Our Mission:
To provide unrivalled quality training and rejuvenation for all visitors in the best possible environment.

What is Nam Yang?

The Nam Yang Pugilistic Association is one of the world’s oldest Traditional Chinese Shaolin Temple Martial Arts schools.

Nam Yang teaches Southern Shaolin Martial Arts styles, including Tiger-Crane Kung Fu and Shaolin Weapons systems, Hard and Soft Chi Kung, and Shuang Yang Pei Ho or the Sun and Frost White Crane Soft Internal Art. Nam Yang has trained students to become world ranked martial artists and our demonstration teams have performed around the world.

The Mountain Retreat is designed to be the ultimate martial arts training Qigong and Meditation venue. It is set on 12.6 acres of land on the side of a mountain spur, bordering the jungle and maintaining awesome views across the Pai river valley to mountains which rise steadily to the Himalayas.

In the early morning, when we begin training, the mountains are usually shrouded in mist which gradually clears as the sun rises.

The school is built in the local Shan style architecture according to Chinese Feng shui principles.

We have our own kitchen and dining area where we prepare all of our own food.  We grow our own organic vegetables, fruit and herbs.  What we do not grow ourselves we source from local farmers and markets for quality and freshness.

Rooms are very spacious and comfortable with fan and en-suite shower room and toilet / wash room.

We have wireless internet which is free to all those staying here.

Our training facilities include two octagonal training areas - an open area 18m x 18m and a roofed area 13m x 13m with 2cm thick mats throughout – and a dedicated ‘Kung Fu gym’ with 6 punch bags, matted and hard floor areas, weights, parallel bars, chin up bars, gymnastics rings and specialist Kung Fu training equipment like the general’s pole,sandbags for fist conditioning and kicking dummies.

Additional facilities include a prayer house, which may be used for meditation / prayer, an office and a huge statue of Tat Moh (Boddhidharma), the Shaolin founder.

The Kung Fu retreat provides fantastic photo / video opportunities, with constantly changing views according to the season. It is also sheltered behind a mountain ridge so that no built up areas are within view – only farms, small villages, forested mountains etc. – but is in fact only 5 minute ride/drive from the lively town of Pai with its multitude of restaurants, bars, cafes etc. so you really do get the best of both worlds!

The Nam Yang Retreat is designed to give a complete experience, providing the best training, food, fun, air, medicine, views and rest.

This way, our students get the best experience and the best results. You can expect to leave the Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat feeling healthier, stronger and more alert than when you arrived.

This has taken 10 – 15 years off my age!  It has lowered my blood pressure and pulse rate.  It has given me balance in my mind as well as my body.” – Sid

Beautiful Thailand Location

If you have ever been to Thailand before, you will know that there is nowhere like it! We love Thailand, which is why we are here. We offer a unique opportunity to pursue Chinese martial arts seriously whilst enjoying the fantastic Thai atmosphere in the area of Pai – set in the Mountains of Northern Thailand. All of our training areas have breathtaking mountain views which change constantly according to weather, season and time of day. They give an emotional charge which helps us train that bit better. If you are considering going to train in Asia, why not train somewhere nice?

Famous International Teachers

We endeavour to engage the best international Kung Fu masters. All of our teachers are long term members of Nam Yang and all teach the same arts – no confusion, no contradictions. Grand Master Tan Soh Tin has 64 years of martial arts experience behind him and is the head of Nam Yang. Iain Armstrong has 34 years experience, is a two-time world champion and is head of Nam Yang UK. All teachers speak perfectly fluent English. Nam Yang is an international organisation and our teachers are used to dealing with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds and our instructors are always excited to take on new students.Read more about our Kung Fu teachers

First Class Arts

As part of the Nam Yang Kung Fu family, our arts are part of the direct Shaolin lineage as founded by the monk Tat Moh (Boddhidharma) approx. 520AD.They are not modernised or simplified. They are some of the most effective still practised. We build mind, body, spirit and energy. We build confidence, self respect and self esteem. We know what sets our students apart is not the art they practice, but who they become during the process – we strive to give people an opportunity to grow as individuals. We train in:

Quality Food

Quality food is essential for martial artists in hard training. We have our own kitchen garden, herb garden and fruit trees. What we do not grow ourselves we source from local farmers and markets for quality and freshness.  We prepare local style food but use selected medicinal herbs to improve its value. Our diet is calculated to best support our Kung Fu training, mediation and vitality: we understand that we are what we eat! Read more about our food and home farm and herbal medicine.

Comfortable Living Quarters

At the Kung Fu Retreat, we offer comfortable facilities with beds, shelf spaces, toilets and bathrooms in every room. The retreat is also outfitted with widely available electricity and wifi. Room specifications.

A Friendly Environment

In Nam Yang, we believe that providing a social environment is vital to fostering a positive training and meditation experience. There is always exposure to great new people, and many of our visitors come away forming relationships that they will hold on to for the rest of their lives. Many of our students return year after year.

Top Notch Training Facilities

Our covered training area is 13m by 13m and fully covered in good quality mats. It is roofed but has open sides so that a breeze flows through. This design means that it can be used throughout the day, even when hot.  Our open training area is 18m by 18m with stunning views and a concrete floor.  Our ‘Kung Fu Gym’ is a unique facility with all of the equipment needed for Kung Fu conditioning and development.  We have a dedicated meditation / prayer room, a library, and now a tree house for meditation and quiet contemplation.Read more about our training facilities

A Great Town Nearby

We are a 5-10 minute ride / drive from the centre of town. Pai is a tourist town with very many amenities and a lot going on. There is every opportunity to hit the town and have some fun when you are not training. Read more about Pai

Small Groups, Personalized Training & Choice of Courses

Our group sizes are small. Numbers range from 3 – 25 averaging about 12. Our training is tailored to suit the individuals present: real Kung Fu is not something which can be mass produced. We interview each of our students on arrival so as to best understand their needs and aspirations and do our best to give exactly what is wanted.  We will be happy to give you an estimate of how many other people will be staying at the time when you want to book. Our basic Kung Fu training program is the ‘Shaolin Warrior Program‘ which we have refined over the last seven years to get the absolute best out of everyone who comes here. We also run an intensive introductory course to get people off to a quick start and private tuition for those who want. Check out our range of courses now!

Fresh Air

All of our training involves Chi Kung. Put in the simplest terms, this involves breathing in fresh Chi energy. The north of Thailand is world famous for having some of the world’s best Chi, which flows down from the Himalayan mountains, the roof of the world. We are located so as to make our Chi Kung as effective as possible by taking advantage of the best quality chi. It works – as you will very quickly find out when you come to train with us.

A Fair Price

We offer residential training with meals starting from $32.00US per day (depending on the length of stay). These prices are highly competitive by Thai standards and ridiculously cheap by western standards (consider the cost of food and accommodation in the west, never mind training), making the Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat a truly unique place.  Check our trip advisor reviews to see what our students got from their time with us.  Use our contact form to get a personal reply answering any questions you might have. 🙂  Go ahead – see what Kung Fu can do for YOU.

ABOUT NAM YANG

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The Nam Yang Pugilistic Association is one of the world’s oldest Traditional Chinese Shaolin Temple Martial Arts schools. The Kung Fu retreat in Nam Yang teaches Southern Shaolin Martial Arts styles, including Tiger-Crane Kung Fu and Shaolin Weapons systems, Hard and Soft Chi Kung, Lion and Dragon Dancing and Shuang Yang Pei Ho or the Sun and Frost White Crane Soft Internal Art. Nam Yang has trained students to become world ranked martial artists and our Lion and Dragon Dance teams perform around the world.

ABOUT THE KUNG FU RETREAT

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Our mountain retreat is designed to be the ultimate martial arts training and meditation venue. It is set on 12.6 acres of land on the side of a mountain spur, bordering the jungle and maintaining awesome views across the Pai river valley to mountains which rise steadily to the Himalayas.

In the early morning, when we begin training, the mountains are usually shrouded in mist which gradually clears as the sun rises. The school is built in the local Shan style architecture according to Chinese Feng shui principles.

We grow our own vegetables and in the near future expect to be self-sufficient for rice, corn, vegetables, herbs and eggs. Rooms are very spacious and comfortable with fan and suite shower room and toilet / wash room. We have our own kitchen and dining area where we prepare all of our own food, using homegrown ingredients wherever possible. We have wireless internet which is free to all those staying here. Our training facilities include two octagonal training areas: an open area 18m x 18m and a roofed area 13m x 13m with 2cm thick mats throughout. We also have a training circuit with poles, a tyre dummy, punch bags and parallel bars. Additional facilities include a prayer house, which may be used for meditation / prayer, an office and a huge statue of Tat Moh (Bodhidharma) the Shaolin founder.

The mountain Kung Fu retreat provides fantastic photo / video opportunities, with constantly changing views according to the season. It is also sheltered behind a mountain ridge so that no built-up areas are within view – only farms, small villages, forested mountains etc. – but is in fact only 5 minute ride/drive from the lively town of Pai with its multitude of restaurants, bars, cafes etc. so you really do get the best of both worlds! The mountain retreat is designed to give a complete experience, providing the best training, food, fun, air, medicine, views and rest. This way, our students get the best experience and the best results. You can expect to leave the Nam Yang Mountain Retreat feeling healthier, stronger and more alert than when you arrived.

ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

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Within each and every one of us there lies the potential to be great. To go further, to be better, to achieve more. We are all born with a spark of greatness, glowing deep inside us. But as life takes its toll and the world wears us down, that spark begins to fade and we begin to slide down into ordinariness – and all of that potential is wasted. To succeed we need to find discipline, we need to find inspiration, we need to find great strength within us. In short, we need to find a way. In Chinese, that way has a name. It is called Kung Fu.

The words Kung Fu; mean hard work over a long time. And that is exactly what it is.  Transformation is not easy. Greatness does not come without effort. Kung Fu means pushing yourself past your limits over and over again. Digging deep and finding that spark.

Shaolin Kung fu has been developed over 1500 years by generations of totally dedicated, focused individuals to become the ultimate force for change from within. For unleashing our true selves.

At our Thailand Kung Fu camp, we train body, mind, emotion, spirit and soul. We strengthen our tendons until our body is held together as a single springy mass filled with energy, just waiting to explode out. We stretch to open our bodies, open our minds, straighten our posture and walk tall. We harden our fists until they can smash through concrete. We sharpen our reflexes until we move like a shadow.  We push through pain to strengthen our character. We persevere and endure to discipline our minds.  And through perseverance comes success!

The Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat is a place of discovery and transformation.

It is a place where you will confront yourself and break the bonds that are holding you back. It is a place where, instead of learning modernized, superficial Kung Fu, you will learn the old way and its philosophy, traditions, ethos, culture and wisdom. It is a place from which you will emerge stronger, wiser, clearer and better.