural Trip was supported by London Confucius Institute, Harbin Normal University and Chinese Government who arranged all of the activities taking us to amazing sights in both Shanghai and Hangzhou including a night boat trip down the Huangpu River, Chenghuang temple, Yu Garden, Qibao Ancient Town, Shiku Gate the old city of Shanghai, in Hangzhou we visited the West Lake, Leifeng Pagoda, Lingin Monastery, boat trip across West Lake, Xixi National Wetland Park, and much more they also provided us with tour guides and transportation and we are extremely grateful and would like to thank them for all of their hard work in making this a trip of a lifetime.
Graduation August 2015
Congratulations to all of our students that graded, its been a fantastic week. A huge well done to our newest Little Dragon and Junior Black Belts that received their Black Belts at the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 15th August.
Newest Junior Black Belts
1st Degree Adult Black Belts!
We would like to congratulate our newest adult 1st Degree Adult Black Belts who prove that ages does not matter if you work hard. Roger is 69 and achieved his goal of becoming a black belt by the time he turns 70 (later this year) and Gerald is in his 50's and they have both trained extremely hard putting in many hours and have been rewarded for the hard work, now it's on to their 2nd Degrees!! We could not be any prouder of them and they are an inspiration to all.
Kung Fu Schools Cultural Trip to Shanghai
On Saturday 25th July Instructors and students of Kung Fu Schools are heading to Shanghai and Hangzhou, we have a full itinerary starting as soon as we exit the airport! Last years trip to Beijing was amazing and we would like to thank the London Confucius Institute for TCM London South Bank University, Hanban University and the Chinese Government for supporting us again this year and for the action packed trip they have planned.
Students Pass Youth Chinese Test (YTC)
We would like to congratulate the eight students of Kung Fu Schools that took and passed the YTC, a fantastic achievement we are extremely proud of you. We are able to offer our members free Mandarin lessons because we are classroom recognised by the London Confucius Institute for TCM at the London South Bank University and we would like to thank Jessica our mandarin teach for all here hard work this year.
Master Paul Hawkes Seminar
Master Paul Hawkes, the Chief Instructor of Kung Fu Schools, will be holding a special knife defence seminar at Kung Fu Schools Croydon on Saturday 13th June from 1:45pm until 3:45pm.
The seminar will be covering open hand techniques against an opponent with a knife to help you recognise a dangerous situation, identify key body language signals, lear and train defensive techniques building on the students Kung Fu skills to deal with a possible threat or dangerous circumstance.
Bank Holiday Monday 25th May
We are closed as usual on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May, classes run as normal on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May.
Kung Fu Schools Students - Youth Chinese Test (YCT)
Kung Fu Schools Croydon is able to offer their student members free Mandarin lessons as we are classroom recognised by the Confucius Institute for TCM and students of the school have been selected to take the YCT! The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) was launched by Hanban, who are affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, to encourage young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. We would like to wish our students the best of luck!
Purley Oaks School's Kung Fu Workshop
A fantastic morning at Purley Oaks School
Sifu title Awarded
Congratulations to Keith Monk who has been awarded his Sifu title! Keith received his title and certificate from Master Paul Hawkes and Sifu Alan Paterson on Thursday 19th March. This was not only a special occasion for Keith but also for Sifu Alan Paterson as it is his first student/instructor to receive this title, a very proud moment for them.
New Little Dragons Class Opens
Due to popular demand for our Saturday Little Dragon Wing Chun classes we have opened a new Little Dragons Beginner class (no belt to yellow belt) for students aged 4 to 7 years on Saturday which start at 12:30pm! We would love to offer your child 4 free lessons in a 30 day period, to come and try out our lessons. When you join your child will receive a free Kung Fu suit and please always ask us for our special offers.
Weeks Intensive Training March 2015
The Adult Weeks Intensive Training starts on Monday 16th March and runs until Friday 20th March with Master Paul Hawkes taking the Thursday morning session. You can book a single day or the whole week, if you train the entire week there is an extra grading opportunity!
Sponsored Board Break 2015
Little Dragon and Junior students of Kung Fu Schools took part in a sponsored board break to raise money for the Peter Andre Foundation supporting Cancer Research UK. The students did a fantastic job and we are just collecting all the money raised and can't wait to announce the grand total!
Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015!
We had a fantastic day at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon on Sunday 22nd February for the Chinese New Year celebrations 2015, the Year of the Goat. Students of Kung Fu Schools Croydon performed on stage along with performers from the Confucius Institute for TCM at London South Bank University.
"A huge thank you to you and the students of Kung Fu Schools Croydon for our successful cooperation again at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. We are delighted to see the celebrations attracted so much attention.
We look forward to working with you again for the 2016 The Year of the Monkey celebration!”
Traditional Chinese Fan Dance performed by the students of Kung Fu Schools Croydon
Martial Arts demonstration by Kung Fu Schools Croydon's students
Mayor of Croydon Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed with Sifu Alan Paterson
London Confucius Institute for TCM at LSU performing a Festive Folk Dance
Kung Fu Schools Dragon at Old Palace Nursery!
Kung Fu Schools were invited to Old Palace Nursery to help celebrate the Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015. Students, teachers of the Nursery with the Instructors of Kung Fu Schools had great fun making the Dragon dance around the hall to music!
Grading February 2015
Grading week started on ran from 21st to the 22nd February. Once again all students (Little Dragon 4-6 years, Junior 7-12 years and Adult 13+) put in such fantastic effort and we would like to congratulate all students on passing there grading. The Graduation ceremony was held on Saturday 28th February and it was great to see the students proudly receive their certificates sashes from white belts to Black Belts!
Celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of the Horse, with us on Sunday 2nd February at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon (The Square).
There will be performances from the students of Kung Fu Schools Croydon and the London Confucius Institute for TCM. The celebrations will be opened by the Deputy Mayor of Croydon at 1:00pm and there will be a second show starting at 2:30pm. Please come down and support the students and join in the celebrations, we look forward to seeing you there!
KICK START YOUR NEW YEAR WITH A KUNG FU SCHOOLS FRANCHISE
Are you looking for an exciting new challenge in 2014? Get on board the booming children’s activity sector with a Kung Fu Schools franchise which is being backed by celebrity, singer and martial arts enthusiast Peter Andre.
No previous martial arts experience is required, just a passion for working with children, a capacity for hard work and a desire to build a successful business.
Kung Fu Schools has been successfully operating a number of full-time schools in the South East of England since 2007 training thousands of adults and children. It is now recognised as one of the leading Martial Arts Institutes in the UK and has been officially endorsed by the Chinese Government, which sends its Chinese Kung Fu instructors to the school to learn how to teach Western students.
The franchise business focuses on training and coaching classes for children aged 4 to 12 and will enable franchise owners to establish and develop their own local Kung Fu Schools. The business founders Paul Hawkes and Alan Paterson have over 32 years’ experience of teaching and coaching between them having spent many years training with the world’s leading martial arts experts. Peter Andre and his children have trained with Kung Fu Schools over the past two years and was delighted to be invited to become a partner in the business alongside Paul and Alan.
Franchise owners will receive absolutely everything they need to set up and successfully operate their own Kung Fu School. The franchise package includes comprehensive training in Kung Fu from the school’s expert team of instructors, operations manuals, equipment kit, marketing/advertising and business development support. Franchises will also have specialised software to maintain a member database, take bookings and collect fees. In addition, Peter Andre will help franchise owners by promoting the brand nationally through traditional media, social media, videos and making personal appearances at a select number of schools.
Managing director of Kung Fu Schools Paul Hawkes said: "We have built Kung Fu Schools up to be one of the UK’s leading martial arts institutes and a highly successful business. We were looking to expand the company and franchising seemed the natural route to do this. We want to share our passion for helping children improve their lives through Kung Fu and help others build a profitable, enjoyable and fulfilling business.”
He added: "There is a widely held belief that Kung Fu is about aggression and fighting. Nothing could be further from the truth. Martial arts should solely be used for self-defence; in fact we do not allow children to spar in our schools and we stress that the skills learned should not be used for fighting and not awarding points for striking another child in other forms of martial arts. Moreover, we believe children absorb valuable traits from learning Kung Fu such as improved confidence, greater self-esteem and more respect for others. We are delighted that Peter Andre has joined us in the venture both as a friend and business associate as he shares our values and passion for the martial arts.”
Kung Fu Schools franchise in Sutton, Keith Monk states "I started with no students and canvassed the area for two weeks before I launched. Soon the sizes of the classes began to grow, mainly through word of mouth. From those early beginnings with a few students I now have a team of people who I train and develop and I have attracted nearly 300 students in under four years attracting six figure revenues.
The support from Kung Fu Schools has been amazing. They are constantly providing training, advice and marketing help. The news that Peter Andre has recently joined the business as a partner can only raise the profile even further.”
The franchise fee is from £10,995 plus VAT and working capital will be required to grow and develop the business.
Kung Fu Schools is a member of the British Franchise Association.
For further information and to download a prospectus about the Kung Fu Schools franchise opportunity please visit www.kungfuschoolsfranchise.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Suzie McCafferty on 07793 054 233 or 0131 664 1218.
Franchise Launch, 2013
Franchise Launch Kung Fu Schools Most famous student Peter Andre signing Autographs for fellow students
Grading Week Starts on Saturday 15th June and Finishes on Saturday 22nd June.
Graduation will be on Saturday 22nd June
Little Dragons Graduation will start at 2.00pm
Junior Beginners Graduation will start at 3.00pm
Black Belt Training Class and Leadership Graduation will start at 4.00pm
For Graduation all students must wear their full Kung Fu uniform.
Please can you return the grading forms ASAP, all grading forms must be returned before 22nd June.
Peter Andre visited Kung Fu Schools Croydon on Friday 15th November for the National Franchise launch!
TELEVISION celebrity and singer Peter Andre is convinced learning martial arts can keep youngsters out of trouble. So convinced, in fact, he has thrown his weight behind a move by Alan Paterson of Kung Fu Schools (Croydon) to spread his teaching countrywide. Read more: