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For adults (and late teens) when choosing a martial arts school there are 2 points you must consider; Firstly, how effective will it be in a real life serious attack, and secondly, how much value do the grades you achieve have. When you consider that many martial arts schools are giving away Black Belts to children as young as 10, you have to question how high can their martial arts and fitness standards realistically be. At the Gary Martin Kung-fu Centre we don't teach children, our training is aimed directly at adults defending themselves against a wide range of real world attacks. From dealing with minor assaults right up to the most serious types of attacks. The grades our members achieve are authentic and world class. Many of our members are actually higher ranked than a large percentage of teaches from other schools. The grades in our School are not easy to achieve. Our members want to earn grades that have a real value.

Our Kung-fu is unique in its combat techniques requiring skill in both body and mind. Eight body parts are used in the combat, namely the two hands, two feet, two elbows and two knees. On top of being an art of self defence, our Kung-fu is also a very popular exercise due to its ability to enduce rapid weight loss as all muscles in the body are required in the training. Kung-fu also stimulates the heart to work more efficiently and it burns nine times more calories than jogging or cycling. It also enhances lung function making it an ideal exercise for asthma sufferers.

Since 1979, the Gary Martin Kung-fu Centre has become widely recognised as one of the Australia's top martial arts Schools. Guided by Gary Martin, an authentic Grand Master, we have continued to grow and excel to the degree that our School is now the largest single martial arts training School in Australia.

We have an excellent reputation in the martial arts field and even visiting Masters from China have stated that our students possess a rarely seen level of power and skill.

While our membership levels are strong, it is where our members come from that is incredible. We have members from all over the Sydney region, inner city, Wollongong, Sutherland Shire, Penrith districts, and the Southern Highlands. We even have a member who lives on the Queensland Gold Coast who flies to Sydney to train at our unique School.

Undoubtedly, one of the reasons our School is so highly regarded is that Gary Martin has only one School. While many other teachers have sought to open branches all over the place, Gary has focused on developing one School with the clear goal of making it equal to or better than any other elite martial arts school anywhere in the world today. At our School you will be taught by Gary Martin and our first rate teaching team, not by a person who has bought the School as a franchise like many are.

Our nightly workouts are unique, and actually combine three separate workouts:-

Strength and Power Training Drills

This section of the workout is designed to add power to all of the striking weapons we use in kung-fu and include punching power, elbow striking power, knee striking power, kicking power and grappling muscles.

Kung-fu Fighting Skills and Strategy Training

Our students can fight hard one on one, they can fight multiple opponents, they can ground fight and they can defeat opponents with knives. In other words, they are excellent all-round martial artists.

Focus Mitt / Kick Shield Power and Endurance Drills

These drills utilise a high degree of cardio fitness and are graded in difficulty as the student progresses higher up the grades. Professional evaluations have shown our students have comparable fitness standards to elite athletes from other sports (example professional football). We have many members that have come to us having done some form of fitness training that involved hitting focus mitts and kick shields. Some actually thought this would be useful for them in a real fight. On the first night of training with us they quickly realise that tapping at mitts for fitness isn't anything like the way we do mitt and shield training for a KO in a real fight. This is why we have a lot of fitness trainers coming to us to learn self defence.  

Our classes are high energy, with a great atmosphere of friendship and positivity. While every one of our students wants to be great at their kung-fu, a strong sense of team spirit is felt by everyone at the Centre. Every effort is made to assist each and every one of our students reach standards of excellence.

From the high standard of our teaching team, video playback equipment, to the deep level of mastery Gary Martin has of the arts, it's not hard to see why our students are as highly renowned as they are, and why the School has been featured in 100's of magazine and newspaper articles.


We train to end a fight, not be 5 rounds in one.