Classes

Classes
Monday’s and Wednesday’s: 8-10pm

System dates for 2017
18th November – annual training course and dinner
10th December – London grading

NB – all students need insurance and a uniform to grade. Insurance forms and uniforms can be obtained in class.

Address
Social and Amenities building, 1st floor, Isambard Complex, Brunel University.

Email
Brunelkungfu@yahoo.co.uk

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Come and train with us
You are always welcome to join us in training at any time during the year. Just bring some loose comfortable clothing and some water.

Jewellery should not be worn and those items which cannot be removed (e.g. rings) should be taped over. You can train bare foot or with trainers. You may also use headbands and wristbands if it helps you and those with long hair should have it tied up.

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Joining

All students will need Brunel Sports Federation membership to join the Kung Fu Club. Login using your Brunel Student ID and select Kung Fu Standard Membership. This is free. You will also need to pay £33 for Union Sport Standard Membership. All classes are then free.

When students have tried 4 or so classes we will expect them to take out system membership and annual insurance through the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts. The cost is £30. This will allow students to take part in grading examinations, system training courses, spar in class and use weapons. Uniforms and training equipment can also be ordered in class.

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Training

 

Classes are typically around 2 hours long, and are usually of mixed ability and ages. There is also a good ratio of female to male students. We believe this is because our style does not depend on explicit muscle strength. Classes will include:

Chi gung breathing exercises

Chi gung or Qigong is a mixture of breathing exercises which will initially help students with their balance and posture. After more practice students will learn to use this for meditative purposes to help relax and focus. This will be supplemented by more aerobic warm-ups, which builds fitness, body condition, and flexibility. These prepare the body for the more technical elements  that follow.

Pad-work
We practice our basic hand techniques and kicks, which will include striking focus mitts. We believe it is important to actually become accustomed to feeling what it is like to make contact.
Self defence 
We recognise that students must learn how to improve their awareness, avoid situations and as a last resort know how to defend themselves. Self defence plays an integral part of what students will learn and practice to not only improve their confidence though to better prepare them if confronted.
Paired combination work
We teach specific attacks and counter defences, building them in complexity, before offering you and your training partner more freedom in the way you move. This will also include locking, grappling, nerve point techniques.
Forms
These are known as katas or sets in other martial arts, and are prearranged sequences of movements, and form the basis of most traditional martial arts. These forms constitute the “dictionary” of our style, and encode all the techniques we use, in flowing sequences performed alone (or even in pairs at more advanced levels). These sequences allow students to develop the “art” in martial art.
Sparring
At beginner level this will simply involve reacting to fixed attacks in a specified way, and will be done under very safe and controlled circumstances. As you acquire more techniques and demonstrate you can use them safely, you will progress to light free sparring then onto a more advanced level sparring and combat.
Weapons
These are an important part of the training for more senior students, though junior students will have the opportunity to practice basic weapon use too. We teach 18 traditional weapons which include: staff, broadsword, spear, steel fan and 3 section staff to name a few.

History

The Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan tradition or style can trace its lineage far back to Great Grandmaster Hui Cheng of the Chek Chian Nan Hai Pooi Chee Temple in China. Master Hui was a direct descendant of the Southern Shaolin tradition taught by Buddhist monks in the tradition of Da-Mo.

One of Master Hui Cheng’s students was Grand Master Seh Koh San, A famous Shaolin Monk attributed to be the father of traditional Shaolin Arts in South East Asia. Shi Gao Can (1886 – 1960) or widely known as Sek Koh Sam, was a Chinese monk who brought traditional Shaolin teachings from Mainland China to South East Asia.

Master Quek Heng Choon is considered to be Shi Gao Can’s most important and influential student from the Singapore/Malaysia era. Born in 1926 in Huian county, Fujian province, China, Master Quek represents the original 50th generation of Shaolin and taught students from Malaysia, Singapore, and China between 1956 and 2010.

During a training visit to London in 2009 Master Quek named Christopher Lai Khee Choong who is head of Nam Pai Chuan worldwide as his successor and asked that the school be renamed as “Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan”. Master Lai lives in London and continues to teach the Shaolin System to this day.

Our instructor, Grahame Tinsley, is a fourth degree black belt who has over 30 years of martial arts experience. During his training he has travelled to Kuala Lumpur to train with our system’s late Grandmaster, Quek Heng Choon, and has visited our founder’s (Shi Gao Can) Shaolin Temple in Singapore. He has also participated in numerous Kung Fu demonstrations, notably in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square in London.

He is skilled in various animal styles though specialises in the Leopard. He is also skilled in various traditional weapons, including the staff, sword, spear, halberd, trident and three section staff. He is also a qualified competition referee, first aid and Chi Gong practitioner.

FAQs

How long do you need to train before you become competent?
We believe that a student who trains diligently twice a week for six months will begin to feel physical and spiritual benefit. Those who train for a year should be better equipped to defend himself or herself in most circumstances. Still learning just the “moves” is not the main objective, because apart from that, Martial Arts help you to develop your character and ability to focus, improving confidence and humility.

Development and progression within our kung fu system
Grading examinations are held every 3 months. At certain times of each term, we will pay special attention towards preparing students for the grading examinations. Those who progress to black belt rank may then be eligible for Assistant Instructors’ and Instructors’ qualification courses. Upon qualification, you will be entitled to teach Nam-Pai-Chuan under the licensing agreements that exist for the control of proper standards and the promotion of the Art.

Why do Shaolin Nam Pai-Chuan kung fu?
We aim to provide martial arts training in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where students and adults, learn practical self-defence techniques, make new friends, and get fit. We will provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice traditional Shaolin Martial Arts and Chi Gung.

NPC allows us to become better people. Students will develop an increase in awareness, self-confidence, become more tolerant and patient, have integrity in their abilities and become more disciplined. This is one of the true benefits of a traditional martial art.

Our qualified instructors are dedicated individuals who will ensure training is carried in a safe manner and help everyone to fulfil their physical and mental martial art potential.