We are England’s longest established Eagle Claw Kung Fu School, operating full time since 1997. Based in Maidenhead, Berkshire UK. We are open 6 days a week with dedicated training facilities, fully equipped in the traditional style of a genuine Kung Fu training centre.
We mentor and train men, women and children of all nationalities and from all walks of life; in traditional Chinese martial arts and activities.
We offer expert tuition for adults and children in:
• Eagle Claw Kung Fu
• Tai Ji Quan and Qi Gung
• Traditional Lion Dance
• Natural healing and medicinal therapies
Our tuition incorporates a full range of skills and benefits from personal protection and self-defence, to applicable knowledge and use of the Chinese martial-arts to give modern well-being with improved health, flexibility and core strength conditioning.
The Eagle Claw approach builds well balanced strong, resilient, healthy and happy members, able to take their martial arts skills and its benefits into all areas of their life. In-turn our members have a strong sense of community and family that is supportive, friendly and inclusive, helping all our students to feel part of something bigger than just themselves.
The Lion Dance and Demonstration Team often take part in the local community and surrounding areas, performing and promoting the Chinese martial arts and cultural diversity benefits it offers to all.
The director of the school: Julian Dale (Shifu), has been learning Chinese martial arts since 1985. He began teaching in 1992 at local community centres in and around the Berkshire area, before opening his first full time Chinese martial arts centre in 1997. After 6 years the student base had outgrown the location and we moved to our current location in Maidenhead that offers a larger Wu Guan (school) of 2,500 sq ft.
Traditional Chinese martial arts, taught at the school; have direct links to the teachers and martial arts family of Shifu Julian Dale, through his links to Hong Kong and China. The Eagle Claw Kung Fu we teach can be traced back to the founding birthplace in Hebei Province North China, where Shifu Dale continues to learn and travel. This heritage to the birth place of Eagle Claw gives us unique access to the very essence of the original system, so that nothing is lost in translation.
Shifu Dale as a teacher is passionately dedicated to passing on and sharing all that he has learned and continues to learn, in his Chinese martial arts journey. This passion of dedication, perseverance and patience is keenly experienced by all our members, in fact, most students think he lives at the Kung Fu School – which is pretty much true – he truly lives the life of a devoted martial arts instructor and shares his knowledge and kindness without reservation or prejudice.
In 2012, Shifu Dale took on Sophie Marie Glover, as a student. Sophie has been practicing Kung Fu and other Martial Arts for 22 years. She grew up around martial arts and various fighting styles; her step-father learned Kung Fu and started teaching Sophie, when she was 7 years old. Also, her father was a semi-professional boxer. Sophie is now our School Manager, Assigned Coach and second point of contact, after Shifu Dale.
2019 bought us Charlotte Rooney. Charlotte is Executive Assistant to Shifu Dale and Sophie. She has incredible organisation, planning and preparation skills, and is an excellent communicator.