About Us

The Jade Dragon School has been run since 2003 by Master Paul Chapman

The school is named after it’s birth place – the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in South West China. The mountain used to be the home of a Taoist monastery where traditional martial and healing skills were developed over a great many centuries. 

The monastery is no longer there but the skills live on as they have been passed down from Master to student over countless generations. 

It is very important when passing on a body of knowledge that each Master constantly tests and adapts every part of his knowledge so he is constantly learning and expanding his skills.

Otherwise it is common for a Master to be able to pass on only 90% or so of his skills to his top student, then he can only pass on 90% or so of his and so on. Gradually the art becomes stale and the most advanced knowledge gets lost.

The only way round this is through experimentation. Master Chapman has been constantly testing and experimenting with his skills so that he can now explain and convincingly demonstrate every part of every skill. There isn’t a single part of any movement that he doesn’t understand, from the placement of the feet to the precise breathing method. This level of knowledge is extremely rare in this modern age.

Taking Tai Chi further

Although Kung Fu is Master Chapman’s first love he recognises that tai chi is far more popular. So he now runs tai chi classes almost every day. 

His tai chi classes go way beyond just the movements of the form. He also teaches the ancient qigong breathing exercises he studied and explains part of the philosophy of the Jade Path School of Taoism that he was a student of.

The development of energy (qi, also spelled chi) and mindfulness are always popular with his tai chi students.

Comprehensive Kung Fu

The Kung Fu training in the Jade Dragon School is more comprehensive than you’ll find anywhere else. Nowhere else do you have the opportunity to learn ALL of the following:

  • Strikes, blocks and kicks
  • Throws, locks and holds
  • Pressure point training
  • A variety of bladed and non-bladed weapons training
  • The fighting styles and tactics of 8 different animals – tiger, leopard, monkey, crane, eagle, snake, mantis and dragon
  • The real secrets of effortless whole-body power
  • How to relax and stay relaxed under pressure
  • A coherent philosophy that underpins everything you learn.

Personal Training

Apart from classes you can also get personal training directly from Master Chapman.

Learn whatever skills you want at your own pace, not one set by the class. 

Pick and choose from a huge range of skills including tai chi, kung fu, street self defence, weapons training, qigong, meditation and much more.

Tai Chi and Kung Fu classes in Reading and Wokingham area.

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