Please note: There is no class on the last Thursday of each month to allow the senior students to attend black belt class.
Your First Kung Fu Class
Congratulations on taking the first step. Here’s a list of things you should be aware of for your first class:
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the class starts. This allows us to meet with you to explain a little about our history and how the class operates and then pair you up with a training buddy.
New people are paired with a senior to ensure they get the best attention during the class.
Wear loose fitting long pants and a plain t-shirt. No shorts, singlet tops, or offensive markings/alcohol advertising.
You can bring a drink bottle if you wish.
Please park in the roadside carpark and walk up the path, the hall is to the left. You will see our pull up banner indicating where to go.
If you come with an open mind and a good attitude you will enjoy yourself.
We welcome you to your own martial arts journey.
The Feilding School was started in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Classes are held at North St School, and the club caters to many rural Manawatu towns including Bunnythorpe, Colyton and Halcombe.
Sifu Sarah Waghorn has been teaching in Feilding since late 2012. She started her training in 2002 under Sigung in Palmerston North and continues to train there.
Pee wee, children and adults class held on Tuesday and Thursday nights in Feilding, and new students are always welcome.
I started Shaolin Gao Can Man Nam Pai Chuan Kung-fu in 2002 at the age of 10, training with Si Gung at Song Shan hall in Kelvin Grove Palmerston North. My mother was surprised when I asked “Mum instead of going to ballet can I try Kung-Fu?” Luckily she agreed to take me along and I never gave ballet another thought.
As a shy and quiet child, Kung-fu helped to bring me out of my shell and hugely improved my self-esteem. I have formed many close and valued friendships over my time at kung-fu which I attribute to the family atmosphere that is promoted and felt within the class. As I have grown up and matured throughout my teenage years, kung-fu has always been an important part of my life. It has given me strength and determination as well as developing my confidence and self-esteem.
In 2010 when I began a degree in Psychology at Massey University in Palmerston North, I also started to teach a children’s class once a week in Palmerston North. This continued throughout the three years of my degree and was an extremely rewarding experience for me to be able to pass on my knowledge to young students and see them develop and improve. At the end of 2012, I took over the running of the Feilding school and have been teaching there ever since. Upon completing my bachelors degree, I went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Psychology, all the while training with Sigung and teaching classes.
Kung-fu has presented many wonderful opportunities for me. I have been lucky enough to train with Tai Si Gung Lai when he visited Palmerston North in both 2007 and 2011, travel to Japan with Sigung where we trained with the Japanese students in Wakayama, to Malaysia and Japan in 2016 to train with Tai Si Gung Lai again, and all over New Zealand to assist with the grading’s and train with students.
When teaching, I try to make my classes as enjoyable and physically challenging as possible, while maintaining the family atmosphere and values which drew me to, and have kept me at Kung-fu for such a long time. Kung-fu is something which I am passionate about and I feel privileged to be able to pass on my passion through teaching my students.
If you are considering giving Kung-fu a go then my advice to you is to come along and try a class. I think that you will discover the many benefits of kung-fu, as well as improving your fitness, you get to enjoy yourself and make some great friends.