Nottingham Kung Fu, Tai Chi & Lion Dance UK

Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Yang Tai Chi, Lion Dance. Over 30 years of experience and teaching

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

Yang Family Tai Chi Tuesday (Wollaton) 7.30pm
Friday (Kimberley)

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

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Nottingham Kung Fu and Lion Dance have been teaching & promoting traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Lion Dance for over 30 years and is the Nottingham branch of the International Taijiquan & Shaolin Wushu Association which is affiliated to the Lee Kam Wing Martial Arts Sports Association and The World Of Traditional Secen Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu.
All classes are taught by SiFu 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. He also trained under the late Grandmaster Lee Kam Wing when time permitted, as well as hosting him at his school several times since the early 90's. 
All classes are suitable for beginners and advanced students, with Thursday beginners classes suitable for youngsters from 13 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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  • Category: Kung Fu, Tai Chi
  • Service Duration: 01:00 Hours
  • Address: Nottingham, UK (Map)
  • More Info: Find us on Google search @ The Kung fu School, St Leonards Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton
  • Price:£35 - £40


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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 13) 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 Family Tai Chi

Weekly beginners classes for adults Tuesday 7.30pm St. Leonards Community Centre, 4 Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2ND Friday 9.30am Kimberley Leisure Centre Studio 2 Newdigate St Kimberley 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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Welcome to Nottingham Kung Fu & Lion Dance! Our mission is to provide the best quality martial arts education and entertainment. We strive to instill the principles of respect, discipline, and hard work into all our students, while providing a fun and safe environment. Through our classes, events, and demonstrations, we bring the authentic Chinese martial arts culture of Kung Fu and Lion Dance to life!

Chinese New Year 2024

Saturday 10th February is the Year of the Wood Dragon

We always perform at various events throughout Nottingham at this busy time of the year. E mail for more info, to book a future event or to join us. New members are always welcome to join the team!

Chinese New Year in Nottingham 2023. Although we have been performing for many years we didn't always have the best technology to film with or the people available to film. In todays modern times it is so much easier! 
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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, Friday beginners Tai Chi @ Kimberley Sports Centre in Studio 2
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  •  CLASS TIMES Tuesday - Beginners Tai Chi 7.30pm - 8.30pm @ Wollaton Thursday - All levels - Mantis Kung Fu 8pm - 9pm @ Wollaton Friday - Beginners Tai Chi 9.30am - 10.30am @ Kimberley Sports Centre in Studio 2

We always aim to be quickly responsive. Please e mail us in the first instance with your requirements, or for any further questions or details. For Kung Fu - For Tai Chi -

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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 = 1st Disciple of Grand Master Lee

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