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East London

Lau Gar Kuen

Your teacher: Colin MacKenzie
     32 years practicing Lau Gar Kuen Kung Fu
     4th Degree Black Sash 
     Advanced DBS  
     1st Aid Certificate
     BKFA Level 1 Coach
     BKFA Level 2 coach
     BKFA Certified Kickboxing referee
     Certified Taijiquan instructor
     DipAcu;  Diploma in Acupressure
     Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho Master




Starting my martial journey in 1980, I  commenced studying Shotokan Karate under Sensei Francisco Espinoza (Spanish national Kumite champion). Little realising that Sensei's own teacher was the greatest living Karate Master, Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan. I was fortunate to meet and take my first ever grading under Kanazawa Sensei in 1981.

After 5 years I paused training for a few years whilst studying.

In 1989 I discovered Lau Gar Kuen Kung Fu & kickboxing under Sifu Neville Wray, who is a 3 times international kickboxing champion (BKFA, IASKA, WAKO) and had studied with his Master since 1973.

For the next 10 years  I  trained 3 evening classes and 2 weekend classes every week. Along the way, I met and started training with Sifu Wray's own teacher; Master J Yau, the head of the Lau Gar style. Also training regularly with Sifu Stan Brown in west London, and privately with Sifu Francis Cooper.

After about 11 years I went before Master Yau and tested for black sash. 

20 years later, I now hold a 4th Degree black sash awarded by Master J Yau in 2013

Living in London means I've also had the chance to  dip into other styles, including Jujutsu, gaining a Shodan (1st Dan black belt), Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Bak Mei, Taijiquan, Bagua zhang, and most significantly XingYi Quan, which has become my number 2 art after Lau.

In 1995 I started a small class in Harrow at Sifu Wray's request. In 2000 due to work commitments, I relocated from Harrow to East London. Starting a class first in Plaistow, and eventually moved to the current location in Beckton in 2004.

For detailed information about the Lau style, see


2nd January 2023

Classes are unfortunately not currently running, due to me having a motorcycle accident a few months back. 

I will be restarting once I am fully recovered.

Please see here for updates.


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