Master Iain Armstrong
Master Iain Armstrong has diligently practiced Kung Fu for over 30 years and has devoted his life to the study of the Shaolin Martial Arts systems.
Master Armstrong learned much of what he knows by travelling to South East Asia and finding authentic Kung Fu Masters. This was by no means an easy process - the Chinese have only recently begun to accept non-Chinese students into their inner circle and Chinese masters in the West are rare. Master Armstrong has travelled widely around the region and regularly returns there for further tuition from Master Tan Soh Tin.
Iain is famous for his high quality kung fu teaching, his instructional films and magazine articles and for the extremely successful competition and demonstration teams which he coaches. He is a mine of information but retains a very practical, down to earth, and realistic approach.
Iain learned his fighting skills on the streets of South London and has never forgotten those lessons. Over the years, he has coached the British full contact team, judged the world championships, washed in broken glass, been hit with a tree felling axe in front of 10,000 people in Trafalgar Square, met the queen of England, organised a lion dance for 10 Downing Street and promoted professional fight competitions.
He is perhaps best know for pioneering ‘Iron Shirt Chi Kung’ in the western world, being the first non Chinese to break bricks with his finger tips, rub his hands along red hot chains and wash his face in broken glass!
He writes a column for ‘Combat’ magazine, sits on the executive committee of the BCCMA (British Council for Chinese Martial Arts) and is the organizer and chief referee for the Britain’s traditional kung fu and lion dance championships.
He began teaching kung fu in 1987 and has since trained many thousands of students who, between them, have won 6 world tiles and countless British titles. He has been invited to teach in Russia, Spain, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Ireland, Indonesia. And led demonstration teams at Europe’s largest martial arts shows: SENI and TMAS.
Iain’s present goals are to promote arts he loves to as many people in as many countries as possible so as to benefit their health & well being, preserve the arts and the values that go with them for future generations and honour his lineage, in which he takes great pride. To achieve these goals he has built a breathtaking kung fu school in the mountains of Thailand where he can put his many years of experience teaching residential courses to best use.
Master Iain's many accomplishments include being:
As well as Tong Ling Chi Kung, Iain specialises in