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Online Shaolin Kung Fu Training

Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat is not an online school; they are a Kung Fu family, a group of people who love Kung Fu and thrive by living the Kung Fu lifestyle. They love Kung Fu history, tradition, culture, philosophy, and ethos. Their Kung Fu is thinking person’s Kung Fu. It ties together the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual. They have a following which spans the globe and have now decided to unite and grow their family online. If you want to train real, traditional Kung Fu with history, tradition and a genuine, proven track record, this might be exactly what you have been looking for!

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Master Iain, Dave, Craig, & 1 More…
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  • Complete membership package with access to Kung Fu social media platform for 3 months
  • Kung Fu, Chi Kung, and meditation training
  • Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat is based in Pai, Thailand
  • Train with Master Iain Armstrong, the first disciple of Master Tan Soh Tin and two times World Kung Fu Champion
  • Self-paced online Kung Fu training
  • Discover the skills and drills of an ancient Kung Fu tradition
  • Kung Fu Philosophy and discussion
  • Access to historical archives: videos, photographs, old magazine articles, and blog posts tracing the history of Nam Yang back to its origins in the Shaolin Temple
  • Personal profile for every member: your achievements recorded, our identity established, and visible for all of the family to see.
  • Members are connected through forums, dedicated social media groups, and access to a list of recognized training centers and instructors around the world
  • Learn more about the masters, teachers, fighters, and other personalities and follow their discussions, videos and posts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


90 days with instruction
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Tools required

Laptop or smartphone.

How the training works

You register your account on the Nam Yang Global Family platform. Set up your profile, and begin interacting with other Kung Fu family members. Suggested training schedules are laid out, but you are welcome to pick and choose which classes interest you and take them at your own pace. Lessons are released on a daily basis from the date you signed up. Level 1 of the program takes 3 months to complete.

When you have completed all of the Level 1 units and 3 months have passed, you will be invited to do a pre-grading lesson with an experienced teacher (for an additional cost). The teacher will look carefully at your Kung Fu and give you feedback. They will also check that you have learned your lessons properly. If the teacher is confident that you are ready to grade then you will be invited to book a grading a week after the pre-grading. Once you pass the grading, you will unlock Level 2.

You will have the option to take the first four grading examinations in the Tiger Crane style of Kung Fu and receive a certificate. After three months of following this program, you will feel fitter and healthier, your confidence enhanced, your mind clearer, likely experience a weight adjustment, your flexibility improved, detox your body, and enjoy your new self.

Training information

This course gives you access to the Nam Yang Global Family platform. This is a complete membership package. You are not simply training with an instructor - you are becoming part of an online Kung Fu family with whom you can communicate and train. Their family has history right back to the Shaolin founder Bodhidharma about 1,500 years ago. Their arts have stood the test of time. This includes online training by elite masters, a Kung Fu social media network where you can share your progress and train alongside your Kung Fu brothers and sisters, discussion boards, philosophy, and a variety of other resources.

This is a starter package. If you decide to continue your membership then you can keep training with them for life! Right to the higher levels of training and to instructorship. As well as online training, they also have training centers where you can come to train with them either part-time or full time for as long as you want.

Don’t just be a student! Be a valued member of a global Kung Fu family.

What will you learn?


  • Tiger - Crane Combination Kung Fu
  • Sun Frost White Crane Internal Kung Fu
  • Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung
  • Tong Ling Chi Kung
  • Stretching for martial arts

At the more advanced stages

  • Shaolin Weapons
  • Shaolin Iron Body

This program packs the best elements of Chinese Kung Fu and Chi Kung. It is a balance of hard and soft Kung Fu, internal and external reflecting the principle of Yin and Yang. While becoming a Kung Fu warrior, you will learn philosophy and be able to immerse yourself into meditation and “Zen” to produce a true, spiritual Nam Yang warrior!

Tiger Crane Combination Kung Fu

Tiger Crane Combination is classic Southern Fukienese Kung Fu which emphasizes intricate hand techniques thrown from a solid, stable stance. It is close to the original Shaolin White Crane, emphasizing the use of touch sensitivity and the use of ‘springy’ power generated from the tendons rather than muscle - The hallmark of genuine Shaolin Kung Fu! In this program, you will be able to truly immerse yourself into the Tiger Crane System alongside free-hand routines.

Internal Kung Fu Sun Frost White Crane Soft and Gentle Art

The ‘Sun Frost White Crane Soft and Gentle Art’ can usually be referred to as “Shuang Yang”. It looks similar to Tai Chi but follows the Buddhist Shaolin Tradition. It is a soft, meditative art that will boost your health, strength, concentration, and energy through relaxed, fluid movements that develop suppleness, mobility, calmness, and balance. Suitable for most people, even the elderly and unfit but make no mistake, this is a real martial art capable of use in serious fights! A true internal Kung Fu form.

Tong Ling Chi Kung for health and longevity

The Tong Ling (clearing and circulating) Chi Kung system is an easy and efficient system. Practicing Chi Kung can help you remain young, be healthy and get healthy, boost your energy levels, counters stress, and enhance your senses. For martial artists, its physical benefits can enhance their performance but anyone can benefit greatly!

Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung for strength, power and health joints

A hard, Martial Chi Kung, Bodhidharma's (Tat Moh) Vein Tendon Chi Kung is a simple yet effective system that tones all of the tendons in the body and increases its elasticity so that it can store energy. It packs Chi into the internal organs, strengthens and energizes them which results in becoming resistant to injury and disease. It builds ‘springy’ power or explosive strength which can be released at short range - a hallmark of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Shaolin weapons including axes, double broadswords and the three sections staff

The weapons taught are the original fighting forms as taught to Master Ang Lian Huat by Tan Kew Liong (9 Dragons Tan), the Chief of the Herbal Medicine Peddlers in the Chuang Cho District of old Fukien China. Not only is weapons training a great workout for the whole body, developing strength, coordination, concentration and balance, but it’s also great fun!

Practical self defense

It’s extremely important to know how to use your martial arts in a realistic context. This training is very practical and can be suited to the Individual. It emphasizes avoidance as opposed to confrontation (as it’s much safer) and techniques which do not inflict serious injury (killing or maiming an attacker is likely to get you into very serious trouble). The defense techniques taught are based on Kung Fu, Chinese Boxing, a great deal of experience and with methods that are simple yet effective.

Practical self-defense involves forward planning, awareness, positive body language, quick thinking, diplomacy, and confidence! Physical confrontation is the last resort.


The methods for stretching greatly improve joint and muscle flexibility and teach body relaxation. Within our minds, we have a lot of limitations, such as how flexible we think we are and unfortunately in some ways, it is not in the conscious thinking part of the mind and tends to be ingrained into our physical selves. This program will allow you to dislodge these misconceptions, to get into the mind and rework the mind. Through this practice, you will not only work on the body but also on linking the mind and body to achieve a higher level of flexibility than you may have thought possible!


Master Iain Armstrong





This training is conducted online. Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat is based in Pai, Thailand (GMT+7) and lessons are released on a daily basis from the date you signed up. You can watch the videos, study the lessons and practice at your own pace.

Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat has their own Kung Fu retreat in the remote mountains of north-western Thailand where they train daily. They film and live stream from there. If ever you have the chance, you will be very welcome to come to meet them there and train with them for real.

The Kung Fu Retreat has been built over the last 13 years with a lot of time, effort, and money. Don’t worry that you once join this online course and then they will just give up and disappear. Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat is there for the long term.

What's included

  • Complete membership package for 3 months with access to Nam Yang Global Family and Kung Fu social media platform
  • Historical archives, including videos, photographs, old magazine articles and blog posts tracing the history of Nam Yang back to its origins in the Shaolin Temple
  • Kung Fu wisdom: videos, podcasts and written articles on Kung Fu
  • Philosophy, culture and ethos. The essential background that everyone expects from their Kung Fu Family.
  • Course eBook written by Master Iain himself: ‘Get your health back FAST with Chinese Qigong’
  • Daily quizzes
  • Personalized profile for you to follow up with your progress and interact with the community as a member of Nam Yang Global Family
  • Forum for students to collaborate and ask questions
  • Tiger Crane Combination Kung Fu
  • Internal Kung Fu Sun Frost White Crane Soft and Gentle Art (Shuang Yang)
  • Tong Ling Chi Kung for health and longevity
  • Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung for strength, power and healthy joints
  • Stretching
  • Applying your Kung Fu in fighting situations
  • Kung Fu philosophy
  • Iron Body

What's not included

  • Gradings
  • Live 1-on-1 training
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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