Real Kung Fu is a (better) way of life, not just a form of exercise. The mountain retreat has been carefully developed to allow all of its inhabitants to live the true Kung Fu lifestyle to the full. This is a major part of its attraction.
Nam Yang has a long history of welcoming and uniting people from diverse cultures, bringing them together as part of our kung fu family. Inevitably, members have different cultural expectations, depending on where they have originated. In any Nam Yang club, however, the culture of Chinese Kung Fu takes precedence. This provides a level playing field on which all members can relate equally and, most importantly, train to the best of their ability.
The essence of this Kung Fu culture is contained in Nam Yang’s code of conduct and etiquette guidelines (below). The subtleties can be picked up from the instructors and senior students. Learning about this is an exciting part of the experience at the mountain retreat. Roughly speaking, it means living as part of the Nam Yang family, treating all of your colleagues as you would family and making all newcomers welcome. It means not letting your ego get in the way of training constructively. It means respecting the local culture and not acting or dressing in a way likely to cause offence when out in public. It definitely does not mean that you can’t have fun – our members are usually extremely good at this. Pai town provides a great deal of potential for having fun.
Leading By Example
At the mountain retreat, we are all part of the Nam Yang family. The teachers live, train and eat at the retreat. It is their role to lead by example and personify the spirit of kung fu. Irrespective of a person’s culture, we welcome them and treat them equally and with respect.
Loyalty and Respect
These are two of the most important values in Chinese Kung Fu. We value them highly. All members, from the lowest to the highest, are expected to embody the values of loyalty and respect.
Please find below our code of conduct and all associated documents. These give us guidance on living in harmony with each other in the true spirit of Kung Fu and set us goals to aspire to.
Code of Conduct
Joining Nam Yang Pugilistic Association means becoming part of an ancient tradition dating back to Tat Moh (Bodhidharma), the Shaolin Founder, about 1500 years ago. This involves becoming part of a brotherhood (and sisterhood) of respect and loyalty. Members should strive to uphold the following standards.
If you respect others, they will respect you. Show particular respect to your seniors within the club.
1) Obey all reasonable requests from your seniors, especially the instructors.
2) Maintain and defend the good name of the club.
3) Aspire to the highest standards of moral conduct, displaying humility, honesty, selflessness and dedication.
4) Never discriminate against or bully other members.
5) If you have opinions likely to offend other members or cause arguments, then keep them to yourself.
6) Respect others peoples safety.
7) Do not publicly criticize other clubs.
8) Remain polite and dignified whenever possible.
B) Brotherhood / Sisterhood
Treat anyone within the club as family. Offer them friendship, help and support at all times and never betray their trust. Mix freely at all times and do not form cliques or exclude others.
Do not use your skill to injure others unless forced to do so in self-defense or in the upholding of justice and righteousness.
When dealing with other members or on club business, conduct one’s self in a dignified fashion, not displaying anger or speaking loudly or offensively.
Dedicate yourself to your art and your association. Pursue your training with diligence.
Act at all times in the interests of the association, placing them above your own self-interest.
Addendum to code of conduct:
Since western students have very different cultural expectations to Asians, we make some allowances and issue guidelines as follows: it is acceptable to point out a possible better way of doing things, misinterpretation etc in a constructive manner. The senior party will then take this into account and may revise their decision. Their final decision will, however, stand. In the event of an issue still being unresolved, the complaints / disputes procedure should be implemented.
The code of conduct carries more weight the more directly an issue involves Nam Yang Pugilistic association or any of its members.
Please follow these simple rules, especially in the presence of other clubs:
Respect during lessons
Bow to instructor at the start and end of lesson; if you arrive late, bow to the instructor and await acknowledgement before joining in.
When training with a partner, salute before and after.
When demonstrating a technique, salute to partner before and after.
If photos of the master are present, bow to masters at start and end of lesson.
Respect for seniors
Treat your seniors with respects at all time – the more senior the more respect.
Visiting other clubs
Show maximum respect and be on your best behavior. In particular:
Bow on entry / departure. If an altar is present, face it when bowing.
Do not show any martial arts unless invited to do so.
Do not touch any equipment unless invited to do so. This especially concerns weapons and lion dance equipment.
Show respect for any altar present: do not stand / sit with your back to it, do not photograph it – if in doubt, ask your instructor.
Allow your seniors to begin the meal before you do.
Use chopsticks sensibly, when not eating, lay them beside your bowl.
Before and after sparring:
- Salute your partner
- Salute your instructor
Junior Behaviour Code
a) Respect. If you respect other people, they will respect you! You should be particularly respectful with your parents, the instructors and people in the club who are more senior than you and your teachers at school.
Here are some ways you can show more respect
1) Make sure you do what you are told by your parents and instructors – and do it straight away. Never argue.
2) Always behave well when you are wearing your uniform so our club keeps a good name.
3) Never speak badly about other people – whatever they have done.
4) Show respect for everyone else in the club and never bully them.
5) If people are different from you by their colour, religion, the way they are built or anything else, still show them as much respect.
6) Make sure you don’t hurt anyone else.
7) Be polite.
b) Brotherhood. Treat everyone in the club as if they were your family. Be friendly to everyone, help them out and make sure they can always trust you.
c) Behavior. Be honest, selfless and dedicated to your art and humble of your achievements.
d) Responsibility. Don’t use your martial arts to hurt someone unnecessarily. Never teach martial arts to anyone else without clear permission from your instructor.
e) Selflessness. Don’t be selfish. Put club members first and yourself second.
Part 2: Being Polite
a) Bowing / Saluting. At the start and end of each lesson, bow to the instructor and to the picture of Master Tan if there is one.
b) Being clean, smart and safe
Make sure you are washed before training.
Cut your finger and toe nails.
Cover any cuts you have.
Make sure your uniform is clean and worn properly.
c) Eating. Allow your seniors to begin eating first. Behave sensibly and politely.
Instructors’ Code of Conduct
Adhere rigidly to the club’s code of conduct and by so doing set the best example to students. Do not assume that the code of conduct can be ignored when it suits you!
At all times set the best possible example to students.
Never become involved in relationships with students, or lead them to believe that you might wish to do so.
Adhere to all policies: Child protection, Health & Safety, Equality etc.
Discharge all of your statutory duties eg recording of accidents, keeping of registers.
Maintain professional standards when dealing with other instructors, in particular: treat all other instructors respectfully and do not undermine them in front of students; do not interrupt them when they are teaching unless vitally important; do not prevent them from starting their lessons punctually, either by engaging them in conversation or otherwise.
Arrive punctually. Allow 15 minutes between arriving and starting a lesson.
Wear full uniform in a clean, respectable condition.
Ensure that the area in which you teach is left in as clean and tidy a condition as you found it and that all equipment has been replaced properly.
Treat your students with the respect that they deserve, thus setting a good example for them.
Parent Code Of Conduct.
In particular, parents are requested to conduct themselves in a dignified fashion, set a good example when in the presence of children and accept the authority of the instructors etc with regards to club matters.
Parents should not force their child to take part in a class/lesson.
Parents should not punish or belittle their child for losing or making mistakes e.g. in Gradings or Competitions.
When dealing with matters related to the association, parents are requested to follow the code of conduct (see above).
Complaints / Disputes Policy.
Complaints / disputes will be dealt with promptly and in accordance with Nam Yang Pugilistic Association’s code of conduct and local and national law as appropriate.
Complaints / disputes should be referred to the supervising instructor who will deal with them.
In the event that a satisfactory outcome is not obtained, matters may be referred to the instructor in question’s direct superior. In the event that significant time is required to reach a decision, the instructor will charge for their time at their normal hourly rate.
Ultimately, complaints / disputes will be referred to the country’s most senior instructor whose decision will be binding.
Abuse of this procedure will become a disciplinary issue.
Discipline Within the Mountain Retreat.
The instructors will deal considerately and compassionately with any problems which arrive and explain respectfully when behavior needs to be modified. They will not accept disrespect or abuse. Extreme cases may result in a formal reprimand, a delay in grading to the next level or, ultimately, expulsion from the school.