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NPC HQ CENTRE
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End of training year message to HQ STUDENTS and ZOOM students – 2022
For us in the Shaolin Gaocan System, our training year ends at the culmination of the Cho Si month, annual weekend and annual dinner.
That is alike to the festivities that agrarian folk from oriental cultures consider as their harvest end festivities where the families and friends gather together to relax and enjoy their season of hard work in the full knowledge that the whole cyclic drama of life and growth will begin again soon.
For us too the colder months are time to reflect, spend some contemplative time with our minds, our souls, our families and our Art.
So for us the season of renewal begins in December of each year in preparing the earth and soil for next year’s planting, and spending time to strengthen our wills and bodies and re-yoke ourselves to the wheel.
That is the way it is for us in Shaolin Gaocan.
Having now had a successful Cho Si annual course this year in 2022, it is not the time to rest on our laurels but to gird ourselves in preparation for the coming time and further challenges.
It is the time for me, as the Sifu and the bearer of the torch to renew my own pledge to my teachers and to reaffirm my belief as I have often mentioned – the following truths will always be the case:
1. We can if we try but only if we work with diligence.
2. Our worst enemies are not out there – they are within for our enemy is ourselves.
3. The Ego will ruin your Art and in doing so will despoil your character.
4. Always have good compassion and patience in teaching and in life.
5. Spend time alone to meditate and reflect
To end this message which I ask those of you who are also instructors, to share this with your students.
I attach an image which speaks volumes about the “EGO SUPREME”
SHAOLIN GAOCAN MUN NAMPAICHUAN
29th November 2022
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NPC HQ 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).
Why Do Kung Fu?
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:
- Losing weight and getting fit
- Greater Self confidence
- Stress relief
- Making new friends
- Learning something new
- And more importantly, having fun!
What we do
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!
Classes for kids
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 DBS 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.
Classes for adults
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.