Over 50 classes of expert tuition a week

Martial Arts,
Tai Chi & Qi Gong,
Fitness & Conditioning

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Welcome to

Kung Fu Zone

At Kung Fu Zone, we give traditional training a modern twist. Feeling the weight of the digital age? We get it. It’s a challenge staying balanced in this always-on world. Nestled in Clerkenwell, in the heart of Islington, our state-of-the-art facility is more than just a training ground; it’s a sanctuary where age-old wisdom meets cutting-edge fitness. It’s all about syncing body and mind.

Join our vibrant community, all on a quest for physical and mental growth. We fuse the elegance of traditional Kung Fu & Tai Chi training with the adrenaline rush of modern combat, HIIT, and Calisthenics. Guided by our seasoned pros, you’ll quickly level up your physical and mental wellbeing.

Ready to redefine your limits?

Shkar Sharif

Head Instructor

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Traditional Kung Fu & Tai Chi

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Physical Fitness

Boost stamina, enhance flexibility, improve muscle tone, and elevate cardiovascular health through dynamic, structured training sessions.

Self-Defense Skills

Empower yourself with practical techniques, heighten situational awareness, and build confidence to handle real-world situations effectively.

Mental Discipline

Cultivate focus, enhance concentration, develop resilience, and foster a mindset of perseverance through our structured training programs.

Stress Reduction

Alleviate daily pressures, find mental tranquillity, release pent-up tension, and rejuvenate your mind with our holistic approach to training.

Improved Balance

Enhance physical equilibrium, strengthen core stability, refine
coordination, and promote harmonious body-mind alignment through targeted exercises.

Cultural Knowledge

Explore the profound philosophies of Daoism and Buddhism
intertwined in the arts we teach, gaining insight into these traditions and the deep cultural
wisdom they embody.


Boost self-assurance. Our training nurtures inner strength, fosters resilience, and builds confidence, benefiting both adults and children alike.


Join a supportive network of like-minded individuals. Foster lasting friendships, share experiences, and grow together in our inclusive Kung Fu Zone family.

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our programs

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Adult Classes

Physical & Mental Wellness

Dive into Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chinese Kickboxing, Strength & Conditioning and More with our tailored adult classes.

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Children's Classes

Confidence & Discipline

Nurture confidence and skill in your child with Kung Fu, Grappling, Chinese Kickboxing, and Strength & Conditioning classes.

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Online Training

Access Anywhere

Want to train with us but too far away? Join our online school and master our arts from anywhere in the world.

what our students say


I have been training at Kung Fu Zone for a little over an year and I am loving every minute of it. Shkar is incredibly knowledgeable and his advice is invaluable. All the people in class are very nice and everyone is always willing to help each other. I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn martial arts and self-defence.

Denis Hristov

One of the best decisions I made is to register my 4 year-old daughter to Kung Fu class with Kristina! I love the way this Martial Art is taught by Kung Fu Zone, and the values it instills in children. It is not only about teaching them self-defense, it is also about teaching them discipline, channeling their energy, and practicing enriching habits that will only empower them growing up. Kristina is the perfect instructor to convey to kids all of the above.

Lynn Bedran

My experience with kung-fu zone has been life changing. Originally went in to learn a few kicks here and there for my acting skill set, however I have gained more then that and the gift of regular kung-fu and tai-chi classes keeps on giving. Love having this practice in my routine and would recommend it to anyone. The community is welcoming and not intimidating at all. It’s a safe space to learn, train, fail and grow. Big thank you to Shkar and Kristina for creating such a wonderful environment, who I can call a kung-fu family.


I have recently joined Kung Fu Zone school and already reaping the benefits.
The quality of the training is excellent, paired with any explanation needed during the sessions. The combination of the Tai Chi classes, slower pace but requiring a lot of focus and the Kung Fu classes are both efficient workouts and rewarding disciplines.
Thank you Shkar and Kristina for the great opportunity to train in your school.


Since starting my training with Kung Fu Zone in November of last year, this school has reignited my passion for martial arts. The teachers are so patient and knowledgeable. Really looking forward to my training journey with this school.


We love Kristina and her class! Amazing to see her teaching the children with so much love and tenderness, but also with discipline and structure. Would definitely recommend

Carla Russo

This is a fantastic place to learn Kung Fu, with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Shkar is an excellent instructor, knowledgable about all things Kung fu. It is a great way to meet other people, challenge yourself physically and mentally, and have fun 🙂

Ciara Wright

We joined the school during lockdown, and for my 7 year old son Kristina has been the most engaging and patient teacher we could wish for. It’s no surprise to us this school is going from strength to strength, 3 years on from our son’s first lesson we cannot imagine our Saturdays without this remarkable school!

Nette Megens

My son loves his Kung-fu lessons. Kristina has a lot of experience and creates a great atmosphere during class. She is firm, kind and shows children that with discipline, everything is possible. I would totally recommend!
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Sna Vergara

This class has been the best thing for my 7 year old son who has a diagnosis of ASD. Kristina is so calm and patient with all the kids and tailors her approach to each individual child. My son has found a passion for Kung Fu and looks forward to the classes every week. Best class ever!!

Alia Islam
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I'm very unfit. Can I still join?

Absolutely! Martial arts are for individuals of all fitness levels. Our classes are structured to allow you to progress at your own pace, building strength, flexibility, and endurance over time.

Every student begins at their own starting point, and we’re here to support and guide you on your journey to better fitness and skill.

What should I wear for my first class?

For your first class, wear comfortable workout clothing that allows for movement, such as a t-shirt and loose-fitting tracksuit bottoms or shorts. Please remove any jewellery and watches before class.

If you have items that can’t be removed, ensure they are adequately covered to prevent injury. As you continue with us, we’ll guide you on getting the appropriate uniform and gear.

How often should I attend classes to see progress?

We recommend attending classes at least 2-3 times a week for consistent progress. However, everyone’s schedule and learning pace is different. The key is regular practice and commitment.

Can training at Kung Fu Zone benefit my mental health and overall wellbeing?

Absolutely! Martial arts are as much about mental wellbeing as they are about physical training. Regular practice not only instills values like discipline, respect, patience, and focus but also promotes mental health by reducing stress, anxiety and enhancing self-esteem.

The skills and values you acquire can positively impact other areas of life, supporting both your mental and physical wellbeing.

How do you ensure safety during training?

Safety is paramount to us. All our instructors have first aid training, have undergone
enhanced DBS checks, and are trained in safeguarding. We teach techniques in a controlled environment, emphasising correct form, warm-ups, and cool-downs to minimise the risk of injuries.

During sparring or specific drills, protective gear is always used to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Membership & Training Plans

Step 1 – Become a Member

This is an annual fee that includes your membership of Kung Fu Zone, your membership of British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), and your insurance. It needs to be renewed yearly.

Step 2 – Choose a Training Plan

No Minimum Contract Terms!
Just Give us 1 Month’s Notice to Cancel
20% Student Discount on Adult Monthly Plans (Under 18s)

Try Kung Fu & Tai Chi For Free

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OUR TERMS - please read carefully before booking your free trial

During your trial, you agree to train at Kung Fu Zone (KFZ) at your own risk and accept and understand that there are dangers involved in practising any martial art. Whilst KFZ does its utmost to ensure that all members and those on a trial period behave in as safe a way as possible, KFZ cannot accept responsibility for the actions of all individual members and non-members of KFZ. By consenting to a trial, you accept that there are risks involved and you will be vigilant at all times to safeguard your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others training with you. In the interests of safety and responsibility, no techniques should be demonstrated to anyone without the express permission of a KFZ instructor.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, KFZ is not liable to you for any loss or damage of any kind incurred by you howsoever caused and shall not be liable for any consequential loss of any kind incurred by you, even if KFZ was notified in advance of the possibility of such loss or damage.


You agree to conduct yourself appropriately outside class. Kung fu techniques should only be used in self-defence and in the same measure as was directed against you. Please remember that self-defence is a legal principle to apply to defending yourself with commensurate force. You also agree to abide by the instructions of the instructor at all times whilst attending classes and other events organised by KFZ.


You have a duty to inform an instructor immediately if you attend a KFZ class or other event and you suspect or know that you are suffering from any medical condition, ailment or injury which may affect or which may have implications for you, other KFZ members and/or instructors.

You are solely responsible for ensuring that you are in a fit state to participate in KFZ classes. You should report any injuries immediately to the instructor or if there is an injury sustained outside of the club as soon as possible and prior to training in a KFZ class.


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our Blogs

End of Year Thoughts – 2023

End of Year Thoughts – 2023

End of Year Thoughts - 2023 As we approach the end of another year, Kristina and I reflect not just on the recent months but on the decade that has shaped our Kung Fu School. We’re deeply grateful to every member, past and present, who has contributed to our journey....

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San Zhan – The Mother Form

San Zhan – The Mother Form

San Zhan - The Mother Form San Zhan is the most important form in the Fujian Five Ancestor Styles. Our Tiger Crane Combination is no different. The San Zhan (3 Wars) Form is an incredibly in-depth set of principles that completely transforms the body in the early...

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Beauty & Function in Chinese Martial Arts

Beauty & Function in Chinese Martial Arts

Beauty & Function in Chinese Martial Arts When we create beauty, We aspire towards recreating a flavour of something that exists beyond the relative, buried deep like a fleeting memory of a time long ago that we can’t quite remember but know is significant....

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Upcoming Events

2024 Events

28th January - Tai Chi Grading
11th February - Chinese New Year Dinner
25th February - Kung Fu Grading
9th & 10th March - The Acropolis International Competition
31st March - Tai Chi Grading
14th April - Seminar
28th April - Kung Fu Grading

Kung Fu in the Heart of London

Kung Fu Zone Location

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Kung Fu Zone London

Unit 5, 3 Lever Street,