Golders Green is the centre where the Chief Instructor of the system Sifu Christopher Lai Khee Choong is based.
We have several clubs in London as well as in Europe and around the world. We are members of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), the national governing body for Chinese martial arts recognised by UK Sport (formerly the Sports Council).
If you ever wanted to do an activity that is a lot of fun and helps you get fitter, stronger and gain more confidence, then Kung Fu is something for you!
Kung Fu challenges you in ways like no other sport or gym work out could ever do and is something you can practise anywhere.
Our students have benefited from a range of things such as:
The style we practise is very broad based and encompasses a variety of things, such as striking, joint locks, traditional weapons and some amazing Shaolin Animal styles.
Because our style is quite vast, our students benefit from learning a variety of different things. Our classes are designed in a way that allows you to progress at your own pace with the additional benefit of training with some of our more experienced students who will help guide you through the class. We foster an environment that everyone learns and helps each other.
We truly believe our style has something for everyone!
For more information regarding the history of our system, please visit our parent site: Nam Pai Chuan Kung Fu
We have dedicated classes for young people from the ages of 6 and upwards. These classes involve training techniques found in the general class to instill technical skills and discipline, but with some fun and games to help stimulate learning and motivate young people. This will help not only with the young person's personal development in terms of their martial arts practice, but interaction with a range of other people in their class allows friendships to develop and flourish. Training with us also keeps young people fit and healthy, and boosts self-esteem. Progression to the general class depends on the age, development and understanding of the student. As a general rule, students aged 14 and upwards are suitable for the general class where more technical exercises and drills are taught.
Our classes are controlled environments with all our Instructors and Black Belts CRB checked to give parents peace of mind. We have our own mats, and these are installed at times if certain exercises in that class require it. Indeed, the laying of mats encourages young people to work in teams to lay them correctly as quickly as possible.
Parents are welcome to observe any class their child participates in, and this gives your child comfort, particularly when starting out. Parents are also welcome to participate in a class together with your child; please ask to do so. As a matter of courtesy, we would appreciate a call or email from you indicating your intention to come and observe a class, or to have your child train with us. You may also wish to further discuss your child's training needs prior to your first class.
Our adult classes are a great way to expand your horizons, make new friends and learn something new. The classes are two hours in duration and cover a a number of different activities such as Self Defence, General Fitness, Pad work and traditional kung fu forms.
Nam Pai Chuan Hendon School: Information
The Golders Green club opened its doors in the early 1980's with Master Chris Lai at the helm.
The club has been going strong ever since then at the same location with a steady number of dedicated students and newcomers alike. We recently had to move to Hendon School and maintain the same high standards of training. We cultivate an environment where students help each other learn without prejudice or ego, which, in turn, nurtures a sense or respect and discipline.
It is precisely this mentality that makes our club stand out in that, more often than not, one's fellow students are like family.
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.
When attending your first class you should wear loose comfortable trousers and a T-shirt, we train bare foot so no footwear is required. Jewellery should not be worn and those items which cannot be removed should be taped over for safety. Those with long hair should have it tied up. Also ensure you bring some water with you.
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 often begins with warming 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, split up into smaller groups, or paired with a training partner. Practice commonly includes traditional forms, prearranged sequences, hard and soft chi kung, sensitivity exercises, chin na, padwork, practical self defence, body conditioning, free sparring, groundwork, classical weapons, and much more. The syllabus is challenging but rewarding.
Our classes are ongoing throughout the year with the exception of a short break over the Christmas and Easter periods. As a matter of courtesy, please contact us before attending your first class.
Underground Station: Hendon Central (Northern Line, Edgware branch)
Buses: 83, 183, 143, 240, 326
Parking: There is parking available in the surrounding areas. Make sure to check the relevant parking signs.
Venue: Old Gymnasium
Adults: 19:00 – 21:00
Children: 09:30 – 10:30
Adults: 10:30 – 12:30
Per Session: £10
Adults per month: £40
Under 16's per month: £30
For further information, please contact:07522 409 188 (Nelly Low)
NPC Weekend Workshop 2018
This year’s system workshop will take place 10am-4pm on 17th & 18th November at Chiswick School, Staveley Road, Chiswick W4 3UN.
Training will cover the Black Crane form.
Cho Si Dinner 2018
The Cho Si remembrance meal will be on the Saturday evening at Wing Tai Restaurant, Unit 2 Wing Yip, 395 Edgware Road, London NW2 6LN, starting at 7pm.
The course and meal are open to all system members, if interested please ask your instructor for a booking form.
London Grading Dates 2018
Mock Grading at Hendon 2018
Senior Grading 2018
NPC Weekend Workshop 2018
17th & 18th November
ChoSi Meal 2018
London Grading Dates 2019
Mock Grading at Hendon 2019
2nd September (Monday)
Senior Grading 2019
NPC Weekend Workshop 2019
16th & 17th November
ChoSi Meal 2019
Almost 10 years later ...
We had met in 2008 as I was preparing a business plan and Nilesh had kindly introduced me to you.
Funnily enough, when we had lunch you mentioned your practice in martial arts but it is only a few years ago that I discovered that you were totally dedicated to practice and teaching.
While I eventually launched a e-commerce venture in 2011 (related to the retail business concept I had told you about), my life took very unexpected twists and turns. Among these, my own practice of self-enquiry and meditation got constantly more intense, practising with various 'masters' of various traditions until now.
In the meantime, while I had practised martial arts intensively between age 5 and age 25 (mostly Tae Kwon Do in Lee Kwan Young style), recently my attention got back towards various martial arts including Wing Chun, Penchak Silat and it might be time for me to resume martial arts this September...
For the past 5 years I have been living in France so I found a potential Penchak Silat master here, yet if I were in London I would definitely come to practise with you, hence this email to say hello and to thank you for your inspiring Presence and behaviour during our one and only meeting back in 2008.
With great respect.
Master Christopher Lai Khee Choong
Chief Instructor, Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan
2nd Chamber, 50th Generation of Shaolin
Having been born in Malaysia and spending my first few years there until I came to England for my studies, martial arts was not the main factor in my life.
This is a little surprising given the large and, in fact, major part that the doing and teaching of martial arts now plays in my daily life and aspirations.
I first encountered the nature of martial arts when I took Kodokan Judo sessions at a club in Kuala Lumpur – where I trained for about one-and-a-half years. The club was located in an external dojo located in the grounds of one of the mansions in Conlay Road of the town I lived in. I did not realise until much later that I was in fact being taught and trained with some of the most senior Judo practitioners in Malaysia, many of whom eventually also became high ranked Aikido players. I enjoyed my training and came to an early understanding that the skill and strategy of martial arts did not depend on brute force or size but on guile and the ability to think and reason and the need to remain mindful. I did not grade and was content to remain a mere trainee.
When I first came to England for my studies, I continued training at a Judo Centre in South Kensington known as the Gilston Centre. I enjoyed this somewhat less as the much larger trainees were inclined to ignore Judo principles and to resort to force – and I was not skilled enough to counter force with skill and strategy.
I did now feel the constant need to do martial arts training and joined a Wado-Ryu Karate dojo in Kings Cross. I was taught by Hanshi Tatsuo Suzuki and his team of very dedicated and skilled instructors including Sensei Shimizu, Hayakawa, and Watanabe. I believe that I was fortunate and one of the earlier students of Master Suzuki. Wado-Ryu techniques are economical and pragmatic and do not reply on showy techniques.
When I returned to Malaysia after my studies I began to train with Master Quek in the Shaolin Style (then known as Fatt Gar Kuen and now known as Gao Can Mun). I trained with Master Quek for over 40 years until his demise in 2010. The training was arduous, full contact and involved much arm, fist, finger and shin conditioning. It was pretty painful alleviated by vigorous massaging of the bruised parts by a fellow trainee with the Chinese Dit-Tat Medicine – a medicine which smelt strongly and was a guarantee at a non-social life.
I helped my master to formulate a training syllabus for the traditional Shaolin style to equip the group for acceptance under the martial arts ordinances of Malaysia.
Later on I also studied with Master Leow Cheng Koon, at that time the chief instructor of the Taekwondo Systems in Malaysia having been made by Master Lee Byong Moo of Korea as his nominated and very successful successor. I assisted Master Leow. Master Leow has a breadth of martial arts knowledge – extending far beyond WTF Taekwondo and I believe that he has immense knowledge of the other Korean and Chinese arts and Japanese weapons styles. I found my studies with Master Leow as rewarding as my studies with Master Quek and the two of them have been the major influences in my development of the Nam Pai Chuan style.
I was privileged to have been able to help Master Leow in the formation of the first national body for WTF Taekwondo – and it had 13 member states in West and East Malaysia as well as the Malaysian Armed Forces Taekwondo group – which included some of the special forces of that time.
Master Leow remains a firm friend of mine today and I still acknowledge him as my teacher.
Returning to England in 1979 to live here I began the teaching of Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan in a modest manner – sponsoring two Malaysian instructors with a Taekwondo background to whom I had taught basic Nam Pai Chuan-style techniques.
Over the many intervening years Nam Pai Chuan has grown exponentially and now has numerous training locations in England, Wales, Belgium, France, The Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
I have always considered that the culture of Nam Pai Chuan development should not be “growth at any cost” but rather mindful growth with good and sincere teachers to pass the correct message that Nam Pai Chuan is about tradition, respect and skill and not about aggression or power.
My dream is to make the Nam Pai Chuan understanding and message available as widely as possible to those who will welcome it.
Some will cleave to it and some may not. That is well and is very much the nature of life and living.
We all seek and find our own levels of endeavour.
For more information about the history of our school, click here.
Pictures and videos from Nam Pai Chuan Golders Green over the years.
Contact information for the
Nam Pai Chuan Hendon School
Hendon School, Hendon
You are always welcome to drop in and try a class, paying a sessional fee (£10). If you wish to observe a class, you may be allowed to do so with Sifu Lai's permission.
However, as a matter of courtesy, we would appreciate a call or email from you indicating your intention to come and train with us. You may also wish to further discuss your training needs prior to your first class.
Venue: Old Gymnasium
Children: 18:00-19:00 (First Mile Class & Main Children's class consolidated from 5th February 2018)
Adults: 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Old Gymnasium
Children: 09:30 – 10:30
Adults: 10:30 – 12:30