Over the years Cambridge Kung Fu have collaborated with local Community Groups on a number of projects and we would like to do even more so if you are involved in a Community Group that recognises the importance of self defence, awareness, relaxation and/or mindfulness skills then please get in touch.
In March 2012 several members of our team attended TEDx Granta to watch Ross and Col do a Cambridge Kung Fu demo and hear Ross give a talk on Mindful Movement. Also talking at the event were Cambridge based charity Flack and then WE got talking! The result was several monthly workshops in Tai Chi and Circular Strength Training that were free to members of FLACK. Before it's unfortunate closure due to lack of funds in February 2014, FLACK was a registered charity which produced a vibrant monthly magazine for Cambridge, written and produced by members of the city’s homeless community. They also offered their volunteers professional training, creative support and - perhaps most significantly - the knowledge that their voices are important.
Kidscape After School Club
Kidscape Out of School Club is the before and after school care provision based at Milton Road Primary School. In March 2012 we first became involved with them as we ran a free taster session for the children attending the club. Since then we have offered several other tasters both after school and during the school holidays.
Scout Groups and Girl Guides
In May 2012 we ran a workshop for the Streatham Scout Troop. In this workshop we began by loosening up and learned the importance of working to utilise our body parts as a team rather than a group of individuals, and the power that comes from achieving this. We played a fun martial arts game that trains hand, eye coordination, general movement skills and awareness. The Scouts, including both boys and girls, then learned some basic tactics for breaking an adults grip, an important skill for parents who want to optimise their children's chances of escaping if an adult should grab hold of them for any reason. We finished with a little chat about how running away is the ultimate self defence technique, but how this requires excellent fitness to achieve, and so we discussed the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly to make this an option.
In July 2012 we ran a Kung Fu session for Centre 33. Centre 33 is a long-standing charity, supporting young people up to the age of 25 in Cambridgeshire, through a range of free and confidential services. The Kung Fu session was a self defence class for young people who are carers for a family member. Find out more about Centre 33 by visiting their website.
Colours of Dance
In September 2012 Cambridge Kung Fu collaborated with Colours of Dance, a local dance school, to offer a party to their members and other children in the local community. We ran two Kung Fu sessions (one for an younger group and one for an older group of children). Find out more about Colours of Dance by visiting their website.
The Forever Active scheme provides exercise/activity sessions for the over 50 age group within Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire and looks to help people understand and appreciate the benefits of staying active. There are over 50 different sessions on offer, which cater for all ages and abilities. In June 2012 we ran a workshop on CST IntuFlow (part of Circular Strength Training) at Forever Active's Olympic celebration event at Chesterton Sports Centre. After this we were invited to be part of the 'Cambridge Celebrates Age' programme, we attended a health and well-being day at the Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge, during October 2012. For more information about Forever Active visit their website at www.forever-active.org.uk.
Cherry Hinton Festival
Cambridge Kung Fu have been involved with the Cherry Hinton Festival since 2011. The week long festival offers a number of activities throughout Cherry Hinton and most years we are involved in the 'Children's Day' which offers a number of activities including ballet workshops, drama workshops, archery, circus skills, facepainting and much, much more! During the event we offered the usual introduction to our classes, playing our Kung Fu games and learning some basic moves. To find out more about the Cherry Hinton Festival you can visit their website.