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Inspirational Learning


Arrow Martial Arts was founded by Andy Norman a real 9th generation 7 Star Praying Mantis Sifu with a wealth of experience.  Arrow Martial Arts was founded to inspire students, to teach respect for yourself and others, dedication... to be the best you can be.  Since teaching began, an impressive amount of students have changed the way they feel about training and study of traditional Chinese Martial Arts. Our teaching methods promote taking charge of your own learning.  

Our doors are open to all ages and abilities...experience Arrow Martial Arts.

Sifu Andy Norman

"Loose your arrow.  Walk to the arrow.  Loose another arrow.  One arrow at a time.  This is our path through life."

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Arrow Martial Arts seeks to foster the development of students to be better than their teachers.  We are passionate about creating the best Traditional Martial Arts School. Arrow Martial Arts offers the tools and support necessary for our students to reach their full potential.



Learn With Us...

We offer a friendly warm environment for training and study in traditional Chinese Martial Arts.

Internal Arts: Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing Yi, Bagua; Chinese Yoga, Qigong & Meditation.

External Arts: Seven Star Praying Mantis system, including weapon and empty hand forms; a collection of the five classic animal forms of Dragon,

Tiger, Leopard, Snake and Crane.


Absorb The Material

The origins of Tai Chi as a complete martial system go back many centuries to a Chinese Monk called Chang San Feng. It is said that while staying at the Shaolin Temple, he was inspired by the spectacle on Wudang mountain of a snake fighting a magpie. Every time the magpie spread its wings to attack, the snake would dodge slightly sideways while maintaining his position and circular shape. Chang San Feng concluded that soft (the snake) will win out against hard, direct attacks and that a circular system of fighting was the most powerful. He is credited with the thirteen movements of Tai Chi that exist in every modern style today.



Real 9th Generation Sifu

One day while out walking, Wong Long witnessed a fight between a Praying Mantis and a Cicada (a large broad winged insect of the homopterous family). Although at first glance it would appear that the small Mantis had a distinct disadvantage against such a large insect, it fought with great courage. Wong was fascinated by the aggressiveness, speed and strength of the apparently overmatched Mantis. When the Cicada attacked, the Mantis would angle its body to the side, and with lightning speed and strength it would pin the Cicada with its powerful forearms. Wong Long took the Mantis back to his living quarters for further study, he used a reed to prod the Mantis and carefully studied its movements, examining how it reacted to various situations,. Wong would then imitate these actions and over time the system slowly evolved. Wong Long compiled these movements into what is known today as the 12 Key Words Verbal Formula, the Seven Long, 8 Short, 8 Rigid hand Patterns, the 12 Flexible Hand Patterns, the Eight Vulnerable and 8 Lethal points of attack. This led to the development of the Praying Mantis style of Kung Fu with its characteristic strong and rapid movements


Still Your Mind

Chi Gung or Qigong, the system of breathing, present in all Chinese martial arts dates from 1122 BC. The book of changes written some 3000 years ago is the first text to mention Chi energy, the vital force upon which Tai Chi is founded. At this point in time, the study of Chi Gung was mostly of a metaphysical and philosophical nature associated with meditation. Throughout the centuries the study of Chi became inextricably intermeshed with the health and the study of martial arts, and today martial Chi Gung experts are known to put on dazzling shows of superhuman physical resistance.



Walk in circles!

Bagua Zhang, also called Bagua Quan, is one of the most famous Chinese martial arts. It is based on the idea of Bagua from Yi Jing. During less than 200 years, many famous masters have been trained in this style and at the same time have developed its techniques.

The Bagua (Chinese: 八卦; pinyin: bāguà; literally: "eight symbols"), or Pa Kua, are eight trigrams used in Taoist cosmology to represent the fundamental principles of reality, seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. Each consists of three lines, each line either "broken" or "unbroken," respectively representing yin or yang. Due to their tripartite structure, they are often referred to as "trigrams" in English.

The trigrams are related to Taiji philosophy, Taijiquan and the Wu Xing, or "five elements".


McGann House Chesham Road 

(Off Summer Lane), Barnsley

S70 2NT 

(Between the hairdressers and pizza place, then first left and up the iron stairs at the side of the building)


Friday Tai Chi (£10 for 2 hours) Existing Members Only Post COVID

All others, inc Kung Fu £5 per hour.


Juniors (10-13 years)

Wed  18:00-19:00


Adults (13+ years)

Wed  18:00-20:00 Kung Fu

Fri     18:00-20:00 Tai Chi Existing Members Only Post COVID

Sun   Classes closed due to Covid. Contact us for any updates.


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