In kung fu, sifu is used as a term of respect for an expert with the skills to guide others
Leonard Jackson has over 35 years’ experience practising Kung Fu and mixed martial arts. He is currently the keeper of Maroon Fist. He also gained a 6th degree black sash in tradition Chinese martial art. Based in Bristol, Leonard started his training at the tender age of 12 under the British Kung Fu Association. After 35 years practising his art, Leonard introduced his own association and form of Kung Fu in 2011 – Maroon Fist. Leonard has practised his art in China, Mexico, Egypt and Jamaica. Maroon Fist is a martial art system that stems from traditional Chinese and African moves and includes elements of Tai-chi, boxing, self-defence & wrestling. Leonard is also an expert in martial art weaponry including Nunchaku, broad sword, butterfly knives, sticks and staff. His interpretation of how to implement martial arts is to be fluid and flexible. Leonard has been training students for many years, including Avon and Somerset Constabulary (police) and Harlequin Security. He has also worked in pubs and clubs as door staff for 15 years and applied his skill when necessary. Leonard trains a variety of age groups from young children to adults and currently trains group classes and individual training sessions. In 2002, two of his students won Silver and Bronze in the British Kung Fu Association.
Ben Grimes has been practising Kung Fu since he was 8 years old. He is currently 1st degree black sash under British Kung Fu Association. Ben has built up a great knowledge and understanding of Chinese martial arts and joined Maroon Fist when it was introduced in 2011. He understands the underlying nature of the movements, their true purpose, and how to teach and interpret them to his students. Ben follows Chinese martial arts culture and morality in his everyday life including the traditions, ethics and philosophies of the art. This stems from his cultural background as he was born in Vietnam and moved to the UK as a young child.
Lee started Boxing at 18 years old (in 1983). Had 19 fights and won 10 of these. He has met several famous boxers and once knocked out a professional boxer! In 1986, he took up Fu Jo Pai (otherwise known as the ‘cat’s claw’). He practised this for 1 year in order to help to gain extra discipline for boxing. Gave up boxing in 1988, following a knee injury he received whilst in the Army. He then spent the next 15 years doing Gym workouts to strengthen his knee. Lee took up Bushido (a Japanese Martial Art) in 2003 and studied this for 3 years, achieving a Blue Belt. In 2006, he took up Kick Boxing and won the National Novice Championship. In 2013 he joined Maroon Fist and began learning Kung Fu. He has gained his yellow belt and is currently training for his orange belt. In 2018, he received his Instructor’s Certificate to teach Boxercise.
2nd Instructor Elliot has been training under Master Leonard Jackson (6th Degree Black belt) in Maroon Fist Kung Fu for many years and is currently studying for 1st Degree Black Belt. He combines knowledge of soft “Chi” martial arts to generate internal power that isn’t generally taught in Western schools. He implements this into his teaching to explain the underlying hidden power that is essential in real Kung Fu. To fortify his knowledge of Martial arts he has dabbled in other systems such as Ninjutsu and Kickboxing. All of these systems combined with the Maroon Fist Kung Fu system enable Elliot to teach from an open minded perspective, which students can benefit from.