Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat

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.

Training Camps (21)

22 Days Qi Gong Instructor Training in Pai, Thailand

Dec | Feb | May | Jul | Oct, 2018–2019
    from US$1,678
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    Instructors (7)

    Master Iain Armstrong

    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.


    Marion is very serious about her martial arts. She has experience in BJJ, Muay Thai, kickboxing, but found her true passion in Shaolin Kung Fu. Marion loves sharing her kung fu with her students who find her very thorough, attentive and methodical. Marion is interested in applying her kung fu skills in competition fighting; She is one of our San Da (Chinese boxing) teachers and is a competitive Thai boxer. She is also a certified yoga teacher and horse riding instructor. Hailing from Switzerland she speaks French and German as well as English. Marion is based full time at the Kung fu Retreat


    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.


    Michael is an enthusiastic teacher whilst at the same time maintaining a very relaxed attitude. He first came to the Kung Fu Retreat in 2015 and loved what he found so much that he returned home and worked hard until he had saved enough money to return and join the instructor training program. He intends in the future to open his own kung fu school. Although he has lived most of his life in the US Michael is originally from Guatemala and speaks Spanish as well as English. He is very interested in the history of Shaolin Kung Fu and Nam Yang Pugilistic Association.


    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.


    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.

    Reviews (14)

    Mariola Zak

    from Poland, July 2018

    "Powerfull place"

    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.

    Nelson Hernandez

    from United States, November 2017

    "Nam yang Kung fu "

    Location and instruction


    from Indonesia, October 2018

    the atmosphere and the schedule

    Unaiti Jaime

    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!

    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.

    Ricardo Sasaki

    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.

    James Gill

    from Great Britain, May 2018

    "Wonderful adventure"

    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.

    Tamas Varga

    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.

    Testimonials (4)

    Zander S

    TripAdvisor website

    We were only able to join Nam Yang for 2 days, and it was 100% worth it. The classes were well-taught, we received personalized attention from all of the instructors, and learned an incredible amount in just two days. If you able to join for at least a week, I would highly recommend doing so, but even a day or two will forever change your perspective on kung fu, martial arts, and the way the human body moves. Thanks you to all of our instructors!

    Richard Outhwaite Singapore

    TripAdvisor website

    We randomly decided to spend a few days at Nam Yang retreat, having had no previous martial arts experience.

    The classes were excellent, a nice mix of physical training, fighting and weapon techniques with some chi gong, stretching and meditation. The classes were suitable for people of all fitness levels and martial arts experience.

    Food is delicious and very healthy, a lot of it grown on the retreat too.

    Having never seen any Kung Fu in real life, Master Ian is truly inspiring. Amazing technique, flexibility and all round wise Zen master!

    We booked to come back and spend at least 2 weeks here after. Something different that you won't regret!

    a traveler Australia

    TripAdvisor website

    I had no martial arts experience and stayed at Nam Yang for 2 weeks in February 2017. I had a private room which was basic yet comfortable and the food was extremely nutritious, low fat and filling with a clear display of freshness and taste.

    I am 41 years old, overweight and have not been overly active for the past 10 years as my employment has become more managerial as apposed to physical aswell as wrong diet and lifestyle choices.

    Throughout the 2 weeks I felt more energetic, flexible, stronger both physically and mentally as each day went by. Over the 2 weeks I lost 7kgs and gained muscle and flexibility.

    The training was interesting and could be as demanding as each individual could handle fitness wise. In saying this I would recommend Nam Yang to anybody regardless of physical ability or age to be of benefit to both body and mind.

    The instructors were at different levels but all we're professional and displayed 100% dedication, patience and skill in their delivery of all lessons, training and knowledge to all students.

    Overall Nam Yang is a professional outfit and is a true credit to Master Ian for his knowledge, motivation, training procedures and the foresight for setting up Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat in such a beautiful and appropriate location.

    The only mistake I made was not staying longer, but plan on returning sooner rather than later as the experiences I received there we're both memorable and life changing.

    Fernando Barata Russo

    Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat Facebook page

    My wife and I spent almost a month at the retreat. An amazing experience. Highly recommended even if you are a complete beginner like us.

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