Shifu Stuart has been studying and practising Martial Arts since 1994. He first started his training in the art of Japanese Karate. After three years of training in Shukokai karate a sport based Martial Art system, Shifu Stuart wanted to explore the deeper side of the Martial Arts and through his investigations it lead him to the Chinese Styles of Martial Arts. Seeking out a genuine master of both internal & external Martial Arts Shifu Stuart was fortunate enough to be introduced to Master Liu De Ming, (5th generation lineage holder of the Liu He / Zi Ran Men System) and had an opportunity to begin training in the Liu He Zi Ran Men System towards the end of 1996.
To study under Master Liu’s guidance and gain the knowledge and skills to teach this system, Shifu Stuart and four other students accompanied Master Liu to Fujian China in 2000, the home of the Liu He / Zi Ran Men System to train intensively and meet Grandmaster Hong Zheng Fu, Master Liu’s master.
Gaining immense knowledge and a sense of the Chinse Kung Fu spirit Shifu Stuart received his instructor’s certification and returned to Australia to pass on his new found knowledge to his students. In 2003, Shifu Stuart was given another opportunity to return to China, this time to train at the birthplace of Chinese Martial Arts the famous “Shaolin Temple”.
The greatest honour was still yet to come. In 2003 Shifu Stuart was accepted to become Master Liu’s second disciple student and become a 6th generation of the Liu He Zi Ran Men System, direct lineage to the famous Great Grand Master Wan Lai Shen.
The experience of visiting the Shaolin Temple and having the opportunity to train alongside the famous Shaolin Monks was a long time desire of Shifu Stuart’s and it inspired him on his return to open a fulltime Martial Arts Academy in St Kilda, Australia in 2004.
Shifu Stuart is the owner and Head Instructor at Six Harmonies Martial Arts Academy in St Kilda, Australia. It is the only full time family training center teaching the Shaolin Six Harmonies & Natural Fist Style. Shifu Stuart is excited to pass on this rich and deep rooted traditional Martial Art to the succeeding generations of Six Harmonies Martial Arts students
In addition to holding the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt in the Shaolin Liu He system, Shifu Stuart is also currently studying two other Martial Art systems. The first being the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu under Professor’s Glick & Dunn from Brooklyn BJJ of which he holds the rank of Brown Belt and the second art under Australian Martial Arts pioneer Dave Hedgcock, where he is studying Dave’s Self Defense ‘Angles’ system.
In 2010 Six Harmonies Martial Arts was very proud to be awarded the “Top Martial Arts School Award” by the EFC (Educational Funding Company) for outstanding achievement and passion for excellence, again in 2013 he was awarded the EFC “Instructor of the Year” and in 2015 was awarded for “Outstanding Professionalism & Commitment to the Martial Art Industry”.
He is very honoured to receive these awards and is grateful to all of his past & present teachers that have shared and generously passed their Martial Arts knowledge to him over the past 25 years.
I joined Six Harmonies Kung Fu Academy in 2002, at the time I was searching for a great academy to learn Martial Arts. The main reason for finding an academy in the Martial Arts was to improve myself after I was unfortunately assaulted by three men in the middle of the night while walking home from work. At the time I was working as a chef in South Yarra.
I contacted Shifu Stuart and I joined the academy to learn self defence and also to learn what I had always wanted to learn.
What Six Harmonies helped me with in my life was to get my confidence back and have balance in my life between work and fun. It also helped me change my career, select my friends and have positive people around me which have given me an improved level of health. And this brings me to the family environment that Six Harmonies presents and surrounds us all with – a unique friendly atmosphere.
All the above gave me the motivation to reach the level of 3rd Degree Black Sash. More recently I successfully passed my Level 4 Leadership instructors course and am now enjoying my new ongoing role at Six Harmonies as an Instructor to help guide and assist as many students as I can on their Martial Arts journey.
The most important thing for me about Six Harmonies is that I come to class, switch off from the outside world and do something that I enjoy the most which is working on my self improvement.
Jamie has been studying Martial Arts since late 1996. His first studies were at a traditional Kung Fu school, Fei Lung Kwan (or flying dragon society) after training there for three years Jamie transitioned over to Wutan.
Wutan is a martial arts school with 18+ schools in the UK teaching internal and external Martial arts styles including; Tai Chi, Ba Gua and Hsing-I, Wing Chun, Choy Lay Fut, Praying Mantis, Chang Chuan, kickboxing and 18 weapons systems.
Jamie trained here for 3.5 years enjoying the closed combat of Wing Chun, the expression of praying mantis and Chang Chuan. He also had the opportunity to learn many weapons including dual sticks and broad sword.
Following a move to London and trying several schools that didn’t hit the mark Jamie had a 3 year break from Martial arts before moving to Melbourne and finding Six Harmonies Martial Arts.
Jamie commenced his training with SHMA in 2007 and through his dedication and commitment he achieved the level of Black Sash in 2011. Since that time Jamie continued with his commitment to Martial Arts and by the end of 2014 he had successfully passed his 1st Degree Black Sash and became a Shifan (assistant instructor) at SHMA.
Jamie places all of his life success to what he continues to learn from being a Martial Artist and Assistant instructor. With his ongoing success and dedication, Jamie’s commitment to his martial arts training and Six Harmonies saw him receive the rank of 2nd Degree Black Sash in 2018 and was also awarded the level of Shifu (Instructor).
“All of the determination, perseverance and hard work I apply in my life is down to the challenges and learning’s gained from Martial Arts. I categorically would not of had the same external successes and internal calm if I had not started and most importantly continued my Martial arts journey and that’s what I intend on still be doing at 90!”
“One of my great passions in life is instructing and training others to better themselves professionally, physically, mentally and emotionally, and I get to do that at Six Harmonies. I hope you join us on this journey.