Cardiff Central Kung Fu Club teaching Shaolin Gaocan Mun Nam-Pai-Chuan Kung Fu. We hope this site provides a description of our system as well as contacts for people interested in doing shaolin kung fu.

The classes are held at the Sport Wales National Centre (formally the Welsh Institute of Sport), Sophia Gardens on Mondays and Thursdays from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. There is a free car park at the Sport Wales Centre for people using its facilities. Our club has two black belt instructors; Sifu Ryan Pace and Jack Ellis. The Senior Instructor Sifu Pace is a sixth degree black belt and has over 25 years of martial arts experience and Jack Ellis is a second degree black belt with over 10 years martial arts experience. If you are thinking of taking up Kung-Fu then you are welcome to come along and take part in one of our sessions. Your second training session is FREE so why not take the opportunity to find out what we can offer. The classes cater for a wide variety of individuals whether your a complete novice or have done martial arts before. If you are looking to keep fit, improve flexibility, learn self defense and the art of kung fu, this will be the class for you.

The name of our system is Shaolin Gaocan Mun Nam-Pai-Chuan (NPC), one of the styles in the rich and vast canopy of Chinese Martial Arts. Nam-Pai-Chuan is a very broad style, incorporating all elements of true martial arts. Thus our system embodies many techniques: kicking, punching, locking (chin-na), take-downs, throws, nerve points, etc, in any combination with each other. This approach may not appeal to some, but we believe that you cannot hope to know which aspect of Martial Arts you wish to specialise in until you have a firm grounding in the general broad-based theory and practice of it.

Being a broad System, we are able to encompass many elements which could be seen as "styles" in their own right. We have a very rich weapons heritage, with eighteen traditional weapons taught in the System. In addition to this we have styles based upon the various animal forms prevalent in Chinese Martial Arts, such as Monkey, Tiger, Snake and Crane forms, to name but a few.

Having said that we are more than just a physical manifestation of Martial Arts. Breathing exercises (chi-gung) play an important role in our system, helping with internal conditioning through control of the body's chi (energy or life force).

We have also recognised that women's self-defence has its own needs and requirements. Therefore, the NPC organisation has classes dedicated to women's self-defence approach to martial arts. This is an essential element of our system.

Teaching Philosophy

First and foremost, we are a Martial Art not a sport. Hence, we accord it the respect due to a Martial Art. Students are expected to obey certain rules of courtesy and good behaviour. We teach Chinese Martial Arts in a traditional and sincere manner, but with constant regard to practical requirements. Whilst we do not propose to ignore tradition and aesthetics just to be practical, neither do we wish to be slaves to tradition and disregard practical purposes and situation.

How Long do You Need to Train Before You Become Competent?

This is very subjective since "competence" is a relative term. However, a student who trains diligently twice a week for six months will begin to feel physical and spiritual benefit. One who has done so for a year should be better equipped to defend himself or herself in most circumstances. Still learning just the "moves" is not the main objective, because apart from that, Martial Arts help you to develop your character and ability to focus, improving confidence and humility.

What are Our Students and Classes Like?

Our members come from all races, countries and creeds. We have many children in NPC and some of our centres have classes for children. About 40% of our students are female.

Each class will differ depending on its composition and upon the instructor's teaching scheme for that centre. During our classes, we will do our utmost to ensure your safety. All our instructors are very dedicated individuals with a fine sense of control over the class.

A consistent factor in many classes will be limbering, stretching, conditioning and breathing exercises which take up to about forty minutes of a two hour session. We then teach the basic techniques of our System including traditional Chinese Classical Forms or sequences.

This may at first glance appear to require a certain amount of aggression and energy, especially for beginners, but we believe one needs to understand the nature of energy and the best way to do so is to feel it yourself. It also allows you to understand your physical "Centre". As in the traditional Chinese Martial Arts tradition, our students frequently train in pairs, allowing you to actually practice a technique, without being confused by abstract mental concepts.

Development and Progression within the System

Grading examinations are held every 3 months or so. At certain times of each term, we will pay special attention towards preparing students for the grading examinations. Those who progress to black belt rank may then be eligible for Assistant Instructors' and Instructors' qualification courses. Upon qualification, you will be entitled to teach Nam-Pai-Chuan under the centre licensing agreements that exist for the control of proper standards and the promotion of the Art.

Why do Shaolin Nam Pai-Chuan Kung Fu?

We aim to provide martial arts training in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where students and adults, learn practical self defence techniques, make new friends, and get fit.

We will provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice traditional Shaolin Martial Arts and Chi Gung.

NPC allows us to become better people. Students will develop an increase in awareness, self confidence, become more tolerant and patient, have integrity in their abilities and become more disciplined. This is one of the true benefits of a traditional martial art.

Our qualified instructors are dedicated individuals who will ensure training is carried in a safe manner and help everyone to fulfil their physical and mental martial art potential.

Come and Train with Us

You are always welcome to join us in training at any one of our Centres throughout the country. Initially, you may train in loose pants and a T-shirt. Jewellery should not be worn and those items which cannot be removed (e.g. rings) should be taped over. In centres where the floor conditions are poor, the use of soft shoes is recommended. Otherwise, no footwear is required. You may also use headbands and wristbands if it helps you. Those with long hair should have it tied up.

You are welcome at any time, whether to train or watch, since the learning of Chinese Kung Fu is an ongoing process with no well-defined start.

We look forward to meeting you. The committee can be contacted by email at:

Recognition and Insurance

Nam-Pai-Chuan has been taught in the United Kingdom since 1979. We are a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) in the United Kingdom. Through the BCCMA we provide comprehensive insurance for all our students and instructors.


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