Thanks to the high-flying antics of Bruce Lee and other blockbuster stars, Hong Kong is synonymous with martial arts; but the city's relationship with martial arts runs far deeper than fleeting appearances on the silver screen. Martial arts in Hong Kong is a passionate past time for many residents and remains the primary form of keeping fit. The city also has a rich history in developing and encouraging the growth of martial arts and is home to some of the world's best training schools and most accomplished masters.
Many visitors are eager to learn martial arts in Hong Kong but, despite the abundance of schools and classes, it can difficult for those who don't speak Cantonese to find a suitable class. The organizations and schools below all offer courses or special arrangements for English speakers. You should also keep in mind the length of time you'll be in Hong Kong, as most standard courses take place over a couple of months. Again, the courses listed below offer various special arrangements, including intensive day, week, and month courses.
Bruce Lee's form of martial arts (Wing Chun) isn't especially popular in Hong Kong, but it is with visitors and tourists, so we've listed schools that offer training in Wing Chun.
Prices for courses can vary widely, depending on both the quality of the master and, more importantly, the size of the class. English language instruction and one-to-one classes can attract a premium price.
Many masters are willing to put together group English language classes, but it can take weeks or months to fill up a course. The earlier you contact the school, the better the chance of joining a group class.
Those looking to combine both the practical and spiritual sides of martial arts need to look no further than the Shaolin Wushu Center.
Offering overnight stays at their peaceful retreat on Lantau Island, the center is an ideal way to immerse yourself in Shaolin culture and learn the basics of a martial art.
One of the city's biggest schools, Chinese International offers Wing Chun group instruction, including kids classes, and parent and kid classes. Most courses tend to be long, at around 3-6 months, although they are willing to organize personal instruction.
Wan Kam Leung has extensive experience in teaching English speaking visitors, offering Wing Chun classes for both groups and individuals.
Offering Wing Chun lessons from beginner to master level, as practiced by the Grand Master of the art Yip Man, Donald Mak gives regular classes at most levels. He also offers personalized tuition, as well as world tours, where he'll bring the classes to you.