• learn something new
    Learn something new!
  • gain confidence
    Gain Confidence!
  • train hard
    Make new friends!
  • Get fit
    Get Fit!

Welcome to the HQ Kung Fu School!

Saturday 6th June after 13:00.
Please contact for more information
Saturday 27th June
We will keep you updated with information on when classes will resume.

Please visit training.hqkungfu.com for ONLINE TRAINING INFORMATION

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).




01. If you feel unwell and have either a fever, a bad cough or cold, it is best to stay away from class and see a doctor or get some medication.

02. Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Wash your hands before and after training for at least 30 seconds, with warm water and soap until the soap foams, cleaning back of hands as well as between the fingers and back of nails as well as the palms.

03. Do not shake hands.

04. Avoid kissing or hugging people.

05. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands. If you do not have tissues get a packet and use during the class.

06. Bring a small towel to wipe your sweat during training.

07. Avoid close contact with anyone who has FEVER, BAD COUGH or COLD.

08. During this period refrain from shouting when executing techniques.

09. Reduce social chit chat and verbal conversation.

Sifu Lai


You should all have the following for sparring sessions:
- mouthguard
- gloves (8oz for children, 10-12oz for adults)
- groin guard for men (obligatory), chest protector for women (optional)
- shin and instep guards
- headguard
- bodypad
Please ask a senior to help you out with purchase forms


An important message from Sifu Lai regarding Grading Attendance for HQ Blue belts and Brown Belts - both children and adults:

I write to remind you of the traditional requirement that all my students holding the Blue and Brown belt rank and above attend the London grading to assist, whether or not they themselves are taking the grading. They must attend in their full uniform with their sparring kit and mouth-guards.

We only have 3 London gradings a year and ours is a living System and needs all its sincere students to support it and my teaching.

This has been a traditional requirement of mine as Sifu, since the 1980’s but of late seems to be ignored by many students especially the younger ones from the HQ centre. I am saddened and disappointed to see this.

Parents of kids who train with me should respect this tradition and obligation. It is part of the learning process.

You know that I care for and that I teach your children unswervingly to the best of my ability as Sifu and I ask that you repay this by respecting our traditions.

A few of my female black belts from HQ centre have offered to collect your children from Golders Green, and bring them to the grading venue and to return them there after the event. Please speak to Nelly Low or Alison Palmer whose contact number you may get from me.

If a Blue belt or brown belt that trains with me but does not fulfil their obligations in this way I will consider this as lacking in loyalty and I will take away their belt and rank unless in rare circumstances, a prior excuse has been made and accepted by me.

Head of System
10th December 2019

For more announcements, please visit our facebook page!


London Grading Dates 2020
28th June
11th October

Mock Grading at HQ 2020
13th June
26th September

Black Belt Weekend
18th & 19th July

Senior Grading 2020
18th July

NPC Weekend Workshop 2020
21st & 22nd November

ChoSi Meal 2020
21st November

Why do Kung Fu?
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
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!

For more information regarding the history of our system, please visit our parent site: Nam Pai Chuan Kung Fu

Classes for Kids
NPC Golders Green Children's Class

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.

Training times

Monday: 18:00-19:00
Saturday: 09:30-10:30

Classes for Adults
NPC Golders Green Adults' 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.

Training times

Monday: 19:00-21:00
Saturday: 10:30-12:30

About Us

Nam Pai Chuan HQ School: Information

About the Club

The original 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 Hawthorn Business Park, Childs Hill, 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.

Arm locking conditioning drill


Beginning Training

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.

Class Details

Unit 2, Hawthorn Business Park
165 Granville Road,
Childs Hill,


Underground Station: Golders Green (Northern Line, Edgware branch)
Buses: 102, 226
Parking: There is parking available inside grounds. Make sure to check the relevant parking signs.



Venue: SQR Gym
Children: 18:00-19:00
Adults: 19:00 – 21:00


Venue:SQR Gym
Children: 09:30 – 10:30
Adults: 10:30 – 12:30


Per Session: £10 (children), £12 (adults)
Adults per month: £50*
Under 16's per month: £35*
* Concessional fees apply for same family members training at HQ. See seniors for details.

For further information, please contact:

07522 409 188 (Nelly Low)
Rules & Etiquette
Entering, Leaving and Presence in the Kwoon

  1. When entering the kwoon students must bow towards the photographs of Cho-Si and Sigung, and your Sifu if he is present.
  2. The door should be closed behind you unless someone else is entering/leaving the kwoon behind you, or the door is fixed open.
  3. The first students to arrive should sweep the floor of the kwoon and clear away any rubbish that may be left lying around, and the near side of the stage prepared with chairs for any parents or guests. Any mats or tables etc on the stage should be moved to the far side of the stage to discourage people from sitting on that side of the stage.
  4. When arriving at the kwoon your belongings should be placed neatly on the far side or along the front of the stage, away from the entry of the Kwoon. Parents and guests are to be seated on the near side of the stage.
  5. On entering the kwoon, any hats or sunglasses shall be removed from the head.
  6. No food or drink shall be consumed within the kwoon except where Sifu permits a water break.
  7. The use of mobile phones is not permitted in the kwoon and must be switched off or to silent mode before entering.
  8. Silence must be observed when sitting and observing the class
  9. If you need to leave the kwoon during class, e.g. to use the toilet, you should seek Sifu's permission before doing so.
  10. When seated in the hall you should never have your legs extended, unless, for example, when stretching.
  11. If you are late for class, you must wait at the front of the class to bow to Sifu and the class to acknowledge the fact that your lateness is disrupting the class. You will be penalised for your lateness, for example, by doing push-ups.
  12. If you will not be attending class for any reason, out of courtesy you should let Sifu know via Dai sijie Nelly so that your absence with apologies can be noted. This is the case for each and every class.

Dress and personal Hygiene
  1. All students should wear as a minimum: system training pants, a system T-shirt and the appropriate coloured belt. Beginners may wear a plain T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms for the first two months of training, and then system kit should be purchased.
  2. Full uniform (tunic, pants and belt) must be worn at gradings.
  3. All uniform should be clean and pressed.
  4. Hands and feet should be washed before class or gradings.
  5. Longer length hair should be tied or clipped back.
  6. All jewellery must be removed or taped down. It is your responsibility to tape jewellery down and the tape in the first aid kit is not there for this purpose. If jewellery is not removed, you will not be permitted to train.
  7. Finger and toenails should be kept short and tidy.
  8. If your uniform requires straightening or your belt needs to be re-tied, you must face away from Sifu and all your seniors while tidying uniform or belt.
  9. Any orders or requests regarding uniform or merchandise should be addressed to Dai sijie Nelly, not Dai siheng Jerome.
Membership and Class Fees
  1. You should keep a note of when your membership is due to expire. You will be sent reminders regarding upcoming membership expiry dates. If your renewal membership form is not submitted two lessons after expiry, you will not be allowed to train. This is for your own and for your fellow students' safety.
  2. Monthly fees may be paid during the first two classes of any calendar month only. Sessional fees are payable thereafter.
  1. All students should attend all gradings where possible, even if not grading, to support their brothers and sisters who are grading.
  2. Attendance at gradings by all students Blue Belt and above is mandatory and students should be in full uniform in order to assist with the grading.
  3. Gradings take place in London every March, June, September and December. Students must take some responsibility for their own learning and request assistance from a senior student (not necessarily a black Belt) at least one month before the grading to ensure that they know their syllabus.
  4. Dami and Sidd will decide who is permitted to grade. Do NOT approach Sifu, Dai siheng Jerome or Dai sijie Nelly. As members of the Examining Board, it is not appropriate for them to decide who should grade. Students should also remember that by virtue of training with Sifu Lai, a higher standard is expected of you, so you should not be offended if permission to grade is refused.


Dear Sifu,

Thank you for another wonderful year of Nampaichuan. Just when I think that I’m getting accustomed to the wonderful art of NPC, this year has taught me more than most, about how difficult and complex the system is. It’s the continual aspect of learning and application that has me so addicted and, along with your selfless and priceless teaching, I feel so privileged to enrol in such a wonderful art, especially when I see friends and colleagues outside of NPC struggle to find the motivation and energy to follow suit. It is rare, in today’s society, to find a teacher or guide who can integrate modern techniques into traditional methods and I feel extremely fortunate to have found such a Sifu.

Thank you for having the patience to teach me over the years. You have generously taught me aspects of my mind and body that I didn’t believe were possible – whilst also helping me to acknowledge that this is just the start of a long, fulfilling journey.

As I remember from your words when I first started almost 20 years ago: NPC is a way of life!


Hello Chris,

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.

Instructor Profile

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.

Sifu Lai
Sifu Lai
Sifu Lai


Pictures and videos from Nam Pai Chuan Golders Green over the years.

  • Sek Koh San
  • Paired stretching
  • End of Year 2019 Adults' Group
  • Warm up
  • Children's Class June 2018
  • Children's Class June 2018 - Sparring Preparation
  • End Of Year 2019 Children's Group
  • Sifu Lai with Dai Sigung Quek
  • Dynamic Stretching
  • Paired Stretching
  • Empty Hand Techniques
  • Dai Sigung Quek's class in Malaysia
  • Children's Class October 2016
  • Training with Master Leow - Penang 2016
  • Children's Class October 2017
  • Breeze Block Breaking Technique
  • Hodford representation - Penang 2016
  • Children Sparring
  • Padwork
  • Dai Sigung Quek Heng Choon
  • Weapons' Training
  • Sifu Lai circa 1980
  • Forms
  • Sifu at the NPC Kings College 25th Anniversary class 2017
  • Jumping Techniques
  • Dai Sigung Quek - Malaysia 2008
  • Paired Padwork
  • Drills
  • Dai Sigung Quek & Sifu Lai - Malaysia 2008
  • Forms
  • Dai Sigung Quek - London 2009
  • Dai Sigung Quek & Sifu Lai - London 2009
  • Dai Sigung Quek teaching the Plum Blossom Staff form - London 2009
  • Chi Gung Practice
  • Dai Sigung Quek's workshop - London 2009
  • Getting ready for Sparring
  • Techniques
  • Children Sparring
  • Children Stretching
  • Dedication
  • Learning a new form
  • Children's Class
  • Children's Class

Contact Us

Contact information for the
Nam Pai Chuan HQ

Unit 2, Hawthorn Business Park, Childs Hill

Info details

You are always welcome to drop in and try a class, paying a sessional fee (£10 for children, £12 for adults). 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.

Training Times

Venue: SQR Gym
Children: 18:00-19:00
Adults: 19:00 – 21:30

Venue: SQR Gym
Children: 09:30 – 10:30
Adults: 10:30 – 12:30

SQR Security Building, Unit 2, Hawthorn Business Park
      165 Granville Road, Childs Hill, NW2 2AZ

07522 409 188 (Nelly Low)
Safeguarding Children Policy

Information for Parents

Instructors' Code of Conduct