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.

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5 Days Shaolin Kung Fu Course in Pai, Thailand

Available from February till December
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22 Days Qi Gong Instructor Training in Pai, Thailand

Feb | May | Jun | Jul | Oct | Nov, 2020
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    Instructors (8)

    Master Iain Armstrong








    Reviews (34)

    Luisa Pinto

    from Brazil, December 2019

    "Great training, beautiful location"

    The location is amazing, doing chi gong early morning watching the sun rising over the mountains was encouraging to get out of bed.

    All the trainers were beyond patient and caring. There is support for your practice anytime really. I was surprised how much I could learn in 10 days.

    Alice Macuz

    from Spain, December 2019

    "The real Kung Fu Family"

    The whole package exceeded my expectations!

    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 Canada, June 2019

    Connection with others and the general environment, as well as the regular exercise.

    Sylvia Merton

    from Portugal, June 2019

    "Overall exceeded my expectations"

    Master Iain, explained everything about the moves and the practice room was big and bright.

    Christian Poulin

    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 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.

    Christian Genolet

    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.

    Stefan Dotter

    from Germany, January 2019

    "Incredible Experience"

    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 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 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

    "Great Experience"

    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.

    Fernando Bernardelli

    from Germany, December 2018

    "Unique experience"

    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.

    Michael Stonebreaker

    from United States, December 2018

    "Great Experience!"

    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!

    Michael Larson

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    Nelson Hernandez

    from United States, November 2017

    "Nam yang Kung fu "

    Location and instruction