Martial Arts Sydney
MORE THAN JUST KICKS AND PUNCHES.
3 - 6 YRS OLD
7 - 11 YRS OLD
12 - 16 YRS OLD
17 YRS OLD TO ADULTS
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Wondering Where to Learn Martial Arts in Sydney?
Head Academy is your best bet. We teach Chinese martial arts for self-defence and enjoyment. With a wide selection of classes for all age ranges at five different Sydney locations, we’re bound to have what you’re looking for, and maybe even some things you didn’t even know you wanted. We teach children as young as three years old, and we don’t stop at martial arts. We also teach meditation, qigong and stretching and offer massages. There’s no pressure to compete, and we welcome people of all ages, genders and physical abilities, adjusting everything to your particular needs and skill level.
Head Academy has been in business for over 18 years, with our founder Sifu Nathan Head having over 30 years of experience. We have the knowledge and the experience to take you farther than your martial arts journey would be.
What is Kung Fu?
Kung Fu is an umbrella term for hundreds of different styles of Chinese martial arts. All these varieties have different techniques and principles, but they all have in common the utilisation of speed and tricks. Kung Fu looks similar to Karate but uses more circular and elegant movements and has more flow to it. It also has more variety and different styles than Karate and can be described as more complex. Kung Fu involves legwork, kicks and hand motions and is both a form of physical exercise and great for self-defence.
The Benefits of Martial Arts Training
- It’s an amazing and fun way to stay active and physically fit and healthy
- It does wonders for your mental health, as it relieves stress and symptoms of depression
- It teaches discipline, focus and concentration
- It can be used for self-defence, meaning you never have to feel afraid because you don’t know how to protect yourself
- It will develop your coordination, movement and agility
Our Martial Arts Classes Across Sydney
Our martial arts classes across Sydney are divided into four different age groups: 3-6, 7-11, 12-17, and adults. The classes are adapted to the age group, meaning there won’t be anything very difficult, physical or technical for our youngest students. It also gives children the chance to progress with us as they grow up. Apart from the martial arts classes, we also teach a combination of meditation and qigong, which is a Chinese form of breath and energy work similar to mindfulness. These classes and workshops are great for those looking for more spiritual practice or who want to find more peace in their everyday life and relieve their stress. We also have different movement classes that include stretching, Kung Fu cardio and mobility practice, some specifically aimed at the elderly. Simply put, there’s something for everyone!
Getting Started in Martial Arts Today
We have studios in Padstow, Leichhardt, Caringbah, Engadine and Strathfield. You can claim a free two-week membership on our website to try out our classes before you commit. Simply go to our website and the martial arts page and click Book Now. If there’s another class that’s caught your eye, contact us through the Enquire Now buttons and we’ll get back to you with all the details. Come on, make the move! Learn martial arts in Sydney and become a fitter, healthier, happier you immediately! Read Less
What our students and parents are saying about us.
"Please let me express my thanks to you and please express my gratitude to your great team of instructors. Let me assure you that what you are teaching is so very valuable and has made a real difference to my boy's life (and it will continue to do so)."
Our martial art classes offer the very best in self defence training combined with systems of health and well-being that incorporate everything from flexibility and mobility to energy work (qigong) and fitness.
We train Martial Arts for self defence, health, and personal development through applied discipline to mastering our art. This is not a sport where there are winners and losers, and confidence is gained at the expense of someone else losing.
visit one of our Five Locations Across Sydney
Leichhardt, Caringbah, Engadine, Strathfield and Padstow.
Sifu Nathan Head
Founder of Head Academy Kung Fu (December 2003).
Sifu Nathan established both the Leichhardt and Caringbah branches of Head Academy. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12, and has been teaching Jow Gar Kung Fu for the past 16 years. He is the Head Teacher for Head Academy and continues to train all instructors, school owners and Black Sashes. It was Sifu Nathan's vision to bring the disciplines of kung fu, meditation, qigong and healing back together and create a unique system for balancing the 4 Realms.
Sifu Chris Pendergast
Chris has been surrounded by an active lifestyle from a young age. Growing up Chris was very sport orientated competing to a high level in Cricket and Soccer and attended Endeavour Sports High School. After years of being in this type of environment he realised he needed more fulfilment in his life. A simple phone call was made to Sifu Nathan Head and Chris’s life was forever changed. He had discovered what was missing from his life which was only filled through physical activities. Kung Fu opened Chris’s eyes to all the answers he was seeking. It didn’t matter if the question wasn’t about Kung Fu, the power of Kung Fu wisened Chris up to the calmness it took to deal with any situation that confronted him. Chris realised what his journey was. Chris started up his own Head Academy Jow Gar Kung Fu School under the continual guidance of Sifu Nathan Head in Yarrawarrah in August 2013. With steady growth of students, Chris moved his school into a full time location based in Heathcote in October 2014. The school continues to flourish with the positive energy each student brings to his school. Not one to keep himself bored, Chris has a daughter Kayleigh and is expecting the arrival of twins with his wife Cassy. Chris is always searching for ways to better himself and goes by the following rules: Trust yourself, Break The Rules, Don’t be afraid to fail, Don’t listen to the naysayers, Work Overtime and Give Something Back. With constant goal setting, anything can be achieved!
Sifu James Agius
Sifu James is the Head instructor at Head Academy Kung Fu Padstow. He has a passion for instilling the values of traditional martial arts and the positive qualities they bring to day-to-day life. Sifu James teaches Jow Gar Kung Fu, Taoist meditation and Chi Kung every week.
Dai Si Hing Jun Liew
Jun is the lead instructor at the Leichhardt academy, and has been training with us for 12 years now. He is training towards his 2nd degree Black Sash.
Jun has been training at Head Academy since 2009 and has enjoyed the journey so much that he has gone on to instruct from 2014 and now has become a part-owner of the Leichhardt Academy. He very much subscribes to the idea of always learning, continually growing and improving; Jow Gar Kung Fu has been a great motivating vehicle to drive this passion. The biggest reasons Jun continues to train at Head Academy (for over a decade and running) is because of the open, ego-free, fun yet driven atmosphere on the mats, the superior skill and knowledge of the senior instructing team, and the depth and complexity of the Jow Gar style of Kung Fu. Beyond the training side of things, Jun has a unique insight as an instructor into all the programs delivered to the children - particularly the PROTECT program and self-defence principles we impart. One big reason the instructors continue to do what they do is because of the difference they make in these children's lives - this is no different in Jun's case.
Azi has been training in Kung Fu since 2007, when a friend of his mentioned kung fu his interest was piqued immediately. He had wandered through many team sports and activities looking for a way to be healthy but never found one that fit. Kung fu turned out to be the one, he was fascinated by the traditions of it, the generations of knowledge being passed down, on the individual focus required to improve, and the giddy heights of reaching a goal with no one else to thank but hard work. Over the years of dedicated practice and martial arts exploration, he has learned many lessons about confidence, strength, conflict, and holistic health. He is undoubtedly a martial arts fanatic and is dedicated to passing on the cherished art of Jow Gar Kung Fu.
Sifu Eric Jewson
The first of Sifu Nathan Head's students to grade to Red Sash. Eric has been training with Head Academy Since 2004. He is a lead instructor at Head Academy Leichhardt and is a key figure and inspiration to all students who train with him, and who are taught by him. Eric is one of the "Original Three" who have fundamentally helped Sifu Nathan create and build Head Academy to what it is today.
Dai Si Hing Harrison Jewson
Has been training at Head Academy Kung Fu since 2004. One of the "Original Three" Harrison is a teacher of unrivaled talent. His joy of teaching, and for kung fu, shines through whenever he has interactions with students. He is a gifted kung fu practitioner who has dedicated most of his life to training in the art of Jow Gar Kung Fu. He is another of our Lead Instructors at the Leichhardt branch.
At Head Academy we teach the Chinese Martial Art know as Jow Gar Kung Fu. All programs and curriculums at Head Academy have been created, developed and refined by Sifu Nathan Head and his team of Senior Instructors over the past 16 years from the traditional forms that were passed down to him by Si Gung Andy Truong. We have constantly strived to create classes and programs that reflect our students goals, while maintaining the traditional focus on martial skill development and self defense.