If you are reading this it probably means you are looking to learn more about Shaolin Kung Fu from an Expat on Malta or you might be interested in joining a class and you definitely want to see who you are dealing with before committing yourself to anything. So, allow me to introduce myself…
My name is Ralph Lloyd-Davis and I am 38 years old, originally from London, I lived in France (Lyon to be exact) for many years and I lived in Brussels for over 10 years before moving to Malta in 2017. I speak fluent French, did a lot of Spanish at school but forgot most of it, and unfortunately have a very, very limited Maltese vocabulary. But I like to stay active and I like to teach so if you want to get in shape and learn a few things, you’ve come to the right person!
Aside from the usual sports of swimming, cycling, running or chasing balls, my two passions lie in skateboarding and martial arts. After 25 years of jumping up, over and down things on my skateboard my body started to scream for a break. My back, my knees, my wrists, everything hurt so I knew it was time to look for something else that would fix me up. As a child I had tried Kung Fu (under Master Tony Lloyd of Seal Lung Kung Fu London) so I figured some 20 odd years later I could give it another go. I joined Shaolin Kung Fu Nam Pai Chuan (under Sifu Matthew Gross and Sifu Sandra Nebe) and I’m still hitting pads with them to this day.
Shaolin Kung Fu from an Expat on Malta
Today I am an instructor of Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan Kung Fu (meaning “Gao Can School of the South – North Fist”) teaching children and adults of all ages the benefits of martial arts whilst still learning myself. Funnily enough, even though Kung Fu is a great activity to improve your coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and speed, if you don’t train properly it can also wear you down. This is where the fitness aspect comes in. Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Van Damme and Chuck Norris wouldn’t be swinging sky high kicks, punching through walls and defeating hordes of angry men if they hadn’t complimented their training with proper stretching and conditioning techniques. Well, perhaps Chuck Norris could because he’s Chuck Norris, anyway… To improve your health and well-being you need a good balance of everything.
Kung Fu isn’t all about fighting and smashing bricks, my aim is to help people reach the best of their abilities physically and mentally through techniques I have learnt and developed over many years of training. I can’t reach further if I haven’t stretched properly. I can’t move faster if I haven’t improved my coordination. I can’t keep going if I haven’t improved my cardio. And I can’t do anything properly if I haven’t learnt how to breathe. All of these things work together to form a whole that is a healthy balanced mind, body and spirit. I want to help you achieve this.
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