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San Shou Kuan is predominantly a combative striking art that teaches the student explosive kicking, powerful punching techniques (Punch, chop, elbow, knee and kicks) and takedowns used in Sanda.

Watford Sunday Kids

San Shou Kuan Little Dragons  (aged 5-10 years) is a dedicate class for teaching young children.  Developing their  self-confidence, coordination, discipline, flexibility, balance, agility and focus whilst slowly nurturing potential martial arts ability.
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When: Sundays 4:30-5:15 pm
Where: WD24 6NJ
Venue: The Dan Tien Centre, Harebreaks, Watford
(Ground floor studio, free car park at rear)
Instructor: David (07968 282085)

by Car: M1 Jn.5 Northbound or Jn.6 Southbound; M25 Jn.19 cw or Jn.21a ccw
Underground: Watford (Met line) 2 mls away.
British Rail:
Watford North, (0. 7 mile),
Watford Junction (0.9  mile) 
(London Oyster card is valid)

*No.8 bus (every 20 mins) 5 minute ride Wat. Junc. to Maude Crescent Harebreaks
(or any bus travelling up St. Albans road can drop you off 5 min walk from Harebreaks)

[travel times: Brent Cross to M1Jn.5  20mins; Euston to Watford Jnc. 15 mins]

Special Notes: Open 50 weeks /year (see local classes page for seasonal holiday dates)

 Local Area: Watford, Eastcote, Ruislip, Pinner, Hatch End, Harrow Weald, Watford, Radlett, Rickmansworth, Bushey Heath, Moor Park, Northwood, Stanmore, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Bovingdon, Amersham, Chalfont, Gerrards Cross, Croxley, Maple Cross, Chorleywood, Chelmsford, Essex, Potters Bar

Membership Application form (click here) 
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What to Expect:

Disciplined fun!
Class starts with warm up and bit of stretching, then moving on to some basic martial arts and some light padwork; the emphasis is on safety – not asking their bodies to attempt movements / techniques they are not ready for.  Progress is tracked by each child having their own SSK ‘passport’ for parents to monitor.   The class typically ends with a very short game eg ‘dodgeball’ (sponge balls) if they have trained well. 

Parental Information:

San Shou Kuan is a full member of the BCCMA (*Official UK Chinese Martial Arts Governing body).  Coaching staff are DBS registered; completed or completing Safeguard coaching requirments.

[*Recognised by the Sports Council (UK), European Wushu Federation & International Wushu Federation which in turn is recognised  by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ]  

Bio – About the instructor (Sifu):

David Nicholls, a parent of 3 young children, 6th Degree Black Belt with a Masters in Sports and Exercise Science (MSc. SES).  David has been teaching for over 25 years but San Shou Kuan only started dedicated classes for children under 10 years old, 7  years ago meaning the ‘syllabus’ for these students is still evolving.

(We entered our first  ever National Youth  Light contact kickboxing competition in 2019 with a small team of 4 who wanted to compete – San Shou Kuan left with 2 golds, a silver and a bronze medal! A strong endorsement our syllabus is on track as we outperformed several more established and much bigger schools) Update: In 2022  (comps suspended during covid locdown) we entered a team of 9 – All of whom got on the winners podium!  see Our Galleries for more info

 David also teaches short intensive martial arts courses to professional actors to help solidify their skills for stage and action combat, plus he teaches traditional adult classes and full contact fighters.

He was also elected onto the EXEC board of the British Council of Chinese Martial Arts (Est 1973, The Official UK governing body of Chinese Martial Arts.

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