The System

The name of our system is Shaolin Nam-Pai-Chuan Gaocan Mun, one of the styles in the rich and vast canopy of Chinese Martial Arts. Nam-Pai-Chuan is a very broad style, incorporating all elements of true martial arts.

Thus our system embodies many techniques in any combination with each other:

  • Kicking
  • Punching
  • Locking (chin-na)
  • Take-downs
  • Throws
  • Nerve points
  • and many more

This approach may not appeal to some, but we believe that you cannot hope to know which aspect of Martial Arts you wish to specialise in, until you have a firm grounding in the general broad-based theory and practice of it. Being a broad System, we are able to encompass many elements, which could be seen as “styles” in their own right.

We have a very rich weapons heritage, with eighteen traditional weapons taught in the System. In addition to this we have styles based upon the various animal forms prevalent in Chinese Martial Arts, such as Leopard, Crane and Snake forms, to name but a few. Having said that, we are more than just a physical manifestation of Martial Arts, breathing exercises (chi-gung) play an important role in our system, helping with internal conditioning through control of the body’s chi.