About Kung Fu Schools Crawley
At Kung Fu Schools Crawley we teach martial arts and self-development to children and adults, with the aim of improving their lives through the study and practice of the ancient art of Wing Chun Kung Fu. We have martial arts lessons available for children from 4 years old, up to adults of any age.
Our martial arts lessons are divided into age specific classes so that adults and children are taught separately as we understand they have different needs and learn our teaching methods at different rates of development. All of the material we teach is designed with each specific group in mind.
Our students come for all sorts of reasons but the most common are from people who’re out of shape and want to do something interesting and learn a useful skill… as well as getting fit and shedding a few pounds!
The Kung Fu Schools work closely with both the Chinese Government and the Confucius Institute, teaching martial arts classes and even holding instructor training for them.
Right now we’re really promoting our 4 week FREE trial because you have absolutely nothing to lose and have the opportunity to try out our style properly for a decent period of time. If at the end of the 30 days at least you’ll know for sure and be able to make an informed decision… without having paid a penny!
Every day we speak to someone who says “I always wanted to start Kung Fu… but just never got around to it” and before you know it the years have passed by. No matter what your age, experience or fitness level – simply pick up the phone and give us a call.
Training and travelling around the UK, Europe, America, Hong Kong and China means you’ll be learning an authentic martial arts system (Wing Chun Kung Fu) that has preserved hundreds of years’ worth of knowledge… dating back to the Shaolin Temple and beyond.
The Peter Andre Connection
Sifu Paul’s wife was reading a magazine where Peter Andre was talking about how much he missed his Wing Chun training. She called Peter’s management team and got him booked in for a session, which Peter really enjoyed. Unfortunately due to Peter’s hectic work schedule, it was a year later before he started training again in earnest, but the flexibility of Paul’s team allows them to work around Peter’s work and family commitments.
In fact Wing Chun has become a real family affair with Peter’s son Junior and brother Mike also training at the Crawley School and daughter Princess also starting training too.
Peter has been training consistently for over 2 years and is an excellent student to teach with a great attitude to training. His dancing background (coordination, balance and body mechanics) have helped with his martial arts training.
Sifu Paul and Peter have become great friends and spend a lot of time together, which has seen a natural progression to Peter becoming involved in the Franchising opportunity which is integral to Kung Fu Schools ambitious growth plans to go nationwide and possibly international too. Having Peter on board will certainly help raise the profile of Wing Chun and the Kung Fu Schools Group.
About Sifu Paul Hawkes
Sifu Paul Hawkes has been teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu in and around the Crawley area for over 20 years. He started teaching in 1992 for Master James Sinclair (whom he had trained under after school as he wanted to learn Wing Chun because of Bruce Lee). Then with his colleague and friend Andrew Cameron they set up their own organisation – NWCA before becoming Chief Instructors of the EWGO in the UK – the largest Wing Chun organisation in the world at the time, under Professor Leung Ting.
He left to set up his own Kung Fu Schools in Crawley in 2006 and today teaches over 200 students at the Crawley Kung Fu School and over 1200 across the whole Kung Fu Schools Group.
Paul was about 13 when he first started training in Judo at school moving on to Karate for about a year and a half after leaving school. But it was Wing Chun that Paul really wanted to train in so he went to Master James Sinclair’s school in Maidstone, which was not far from where he lived at the time.
And Sifu Paul has been training, researching and sharing his martial arts with other people ever since – for over 25 years now. And over those years Paul has seen a wealth of knowledge walk through the doors of the Kung Fu Schools to share their expertise with the students.
(Interview from October 2013 )