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Shaolin Kung Fu

Master Lai training course 2014



Please note that classes will take place on Tuesdays only in August 2019


Shaolin Kung Fu

Student Central Kung Fu is a long established club located at Student Central dedicated to teaching Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan under the guidance of Sifu Low, a highly experienced Fourth Degree Black Belt training in this System for over 25 years.

Nam Pai Chuan is one of the largest and best-respected Chinese martial art styles practiced in the UK, combining northern and southern Shaolin kung fu styles in a single unified system.

This art was first brought to the UK by Master Lai in 1979. Prior to this, Sifu Lai trained intensively: twice each day, seven days a week -- for 13 years under the teachings of Master Quek in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Master Quek's teacher was Cho Si Gao Can Mun, also known as Sek Koh San.

Since its introduction into the western world, Gaocan Mun Nam Pai Chuan has grown with clubs across the UK, Europe, and much further afield.

Penang trip 2016
Penang trip 2016

Beginning Training

We understand that for beginners, attending your first training session can be an intimidating experience, as one does not know quite what to expect. It is worth remembering that everybody has shared this same initial experience, and it is therefore our aim to make newcomers feel as welcome as possible. Our classes are mixed groups, with students of all ages and abilities. Because Nam Pai Chuan is such a broad style, no two classes are ever exactly the same. However, there is consistency in that the underlying principles on which the style is based are always being developed through the various methods taught.

Training will begin with warm-up exercises aimed at improving strength, aerobic fitness and increasing flexibility. The best part of training time will then be spent focused on individual skill sets either as a whole class, smaller groups, or in pairs. Practice includes traditional forms and applications, chi kung exercises, padwork, practical self-defence, sparring, and classical weapons. Our syllabus is challenging but extremely effective and rewarding.

Kung fu is not simply about fighting skills; it's also about respect for yourself and for those around you, self-confidence and discipline, all of which is emphasised in our lessons. Fitness, awareness and self-defence are a just a few more reasons why we think you should join. We are a very friendly and sociable group coming from all walks of life.

For some student testimonals and videos of our system please visit our YouTube channel!

Where & when we train

We generally train twice a week throughout the year on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6.30pm - 8.30pm in the Malet Suite, though this is subject to room availability. Please make contact with us to confirm class is taking place.

Address: Student Central, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY.



Please note that classes will take place on Tuesdays only in August 2019

Interested in training with us? 

We encourage anyone interested in training with us to attend at least one class, and we will provide that lesson for free.

There is a £10 joining fee after getting your Student Central card and your first month of training. From here:

Students/UoL staff are charged £3 per class, or £10 per month (payable on a termly basis).

Non-students are charged £5 per class, payable by card only at Reception. You will need to register online to obtain a Student Central Guest Account.

Join Student Central Shaolin Kung Fu!

  1. Get a Student Central Card
  2. Sign in to the Student Central website (you will receive an activation email after getting your card)
  3. Purchase your membership online



"I arrived in London on the back of a summer spent living in the small and picturesque city of Guilin in southern China, and I was looking for a way to continue my immersion in Chinese culture, even when living in England. A friend of mine recommended I try University of London Shaolin Kung Fu. I was sold from the first session. Training is intense and has made me feel fitter than ever. The discipline and focus needed for learning techniques and forms has helped me to improve in my studies. But most of all, the community has been incredibly welcoming – both competitive and kind, I couldn't ask for a better group with whom to train."
Ben Horn, Student Member

"Nam Pai Chuan Shaolin Kung Fu is great for so many reasons; it increases your fitness, discipline and strength, but it is also a lot of fun with a wide range of people. The training sessions allow you to switch off from hectic everyday life and concentrate on improving your skills and technique. I find it both meditative and a great way to release through exercise whilst learning about the system and the mindset of Nam Pai Chuan. In particular I find working on the syllabus for each grading rewarding, because as you learn more, you can also feel yourself improving and it is great to see others improving alongside you."
Madeleine Bonham Jones, Student Member (2014/2015 Secretary)


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