Precepts and Tenets
1- Revere your ancestor ｜显祖扬宗
2- Respect your guide ｜尊师重道
3- Train with your mind ｜练之以恒
4- Strengthen the will ｜百折不挠
5- Centre your energy ｜意守丹田
6- Focus on reality ｜务实寻道
7- Act with earnestness ｜守教挚诚
8- Covet nothing ｜虚心得道
9- Subdue the I ｜矢志不渝
10- Behave with fortitude ｜刚毅不挠
11- Approach with innocence | 大义凛然
12- Ever hope ｜寄予希望
13- Life is death ｜生既是死
14- Death is life ｜死既是生
15- Teach the deserving ｜教之以道
16- Teach with passion ｜持之以恒
17- Learn always ｜学海无涯
18- Assume nothing ｜四大皆空
We are an established school, dedicated to a Martial Art system that has evolved from the Shaolin monasteries in China. Today, Nam-Pai-Chuan is taught and practiced at several locations in the UK and overseas, including Manchester. The system is taught through a structured syllabus of traditional elements, including sparring, traditional forms (one-man and two-man), weapons, chi gung and a series of combat/self-defence sequences.
Our approach to training not only promotes physical strength and endurance, but also requires sustained mental development, so that a student’s practical skill is well rooted in a firm understanding of the system’s philosophy.
Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam-Pai-Chuan is a complex Martial Art with intricacies that take time and patience to perfect and can only be taught from an experienced master to a dedicated student. In order to facilitate this learning, we exercise traditional forms of respect and etiquette when dealing with our fellow students and teacher.
Being a martial artist is a state of mind and way of life. It is something that exists in everything we do both inside and outside of class. Attending classes is important and serves as a vital point of reference, but this alone is not enough. Students are expected to train outside of class, within their personal time, keeping an appropriate record of their practise and martial arts activities.
We accept any student that is willing to commit to the journey of becoming a martial artist, regardless of ability, gender or background. Students learn how to develop themselves mentally, physically and spiritually. The required commitment is a challenge, which many enjoy and rise to.
Students are expected to attend classes at least twice per week to allow a sufficient amount of information to be absorbed for practice outside of class. Students are allowed to progress through the 9 modules that comprise their 1st degree black belt, and are expected to graduate to this level within 3-4 years of intense training. However, becoming a black belt is not the end of training, but the beginning of an entirely new and challenging journey. If you feel that you meet these requirements, please choose your training venue and contact the centre directly. (See Training Centres)
Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam-Pai-Chuan is a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), the controlling body for Chinese Martial Arts in the UK. Through the BCCMA we provide comprehensive insurance cover for all our students and instructors.