Nam Pai Chuan

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Nam Pai Chuan
Also known asNorth-South Fist
FocusStriking, Chin Na, Qigong, Dim mak, weapons training
Country of originChina
CreatorSeh Koh San (1886-1960)
Famous practitionersQuek Hen Choon
Christopher Lai Khee Choong
ParenthoodWuzuquan, Southern Shaolin Kung Fu (Fut Gar, Luohanquan, Nanquan)
Olympic sportNo

Nam Pai Chuan is a Shaolin kung fu style with centres in the UK, Belgium, France, New Zealand,[1] Canada, Japan, Australia and Malaysia. The name means "North-South Fist" and indicates its origin in the central Chinese style called "Fat Gar Kuen". This style was brought to Malaysia by Cho-Si (ancestral master) Seh Koh San, who became abbot of the Siong Lim Temple in Singapore, and died in 1960 at the age of 74. When Seh Koh San was young he learned Wuzuquan from Cho Pew; and southern Shaolin Kung Fu (which has been referred to as Fut Gar, Luohanquan, Nanquan, Ng Ying Kungfu). from chief abbot Wei Jing.[2] One of his students was Quek Hen Choon, who is famous for his demonstrations of Ying Qigong.[3] The style was brought to London in 1979 by one of his students and founder of Nam Pai Chuan, Christopher Lai Khee Choong, and has since expanded to include many centres on the UK and other countries.

Nam Pai Chuan is a very broad style, and includes kicking, punching, chin na locking, take-downs, throwing, pressure points (dim mak), weapons and many other techniques, as well as Chi Gung (breathing energy exercises). It also combines elements of Judo, Wadō-ryū and Taekwondo.[4]


  1. ^ Zaryd Wilson (22 August 2016). "Whanganui kung fu black belts return". Wanganui Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-10-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Cho-Si Seh Koh San". Nam Pai Chuan Kung Fu. Retrieved 2016-10-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The Martial Arts History of Master Quek Heng Choon". Shaolin Kung Fu Nam Pai Chuan. Retrieved 2016-10-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Chris Crudelli (2008). The Way of the Warrior. Dorling Kindersley Ltd. ISBN 14-0533-750-8.

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