Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat is a residential martial arts training offering Kung Fu for combat and self-defense, and Qigong and meditation for health.
Master Iain is a Kung Fu philosopher and author with 36 years of living Kung Fu. Trained personally by Grand Master Tan Soh Tin in Singapore, he’s a two-time world champion and veteran of real street battles. Famous for his high-quality Kung Fu teaching, his instructional films and magazine articles, and for his demonstrations of Iron Shirt Qigong, Master Iain is a mine of information but retains a very practical, down to earth, and realistic approach. Most people who meet him are struck by his air of calm, patience, and wisdom.
Dave's initial success in Kung Fu drew from his experience as a karate teacher and a strong determination to constantly work hard to improve. He has a background in personal training and specializes in strength against body exercises. Dave became attracted to the Kung Fu Retreat as he wanted to get away from modern commercial martial arts and commit his life to the study of genuine Kung Fu. He further wants to explore the spiritual aspects of traditional Chinese martial arts and its associated culture. Dave is based full time at the Kung Fu Retreat.
Andrew is a very patient, clear Instructor. He has a good eye for detail and a calming nature about him. His favourite aspect of teaching is helping others achieve their goals of self-improvement and seeing their progress. The way that all aspects of Kung Fu link together as a martial art and in life is what fascinates him most about it. Andrew teaches our traditional fighting lessons, assists Master Iain with instructor training and takes charge of discussions on kung fu culture, philosophy and wisdom if Master Iain is away.
Craig is a very easy going, popular teacher who can make complex movements seem easy. He is naturally very athletic and keeps up a high level of physical fitness. He has a flair for weapons training and teaches our weapons classes twice a week. He is also interested in San Da (Chinese boxing). He has a deep wish to focus properly on learning and understanding our arts and likes living in the mountains and forests of Northern Thailand with its mix of cultures and ethnicities. Craig is usually present from September to April.
Emily is passionate about her kung fu training. She began training in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu in the USA which she enjoyed greatly but was attracted to Nam Yang 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 practice several styles of chi kung and the study of Chinese philosophy, strategy and culture. She also values greatly the chance to train full time and dedicate herself fully to the arts which she studies.
Kanika has a warm personality and is very approachable. She is deeply interested in kung fu in all its aspects including philosophy, culture and wisdom. Kanika comes from a background in Tae Kwon Do and has great flexibility. He came to the Kung Fu Retreat in 2015 and discovered that Nam Yang’s Kung Fu was her true calling in Martial arts. As well as English Kanika speaks Hindi and Bengali.
James is a diligent student of Kung Fu and an easy going teacher. He connects well with his students which really helps their learning. James had been in the same line of work for 15 years and eventually wanted a different way of life. He began travelling and found his way to our Kung Fu Retreat. He loves how at Nam Yang we challenge ourselves mentally as well as physically. This enables him to learn more about himself every day which is reflected in his teaching. He is a good example to our students and leads from this ethos of self-development.
Suyin is a strong student and assistant Instructor of the Retreat and has a very outgoing and warm personality. She wanted to go beyond fears, maintain and build a strong structure, focus and discipline. She found the Retreat was the best place for it. Suyin assists in the Student Care Team and maintaining the Retreat Grounds. She is Aussie-Swiss and speaks English and French.
from Canada, June 2019
Connection with others and the general environment, as well as the regular exercise.
from India, March 2019
"A good place for those looking for intensive training"
The atmosphere is very positive and the instructors are very committed. In this respect I would like to thank Thomas especially. He is a great teacher. And of course Master Iain, who has created a place where everyone feels welcome and can train seriously.
from Singapore, December 2018
"Unique and Enlightening Experience"
I would like to thank Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat for this unique and enlightening experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I am motivated to continue a healthy lifestyle of healthy eating, yoga, qi gong and meditation. The location was perfect. Teachers were warm, patient, helpful and accommodating. Special mention goes to both excellent Instructors, Master Iian and Thomas(please note that the name of Thomas is not found on the list of Instructors here). Both Master Iian and Thomas ‘walk the talk’ and carry the kind presence, dedication, composure, knowledge and experience truly deserving of respect. Much gratitude!
from United States, November 2018
"Chi Kung Instructor Training"
I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about myself and how I can use Chi Kung/Kung Fu to optimize my experience here on planet Earth and I am excited to share that with others where I live. Master Iain is accessible and accommodating and carries himself very well (like you'd expect from someone who has earned the title master) and his instructors were patient and willing to assist in anyway.
Pai has a great vibe and not too far from retreat.
from Poland, July 2018
It is better than I expected, I dont know what is the reason_ -place?very calm swith the vew on mity mountain, atmosphere -very friendly, and patient instructors,very good meal...I returned so relaxed and much more stronger than I was before.
from United States, November 2017
"Nam yang Kung fu "
Location and instruction
Marc-antoine La Roche
from Canada, November 2019
"Wonderful kung fu experience"
There is no other place like nam yang to get the kung fu experience. The trainings are fun and ??????. There is also a lot of different categories of things to learn, such as routines ( weapons or free hands), punches, blocks, neutralizing an opponent, etc, so you dont always do the same thing. The food is very good. It has pretty much always a base of rice, other than the sunday mornings. The rooms are also pretty comfortable.
from Portugal, June 2019
"Overall exceeded my expectations"
Master Iain, explained everything about the moves and the practice room was big and bright.
from Canada, April 2019
"Never Book Long Term"
Accommodations are clean but no AC in the hot season is rough for 70$ US a night
from Switzerland, February 2019
"great overall experience"
At 62 years of age and no martial art experience, i came with some doubts about my physical or mental abilities to follow this program for 1 month. And i was totally wrong.
The program is constructed in such a way that you do the exercices to the best of your abilities and i did see an improvement of my strength, quickness of reactions and flexibility already after 1 week. The atmosphere of the teaching is always positive. The instructors are very knowledgeable, they show a lot of patience, have a good sense of humor and enforce the needed discipline in a human way. The location is fantastic with a great view over PAI valley, the rooms ( i had a 12 square meters private room in brand new completed building ) are absolutely adequate with all needed facilities.
The food ( breakfast and dinner ) is another highlight of the Retreat. Homelike cooking done by 2 Thai ladies and using only organic ingredients grown on side or near by local farmers.The freshness, the taste and the savor of the food is just remarkable.
In every aspect a great and fulfilling experience.
from Laos, January 2019
We came with our toddler and they were very accommodating and even found us a babysitter that could come on site.
We really liked our main life-balance instructors: Thomas, Sofia, and Scott.
The retreat location is amazing.
Everyone was very welcoming, open, kind, approachable and helpful.
We learnt a lot even in such a short visit and have lots to take home with us.
from Germany, January 2019
The atmosphere was just perfect for the cause. When you enter Nam Yang you're not only entering a beautiful retreat with highly skilled instructors, you're entering a little family. They make you feel at home immediately and your practice is benefitting highly from this. You leave with a range of new skills and new Kung Fu brothers and sisters. Each instructor has their own specific character and style of teaching. I also highly recommend the intensive introduction course, which can speed up your progress and development highly.
from Australia, December 2018
"The experience of a lifetime!"
Came here thinking it will be a very hard experience, but it was life changing! The training, people and scenery make it really outstanding. I'm coming back for sure and will recommend it to everyone I meet!
from Thailand, December 2018
"Good mix of classes"
Probably had 12 - 14 hours of lessons over the two days, really good variety to them, from building blocks of Kung fu to some practical applications.
Where necessary the new starters were split off in the mornings sessions to give us tuition In a smaller group which worked really well
from United Arab Emirates, December 2018
I took my family (3 Kids aged 10, 8 and 3, but only the older ones took the classes) to the 4 day Kung Fu and Qui Gong retreat and we had an amazing experience.
The accommodations are simple, but clean and comfortable, the food was home cooked, fresh and delicious.
All instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. While classes are definitely geared toward an adult group (ours were the only children,) we all learned so much!
We would definitely come back.
from Germany, December 2018
Extremely friendly people, creating a safe environment and focusing on personal development. The scenario could not be better, there are zero distractions and everything around contribute to keep you focused.
from United States, December 2018
From the time I arrived until I left, it was a wonderful experience. Great instructors, who took the time to explain every move and exercise. Great food and the other students were a pleasure to meet. A family atmosphere!
from Indonesia, October 2018
the atmosphere and the schedule
from Thailand, September 2018
"I'm coming back"
The location is amazing with a very zen energy, surrounded by green and a breath taking view.
The food is amazing, healthy, very tasty and they grow all there...organic!
The instructors are amazing, skilled, patient, respectfull, always willing to support and give valuable tips to improve and NO, it's not a military camp, wish was the best for me. It's very disciplined without being in a military way.
from Brazil, June 2018
"Above my expectations"
The retreat was above my expectations. The teachers are well trained, compassive, caring. We have plenty of time to learn and review. The teachers clearly show their interest in being helpful. Healthy environment.
from United Kingdom, May 2018
Loved the location, the training and the food were great (I'm vegan and there was plenty to keep me going)
from Germany, March 2018
"Low budget way of life"
People were skilled and friendly.
from Hungary, January 2018
"Amazing place beautiful people, quality training"
Well i just had an amazing time there the ppl where super nice and the training is high quality i would recommend it to anyone.
Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat in Pai, Thailand, was a fantastic experience. I attended the Retreat for two weeks with the intention of learning more Kung Fu, new meditation practices and 'getting out of the rat race and slowing down'. Did I achieve this at Nam Yang? Yes. Master Iain is very experienced and freely shared his knowledge and understanding of Kung Fu. Whilst Master Iain does not lead all the classes, other trainers or student instructors take most classes. The daily schedule is broken up into training periods: try to have a decent level of fitness if you can before you attend as it an be up to eight hours of training per day. A beginner, or 'unfit' person would manage, but you will get more out of the training with an increased level of fitness. The accommodation is basic (as cited), I would recommend a private room if your budget permits. The meals are mostly vegetarian dishes with rice. If you're a meat eater, or usually consume more protein, consider a supplement or taking in protein powder/bars. Town is a short scooter ride away or twenty minute walk for coffee, beer or an alternative meal. The people I met were from all corners of the globe and truly amazing people. Check out their website and consider calling Master Iain or Dave to discuss your training needs/requirements and go from there.