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Head Instructor

Dave Courtney Jones


Head Instructor Dave Courtney Jones

Ever since I was a teenager, I have trained with the aim of being a Master of Kung Fu. It’s a journey that has taken me all over the world, and I have seen my share of blood, sweat, and tears. It has always been remarkable, as with each step I discover new depths of the person that I am.

There is an old saying in traditional martial arts clubs. As it’s impossible to repeat the same movement twice, perfection can never be achieved. Hence nobody can ever truly be a Master. So, for as long as I live, I will pursue the impossible. Let’s see where else this journey takes me and how close I can get

True understanding only comes through passing your knowledge on. So to complete my cycle of learning I have taught Kung Fu to several thousand students. I’m very proud that some of these have gone on to become Instructors and Champions themselves.

I love to teach. I’m passionate about the challenge of starting the journey with a complete beginner and helping them to become a competent martial artist.”

Instructor Dave Courtney Jones has been teaching Kung Fu and Tai Chi in Central London for over twenty years.

Dave studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London, and went on to become a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. He then changed careers and left his senior management position to pursue his passion and teach Kung Fu. This is now his full-time profession, where he works in the City of London.

Instructor Dave Courtney Jones trained under two of the best Masters in the World. Dave trained extensively with Master Dennis Ngo for over 30 years. During this time he learned the Arts of Tiger Crane Combination Kung Fu, Suang Yang Tai Chi, and Damo QiGong. He also travelled to China to train with Master Su Ying Han, over a period of around 15 years. From Master Su he learned the Art of Yong Chun White Crane Kung Fu.

His achievements include winning the title of AMA British Heavyweight Kung Fu Champion in 1992 & 1993 and winning 3 Gold and 2 Silver Medals at International Level in Quanzhou, China in 2013 & 2016.

We enjoy exciting


Regular gradings, seminars, and training camps are part of our yearly programme, allowing you to deepen your understanding of Chinese Martial Arts, and to progress in a structured manner.


Regular full-day seminars give students the opportunity to train extensively, focusing on a particular aspect of the style.


Regular gradings allow students to test their skills in a formal environment, and to progress through the style syllabus.

Training Camps

Training camps give students the opportunity to further deepen their knowledge of Kung Fu in a week-long trip abroad.

what They’re Saying

Members Testimonials

Been with Dave for nearly 8 years so far, which have been truly life-changing. If you are looking for effective self-defence, improved health and fitness and greater strength (physical and mental!) – look no further! Forget the gym – Dave’s Kung Fu will give you all you’ve ever wished for, and more!

Brigita P.

Dave has been a fantastic teacher over the last five years. I started training after seeing how he motivated my children and can honestly say five years later that despite middle age approaching I am in the best shape I have ever been, and can do things I was never able to do before. Kung Fu makes you awesome!

Gregg B.

I began studying Tiger Crane Kung Fu with Dave over a decade ago and have not looked back. The style is as challenging as it is rewarding, and the physical and mental benefits are constant and lasting. The club is always welcoming and Dave is a very experienced instructor with deep knowledge and passion.

Costia K.

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