About Us

About Us.


About Us.

Kung Fu Lessons in Leicester.

About us: The School of Hope and Glory sits in the heart of Leicester and was founded in 1991 by its chief instructor Sifu Derek Smith. Sifu Derek has over 31 years coaching, training and competition knowledge.  He and his team are C.R.B checked and fully insured.

Sifu Derek has over 31 years’ experience in Martial Arts.  His training started with learning Lau Gar Kung Fu under Sifu Chong.  At the time he was a key figure head in the British Kung Fu Association (B.K.F.A).  Under Sifu Chong he achieved a 2nd Degree Black Sash.  He then took his training to a new high and under Sifu Lewis,  who was also a key figure head in the B.K.F.A.  Vince is now the Chief instructor and founder of Black Dragon Kung Fu. Under the tuition of Sifu Lewis, Sifu Derek was awarded his 3rd Degree Black Sash in Lau Gar Kung Fu.

Seeking more knowledge in the Martial Arts.  Sifu Derek started training under Dai Sifu Tsui-Po, who is an 8th Degree Black Sash in Dimmak Kung Fu.  Under Dai Sifu Tsui-Po, Sifu Derek has been trained in Authentic Dimmak and is a certified Ghost Hands Instructor. 
Sifu Derek also holds a 5th Dan in Semi Contact, Light Continuous and Full Contact Kickboxing.  Sifu Derek has been approached by various organizations to run courses in Leicester.  To date these are:

  • Crime Prevention Unit.
  • HM Revenue & Customs.

<img src="about us" alt="about us">    2 WAKO fighters,fighting.

During his 31 years involvement in the Martial Arts.  Sifu Derek has competed Nationally and Internationally.  This has gained him various titles and trophies along the way.  Here is a list of some of his accomplishments:

  • W.K.A British Champion in 1994, 1995 and 1996. (Team Assistant Coach)
  • W.A.K.O British Champion in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
  • W.K.A World Silver Medalist in 1996.
  • F.S.K Grand Champion in 1995.
  • Welsh Karate Grand Champion in 1993.
  • Irish Best of the Best Champion.
  • Dacascus Open Champion. (Hamburg Germany)

Sifu Derek and his team of instructors are fully insured.  C.R.B checked and have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with you.

Now it’s not all about us.  It’s now about you!

Do you have what it takes?

Knowledge is a wonderful thing.  It can’t be brought or stolen but it can be earned and shared through training!
Why not come see us soon!!

Established in 1991.  With over 31 years’ experience in teaching and coaching. Martial Arts in Leicester.
Sifu Derek is the only certified Ghost Hands instructor in the U.K.

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