Nottingham Kung Fu, Tai Chi & Lion Dance UK

Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Yang Tai Chi, Lion Dance. Over 25 years of experience and teaching

Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu every Thursday at 8pm (Wollaton)

Yang Family Tai Chi every Tuesday (Wollaton) at 7.30pm

Both classes are suitable for new beginners

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Private tuition available - YES
Beginners classes - YES
Competitive prices-YES
Merchandise - YES
A leading organisation - YES
Regular grade testing -YES

The Kung Fu School - est 1990

The Kung Fu School - est  1990The Kung Fu School - est  1990The Kung Fu School - est  1990
Nottingham Kung Fu and Lion Dance have been teaching & promoting traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Lion Dance for over 25 years and is the Nottingham branch of the International Taijiquan & Shaolin Wushu Association
All classes are taught by SiFu Andy Riley who is 9th Generation Successor Closed Door Disciple of Master Derek Frearson (ITSWA President) in Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu
Sifu Riley still trains with his teacher regularly as well as his Sigung Grand Master Lee Kam Wing when possible
All classes are suitable for beginners and advanced students, with Thursday beginners classes suitable for youngsters from 14 years of age with no upper age limit
For information regarding classes or to book a Lion Dance please contact, or contact 07737705464

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Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu

We are a school in Nottingham UK teaching traditional Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu as taught by Grand Master Lee Kam Wing. Our style is suitable for all ages, different shapes and sizes and does not rely on brute strength and flexibility, this makes it highly effective for self defence and personal protection for all. All adult classes are open to beginners (and from age 14) with dedicated beginners classes running weekly Thursdays - 8.00pm - 9pm St. Leonards Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2ND beginners welcome, no upper age limit

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Traditional Yang Tai Chi

Weekly beginners classes now at St. Leonards Community Centre, 4 Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2ND 7.30pm - 8.30pm (pm to reserve your place) Click "learn more" below to see flyer Tai Chi not only is great for self defence but is also an ideal stress buster. Here at Nottingham you can learn the Yang Family Tai Chi, Tai Chi Straight Sword, Sabre, Tai Chi Fan, Push Hands and lots of Chi Kung to keep you in tip top health All classes cater for new beginners

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Lion Dance Performance

Here at Nottingham we have a strong lion dance team who perform both here in Nottingham as well as throughout the Uk PLEASE SEE THE GALLERY PICS OF OUR TEAM AND PERFORMANCES We can provide a performance for your occasion whatever it is with our quality lions. The team are all experienced performers, and perform in professional uniform to add that special look and feel For further enquiries or to book a performance please see contact details Please enquire early in the first instance as we perform all year round with our busiest time being Chinese New Year

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Festivities Festivities Festivities
Chinese New Year 2021 Friday February 12th - Year of the Ox

CHECK what's in store for you in the Year of the Ox by clicking the link below

Moon Festival Thursday 1st October - Just click the link below to find out more!

Spring Festival/Chinese New Year is Friday 12th Feb 2021 (Year of the Ox)

Chinese New Year 2021

Friday 12th of February 2021- Year of the Ox

See us perform at various events throughout Nottingham at this busy time of the year.

Lion Dancing

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 History of the Lion Dance  (performance enquiries) 07737705464

For Chinese people the lion is a holy animal. That is why lion play an important part in Chinese mythology. In China lions and people can be friends. An old Chinese story tells about a lion, lion dances and New Year
A long time ago a strange creature appeared in China and horrified and ate men and animals. The fast and fierce creature was called 'nien' (or 'nian'), which sounds like the Chinese word for 'year'. Neither the fox nor the tiger could fight the 'nien' effectively and in despair the people asked the lion for help. The lion shook his mane, rushed towards the creature and wounded it. The nien hurried away with the tail between its legs. But it announced to return for taking revenge. A year later the nien did return. This time the lion couldn't help the people. He was too busy with guarding the emperor's gate. So the villagers decided to do the job themselves. Out of bamboo and cloth they produced an image of the lion. Two men crawled inside it and approached the nien. The 'lion' pranced and roared and the monster fled away again. This is the reason why on the eve of the Chinese New Year, lions always dance. They are frightening evil away for yet another year

Bringing luck and happiness

The lion dance is an important tradition in China. Usually the dance is part of festivities like Chinese New Year, the openings of restaurants and weddings. If well-performed, the lion dance is believed to bring luck and happiness

Although lions are not native in China, they came to this country via the famous Silk Road. Rulers in what is today Iran and Afghanistan sent lions to Chinese emperors as gifts in order to get the right to trade with Silk Road merchants. The lion dance dates back to the Han Dynasty (205 B.C. to 220 A.D in China) and during the Tang Dynasty (716-907 A.D.) it was at its peak. It was particularly performed during religious festivals. The lion dance was not only introduced in China, but also in Korea and Taiwan, where lions are not native as well. The dances are not exactly the same in these countries, but the symbolism is quite similar


  • Tuesday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Yang Tai Chi @ St Leonards Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, NG8 2ND - Thursday 7.30pm - 9pm Praying Mantis Kung Fu @ Mellish Centre, Kemmel Rd, Nottingham NG6 9FH all levels
  •  07737705464
  •  CLASS TIMES Tuesday - Yang Tai Chi 7.30pm - 8.30pm @ Wollaton, all levels Thursday - Mantis Kung Fu 7.30pm - 9.00pm @ Bulwell, beginners welcome Lion dance & weapon classes are usually last Friday of the month 7pm - 8.30pm in the studio at Mellish Centre

Lineage (Sifu A Riley 9th Generation Successor)

Lineage (Sifu A Riley 9th Generation Successor)Lineage (Sifu A Riley 9th Generation Successor)
Wong Long - Founder
* Sing Sil
* Lee San Chine
* Wong Wing Sang
* Fan Yuk Tung
* Low Kwang Yu
* Chiu Chi Man
* Lee Kam Wing (Hong Kong)
 United Kingdom
Sifu, Derek Frearson    
Disciple of Grand Master Lee)

Andy Riley
9th Generation Closed Door Disciple of Master Derek Frearson

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  • Category: Kung Fu, Tai Chi
  • Duration: 01:00 Hours
  • Address: Nottingham, UK (Map)
  • More Info: Wollaton, Bulwell


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