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Shui Tao Martial Arts

With more than 17 years practising martial arts to a very high standard.

Stuart Ford teaches a variety of martial arts including Shui Tao (mixed martial arts), Tai Chi, Bagua and Xingyi, in 2005 he founded the Shui Tao Martial Arts School.

Shui Tao:

Shui Tao means The Way of Water and accentuates harmonising with your opponent and breaking into their defence.

Whilst learning martial skills there is also an emphasis on health, fitness and fun as well as respect for yourself and others. Classes are for all levels including family orientated classes and kids classes.

Training includes; a good foundation of stance, movement, blocks, strikes, locks, throws, short and long weapons control.

Personal benefits include; Discipline, Confidence, Health, Fitness, Focus and Inner Peace.

Tai Chi:

Tai Chi is one of the Internal Martial Arts of China and it is practiced at a much slower and relaxed pace, it is very good for relaxation, energy cultivation, posture, balance and mental focus.

Most of the practice is concerned with the form, which is a linking of movements and postures but pushing hands (a two person drill), application and boxing are also available.

Bagua and Xingyi:

Bagua and Xingyi are the two other Main Internal Martial Arts of China. Bagua involves alot of footwork and flexibility whilst it follows a very circular nature, it is also very good for trips and throws.

Xingyi is similar to Karate with a very linear nature, but when practised correctly it is extremely powerful and focuses on cutting straight though an opponent.


Take the A120/A1232 Turn off the A12 on to Ipswich Road and follow down to St Johns Roundabout, then turn left on to St Johns Road. Then turn right onto Parsons Heath (A137) and then left on to Bromley Road. Next take a right turn on to Hawthorn Avenue and follow this past the Academy on your left before turning left into Acacia Avenue, you will then see a left turn as the road bends to the right which will take you to the car park at the back of the school. Follow signs from here by foot to the sports centre.

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Colchester Academy Sports Centre
Hawthorn Avenue
Colchester, CO4 3JL
United Kingdom
Phone: 07770 848 107

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at Shui Tao Martial Arts:

  • Kung Fu
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • Tai chi
  • Shui Tao
  • Bagua
  • Xingyi

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Classes available in: Colchester, Ipswich, Witham

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