Martial Arts Sydney

MORE THAN JUST KICKS AND PUNCHES.

Martial Arts for Adults and Children, scroll down for your age group.

3 - 6 YRS OLD

Our Little Tigers Martial Art classes are fun and engaging for our youngest members. The Little Tigers classes combine Kung Fu skills, basic movement and mobility skills, specific self defence drills relevant to their age, skill based games and the discipline and structure of a group class.
The movement and coordination skills learned in kung fu are second to none. And are more effective for improving both gross, and fine, motor skills than OT programs.
 
If you would like to give your child the best possible Physical and mental start in life…try our Little Tigers program.
 

7 - 11 YRS OLD

Our Children’s Martial Art classes in Sydney are simply the best around. Fun, Engaging and most importantly packed full of the kinds of things you want your child to learn. Self defence, anti bullying, self development, mentoring and instructing programs and a whole lot more.
Traditional Kung Fu passed down over generations with modernised content unique to Head Academy. All of our programs are developed and honed by us, and only available at Head Academy Locations. Our classes focus on the skill development of each and every individual. Your child will benefit from improved concentration, better mobility and flexibility, whole body co-ordination and self confidence.

12 - 16 YRS OLD

Our Teens Martial Arts classes are designed to focus on the specific needs and challenges for this age group. With content and a curriculum that is challenging yet achievable for complete beginners and experienced martial artists alike.
We train in empty hand self defence and of course all the traditional Chinese weaponry. This ads another dimension to our training which is rarely available at other martial arts schools.
If you are looking for classes that are stimulating, challenging and engaging…with a focus on effective self defence, fitness and of course fun, then join us for a FREE Introductory class.

17 YRS OLD TO ADULTS

You are never too old, too unfit or too inflexible to start learning Martial Arts. Our Adults Martial Arts classes and curriculum are designed to ease you in to a positive and rewarding training experience.
The benefits of training at Head Academy Kung Fu will effect all areas of your life. From improved movement abilities, to effective stress coping mechanisms. Training in Kung Fu focus on everything from correct breathing technique, through self defence, to flexibility and mobility. The traditional art we teach is called Jow Gar it has been passed down from master to student through 4 generations. Originating from Southern China
Let us show you how rewarding training with us can be!

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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.

Simon
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"After only 2 weeks at Head Academy Kung Fu it's already having a positive impact on my fitness, flexibility, stress levels and personal motivation. The no attitude instruction and vibe is really great... yep, I'm loving' it!"
Alisa
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Our two kids aged 9 (Boy) and 6 (Girl) love attending Kung Fu each week. The teachers work so well with them, bringing confidence and mindfulness as well as focussing their energy into something positive and self reflective. We love the verbal discussions they have with the kids to deal with conflict situations and feel this gives them much needed tools to deal with life ahead. Thank you to the team at Caringbah Head Academy!
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Highly recommend Head Academy Kung Fu. My daughter has been attending for nearly 6 months and is beginning to demonstrate the physical and mental strengths that she is learning into her every day life. An excellent experience for her that is teaching her the benefits to be really confident in herself. Thanks Head Academy!
Julie
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"Nathan, you and the instructors are so passionate and so engaged with what you do and you have such great relationships with the kids. I love hearing the boys talking about lessons learnt at kung fu. You take a really holistic view of the development of children and as a parent that is much appreciated."
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"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)."

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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 Wallmeyer

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.

OUR LINEAGE

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.

With it’s roots in Southern China Jow Gar ( Chau Ka, Zhou Jia, Jow Ga), The Jow family style was created by eldest brother Jow Lung and continually refined and developed by his brothers Jow Biu, Jow Hip, Jow Hoy and Jow Tin.
 
Jow Lung combined the Southern Shaolin Kung Fu Arts of Hung Gar and Choy Gar with Northern Shaolin kung fu. Later developments also show influences and techniques that may be recognised as Wing Chun.
 
Our lineage is as follows:
Jow Lung was teacher to Luu Phu, Luu Phu was teacher to Ly Truong, Ly Truong was teacher to Andy Truong, Andy Truong was teacher to Nathan Head.
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