How you will learn

Nam Pai Chuan Shaolin Kung Fu is a traditional martial art and rooted in Chinese culture. Central to our training is a system of respect. We ask students to respect the information they are given, the system they are taught, their instructor and the wellbeing of their training partners.

Our training takes place in classes of mixed ability and we encourage students to constantly change training partners to learn from each other and experience training with different people – from beginner to black belt.

Rather than being something to be fearful of, this gives new students the chance to learn from our more experienced students, who are expected to demonstrate control over their techniques, assist new students, and help them to develop confidence and skill.

As a mark of respect, students are expected to bow to each and every training partner they work with, whoever they are. Traditionally, a student had to earn the right to learn kung fu, which was seen as privileged information.

Although things have changed and we actively welcome newcomers to our training centres, we believe that students should still be respectful of the knowledge they are given. To help students master each different technique properly and to continuously improve, we use a training syllabus. Grading examinations are held every three months based on this syllabus to assess students’ progression. Different coloured belts are issued as a formal indication of a student’s level of skill and knowledge.

After passing a grading students are expected to regularly attend training sessions and practice what they have learned to maintain the standard that they have reached.

All information and guidance given to a student by an instructor should be viewed as valuable. To show their respect for an instructor, students should try to follow all instructions and training rules to the best of their ability.

For health and safety reasons and to show respect for their instructor, students should avoid causing any unnecessary distractions during training, for example by switching off mobile phones and asking their instructor’s permission to get a drink or leave the training hall. You should bow to your instructor at the beginning and end of every class, and when given information by your instructor as thanks for teaching you.

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Why NPC Kung Fu?

Improving behaviour
Our classes teach respect, politeness and having good manners and this helps foster and develop better behaviour overall.
Getting fit and losing weight
Going to the gym can be boring. Our classes can help you in losing weight, getting fit and having fun.
Master Lai’s Message to Direct Black Belts
Dear Direct Black belts, There is simply no way for me to set the HQ BB afternoons to suit every single direct black belt of mine, and even less so for all the NPC black belts.  I had no intention of seeking to do this. The second Saturday afternoon of each month has been picked
Learning self defence
Learning to defend yourself or your family is a priority to most people. Our classes deal with various aspects of self defence.
Why NPC Kung Fu is good for kids
Martial arts training is interactive and friendships are built through the many hours of training together.
Dealing with bullying
Our training helps our children grow in confidence, which fosters a positive behaviour and prevents any tendencies to want to bully.
Instilling discipline
Discipline can be found in all of our classes and this is often a reason parents send their children to attend our classes.
Taking some time out for yourself
We offer a fun yet focused environment where you can take some time out for yourself.

About Us


We are one of the largest and most respected Shaolin Kung Fu schools in the world.

Our style originates from the Shaolin temples in northern and southern China, and is taught at centres around the world.

We employ traditional training methods which have been used for centuries to teach Kung Fu to Shaolin monks, alongside more modern methods to help our students learn self-defence techniques and improve their fitness.



Helps with flexibility

I really like that the instructors take the time to explain everything to us. Kung Fu also helps with my flexibility.

Miguel Child student

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