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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 or purchase one on site.
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 Kung Fu Nam Pai Chuan school in Palmerston North has been open since 1996 under the direction of Sigung. Sigung has over 40 years martial arts experience. He runs a balanced class where he knows the importance of working hard but also having fun while you train.
The Palmerston North club has now grown in size and attracts many new students due to word of mouth. The school is the epicentre of Nam Pai Chuan in the Asia Pacific region. Since Sigung started teaching here we have had 12 schools open nationwide as well as schools open in Australia and Japan.
As well as our regular Kung Fu classes, Jiu Lian Shan also holds a Tai Chi and Chi Gung class taught by Simo. Simo is Sigung’s most senior student and has a wealth of martial arts experience.
I began my martial arts journey at the age of seven when my mum took me to a class in England 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 be writing my martial arts bio for a website in New Zealand.
We have a precept and tenet in Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan which espouses that as individuals we should learn always, lifelong learning if you like. I have always felt that this is an important tenet to ensure as individuals we try to get as much out of ourselves as possible.
In my twenties I did a degree in education from a university in England. In My thirties I obtained a Masters 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 have spent the last twenty years working at a university in New Zealand teaching others how to teach. 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?
I have 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 Kung Fu 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 and to enhance them through lifelong learning and participation.
If you believe, that you or your children would benefit from traditional martial arts training, I commend to you Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan. It has been great for me and my family.
Dr. Gary O’Sullivan
Lifelong student of Lai Khee Choong Grandmaster of Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan.