Martial Arts

Head Academy has unique classes for children and adults of all ages in traditional Chinese martial arts, fitness, flow yoga, women's self defence and more. Our classes are unique and cannot be found anywhere else. each classes curriculum and content have been designed to embrace the principles of Head Academy. Please explore all of the classes we offer and at least experience them once...what have you got to lose?

Meditation & Qigong

Meditation and Qigong are the gateway to becoming your own master. You can learn to balance your emotions and connect with your inner, intuitive voice. If you have ever said to yourself that you cannot meditate, that you cannot switch off your mind long enough, we would love to show you how. We thrive on showing people the path to a happier, healthier and more vibrant life


In the past 20 years fitness has been wrongly viewed in terms of a persons aerobic or anaerobic abilities, or even how much weight a person can lift. At Head Academy we view fitness as a persons ability to enjoy life with the best quality of movement possible while having the stamina and ability to do the things you wish. Whether that is enjoying other sports, playing with your kids, or going on adventurous holidays. Check out our schedule of classes that address your overall physical health.

healing modalities

At Head Academy we offer healing sessions and we teach students how to become healers. We offer treatments in Chi Nei Tsang, an abdominal massage treatment which restores balance to the vital organs, revitalises blood flow, and reduces and eliminates the effects of stress and negative emotions. Treatments in Cosmic Healing, an energy based modality are also available. Cosmic Healing is designed to restore balance to the energy fields of the body, thereby restoring function to the physical body.



Balance, movement, mobility, freedom, fun, enjoyment of life, and all it has to offer starts at any  age. It doesn’t matter if you are a parent looking for a program for your child, or an adult looking for a different path to self discovery. We have a program that will deliver benefits for a lifetime. We believe that in order to experience life to the fullest, be healthy, and happy we must find balance through developing the “Four Realms Of Self”. Without balance in the 4 Realms we can be thrown into unhealthy patterns that can effect our emotional and physical states. In order to balance the 4 realms a person must be engaged in activities that directly effect, and influence, these realms in a positive way.

The Physical Realm

Through physical health and fitness we are able to achieve our goals in this life. By maintaining our bodies we ensure our quality of life through mobility and movement. The body thrives on movement. And importantly, when we pursue activities that engage our mind we actually improve the quality of the neural connections in the brain. Making our mind body connection stronger, which leads to better quality of life and a heightened sense of well being.

The Mental Realm

"With our thoughts we create the world". Through our thoughts and emotions we can experience life as a joy or a burden. Through balancing the mental realm we start to control the creation of our thoughts, we become the director of our own personal movie... which we call life. When we understand that we are in control of the "movie" then we can literally change the script of our lives.

The Emotional Realm

Emotions allow us to experience life to it's fullest. Yin and Yang... without sadness you cannot experience joy. Having a balanced emotional state allows us to feel both negative and positive emotions, and then move back to our center more quickly. In this way we do not become a slave to our emotions, we become the master of our emotions. We are able to feel and experience life and control our own emotional state.

The Spiritual Realm

The Spiritual realm encompasses things that we perceive as greater than us. Perhaps our connection to something bigger...Community, altruism, nature. These are all things that give us a sense of something more... and a higher purpose than our own basic needs. It also encompasses forming a greater connection with ourselves and developing a sense of self love and development. This is the most overlooked realm, and potentially the most important for true happiness.

“There is always an excuse to not do something… until you realise there is no excuse”

Head Academy combines martial arts classes in Sydney with meditation, stretching and massages. Our founder Sifu Nathan Head has over 30 years of experience in martial arts and has been teaching at Head Academy Kung Fu school in Sydney for 18 years. 

The Best Place to Learn Kung Fu in Sydney

We’ve grown to have five different locations across Sydney where we offer a wide range of Kung Fu classes for adults and Kung Fu for kids alike. With daily classes for all age groups, you’re guaranteed to find one that’s right for you and your schedule.

What is Kung Fu?

Kung Fu is not one style of martial arts, it’s actually an umbrella term for hundreds of different styles of Chinese martial arts. The Chinese martial arts are ancient, and the different styles within them are characterised by their different traits. At Head Academy, we teach Jow Gar Kung Fu in Sydney. Jow Gar was developed in the late 19th century and utilises muscular movements and fast, complex footwork and kicks, making it an excellent form of self-defence.

The benefits of Kung Fu

  • It’s a great form of self-defence that can be used when you find yourself in danger
  • It’s a fun way to stay active and improve your health and wellbeing
  • Like all physical exercise, it can support weight loss
  • It’s a great way to develop and train movement, agility and coordination
  • It helps develop focus and discipline
  • It can help build confidence
  • It’s a good way to relieve stress and let off steam
  • It can even improve mood and relieve the symptoms of depression

Why choose us?

  • Our entire team is extremely knowledgeable and experienced and are great teachers that will provide you with all the support you need on your journey
  • We don’t exclude anyone; people of all ages, genders and sizes are welcome to our classes, so if you think Kung Fu isn’t for you, you’re wrong! It’s for everyone
  • Your training will be tailored to your situation and body, you’ll learn techniques appropriate for your specific size, weight and body type
  • We teach our students a system of conflict avoidance strategies that equip them with the verbal, physical, emotional and mental tools they need to avoid conflict and that also support the development of their confidence, focus and discipline
  • We offer additional classes in meditation and stretching as well as sessions of healing massage, all under the same roof
  • You don’t have to worry about competing or doing this as a sport, we teach martial arts for enjoyment so there’s no pressure to perform or compete and all you need to do is have fun!

Head Academy – The Kung Fu School for Sydney

If you are looking for a Kung Fu school that offers a full martial arts curriculum as well as meditation and healing, then the Head Academy has exactly what you need.

Across five locations in Sydney, Head Academy offer several classes throughout the week, aimed at children aged 3+ all the way through to adults. With the Head Academy, you can study Kung Fu, meditation, and Qigong, and take advantage of our knowledge on healing modalities too. Sifu Nathan Head is our leader, and he has created the ultimate combination of martial arts methods to help you on your unique path to health and wellness, taking ancient Chinese wisdom and moulding it for modern use.

Kung Fu Lessons for Every Age

Here at Head Academy, we have structured Kung Fu lessons suitable for children and adults, with a specific curriculum aimed to get the best out of every student through challenging, stimulating drills, skills and in some cases, games.

For our youngest students, Little Tigers Kung Fu classes for kids are aimed at those aged 3-6. In these sessions, Kung Fu skills are combined with basic movement and mobility skills. We help our youngest students develop focus and coordination as well as movement and agility.

The Junior Kung Fu classes in Sydney are for ages 7-11, and develops more of the Kung Fu curriculum, with a focus on skills and drills based on our proprietary PROTECT program. Through our teaching, self-defence, anti-bullying, and self-development are front and centre, alongside danger awareness, conflict avoidance and development of character and resilience.

For teens who want to learn Kung Fu in Sydney, the Head Academy has a curriculum designed to consider the specific needs and challenges that come with the teenage years. The teaching is challenging yet achievable, with a focus on self-esteem as much as self-defence. The PROTECT program is heavily featured here, helping teens to recognise danger, learn how to avoid conflict and find resolution, and work on anti-bullying strategies.

Our Kung Fu classes for adults can help to find effective stress coping mechanisms through improved movement, even if you feel like you might be too old, or too inflexible. We provide a holistic approach to martial arts, where our students can learn Jow Gar Kung Fu, meditation, and yoga so that our adult students can feel that total mind-body connection while learning some kick-ass self-defence.

Choose the Kung Fu Training That Suits You

Head Academy is a Kung Fu academy for absolutely everyone – whether young or old, however inflexible or unfit you think you are. The power of movement and meditation cannot be undersold.

Alongside the Kung Fu training classes available, Head Academy teaches students The Internal Way. Based on Taoism, this is a combination of meditation and Qigong, developed to blend the teachings of Taoist Master Mantrak Chia with up-to-date research into the connection of human physiological and energetic systems. Through management of the breath, standing and seated meditation work, and Taoist philosophy, our students can take what they have learned into the world of movement to discover a new, more mobile, healthy, and connected way of life.

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"Ever since meeting Sifu Nathan Head by chance one day in Cronulla Mall, my life has never been the same. I mean that statement in the best way possible! He is one of those people that is always smiling, even better than that his smile is infectious. He makes you smile, he makes you feel good inside and out. If you want to learn Kung Fu, or become physically and mentally stronger, if you want to be healed or learn how to heal yourself... I can think of no better person to see than Sifu Nathan Head."
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