Instructors in Asia Pacific
Gary O’Sullivan

Instructor - Palmerston North (New Zealand)

I began my martial arts journey at the age of seven to help channel my boisterous nature and to develop self-control and confidence. Little did I know that over forty-five years later I would still be involved.


In my twenties I did a Degree in Education from a university in England. In my thirties I obtained a Master’s Honours degree in Education from a New Zealand university. In my forties I completed a PhD in Education from an Australian university. These international degrees were undertaken part-time whilst being married and raising a family of four children. I also proudly hold a fifth degree black belt in Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan.


Some might say I am an expert in both education and martial arts, so what have I learnt?


That to learn always you need great mentors, role models and teachers. I have been extremely lucky my Sifu, Lai Khee Choong, is a great teacher, a great role model and a great mentor. I’ve read that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; I hope one day I might learn to be as accomplished as my Sifu in the practice and teaching of Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan.


When I left the UK in 1996 Sifu Lai requested that I help keep the art alive. I have endeavoured to do this by teaching seminars, workshops and classes of GCMNPC in England, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Japan.


I believe the relationship between student and master is sacrosanct; it is built through sweat, tears and occasionally blood. It is founded on trust, mutual respect, integrity and honour. I believe that the practice of traditional martial arts offer one of the few ways in a modern world to develop these characteristics.


Why NPC Kung Fu?

Building self-confidence
Our classes work on building a solid foundation with attainable objectives, which help increase our children's overall confidence.
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.
Taking some time out for yourself
We offer a fun yet focused environment where you can take some time out for yourself.
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.
Building friendships
Our classes are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Friendships are built on a shared interest and understanding.
Meeting new people and making new friends
Our classes are a great way to meet new people. Our students come from all walks of life.
Learning something new
Our classes are a great way to learn something new and different. We consider ourselves to be the thinking person's art.
Dealing with bullying
Our training helps our children grow in confidence, which fosters a positive behaviour and prevents any tendencies to want to bully.

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.



Great stress relief

I have a pretty demanding job and NPC is great stress relief, due to the type and intensity of exercise done in class.

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