Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan

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Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan is the generic name for southern Shaolin boxing. This could include the five major family styles of Southern Chinese martial arts. The Shaolin school of martial arts has a history dating back to about 520 AD when the legendary monk Ta Mo (Bohdidharma) arrived at the Shaolin Temple of Sung Shan in Honan province northern China. Ta Mo organized the monks at the monastery to carry out solitary meditation, but became frustrated when the monks frequently fell asleep.

He introduced the monks to an exercise regime which was to improve their stamina and therefore their mental capabilities. These eighteen basic exercises are deemed to be the beginnings of the Shaolin Martial Arts.

A second Shaolin school was constructed about a thousand years ago at Chuan Chow in Fukien Province in South China. A Buddhist priest named Ta Tsun Shen is believed to be the founding father of this temple. The fame of this school was widespread and lots of fighting students went there to improve their skills.

Both temples existed during times of war in China and were famous for supplying monks for military service to overcome marauding bands of barbarians. The monks themselves became rebels and the rulers of the time, fearful of their fighting skills ordered the destruction of the temples and the massacre of the occupants.

With the passing of time and history the Shaolin art was disseminated throughout China and abroad. Naturally after so many years many different schools were born. The Nam Pai Chuan System owes its origins partly to the teachings of Monk Seh Koh San (Cho Si/ Ancestor) who became the abbot of the Shaolin Siong Lim Temple in Singapore.

The students taught by Cho Si belong to the second chamber 49th generation of Shaolin. Amongst Seh Koh San’s students was Master Quek Heng Choon who trained with Cho Si until his demise. Master Quek returned to Malaysia to begin teaching when in 1967 he was joined by a student called Christopher Lai Khee Choong.

Founder of Nam Pai Chuan System, Master Lai 2nd Chamber 50th generation, who had studied martial arts since 1959 also studied with Master Leow Cheng Koon from 1974. Master Lai brought the Shaolin System Nam Pai Chuan to the UK in 1979. This system now has many sworn students of all races and creeds these are the 2nd chamber 51st generation.

Gary O’Sullivan (Our Sifu) has been studying Martial Arts since 1970 these include Tae Kwon Do, Wu Shu Kwan and Judo. Finally training with Master Lai in London. Gary has stayed with Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan ever since.