FAQ

The words Kung Fu can be translated roughly as ‘hard work, long time’ and can be applied to any art which takes a long time to master.  Kung Fu is more of a way of life than just a selfdefence system. 

Learning Kung Fu is a great way to develop yourself both physically and mentally.  As well as increasing strength and all-round fitness, it helps to build disciplineconfidence and self-esteem. 

Almost everyone. 

It does require a certain amount of concentration and coordination, so for that reason we do not recommend pre-school children to learn.  Seniors and those recovering from injuries may need to take things easier, so lessons will be tailored accordingly.  Let us know your concerns and we can discuss. 

In Nam Yang, we practise Tiger Crane combination; a classic Southern Shaolin style which emphasizes intricate hand techniques thrown from a solid, stable stance.  Being close to the original Shaolin white crane, this style emphasizes the use of touch sensitivity to connect to an opponent and feel their movement and intention, countering them immediately when they initiate a move, before it can become dangerous.  It also uses ‘springy’ power generated from the tendons rather than the muscle; the hallmark of genuine Shaolin kung fu.  The Tiger-Crane combination is designed for closequarters fighting, so is a great system for self-defence. 

While we can’t guarantee that accidents won’t happen, the experience at Nam Yang is designed to be completely safe.  Everyone who comes is encouraged to push themselves only to a level they are comfortable with, and they only end up increasing their health, stamina and flexibility.  Sparring is started very gently and only increased along with experience.  We do not encourage hard sparring since it often leads to injuries.  

A routine sports or similar injury should not hold you back, but please tell us about it beforehand, so that we can tailor the training accordingly. The most important thing to remember is not to do anything which could aggravate your injury, even if other people are doing it.   So, for example, do not squat lower or stretch further than is safe.  In particular, the Qi Gong that we do is fairly soft and aimed at recovery and improving health so if anything, it should help your recovery.  If in doubt, consult a doctor. 

You need not worry about being new to this. Most of our students arrive with no knowledge or experience in Kung Fu, or Qigong, but all leave fitter, experienced, and better than when they came.  We do have breaks in our sessions and it is also possible for individuals to rest for a bit if they need to.  It is very likely that there will be others here with zero experience. Our advice: Do not hesitate, you will not regret coming. 

It may well do, but you must be open-minded and willing to “un-learn” certain aspects if necessary. 

A few: 

  1. Please arrive on time or slightly early for your first lesson.  Speak to one of our instructors and, if you have questions, this will be a good time to ask. 
  2. Most people feel more confident if they come with people they know, and friends can help keep you motivated.  We provide free trial sessions for all, please just let us know how many of you are coming. 
  3. On your first visit wear loose, comfortable clothing such as jogging bottoms and t-shirt. Flat soled sports shoes are good but bare feet are OK. 
  4. Feel free to bring drinks, but these should not be sweet or carbonated.  Water is perfect. 
  5. We are very friendly and will not involve you in anything dangerous as a beginner. 

Want to know more about our Association?  See our History & Arts section for more information. 

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