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There is no better way of hearing about the quality of a school than hearing it from the students themselves. Sifu Alan Paterson and the Schools of Kung Fu (Croydon) undertake many activities outside of the school including corporate event days, grading ceremonies for the younger students and high paced weekend classes for the more active and willing adult students. Here are some comments from our pupils and customers.


I have been training at Schools of Kung Fu since early this year, my son (7) started before me, now my wife and daughter (4) have also joined. I can only thank Sifu Alan and Sifu Charlie, as well as all the other staff, for the continued development they offer to me and my family. They really do their utmost to make us all welcome, making training enjoyable for the kids and us as students. I love the training and Sifu explains the proper techniques clearly and at a pace that everyone can follow. There is never any unnecessary pressure to keep up with everyone else and if you are struggling, Sifu takes the time to offer additional support. I feel more confident and have seen improvements in the short time i have been here, I would highly recommend Schools of Kung Fu as a place to learn self defense, get fit and cultivate the mind and body. Thanks 🙂

Ben Rainey

Improvement in Focus and Concentration

My son, (aged 5) has been coming to Kung Fu for about 2.5 months or so now. In that time we have seen an improvement in his focus and concentration at school and at home.

Last week when he attended his Kung Fu lesson, he was in the class with a student who was on her first day. I was proud to watch him setting an example to the new person, something I haven’t observed before. He is really enjoying his Kung Fu lessons, thank you!


C.S. - Parent

A mahooosive thank you

Wow what can i say my son and daughter started in May 2021
They have already passed their 1st grade and have been invited to do their 2nd grade
Im so proud of them
I wanted them to learn self defence Attitude and Discipline and to have something to do outside of school
I have had an amazing report from their school saying hoe much more confident they are
My son suffers from anxiety due to lack of social communication and doing Kung Fu has really helped him
I get so much enjoyment seeing their little faces light up
And has helped me make the decision to join in and do the classes myself and it has been one of the best decisions i have ever made for my children and myself
Thank you to the team

Donna-maria roberts

Fantastic Job!

I also just want to say what a fantastic job you are all doing. Your one of the few sports clubs that are able to continue during this difficult time and we are grateful you can continue to operate and keep the kids motivated and focused on a positive activity which is good for their mental health and well-being.

R.B. – Parent

You Rock!

The Zoom classes sure are great and easy to follow for hopeless people like myself who have no laptops and never sure where to search for!

Thank you to all of you for all you do to try cheer up the children the best you can with your joyful moods (even when you may not always be in that happy mood)

You ALL Rock!

Thank you.


C.J. – Parent

I’m so grateful.

I wanted to tell you a little story that happened last week, of how my little 5 year old son used what he has learned so far at the Schools of Kung Fu to stand up to a boy that bullied him at the playtime at school. He was playing with a friend and called for his other friend to join them in. But the boy he wanted to join them, was already playing with another boy and that boy didn’t like it. So he walked up to my son, punched him in a chest a pushed him to the ground. My son stood up and when the boy wanted to push him again he shouted “Back off!” and then “Stop I don’t like it”! And started making gestures that he learned at the kung fu. Bare in mind he only started in August! The boy backed off and my son ran to the teacher to tell her what happened. He’s 5 years old! I can’t ever tell you how proud I was when he told me the story and the whole reason why I wanted him to join your school.

I wanted to thank you for building confidence in my little boy and teaching him and his brother to always stand up for themselves and not let bullies bully them!

I’m so grateful.

All the best to you,

A.S. – Parent

Thank You!



Just want to say a big thank you for all the care you have taken to support the kids and families in order for Kung Fu to come back and keep everything safe.  It is not easy dealing with kids and trying to social distance and keep safe.


I can see it has been a huge change for you all.


Thank you 


M.D. – Parent

Glad to be back!

Max was extremely happy to go back to his lessons this week and thoroughly enjoyed it!


Just wanted to say, that the lessons provided over the past few months during the lockdown have been great – thank you. He’s been completing his lessons weekly and practising well. The videos have been of good quality for home training, easy to follow and great for being able to do at a convenient time.


Also, the communication from the Schools of Kung Fu has been great. Emails, texts the competitions etc… The efforts have been great given the unprecedented situation.


Glad to be back!


M.M – Parent

Brilliant for children

Both my sons attend and they love it. I have been impressed with the increase in attention and discipline in both boys, but in particular the youngest. I was amazed with the patience the instructors showed in coaxing and getting my 4 year old to listen and pay attention and latterly to follow instructions. My 6 year old loves it so much he insisted on going even when he injured his thumb!

The school encourages the children to bring in work from home and rewards effort and hard work as well as excellence in Kung Fu. They are also attentive to parental concerns about behaviour and have a strong anti bullying stance.

A friendly and excellent team which I strongly recommend!

Dr Suneil Ramessur




Daniaal Son

My son and I have been attending the Schools of Kung Fu for almost four years. The School has been great they practice what they preach good discipline as well as exercising and promoting good physical and mental health. I joined partly due to my own lack of regular exercise regime and to send my son a message that no matter how old you are or your level of fitness this should never hold you back. If you put your mind to something worthwhile you can achieve great success in all walks of life. As long as you have an open mind, determination and like being challenged then this place is for you.

Mr Choudhury

Mr Choudhury

Kung Fu, sparked our daughter’s passion

‘Kung Fu, sparked our daughter’s passion to learn about China, its culture and language.


We enrolled her, in the free Mandarin lessons offered at Schools of Kung Fu.


But like most new journeys, learning Mandarin would prove daunting at first.


Anika prevailed, however, drawing on the disciplines and skills instilled by Sifu Alan and the teachers from the Confucius Institute.


Anika achieved triple 100% passes in the Youth Chinese Test Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.


We are eternally grateful.’

  • Parents of A. Abrahams

Martial Arts Journey

Schools of Kung Fu Croydon, as an extremely proud Father I wish to share my daughters Martial Arts Journey:


A positive and direct result of my 6 year old daughter mastering her new skill’s is that I am witnessing significant improvements in her self confidence and maturity in all her daily interactions, an observation that has been endorsed by her school.


Mental focus is required to learn the subtle techniques during lessons which has clearly improved my daughters concentration in her academic studies which is also rewarded in lessons (Invaluable Motivation for Children).


This is all thanks to the distinctly family friendly and highly professional culture which resonates through Sifu Alan Paterson (Head Instructor), Charlotte, Alex and the entire support team. The Junior class instructors Charles and Shane are not only masters of the art, they equally possess exceptional child teaching skills which is a dynamic combination. The lessons are delivered with wholehearted devotion within a safe and professionally equipped environment.


If any parent is looking for Martial Arts for their child in Croydon, I unreservedly recommend this truly authentic school to all parents who wish to elevate their child’s mental, academic and physical development. You will be greeted with the highest degree of professionalism, warmth and hospitality the essence of Kung Fu.

SF (A Very Happy Father)

Chief Instructor IWKA

It’s been since 2007 that I have known and taught Sifu Alan Paterson. He has recently started Schools of Kung Fu, his own organisation, with his senior instructors.

Because of our friendship and history together I fully support Sifu Alan Paterson and Schools of Kung Fu and will continue mentoring him as his Sifu and I will be responsible for his Kung Fu education and cultivation in Wing Chun Kung Fu the future

Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola
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