Kung fu

At the very core of Double Dragon is Shaolin Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu. Sifu Mick Spinks was first introduced to this traditional Kung Fu style by Sifu Chan Cheuk Fai over 30 years ago, Double Dragon was born and we’ve never looked back. Head over to our History page to read the extended Double Dragon history.

For hundreds of years people have loved traditional Kung Fu because of the discipline, coordination and self defence it provides. We welcome beginners into the Double Dragon Kung Fu classes, and over the years we have seen several students progress through the ranks from beginner to the top rank of red sash.

What is Shaolin Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu?

A traditional Chinese martial art covering long and short fighting ranges, advanced striking and weaponry. The Jin Wu Koon system originated in China with grand master Chan Keng Wan and was brought to Australia by his son Sifu Chan Cheuk Fai.

Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu is practical and effective fighting system which builds confidence, discipline and coordination which results in huge health benefits in life. The Jin Wu Koon style is taught keeping traditional principles in mind, but also considers practical street self defence applications.

Jin Wu Koon at Double Dragon

At the very core of Double Dragon is Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu. Since meeting Sifu Chan Cheuk Fai over 30 years ago, Sifu Mick Spinks has taught Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu to countless students who have progressed through the ranks of this system. Students learn traditional skills and practical applications which gives students a great awareness of self defence.

We welcome beginners in all our Kung Fu classes, and over the years have has several students progress through the ranks to earn their red sash, including John Carucio (Double Dragon’s first ever student), Lupco Angelovski and Adam Magee. We also offer after school Kung Fu for kids 6-12 years old, which is a great way for kids to gain confidence and improve their coordination. Read more about after school classes.

Traditional Weapons

Traditional Kung Fu weapons are taught in conjunction with the Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu system. The broad range of weapons taught at Double Dragon creates an interesting extension to the Kung Fu style.

Early Chinese dynasties banned the peasants from owning weapons so the peasants adapted their farming utensils to be defined & protect themselves.

Grand master Chan Ken Wan was a sword battalion leader in the Chinese army against the Japanese in the Second World War. Single & double broadsword is taught as passed on by the Grand Master Chan Ken Wahn, along with the nunchaku, spear and pole.

History of Jin Wu Koon

Orphaned at the age of ten, Jin Wu Koon Grand Master, Chan Keng Wan, was adopted by Tai San Sifu Ng Serng Master of the Hong Ga Fist style. Sifu Ng Serng recognised the valuable qualities of patriotism, respect for tradition, and endurance in his young portage, and began grooming him as the future Jin Wu Koon Grand Master. The Shaolin Buddha Fist Style, the Short and Long Arm Back Fist Strikes, the Single Head Dragon Pole, Broadsword and Spear, the secret generations old Shaolin Die Da medical skills for treating bone injuries comprised the impressive repertoire taught by Sifu Ng Serng.

Chan Keng Wan continued his pursuit of Kung Fu skills in SunHui with Sifu Chan Ngai, Master of ther Jin Wu Academy. Sifu Chan Ngai taught the traditional Shaolin Choi Lee Fut styles practiced by temple monks and also the Six and a Half-Step Pole. Two years later at 22 years old, Sifu Chan Keng Wan established his own academies at SunHai, Zhongsan, ThaiSan, Haiping, Yenping and HocSun. At this time he meet Sifu Ng Dak Sam of Guanxi Province from whom he learned the northern style of Double Dragon Fists, Double Flying Butterfly Swords, the willow Sword and the Deadly Eighteen Step Spear.

During the 1930’s while China was at war with the invading Japanese army, local military officers organised guerrilla fighters of their district into the 19th Route army led by Zau Hon Leng of SunHui. Sifu Chan was soon appointed as the Broadsword combat instructor, leading raids into enemy camps.

When peace was declared in 1946 Sifu Chan returned to teaching his academies where he had been appointed, now, as chief instructor. Later the same year, the Jin Wu Koon establishment was officially registered with the Canton local authorities at Jian Men.

After the Communists liberated China, Grand Master Chan Keng Wan went to Hong Kong where he established the Keng Wang Gymnasium and Die Da Medical Clinic for the treatment of bone injuries. The Grand Master taught his son, Chan Cheuk Ming these secret techniques. Whilst living in Hong Kong, Chan Keng Wan accepted the position of voluntary Die Da Medical Consultant for Hong Kong’s largest football association. He also accepted the position of voluntary doctor at the headquarters for Hong Kong’s Department of Health and Hygiene.

Grand Master Chan was invited to welcome the noble emissary, Prince Philip, to Hong Kong in 1959. All his disciples joined in the formal demonstrations to commemorate the occasion.

In 1967 Grand Master Chan was employed by the Malaysian Karate Budokan Headquarters as medical advisor, and as instructor for the Chinese style of Double Dragon Pole, Broadsword, and Spear. As Master of the Buddha Fist style, he often travelled back to Hong Kong to give public demonstrations of his unique Double Dragon Fists which were considered to be the best even amongst Kung Fu Masters.

Today Grand Master Keng Wan’s youngest son Sifu Chan Cheuk Fai continues his father’s tradition in the city area of Sydney where he has established the Jin Wu Koon Australia Headquarters. His skills and credibility as a martial artist are widely recognised and respected throughout Australia. Jin Wu Koon now has full-time training academies at Kingsford, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and now in the Southern Sydney Suburb of Sutherland.

Far from the original training centres of China, the style, international Jin Wu Koon, is still trained with its stringent requirements and traditional techniques.