Chi Wai Kung Fu is a modern Martial Art with self-defence as its primary objective. Chi Wai also helps to promote more confidence in the students by teaching life skills such as respect, discipline, honesty and helpfulness through the medium of the martial arts.
Chi Chong Yan Master Sifu Lee Kent has been training in Martial Arts since 1987 and is keen to share his experience and enthusiasm for the discipline with children, parents and teachers.
Sifu Lee Kent is available to visit schools for a vibrant, interactive talk and display of the art of Chi Wai Kung Fu and the life skills that it promotes.
These taster days are normally totally free to the schools and pupils with the only request from Chi Wai is to allow them to distribute 1 month free training to all the pupils who would like to come to the academy and experience the system.
Nearly half of 14-year-olds in England have experienced some sort of bullying, a study of 10,000 teenagers for the government suggests.
Name calling and cyberbullying – where the victim faces threats and insults via mobile phones and the internet – were the most common forms.
After these came being threatened with violence, being excluded by friends and facing real violence.
The study did not say if the bullying had taken place once or more often.
According to the long-term study for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, some 47% of 14-year-olds reported bullying. This dropped to 41% among 15-year-olds and 29% of 16-year-olds.
The most common type was name calling and cyberbullying, while the least common was being forced to hand over money or possessions.
Those with a disability were more likely to face name calling and to be excluded from friendship groups than those without.
Children with special educational needs, caring responsibilities or those having to spend some time in care were also more likely to be bullying victims.
Overall girls were more likely to be bullied than boys at the age of 14 and 15.
They were also more likely to face name calling and be excluded from friendship groups.
Boys were more likely to have their money and possessions taken and to face violence.
Those bullied at 14 and 15 had significantly lower results at GCSE – equivalent to two grades lower.
‘Tell your parents’
And bullying victims were also more likely to be “Neets” – not in education, employment or training.
But interestingly the research found that those whose parents reported bullying were less likely to face it in the future.
Young people who told their parents at 14 were almost twice as likely not to remain being bullied at 16 than those who did not.
Children’s Secretary Ed Balls called on parents to always report incidents of bullying to their child’s school.
The research is being published to coincide with the launch theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which begins on November 16.
The theme – tackling cyberbullying – uses the slogan “Stay Safe in Cyberspace”.
On this issue, Mr Balls said: “Mobile phones or computer screens can be used to taunt and bully young people, which can have devastating consequences.
“I want parents to feel confident coming forward and reporting bullying incidents to schools, as we know this helps to stop bullying continuing.”
Chi Wai Kung Fu Academy offer schools the chance to book instructors for a unique, instructive and exciting after-school club.
The courses are normally free and are run at your school, usually over a period of 4 weeks.
The first few weeks consist of classes where the students will learn some fundamental Chi Wai Kung Fu techniques, which are largely focused on self-defence, such as forward and backwards rolls, jab and reverse punch, how to bow, front and side kick and backwards break fall, to name a few.
Also, the class will discuss the most important word in the world – Respect. Both for themselves and others. Once a student has self-respect, they will quickly respect others. Once they respect others, they will listen when they are being spoken to. Once they listen, they will learn. As they learn, they will grow in knowledge. As they grow they improve and the cycle continues.
Honour, integrity, personal goals, perseverance and confidence are just some of the qualities that each student can learn with time and patience.
Fitness is also an integral part of the course and students will learn how to do press ups, sit ups, and all manner of different exercises to improve their physical fitness and flexibility.
On the final week we invite the parents into the school to watch what the children have been learning for the past few weeks and, if they have tried their best, they are awarded their certificate of merit. This is signifying the beginning of their journey to black belt excellence.
These courses are normally free of charge.