Master Stan Tang

Stan is one of the UK’s leading Kung Fu experts or ‘Masters’ and co-Founder of Masters Black.

Stan was born in Stockport, but raised in Buxton, Derbyshire, UK along with his three older siblings. His parents, who moved from Hong Kong to the UK in the late ’60s, worked hard to make sure all of their children remained connected to their Chinese heritage, and Stan spent nearly all of his childhood holidays visiting his family’s remote Hong Kong village, Kam Tim in the New Territories. It was here that Stan first began to learn Chi Kung – slow movements of the body combined with breathing and meditation – from watching his Father and local friends and family.

Having grown substantially by the age of 12, Stan was a natural candidate for the rugby team and quickly shone as prop for the first team at Stockport Grammar School. But his height and his ethnicity made Stan stand out and he became the occasional target for name-calling and aggression; It was following a threatening encounter with a local thug that Stan realised he had to learn to defend himself. Stan enrolled for lessons in Thai Boxing in nearby Manchester and immediately showed a natural flair.

As he progressed through school with A levels in Maths, Physics and French and then onto Leeds Metropolitan University to study IT, Stan began to merge the two disciplines of Chi Kung and Thai Boxing. He started developing his own style of movements combined with regular trips to Hong Kong and training with revered Masters to help him focus and calm his mind and succeed. This training was behind closed doors as none of these Masters taught in traditional schools, they shared their knowledge to a closed circle. His initial jobs after University played to his physicality and he worked in security roles at venues including the infamous Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, where he looked after some well known Manchester bands.

However, Stan soon decided against working in physically confrontational roles and wanted to use his IT degree; he drew on his Chi Kung disciplines to focus his mind, decide a new path and achieve it. Shortly after, and with no previous experience, Stan successfully applied for a Project Management job and was hired by Seeboard Plc in Crawley in 1997. He quickly proved himself to be a highly skilled Programme and Project Manager – excellent at developing and executing complex strategies, communicating clearly with people at all levels and delivering results on time. He soon set up his own consultancy Emperor Consulting Limited and has worked with Reuters, RBS, nPower, Eurocontrol Agency, BBC and the Department of Health.

It was during work on a large project in the West Midlands in 2001 that Stan was introduced to his future business partner Dave Taylor, a highly experienced and accomplished Kung Fu Master. Already a Kung Fu Master himself, having trained for over 20 years, Stan quickly formed a friendship with Dave and the pair trained together, each learning from their different experiences and approaches to Kung Fu – with Stan bringing historic Eastern teachings and expertise in Chi Kung energies and breathing techniques, for example, Kam Ying Kung Fu and Nei Gong Internal Strength and Focus Techniques, and Dave bringing Western realism, for example, Wing Chun Dynamics and Iron Shirt Chi Kung techniques.

In 2015 Stan and Dave decided to share their unique blend of Kung Fu and Chi Kung with others and set up Masters Black – a unique service that teaches focus, mindfulness and emotional control through precise movements of the body combined with deep breathing practices. It is extremely rare for two Kung Fu Masters to teach together in this way.

The company supports individuals who are dealing with commonplace challenges including anxiety, depression and stress, but can also be adapted for those who simply want to improve technique and enhance physical wellbeing. With Stan based in London and Dave in Worcester, the business provides one-to-one coaching for individuals, as well as group training for corporate companies across the South East and the West Midlands.

Outside of Kung Fu, Stan is a keen chef and prides himself on his Chinese culinary skills – having learnt many recipes from his father who ran a Chinese restaurant for many years; Stan’s signature dish and carefully guarded secret recipe is Char Sui Pork!

2017 World United Martial Arts (WUMA) Hall of Fame

Master of the Kam Ying Kung Fu and Chi Kung System

Master of Yi Jin Jing Muscle and Tendon Strengthening Chi Kung

Honorary Master of Nei Gong Internal Strength and Focus Techniques

Gold Sash in Li Physical Force

Honorary Black Sash in Duan Quan Short Range Boxing

Honorary Black Sash in Wing Chun Dynamics Kung Fu

Khan 8 level in Muay Thai Boxing

Technical Boxing Trainer in Western Boxing

Senior Consultant in Emotional Trigger Point Therapy

Senior Consultant in Organisation Process and Control Techniques

Master Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor is a world-leading expert in conflict management, one of the UK’s most accomplished Martial Arts instructors, and a leading Kung Fu expert, or ‘Master’.

Born and raised in Worcester, Dave’s teenage years were tarnished by bullies at school. However, this difficult chapter encouraged Dave to take up amateur boxing, which eventually led to his discovery aged 16 of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Dave was instantly captured by this Martial Art, which taught him to face his fears, accept himself, and ultimately build his confidence. By his mid-20s Dave had turned from student into teacher and with a Black Sash already achieved, he set up his own Kung Fu club in Worcester, which he still runs today.

Outside of Kung Fu, Dave began working as a Chauffeur and personal body guard throughout the 1990s, working for a number of high profile entertainment stars, as well as members of the royal family. The work took him across country, and he took advantage of his travels to meet and train with some of the best Kung Fu Masters.

During this time, he was introduced to a Shaolin Monk who personally guided his training for five years in Iron Shirt Chi Kung. The training was held behind closed doors and was some of the toughest of his life, but it taught Dave to enhance his knowledge of energy over physical strength, as well as to understand himself better and to identify his purpose in life. The training gave Dave the confidence and focus to give up his career in driving and to follow his passion and become a full time Kung Fu instructor – fusing together his martial arts skills and his conflict management experience and expertise.

For the next ten years, Dave built up his martial arts classes across the West Midlands, teaching exclusively in Birmingham’s Mailbox building. He also received numerous accolades including being acknowledged as a Kung Fu Master, achieving British and European Forms Champion three times, and receiving a Gold Sash in the art of Golden Bell Chi Kung – an award very rarely bestowed outside the temples of China.

Dave met his future business partner Stan Tang during a training session in 2001. Stan was an experienced Kung Fu Master trained chiefly in Hong Kong and together, Stan and Dave quickly formed a friendship and training relationship, fusing together their different experiences and approaches to Kung Fu – a unique blend of East meets West.

In 2015 Stan and Dave decided to share their Kung Fu approach with others and set up Masters Black – a unique service that teaches focus, mindfulness and emotional control through precise movements of the body. It is extremely rare for two Kung Fu Masters to teach together in this way. The company supports individuals who are dealing with commonplace challenges including stress, insomnia and anxiety, but can also be adapted for those who simply want to improve technique and enhance physical wellbeing. With Dave based in Worcester and Stan in London, the business provides one-to-one coaching for individuals, as well as group training for corporate companies across the West Midlands and the South East.

Outside of Masters Black, Dave continues to draw upon his security and conflict management skills and runs a number of expert training consultancy programmes, where he’s regarded as a world-leading expert in conflict management. He has trained a wealth of individuals in mental focus including Hollywood stars, but Dave takes great pride in helping young people to deal with bullying – drawing on his own teenage experiences. He regularly works with local schools, teaching the students how to handle bullies in a non-confrontational way.

Dave lives in Worcester with his wife Amanda and their two sons Ryan and Alex. Sundays are devoted to spending time with the family and to table tennis – the other love of his life.

2017 World United Martial Arts (WUMA) Hall of Fame

Master and Founder of Wing Chun Dynamics Kung Fu

Master of Chen Jin Iron Shirt Training Method

Master of Fifteen Treasures Golden Bell Chi Kung

Gold Sash in Yin Jin Moving Meditation and Focus Techniques

Honorary Black Sash in Pao Chui Three Emperor Cannon Fist

Honorary Black Sash in Tui Na Breathing

Dedicated Member of the Hall of Fame for the World United Martial Arts

Honorary Member of the World Board of Black Belts

British and European Kung Fu Forms Champion

British Champion in Gau Sau Full Contact

Principal for the Department of Personal Development

Senior Consultant for the Institute of Workplace Development

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