Our Chief Instructor, Dave Friskney began training in Wado Ryu Karate under Henry Reeves in 1975 and was also taught privately by Tatsu Suzuki receiving his black belt from him when he was twenty years old.
While living in Merseyside Dave studied Jujitsu and Hung Gar Kung Fu under Jimmy Chang in Liverpool’s China Town.
During the Eighties Dave taught Wing Chun, Bruce Lee’s original style, professionally. He taught the Police in America several times and was a guest at an annual F.B.I Hand to Hand Combat Course.
Returning to the UK after a period of working the doors of some of Southampton’s more colourful night clubs and teaching Wing Chun in Portsmouth, Dave created and presented the ‘Fighting Fit’ Video for Virgin Vision, Richard Branson’s company in 1989.
After living and teaching in New York for a year. ‘Fighting Fit’ led to an offer of a TV programme, ‘The Tone Up and Toughen Up Show’ for the sports channel E.S.P.N.
It was at this time that Dave was struck with a severe form of arthritis. Having had deep interest in Meditation, Philosophy and Alternative Medicine he took up Tai Chi in 1994 initially to help with his illness. Some of his previous Tai Chi students have continued their Tai Chi studies with regular trips to China.
Dave still teaches in Southampton where he has had a hard core of Wing Chun students continuously since 1985.