Find out everything you need to know about becoming a Dragon and what it means.


Dragons Junior Martial Art Club aims to give the student valuable "learning skills that will last a lifetime". The classes are carefully designed to keep young Dragons excited and motivated, and parents satisfied that their children are getting value-for-money tuition from experienced Instructors.

There is a carefully planned syllabus that gives children new and exiting topics at each level, rather than "more of the same" that other clubs teach that don't have this level of diversity. For example, by the time children become a Blue Dragon (signified by their Blue Sash) they will have learned not only basic punching and kicking skills but a variety of takedown techniques. Depending on their age they will have learnt simple self-defence methods using locking and throwing techniques, along with stick and sword work all in a completely safe and risk-free atmosphere.

Nearly all Chinese martial arts contain Qin, Na, Shuai, and Da (pronounced cheen-nar-shwhy-dar). These four ingredients are Catch, Control, Throw and Strike. This means that many Chinese martial arts are similar to Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Aikido and Judo, because they share the same ingredients. The aim of the Dragons is to introduce the child to many different Chinese martial art styles, and they can decide whether striking techniques, locking and controlling techniques, throwing and ground fighting techniques, weapons, stunt performances or gymnastic techniques suit them best.

The Chinese martial arts can be the most aesthetically pleasing. For this reason many Chinese martial artists have found work in TV and film, or behind the scenes in fight choreography. Whilst academic study is obviously the priority, an accomplished Dragon could have a career performing or teaching martial arts.

The Dragons programme is the product of the Chief Instructor's dream to bring Chinese martial arts to a junior audience in a fun and safe way. With over 20 years experience teaching junior and adult students Laurence Chapman has consolidated ideas and techniques to bring the Chinese martial arts to life, with the invaluable help of his senior students and instructors. Every grade has been carefully planned to help the junior student to reach a high level of martial art.


Hard work and achievement is rewarded by progressing to the next level. There is a formal grading exam when the Yellow Dragon progresses to Green Dragon but there are also stripes to earn while being a Yellow Dragon so that the parent and child know exactly how well they are progressing.

There is also a "Merit" system in place for special achievements in and outside class. These Merits are recorded in the Dragons Handbook. We hope this encourages the child to keep striving for new challenges which can easily translate to school work and work life in adulthood.

Who will become a Black Dragon?

There is a carefully planned progression from a complete beginner (or even a child who has some experience) to the role of Black Dragon. This involves hard work, commitment and the journey should take around 4 to 6 years. However, even at Red Dragon level we expect a child to have a similar level of knowledge as a black belt in other martial arts like karate or tae kwon do. In addition to that, we teachmore varied techniques so the student will be a more all-round martial artist.

A Black Dragon will have unrivalled knowledge of martial arts which will last them for life. It won't be easy to become a Black Dragon, but if that level is reached, you know that student is good!

Dragons Handbook

Grades, Merits and other achievements are recorded in the Dragons handbook. This effectively maps out the student's progress. Along with the handbook, the experience in the class can contribute towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award, or a school's record of achievement. Dragons Handbook also contains useful information on the martial arts

Policies and Rules

Doing push-ups and sit-ups might be exercise but they are not about learning martial arts. We do not pad out classes with repetitive exercises unless it teaches a martial art skill.

We promote a safe environment for all children. Aggressive children will be asked to leave.

Full details of all our policies and rules can be found in the Dragons Handbook.