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.
Originally opening in 2013 at West Park School, the Johnsonville Kung Fu School has resided at the Girl Guide Hall since 2015 and is situated just 5 minutes from the town center.
Since its inception, the Johnsonville Kung Fu School continually strives to support and maintain an active role in our community by participating in several local events, fundraisers, school programs, and demonstrations.
The Johnsonville Kung Fu School caters to any and all people in the Northern Suburbs of Wellington, including Newlands, Ngaio, Khandallah, Tawa, Porirua, Whitby, Crofton Downs, Wilton, Wadestown, Paparangi, Grenada, Glenside, Churton Park, and finally Johnsonville.
We provide classes for Pee Wees (ages 4-6yrs), Children (ages 7-12yrs), and Teens/Adults( 13yrs+)
Our classes combine elements of:
functional fitness and flexibility
strength and conditioning training
philosophy and mental reflection
traditional and contemporary Kung Fu exercises
meditation and Qigong (breathing) exercises
Our class environment is extremely welcoming, with an excellent balance of discipline, intensity, personal development, camaraderie, and at times a good sense of humour.
The Johnsonville Kung Fu School can also be a great way to:
add more excitement in your life
improve health and well-being
form new friendships
Feel free to come along to any of our classes to have a look for yourselves any time all year round. There are no set intake dates!
Your first class trial is FREE!
Johnsonville Gow Lian (Instructor): Ryan Brady
My journey in Nam Pai Chaun started in 2004 at the age of 15 when I first started training at the Levin Kung Fu School. I was a huge fan of martial arts movies and stars like Jackie Chan and Jet Li growing up, but had never given much thought to actually trying martial arts myself. That was until a close friend of mine started training and would talk non-stop about Kung Fu this and Kung Fu that, so I decided I needed to experience this for myself. Many years have passed since then and still my experience continues.
I trained at the Levin School during my college years, eventually earning my Black Belt in November 2007. Not only was this an extremely fulfilling & personal accomplishment, but I was also very privileged to grade in front of Tai Sigung (Great Grandmaster) Lai, the Founder and Head of Nam Pai Chaun. I moved to Palmerston North in 2008 to begin my studies at University and began to train at the National Headquarters under the guidance of Sigung (Grandmaster) O’Sullivan. Thanks to his tutelage, as well as that of my instructors in Levin, I was given the opportunity to grade to 2nd degree Black Belt in December 2012.
Shaolin Kung Fu is a martial art over a millennia old with a vast lineage and history that has been passed on from generation to generation. Therefore what you receive you should also give, in order to keep the art alive and provide others with their own experience. It is because of this that when I was asked to begin teaching I was not only honoured but also very excited to give back to something that had given me so much.
I began teaching in 2009 after opening the Foxton Kung Fu School, and would continue to teach there until 2011. That same year I was privileged to be asked to teach the Levin Kung Fu School, the very place my journey began, and would continue to teach there until the completion of my degree in 2013. The experiences and memories of teaching during these years are some of the most cherished of my life and in no small way molded me into the person I am today.
In 2014 I moved south to Wellington where I have since worked as a Youth Sports and Fundamentals Coach, allowing me to channel all those years of Kung Fu teaching into my day-to-day employment. However there is no substitute to teaching Kung Fu, and it wasn’t long after relocating that I began teaching the Johnsonville Kung Fu School. Once again I was provided with an opportunity to give back to Kung Fu, while still be provided with exciting new challenges and opportunity some 10 years on from that very first class back in Levin.
Kung Fu is much more than just punching and kicking, it is a way of life. I owe so much to Kung Fu and all those who have provided me with guidance. It is now my personal mission and positional responsibility to guide a new generation down a path that afforded me with so many remarkable moments and memories.
If you are like I was and are not sure if Kung Fu is the thing for you, I implore you to come and try it out for yourself. You never know, it may just end up changing your life for the better.