Martial Arts Sutherland Shire
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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We Teach Martial Arts in Sutherland Shire!
Head Academy is a place where we train for balance within all four realms of self: the physical realm, mental realm, emotional realm and spiritual realm. We teach Chinese martial arts across Sutherland Shire, but we also teach meditation and qigong and different movement classes. There’s something for everyone here, and we have five locations all over Sydney, including one in Caringbah in Sutherland Shire. Everyone is welcome at Head Academy, no matter their age, sex or physical fitness. We teach from the age of three onwards up until our special senior classes. We aim to aid everyone in their physical, emotional and mental growth.
Who Our Martial Arts Classses Are For
If you think martial arts isn’t for you, you’re wrong. Everyone is welcome here, no matter what goals or previous experience you have. If you want to learn self-defence in Sydney, we can do that. If you want to relieve stress by meditation, we can help with that too. We have classes specifically aimed at children, all adapted to their age groups, and we have specific movement classes for the elderly, who might struggle to exercise in other ways. Every martial arts class in Sutherland Shire is about teaching you techniques that will work for your fitness levels, weight, size and body type, so there’s no need to fit into a certain mould. Lastly, Head Academy is for those looking to resolve difficulties in their life. If you struggle with self-discipline or lack confidence, or if you have problems with conflict or struggle with concentration, that’s exactly what we’re here for.
Our Sutherland Shire Martial Arts Classes
- Martial arts: These classes are divided into four different age groups, 3-6, 7-11, 12-16 and 17 and over. Kung Fu is great physical exercise as well as a form of self-defence. We teach for enjoyment and not for competition, so there is no pressure. In these classes, you will learn all the techniques and improve your flexibility and mobility.
- Meditation and qigong: We teach The Internal Way, a combination of meditation and qigong developed by Sifu Nathan. Qigong is about working with your breathing and energy, and meditation all about awareness. These two combined with Taoist philosophy make up a system that teaches you step by step how to create more joy and personal transformation.
- Stretching and mobility: If you’re looking to get more flexible or reduce the amount of pain you feel in your body, we have different classes to increase flexibility and movement to keep your body loose and rehabilitate any old injuries you might have. We also have mobility classes specifically for the elderly, who are in particular need of the pain relief and health benefits associated with regular exercise and stretching.
- Kung Fu cardio: This is even more of a workout than our regular martial arts classes! Improve your cardio, get stronger, burn fat and break a sweat in these intense workouts.
If You Are in Sutherland Shire Area & Looking for Martial Arts Training, Book a Class With Head Academy
If you’re ready to get started on this journey, then go on to our website to book your first martial arts class near Sutherland Shire. When it comes to martial arts, you can even claim a free membership for two whole weeks, allowing you to try us out with no strings attached. Book now and learn how you can apply ancient Chinese wisdom to your own life! 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
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.