A chance to train with Emily McCarten, an Instructor from Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat, Pai Thailand, and Steve Keen, Lead Instructor at Nam Yang UK Headquarters to get feedback, ask questions, and meet more of the Nam Yang community.

Epsom, near London, England.
November 30th – December 1st
Intended for those who have trained with us before and are looking to improve their ability.


What you will learn:

  • Coaching on:
    • Sum Chien
    • The Tiger – Crane art
    • Shuang Yang
    • Tong Ling Chi Kung
    • Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung
    • Pushing hands / sticky hands.
    • Shaolin weapons.

    Plenty of opportunities to ask questions and seek feedback.  

    Optional dinner on Saturday evening.

    Optional grading after the finish on Sunday afternoon with Steve Keen.


Emily is an Instructor at Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat, Thailand and is very passionate and dedicated in her Kung Fu Training.  She began training in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu which she enjoyed greatly but was attracted to Nam Yang in 2016 as a student because of the history and integrity of its arts. Rather than a mix of styles and routines, what she found at the Kung Fu Retreat was a tightly connected system of internal kung fu, external kung fu and weapons supported by the practise several styles of chi kung and the study of Chinese philosophy, strategy and culture.  

After her 6 month stay in 2016, she returned to the Retreat in 2017 to begin the Apprentice Instructor Course.  She stayed at the Retreat for a full 6 months on the program and returned in 2018 to stay full time for 1 year & 8 months. She assists the Nam Yang Team in taking care of the Communications Management and supports the Marketing Team for Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat.  

Now, she is looking to assist in promoting, encouraging and developing Nam Yang Pugilistic Association and the Tiger Crane Combination world-wide by teaching International Courses and opening a club in the near future.

Steve Keen is the Lead Instructor at Nam Yang’s UK Headquarters.  He has Trained with Master Iain for 20 years already, starting at the age of 6.  As a English Kickboxing Champion, he is also Nam Yang’s most successful ever competition fighter.



11.00 Tong Ling Chi Kung.

12.00 Shuang Yang.

1.30 Lunch

2.15 Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung

3:00 Sum Chien and The Tiger – Crane art

4.30 Pushing hands / sticky hands.

5.15 Finish.


Optional dinner Saturday evening – details to be agreed on by those who are going.



10.00 Shuang Yang.

11.30 Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung

11.45 Sum Chien and The Tiger – Crane art

1.30 Lunch

2.15 Shaolin weapons.

3.45 Pushing hands / sticky hands

4.30 Finish.

5.15 Grading (optional, please let us know in advance if you would like to take part).


What we will cover in these sessions:

Whilst this depends largely on what you ask for, the teaching will cover:


Tong Ling Chi Kung:

  • Feedback and corrections as you do the exercises on stance, posture, stretching, and chi. 
  • Questions and answers.


Shuang Yang:


  • Talk on the underlying movements of the routine and how to build relaxation, flow, etc.  (Using the whole body, Using the Breath, Treating the Routine as is – 1 move with 66 applications/movements)
  • Understanding and enhancing the principles and fundamentals: What are you doing? Where are you stretching? 
  • Coaching on the Shuang Yang routine.
  • Questions and answers.



  • Building on the Mind, Body, Spirit as a whole (How to build focus of all 3 into 1.  Staying in the Present.)
  • Talk on ways to build the routine on your own time/How to make the best of your training/practice.
  • Coaching on the Shuang Yang routine.
  • Questions and answers.


Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung:



  • Detailed walkthrough and explanation of the benefits of each movement, breathing, stance, and how to do it so as to get the full benefit.
  • Perform the Routine with corrections & feedback.
  • Questions and answers.



  • Perform the routine with feedback.
  • Questions and answers.


Sum Chien and the Tiger – Crane art.


  • Generating Springy Power: What is it? How? Exercises to Improve. Connection of the Core. 
  • Proper use of the Stance and Joints : Extension, Gripping, Expansion/Compression (Stretch)
  • The Sum Chien Face & Breathing.
  • Perform the Sum Chien and the Higher Routines if wanted with General Feedback. 
  • Questions and answers.



  • Talk about the Sum Chien: 3 Wars = Mind, Body, Spirit.  Working through all 3. 
    • Using the Mind: Focus, Intention. 
    • Using the Body: Using the Stance, The Core/Lower Tan Tien, Relaxation & Flow. 
    • Using the Spirit: Developing and Enhancing Character into the Routine. 
  • Perform the Sum Chien and the Higher Routines if wanted with General Feedback. 
  • Questions and answers.


Shaolin weapons.

  • Coaching on the routines.
  • Developing Character & Spirit into the Routines without loosing the technical details. 
  • Using the Weapon as it truly is – A weapon! 
  • Questions and answers.


Pushing hands / sticky hands.

Practical session:

  • Practise with partners.
  • Coaching on technique:
    • Blocking/Redirecting
    • Striking/Pushing Points – How to get over the bridge. 
    • Accuracy.
    • Building Confidence, Relaxation, and Flow.  Doing the movements properly. 
  • Questions and answers.