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Current Price list for training in Kung Fu, Tai Chi or self defense training

£25.00 per hour or £20.00 per hour if six hours booked. (Please note training will take place at your home or a venue of your choice but any extra cost of renting rooms etc must be paid for by the customer).

Karl is also able to provide massage and reiki sessions also at £25.00 ph.

NOTE# Karl can also provide information and advice about local tai chi and kung fu classes.

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Sifu Karl Lancaster over 30 years as a martial arts instructor and now author of 'Fist of Destiny - Memoirs of a Martial Artist'.

About Us

  Born in 1955 to a father who was an amateur boxer, Sifu Lancaster started training in Tomiki Aikido gaining his black belt before progressing on to other martial arts like Ju Jutsu, Iaido and Tae Kwon Do. He ran classes for Islington Adult Education in Aikido before setting up his own private classes.
  Sifu Lancaster then trained under legendary Grand Master Lu Jun Hai in Mizong Kung Fu and Tai Chi. He was eventually made a disciple and on Sifu Lu's eventual retirement will take over as the senior instructor outside of China.
  Sifu Lancaster has been a member of the Martial Arts Commission and is recogonised by them as an Aikido Instructor. He has also been a member of the World Ju Jutsu Federation and the British Ju Jutsu Association who certificated him as an assistant instructor. He is also a member of the Society of Okinawan Kobudo who recognise him as a coach, and he is also certificated by Japan's oldest surviving school of Ju Jutsu the Hotai Yoshin Ryu as a black belt in Aiki Jutsu.
  Sifu Lancaster has competed all over the world in Kung Fu competitions and his achivements include being World, European and three time British champion in forms. He has also competed in randori at the all England Aikido Championships. And was an inter club champion in Aikido as well.
  Sifu Lancaster has also been part of demonstration teams for the Aikido Development Society, Southern Area British Ju Jutsu Association and 
Zhen Wei Kung Fu Academy. He has featured in Combat Magazine and also on BBC radio. 


  Sifu Lancaster is happy to offer his expertise in martial arts and in particular Kung Fu and Tai Chi for either seminar purposes and/or one to one sessions. Sessions can be tailored to the individual to include fitness training, meditation, reaction training, self defence as well as traditional open hand and weapons training.
  Through our sister site we also provide first aid training some of which, can be done online. Please see the links below and should you wish to purchase a course quote the discount code of UK- serpent or visit our sister site Lancaster First Aid.
Karl is also an author and has a book and several articles published. And he is happy to help other martial artists with publication.

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Health Benefits of Tai chi

Martial artists and Chinese health practioners have long held that the practice of Tai Chi brings health benefits. This claim is now backed up by various established medical and scietific bodies.

Below are extracts from various bodies on the benefits of Tai Chi -

From the Havard Health Publication -

Stanford University researchers reported benefits of tai chi in 39 women and men, average age 66, with below-average fitness and at least one cardiovascular risk factor. After taking 36 tai chi classes in 12 weeks, they showed improvement in both lower-body strength and upper-body strength.In a Japanese study using the same strength measures, 113 older adults were assigned to different 12-week exercise programs, including tai chi, brisk walking, and resistance training. People who did tai chi improved more than 30% in lower-body strength and 25% in arm strength — almost as much as those who participated in resistance training, and more than those assigned to brisk walking.

Extract form NHS Choices -

While there's scope for more rigorous studies on tai chi's health benefits, studies have shown that tai chi can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs. Some research suggests tai chi can reduce the risk of falls among older adults who are at increased risk. However, more research is needed. There is some evidence that tai chi can improve mobility in the ankle, hip and knee in people with rheumatoid arthritis .

Extract from Web MD - Oregon Research Institute found that, after 6 months, tai chi participants were twice as likely to have no trouble performing moderate to rigorous activities as nonparticipants. The benefit was greatest among those who started with the poorest health or worst function. People with osteoarthritis assigned to a tai chi group during a 3-month study reported less joint pain and stiffness than when they started. They also had less pain and stiffness than patients in a control group.

Extract from BBC News - Latest studies by doctors at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston suggests there is medical evidence to back up claims about Tai Chi.

"Overall, these studies reported that long-term Tai Chi practice had favourable effects on the promotion of balance control, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness and reduced the risk of falls in elders," the researchers said.

They said the martial art helped to reduce "pain, stress and anxiety in healthy subjects".

But it also had benefits for people with serious conditions, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

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Our Program

 Individually tailored programmes and classes for groups or one to one. Classes also available in central London and Essex through associated clubs. 


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