Martial Arts Inner West
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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Learn Martial Arts in the Inner West of SydneyHead Academy offers classes in Chinese martial arts across Sydney’s Inner West and much more, including meditation and movement. We have five locations over Sydney, including one in Strathfield and another in Engadine, meaning that wherever you are in the Inner West, we’re nearby! Our classes are for everyone from three-year-old toddlers to seniors looking to get more physical exercise in their everyday life. Whether you’re looking to relieve stress, learn self-defence techniques or get physically fit and burn fat, we have something for you.
Our StorySifu Nathan Head founded Head Academy over 18 years ago. He has over 30 years of experience now, having trained judo since age 12 and Kung Fu since he was 25. He has also studied qigong and meditation, and Head Academy came about as a result of his desire to combine all these things together. That’s how we came to offer meditation, movement, healing and martial arts in the Inner West all under one roof, and all this time later we’ve only grown as more and more people discover the powers of ancient Chinese wisdom.
Our Four Pillars to Teach Martial Arts in Sydney’s Inner WestThe classes and workshops are categorised into four different pillars. This ensures that the class you choose is well-suited to what you’re looking to get out of it, and it also enables you to combine the different pillars with various classes so that you can take care of the health of your whole body and mind. The four pillars are:
- Martial arts: We teach Kung Fu, which is the umbrella term for a wide collection of Chinese martial arts styles. This is great for physical fitness, self-defence and training mobility, coordination and agility. It’s also great fun!
- Meditation and qigong: These classes are about finding inner balance and achieving a happier, more peaceful existence. Meditation is based on awareness and breathwork, as most people are aware, and qigong is a system of coordinated movement, breathing and posture that is often combined with martial arts.
- Movement: We have classes aimed at improving overall health, including cardio and movement and stretching classes that reduce pain and make you more limber.
- Healing modalities: Lastly, we offer sessions of healing as well as teach you to become a healer. These treatments involve massages and energy work, which both contribute to creating balance and health within your body. We offer Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage, Tok Sen therapy and qi healing.
Our Inner West’s Martial Arts Classes & More
- Martial arts (3-6 years old, 7-11 years old, 12-16 years old, 17 and up)
- Standing qigong
- Meditation and qigong workshops
- Flow stretching
- Kung Fu classes and Kung Fu cardio
- Broken boomers (mobility class for seniors)
- And more!
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
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.