Style


One of the styles in the rich and vast panoply of Chinese Martial Arts. Gao Can Mun 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 tandem 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 termed as 'styles' in their own right. We have a very rich weapons heritage, with the 18 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 the Leopard Crane and Snake forms, to name but a few. Having said that we are more than just a physical manifestation of martial arts. Breathing exercises (chigung) play an important role within our system, helping with internal conditioning through control of the body's chi.



Philosophy


We are a martial art, not a sport, hence we accord it due respect. Students are expected to observe certain rules of courtesy and good behaviour. We teach in a traditional, sincere, friendly and safe manner, with constant regard for practical considerations. We successfully balance traditional aesthetics with practical requirements. We do not force our students to do try everything all at once but will always encourage them to have a go. It all takes time, effort, continuous and conscientious practice whilst at the same time being determined, aware of the individual limitations and potential.

The formalised approach to our teachings is aided through use of the system syllabus. Whilst we believe that a student must decide upon themselves the rate at which they excel, by having a syllabus our students have some targets to work towards.
Grading examinations are held every 3 months and belts are issued as formal indication of level. Our teaching system equips students with a solid grounding in the practice of martial arts and this can lead to a number of specialisations. However, learning mere moves is not the main objective, as true martial arts help you develop your spiritual dimension, improving both your confidence and humility.



History


The Shaolin style Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan has its roots and origins in the traditional Martial Arts practiced by the Shaolin Monks of China over 200 years ago. Though much of Martial Arts history could be told in the form of legends and stories of Martial Arts heroes, it is widely accepted that Shaolin Kung Fu was brought to China and Japan/Korea in the year 525AD by a travelling Buddhist monk known to the Chinese as "Da-Moh" (Bodhidharma).

He is credited with having taught Kung Fu to the monks in order to strengthen them for meditation and prayer. It is hard to believe that war-like nations like the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans did not possess a Martial Arts skill of their own. The truth is probably that Da-Moh consolidated these skills and had the organisational ability to propound it to his students. Through the years, the Art has grown and developed into many diverse forms and schools but regardless of the style, they could all be traced back to Da-Mo (Bodhidharma).

The Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan tradition or style can trace its line far back to Great Grandmaster Hui Cheng of the Chek Chian Nan Hai Pooi Chee Temple in China. Master Hui was a direct descendant of the Southern Shaolin tradition taught by Buddhist monks in the tradition of Da-Mo. One of Master Hui Cheng's students was Grand Master Seh Koh San.