Life at the sharp end
PUBLISHED: 17:27 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 12 August 2010
A MARTIAL arts school teaching a discipline used by Bruce Lee is due to open tomorrow (Friday). The Julian Hitch Martial Art School of Excellence in Letchworth Drive, Bromley, will be give free knife defence demonstrations at a public open day this Satur
A MARTIAL arts school teaching a discipline used by Bruce Lee is due to open tomorrow (Friday).
The Julian Hitch Martial Art School of Excellence in Letchworth Drive, Bromley, will be give free knife defence demonstrations at a public open day this Saturday after its official opening due to take place tomorrow evening, with the Mayor of Bromley Douglas Auld cutting the ribbon.
Mr Hitch, of Bromley Common, teaches the ancient Chinese martial art of Wing Tsun Kung Fu which is over 300 years old and was taught to Bruce Lee.
He said: "People who come to the classes will start to understand how their bodies work and how they work as a person. They will develop self discipline. It's about self development."
Mr Hitch is an unarmed combat instructor and consultant for one of the UK's top bodyguard training companies and has trained the special forces of Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania.
One of the main teachings of Wing Tsun Kung Fu is defending yourself without weapons.
Mr Hitch will hold classes on Saturdays to teach people how to defend themselves against someone with a knife which he believes will be of particular interest to young people.
He said: "It's about giving kids moral leadership. It's about telling them and showing them that joining gangs is not the only way to be tough. You have a choice over the path that you make for your life.
"There are no guarantees in fighting someone with a weapon but this is as effective as it can be. It will teach people how to de-escalate a situation."
The premises in Letchworth Drive have been completely renovated and redesigned.
The Chinese doors to the main room are 150 years old and the rooms themselves are decorated with antique carved beams from Chinese temples.
Charities JusB, which helps young people in Bromley steer clear of crime, and St Michael's Hospice which gives palliative care to people in Hastings and Rother, will be benefiting from the school by donations.
The open day this Saturday will take place from 10am to 5pm. To book a demonstration, call 08456 121 303 or 07875 856 126.