David Rogers, owner and chief instructor of Rising Crane.

The Rising Crane Centre is Bedford’s longest running fully equipped, full time Martial arts academy. Our commitment is to provide the highest standards of tuition within a friendly, comfortable club atmosphere.

Our Fighting Fit classes are designed to get you into the best possible shape by teaching mixed martial arts movements hitting bags and using cutting edge conditioning methods, without sparring or partner contact. They are also recommended for anybody that wants to learn MMA but wants to learn the moves and get into great physical condition first.

Our Kung Fu and Tai Chi programs aim to teach the authentic, traditional arts the same exacting standards as you would find in China, but using modern scientific training methods and a teaching style that is suited to western students.

We aim to improve the quality of life of individuals by increased health and well being, improved levels of energy, and learning of a valuable cultural art. The benefits of this training will help them in all areas of their lives.

Our MMA program is taught as an integration of striking and grappling, both on the feet and on the ground. The aim is to closely simulate the conditions of a real fight as intensely as possible whilst still being safe for the students.

This is possible because of the use of protective equipment and specialised sparring drills. Our integrated approach (rather than teaching striking and grappling separately like many schools) enables development of the correct reflexes for MMA competition or realistic self defence. Many of our students have successfully fought in the cage, but our classes are equally for those who just want to learn to look after themselves and enjoy the training.

Our junior martial arts programs are designed to instill confidence and aid children in developing to their fullest potential. We seek to help build a solid foundation in life by assisting them in achieving a healthy mind and body through martial arts practice.

This training will give them the self-confidence, focus and determination necessary to become strong and successful in every aspect of life.

About David Rogers

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 MMA 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.

Since 2005, he has trained ‘no gi’ Brazilian Jiujitsu with four times world champion, Braulio Estima, and has incorporated the ground fighting aspect into his MMA 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.

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.

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