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Fire Dragon Australia

Your Instructors

In Fire Dragon Australia, your teachers are:


Master Neal Hardy is Chief Instructor of Fire Dragon Australia. He has been training since 1981, earning his Black Belt in Ireland in 1986. Master Hardy commenced public classes in Pai Lum Kung Fu in Canberra's Inner North in 1995. He is now a 10th Higher Level and Grand Master of the Shaolin White Dragon Australian Branch.

Grand Master Hardy is attracted not only by the breadth of Pai Lum Kung Fu techniques and approaches to defence, but also by its philosophy, which is a Way to live, and, ultimately, die.

Grand Master Hardy seeks harmony, and trains Bonsai plants as well as students. In any spare time, he makes Bonsai tables from Australian timbers, and plays Go (Wei Shi), and sometimes plays Irish music, on the Uilleann Pipes and whistle. He also shoots arrows from a bare recurve bow, again seeking perfection.

Grand Master Hardy teaches most classes at the Ainslie Club (unless he is out of town), offers private lessons, and runs day and half day courses in Pai Lum Kung Fu throughout the year.

Grand Master Hardy collects Dragons.


Shr Fu Hardy has been training in Pai Lum Kung Fu since 1994. She gained her 1st Level Black Belt on 4 April 2004. Shr Fu Hardy enjoys Pai Lum Kung Fu, and horse riding. As a veteran athletics competitor, she throws a good spear!


Shr Fu Wells commenced training in 1997, and has realised the benefit that a study of Kung Fu can bring to the life of a computer programmer. He gained his 1st Level Black Belt on 16 April 2009, where he demonstrated his ability to fight with the agility of a Praying Mantis.

Shr Fu Wells earned his 2nd Higher Level in November 2011, while in the USA. He has certificates from Grand Master St Charles, Grand Master Shawn Dick, and Grand Master Hardy to recognise this promotion.


Shr Fu Bean has trained since 1998, and became a Student Instructor in 2006. Shr Fu Bean understands the strength that Pai Lum can give, which adds to her capacities as a professional teacher. Though not large in size, Shr Fu Bean demonstrates enormous courage, and the ferocity of the Leopard. She needed and demonstrated this to earn her Black Belt on 17 July 2011.

Shr Fu Bean teaches high school students, and also raises her two young ones.


Shr Fu Bernard Kilimnik commenced training in 2000, the Year of the Dragon, and has pursued the Way, despite occasional setbacks, with great determination.

He recognises the importance of training not just for physical excellence, but also because it enables self mastery.

Shr Fu Kilimnik earned his Black Belt in Connecticut in 2015.


Shr Fu Elinor Jean started her training in 2009, becoming a Student Instructor in May 2013. She was promoted to 2nd Higher Level in December 2015.

Shr Fu Jean works in water policy when not training, and like her teacher, has a fondness for sharp metal.


Shr Fu Cochrane is Grand Master Hardy's only full time private student, and knows well the benefits of training, commitment and practice. He gained his Black Belt in December 2015.

Shr Fu Cochrane runs Canberra's only specialist hedging business, and cuts his hedges as straight as an arrow!


Since commencing training in 2008, Shr Fu Jordan has come a long way, as both a person and a martial artist. He earned his Black Belt in August 2016, showing strength, courage and certainty.

He was inspired by his visit to see Grand Master Thomas St Charles in 2009, with other Australian Dragons, putting himself through school again to improve his grades, and then graduating to University, where he is finishing a degree in Engineering.

Shr Fu Jordan enjoys drawing, at which he is certaily gifted, and riding large motor bikes.