Qigong, Tai chi, kids martial arts + kickboxing – Mark

Mark is teaching online : Two classes per day (10 am and 7.30 pm), 7 days per week. Alternating between a Kung Fu/Kickboxing/Fitness themed lesson, and a Tai Chi/Qigong/Meditation lesson. All information from http://www.whitecraneacademy.com

All of the classes are live on Skype and I also record them for You Tube (to be sent out as a private/hidden video) It’s a £25 a month subscription to attend as many of the classes as students want to. For £50 per month they can attend all of the classes plus have 2 hours of Skype one-to-ones per month For £70 per month they can do all of the above and have 4 hours of Skype one-to-ones per month.

Qigong on Wednesday 11 am – midday

Join me for an hour of relaxing, gentle, and mindful movements, where I will teach the ancient Chinese art of Qigong. Dating back 5000 years or more, Qigong is intrinsically linked to Traditional Chinese Medicine (as Yoga is to Ayurveda) and a natural healing art.It looks and feels like Tai Chi, yet is easier to learn and follow along with – yet don’t think that it’s any less powerful!In the classes I will teach you many different exercises and routines, leaving you feeling relaxed, gently stretched out, more balanced, and awash with new energy.

The classes are all drop in, no need to book in advance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on 07834 375776 or mark.stevenson@whitecraneacademy.com

prices for adults are:

Intro offer: £20 (on or before the first class)
Drop in: £10
5 class pass: £45
10 class pass: £85
20 class pass: £160

Kickboxing on Fridays 7.15 – 8.15 pm

Improve Your Skills, Speed, Stamina, Suppleness, Strength with Kickboxing Classes from White Crane Academy. 

Regardless of whether you come to kickboxing with a desire to improve one, or more, or all of these areas – our kickboxing classes will be suitable for you.

We spend a lot of time learning and refining techniques in a variety of different ways during the hour long class – each class is very varied!

The kickboxing classes focus on teaching a wide range of both Chinese and Western kickboxing techniques and combinations, as well as being a great workout.

These fast-paced classes are also great fun! Students of any level or ability are welcome. It’s not about where you are now in terms of skills and fitness – it’s all about how you improve as an individual on a week-by-week basis. 

With training and practice you will develop a high level of fitness, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.

As a club, we’re a friendly, welcoming group of people, so despite often feeling quite nervous about your first lesson, you’ll be made to feel part of the club from the offset, and helped along the way.

Prices vary and we have intro offers for new students. 

For more information please contact Mark on 07834 375776 or whitecraneacademy@gmail.com


Tai chi on Wednesdays 2 – 3 pm   with Mark Stevenson 

£20 – First 4 class Introductory Offer  (if purchased on a student’s first class)£10 – drop in, £45 – 5 class pass £85 – 10 class pass £160 – 20 class pass.              A drop in, mixed level class so anyone can join anytime. To accompany you as you learn the course, you will have access to a website where you can view online lessons to support what you have learnt in class. Both tai chi and qigong are great for those who would like to learn a relaxing, flowing exercise routine – it is great for overall health, flexibility, balance, coordination, increases energy levels, eases stress and anxiety, helps with many health conditions, is like a moving meditation and great fun to practice and the classes a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends. WCA students are always very friendly! The course will cater for all levels, from total beginners to those who have perhaps practiced a little tai chi previously, or a different style.It is also a great addition for those who maybe already practice yoga and Pilates, as well as for anyone returning to exercise after not training for a while, or recovering from injuries.

For details on booking, or for more information, please contact Mark on 07834 375776, or whitecraneacademy@gmail.com https://whitecraneacademy.com/

Kids Martial Arts – Wednesdays, 4-5 pm,  with Mark Stevenson £7 per class payable as a block each half term.

We will be teaching a range of martial arts related disciplines in this fun, entertaining, and rewarding course for children of a primary school age. it’s suitable for new students, as well as those who might already train with White Crane Academy.

Children will learn Kung Fu basics: stances, punches, blocks, kicks, and some self defence applications. As well as some Chinese fencing (sword fighting) techniques. The classes are also really good for a child’s fitness.

We will also teach the children some of the more gentle elements of the martial arts and include a little meditation and qigong (breathing exercises) into the course – and educate them on the importance. Additionally, they will learn some basic Mandarin phrases and counting, and a little bit about Chinese and martial arts history . At the end of the course certificates will be presented and there will also be a mini-grading, where students new to WCA can achieve their first sash. There are 12 children per class, to make sure that your child receives plenty of time with the instructor.To secure a place, payment in advance is required. Please email whitecraneacademy@gmail.com for more booking details.

New Tai Chi for Beginners course. 4-week beginners’ tai chi course. Starts Wednesday 22nd January 2020.
Contact whitecraneacademy@gmail.com to book your place.

  • Ever wondered what Tai Chi was all about?
  • Heard positive new stories, or been told that it would be good for your health?
  • Would you like to be healthier, more flexible, improve balance, learn relaxation techniques, as well as keep the mind active?

Learn Tai Chi!

In this 4-week course you will learn the basics of tai chi, including an introduction to the White Crane tai chi form, ‘Frost and Sun White Crane Gentle Art’.

The moves make up a short form which you can practice at home anytime, as well as being the opening moves of a longer sequence, which you could continue learning if you joined a drop in class or took another course.

You will also learn qigong breathing exercises, as well as gentle and relaxing warm up routines.

Everything you learn in class is available online for free, so that you are able to reinforce your learning and practice at home between classes, or once the course has finished, without worrying about forgetting the moves.

Who is the course for?

The course caters for those who are completely new to tai chi, as well as anyone who may have tried a different style previously.

It is suitable for anyone who wishes to improve overall health, flexibility, balance, coordination, increase energy levels, ease stress and anxiety.

Tai chi is a lot of fun to practice and the groups are always a fantastic opportunity to meet new people. WCA students are always very friendly!

Booking Details

Early booking is recommended as there are only 12 places available – numbers are kept low to ensure that you get plenty of help and assistance in class.

The cost of this 4 week course is £50.

Receive the Early Bird discount for the price of £40, if you book one month before first course day.

For more information or to book your place, please email or call/text Mark on 07834 375776 / whitecraneacademy@gmail.com or get in touch here.

If you need to cancel, refund is only given if your spot can be replaced.

About Mark I am a firm believer that when something has enriched my life to the degree that the martial arts have, I simply have a duty to pass it on.

In fact, I remember being about 5 minutes into my first kung fu lesson and thinking “This is amazing, I have to teach as many people as possible!”

I trained incredibly hard, and a lot – up to 20 lessons per week most weeks, plus at home on my own. When I wasn’t sleeping, eating, working or looking after my daughter, I was immersed in White Crane martial arts. (Actually, a lot of her childhood was spent training too – which is why I am such a staunch advocate of families training together, and very proud to have so many within the club).

Training helped me in so many ways and my natural instincts to want to teach led me to become an instructor quite early on in my martial arts life, which I did in 2008 after visiting China to train with masters in Beijing.

What I have worked on and discovered over the years – and what I can help people with – is how to integrate traditional martial arts training into your modern day lifestyle, how to become fit and healthy – both mentally and physically, through training in tai chi, kung fu and kickboxing.

Over the years I have seen some incredible results and have been very lucky to spend much of my time among such a great community of students (and their families).

Personally I believe that following a path in martial arts has improved every facet of my life and I am passionate about spreading these benefits for those who would like to learn more and who feel as though they would enjoy training with us.

There is no need to become more dedicated than just popping in to the occasional class to keep up your fitness and learn a few cool techniques – but if you would like to progress further, then these are the ways in which becoming a part of the White Crane Academy / White Crane Online community can help.

Alongside my martial arts journey – as many people do – I became interested in the healing arts as well. This led me to become a certified shiatsu practitioner several years ago. Based on the traditions of Chinese medicine and Japanese massage, my shiatsu practice has grown alongside my White Crane Academy and I now treat clients regularly from the comfort of their own homes, or a local treatment centre.

I look forward to hearing from you or meeting you in class!