Chiswick Kung Fu: Kai Wing Chun – Overcoming Force With Skill

Chiswick Kung Fu: Kai Wing Chun – Overcoming Force With Skill

New classes for children, teenagers and women-only in a martial art that uses minimum effort to create maximum power

Sifu Kai Taylor

‘If you’ve always wanted to try a martial art, Wing Chun is the perfect self-defence discipline in which to take your first steps,’ says Sifu (Master) Kai Taylor. ‘It can be practised by children, teenagers and men and women of all ages and physical ability.’

Kai studied at Sydney’s International Wing Chun Academy for three years, then trained in Hong Kong under the late, great master, Chu Shong Tin, and has 25 years’ teaching experience. ‘Wing Chun is based on close-quarters combat and enables those with smaller frames to overcome larger, stronger opponents,’ explains Kai. ‘It has similarities with Tai Chi and, with a strong focus on the mind-body connection, it’s popular with people interested in Pilates, yoga and meditation.’

For the last six months Kai has been running Monday adult classes (6.30-8.30pm) at the Catholic Centre on Duke’s Avenue. In September, he will be launching a new women’sonly class (Thursdays 7.30- 8:30pm) as well as classes for secondary school-age children (Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm) and for children aged 8-12 (Saturdays 10:30-11:30am and, for this class, numbers will be limited to a maximum of 12).

‘My senior students help me to teach and we create a safe, controlled environment,‘ says Kai. ‘Students receive individual instruction and progress at their own speed. The structure is varied, sometimes everyone does the same activity according to their level of expertise, and at other times we break into groups and focus on different movements.’

For a limited period, Kai is offering a free trial. ‘People often say: “I’ll come to your class after I get in shape.” I always tell them: “You don’t need to be super-fit to learn Wing Chun, but Wing Chun will get you fit!” If you would like to sign up for an Autumn class or need more information, do get in touch.’

Kai Wing Chun
The Catholic Centre,
8 Dukes Avenue
Chiswick W4 2AE