Instructor Maki Nakasone
Maki first came across Kung Fu when she was only a few years old, growing up on the island of Okinawa, through watching old Kung Fu films. This is the island where Karate originated, and martial arts is a huge part of the local culture: many people on the island grow up with the idea that it’s part of life.
Later she became aware that early Karate had been greatly influenced by the Crane Style of Kung Fu, so she was very happy to discover and learn Tiger Crane (White Crane) Kung Fu.
The style is also special to her because it was created by woman, which means that it is designed to compete with someone who is bigger and stronger than you.
“I love to challenge myself; I always try to do my best and more when I am training, and I put a lot of emotion into the training. I love the fluidity of Kung Fu: it’s a true art form!”
“I teach Tiger Crane Kung Fu because I want to help people be in touch with their own body, help them build their body from inside to out to improve on their health, and through the values of martial arts, be respectful of each other.”
Growing up in a very diverse environment, with a mixture of Eastern and Western values, put Maki in a unique position allowing her to understand quite diverse cultural points of view, and has helped her in being able to relate and get on with people from various backgrounds.
Maki also works as a bespoke tailor and studied Costume for Performing Arts in university. Recently she also qualified as a massage therapist, deepening her understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Realising that Kung Fu is closely linked to Chinese massage methods such as Tui Na (which are concerned with the meridians in your body, pressure points, etc), she plans to expand her knowledge in this field.
“What I love about Kung Fu is that there is no ending to the path of learning this art. Over the years your understanding changes as you continue to refine your movements. It’s very fascinating and I decided to teach wanting to share this with others and continue to deepen my understanding in various aspects.”
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 give students the opportunity to further deepen their knowledge of Kung Fu in a week-long trip abroad.
Tiger Crane Kung Fu
Our Kung Fu classes in London are welcoming and friendly, with an approximately 50/50 male/female split. Complete beginners are always welcome, so get in touch today to start your training!
Fitness. Self Defence.
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