- Is it good for self
Five Pattern Hung Kuen is ideal for self
defence. That's what this martial art is intended for! It isn't about
scoring points or impressive-looking high kicks, it's just about protecting
yourself by whatever means necessary.
- Do I need to be really
No. We don't expect new members to be fit
when they first join and our warm up exercises will help you shape up. It is
more important to learn to use your individual strengths than to waste time
worrying that you can't touch your toes or that you have wimpy
- Is it suitable for women?
Very few women have ever graded in Five
Pattern Hung Kuen, but those who have made it think that this is the best
martial art they've ever tried! The emphasis is on accuracy and timing
rather than brute strength, which suits women very well. If you want to
train with us long term, you will need to invest in a chest-guard but we can
help you find one.
- What should I wear/bring with
Wear loose comfortable clothing. Don't wear
your best clothes in case they get ripped. It's a good idea to bring some
water to drink and a small towel to mop up sweat!
- What does a typical training
session consist of?
A set of exercises to warm up, followed by
drills to practise basic stances, punches and blocks. The majority of the
lesson is spent practising techniques in pairs or small groups. Once the
basic technique has been mastered, students are encouraged to think up their
own variants and applications. To finish we might do some patterns (a bit
like kata), or occasionally some sparring.