Barry teaches in Dover, Canterbury and Ramsgate. From September he will be teaching adult education classes in Canterbury and Ashford.
Saint Hubertus: Barry Hunting Necklace moved to Kent in 1980, he left school in 1987 and studied a City & Guilds in Engineering. He then worked as an Engineer until 1998;
Barry started his Saint Hubertusstudying Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Kickboxing and attended various National competitions, winning many. In 1999 he decided to concentrate on competitive Tai Chi; as he had a natural talent and ability and his passion for this lead to him leaving his job to become a self employed martial arts coach.
In the next three years he won silver and bronze medals and also won the hand forms, push hands and sword categories at the B.C.C.M.A (British Council for Chinese martial Arts) national championships in 2003. Since then he has kept the title more or less every year he has entered.
In 2010 he was asked by his teacher; former world medallist Simon Watson to be a member of the British Team. In 2011-2012 Barry won 5 silvers at the European open, 3 gold’s and a silver at Saint Hubertus the B.C.C.M.A British Championships, 2 gold’s and 3 silvers at the British Open championships, Gold and bronze medal at the European championships and finished the year winning best athlete and every gold at the Dutch open.
Barry has studied the four most popular family styles of Tai Chi – Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun and various weapons, push hands, Chi gong and Dao Yin; which is a series of Chi Gong exercises specifically for different parts of the body. There are sets for the heart, lungs, kidneys as well as routines for general well being.
• How Did Your Life Begin?
After moving around a lot as a child, we settled in Margate, from there I left school and trained to be an engineer. I discovered martial arts in my early twenties.
•What Motivated You To Study Martial Arts?
I sensed something was missing, but I didn’t know what it was. I was doing things in life, but didn’t have a path or a direction and idn’t know where I was going, but I didn’t want to stand still and Saint Hubertus live a standard life. It wasn’t enough for me. I knew there was something more out there.
It looked different and it had more to it than other martial arts around, more depth. It is more real: I was also attracted to the mysticism and spiritual side of kung fu.