Owner and chief instructor of Rising Crane.
David Rogers has trained in Chinese martial arts since 1984. He is an indoor disciple of Master Deng Jan Gong. He is the only non-Chinese to have learned the entire Deng family Hap Kune system directly from Master Deng in Canton.
Fluent in Cantonese, he regularly returns to further his studies in ‘Hap Kune’, ‘Taiji’, and ‘Hung Kune’.
In 1995, he opened the ‘Rising Crane Centre’ where he teaches Kung Fu, Taiji and runs a clinic of traditional Chinese acupuncture.
He has taught martial arts around the world including Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. He is a graduate of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, a member of the ‘British Acupuncture Council’ and served as the technical director for traditional kung fu to the ‘British Council for Chinese Martial Arts’ for seven years.
From 2005 to 2015, he trained ‘no gi’ Brazilian Jiujitsu with four times world champion, Braulio Estima, and has incorporated ‘ground fighting’ aspect into his classes. He has studied MMA in America, Hawaii and Thailand and believes that the evolution of mixed martial arts represents a valuable method for martial artists to legitimately test their skills, and debunk many of the myths prevalent in some classical martial arts.
David has coached NINE national and international champions in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Mixed Martial Arts, and has had students win competitions in Europe, Hong Kong and China.
He developed two COMPLETELY NEW programs for his school:
‘Siege MMA’ represents the distillation of the most functional and effective way of combining striking, takedowns and ground fighting. You can read more about it on THIS LINK.
‘Fighting Fit’ is the application of sports science to MMA techniques. In a single class- kickboxing, ground movements and kettlebells for the perfect blend of strength, endurance and fitness. Others have tried copy the program, but the key is the protocols of intensity, rest, explosiveness and breath training, that will help you to achieve fat loss, strength and power/endurance.
His sincere wish is to help his students reach their highest potential by teaching to the same exacting standards as he learned in China, while incorporating modern, scientific principles of coaching and physical training.