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Scott Bird

RDS President

Scott has been enamored with martial arts since his youth, inspired by legends such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Gordon Liu. He started taking sporadic lessons from his uncle, a 2nd Dan in Shukokai Karate under Shihan Eddie Daniels, when he was just seven years old. At the age of 11, Scott joined a local Shotokan Karate club, where he began training full-time under 6th Dan Slater Williams.

Scott quickly became addicted to martial arts, training seven days a week with competitions and courses on most weekends. He earned his 1st Dan in 1997 and his 2nd Dan in 1999, representing England twice and achieving success in numerous tournaments. However, his ultimate goal was to travel to the birthplace of martial arts in the East and further his training.

Over the years, Scott has trained with some of the most renowned instructors, including the late Steve Cattle, Dirk Heene, Julian Mead, and Ken Hassel. He also had the honor of training under the great master and disciples of Gichin Funakoshi, Taiji Kase, and Hiroshi Shirai, Holland in 1996.

Scott Bird martial artist

In 2003, Scott traveled to North China to study Shaolin, Sanda, Qigong, and Yang Style Taiji for just over a year. Originally intending to return to Europe and continue with Japanese martial arts, he ended up staying in China for nearly two decades straight. During his time there, Scott lived in the birthplace of Northern Preying Mantis Kung Fu, Yantai, Shandong, and trained in Plumb Blossom Preying Mantis under Master Lin Hong Yi for three months.

Scott opened RDS in 2007 and began practicing the internal martial arts under 4th Generation Sun Style Master Deng Fu Ming. In 2010, he became a 4th generation disciple under 3rd Gen Master Huo Pei Lin. Scott's daily routine involves awakening at 4am to chant Sanskrit Mantras followed by Pranayama & Qigong practice. He now primarily practices Tai Chi and Xingyi but still enjoys Boxing and Sanda training.

Scott has attained advanced level teaching qualifications in Sun Style Xingyi, Bagua, and Taiji, and he is capable of teaching any of the styles offered at RDS. He started his Yoga practice in 2012 and did his YTT certification in 2019 at the Nepal Yoga Academy under Dr. Chintamani Gautam.


Before traveling to China, he also qualified as a Level 2 fitness instructor and Level 3 PT with Focus Training and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). In more recent years, Scott earned an associates degree in Sports Nutrition and is a keen biohacker.

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