Something special is happening in Crawley this weekend. For any sport or fitness fanatic, this could be an unmissable event. Paul Hawkes told us all about it.
Children from the Kung Fu School demonstrating at the National Portrait Gallery
Who is Paul Hawkes?
Paul Hawkes has been studying martial arts for almost thirty years, specialising in Wing Chun Kung Fu since 1986. During this time Paul has trained students in Karate, Judo, Muai Thai, Eskrima and various styles of Wing Chun. Paul opened his first class in 1991 and was awarded his Master grade in 2007 by Grand Master Kernspecht, the European Chief instructor for the largest Kung Fu organisation in the world.
Weapons demonstration at the National Portrait Gallery
Paul told us “In 2005 I realised my dream of having the finest full time Kung Fu School in the country when I opened The Kung Fu School at 1a Spindle Way. The facility is truly outstanding and fully equipped with everything that you would ever need for your training”.
The flaming torch dance
Who can learn?
“We teach children & adults although not within the same classes because they learn very differently and their needs are often very different. We have classes for 4 – 6 year olds, 7 – 12 year olds and 13+.
We have classes Monday – Thursday & Saturdays. We also offer Kung Fu birthday parties on Friday & Saturday afternoons which are very popular”.
Tai Chi sword
What is happening with The Kung Fu School this weekend?
Paul told us “Last Saturday twelve of our children performed at the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square for the Chinese New Year. They were superb and what’s really great is that quite a few of them joined the school because they were shy and certainly would never have volunteered for anything. Next thing, they’re on stage at one of the most famous Galleries in the world, performing in front of hundreds of people including VIP’s from the Chinese Embassy”.
Chinese papercutting dance
Paul went on to say “This Saturday we have a troupe of professional performers sent by the Chinese government to celebrate The Kung Fu Schools being awarded the title of “Confucius Institute Classroom”… the Confucius Institute represents the Chinese government for promoting Chinese health, wellbeing & culture. We are the only martial arts school in the world to receive this title. It’s due our professionalism, knowledge and constant focus on developing & moving forward”.
There will be Lion dancing, traditional Chinese dancing, tai Chi, Wu Shu and then have mini workshops where the children can have a go at the various activities.
Chinese handkerchief dancing
They event is FREE and open to anyone over four years old and is from 2.00ish to 4.30. If you wish to attend this fantastic event please call on 01293 544333 to reserve your place. If you would like more information about the Kung Fu School please check out our website www.kungfuschools.org
Acrobatic Wu Shu
The Kung Fu School are offering one month’s FREE membership to children and adults… so if you’d like to see what it’s like and why they are so unique call 01293 544333 to arrange your tour of the school and your first lesson.