What is the
Academy of Traditional Fighting Arts?







The Academy of Traditional Fighting Arts is a school that teaches traditional fighting arts from a number of east Asian countries, namely Japan (principally Okinawa), China and the Philippines.  These arts include:

1) Karate (an unarmed art from Okinawa)

2) Kobudo (traditional weapons systems from Okinawa and Japan)

3) Arnis (a stick and knife combat system from the Philippines)

4) Shaolin forms (external or "hard" unarmed and armed arts from China)

5) Internal arts (also called the "soft" arts of China), namely -

  • Xingyiquan

  • Baguazhang

  • Taijiquan (commonly known as "tai chi")

These arts encompass a comprehensive range of skills including striking and kicking, grappling and throwing, and training in a variety of weapons.


Wu-Wei Dao: the Academy's martial system

While the Academy does, from time to time, teach some of the above arts in isolation, principally they are taught collectively as a single comprehensive system called Wu-Wei Dao ().  This system is designed so as to provide the widest, most appropriate range of skills possible to each student. 

The Wu-Wei Dao system is relativistic in that it gradually changes to accommodate the increasing experience of the student. Initially the techniques taught are simple, easy to learn and effective. As the student progresses the techniques become more and more sophisticated (and hence harder to master) but the student learns to rely less on physical strength and more on timing, positioning and economy of movement. In this sense Wu-Wei Dao moves from what is termed a "hard" or "external" art to one that is "soft" or "internal" (see the discussion relating to the logo).

Click here for a detailed description of the philosophy of the Wu-Wei Dao martial system.

Our focus

We focus on personal development, health and fitness and self defence - all in a fun, safe environment.

The Academy has classes for adults and teenagers (beginners and advanced) and a separate children's class.

Click here for the Academy Mission Statement.

Click here for the Academy Motto (Dojo Kun).




Adam & Jeff perfoming yoko tobigeri and yokogeri respectively.


Achieve your best



Friendly environment


Effective self defence