Shaolin Kung Fu Nam Pai Chuan, Sussex UK
NOTE: I've edited this review in the light of discovering that some NPC practicians have competed in San Shou competition in UK and NZ, and done well.
Disclaimer: I left this school about 8 years ago, after just over a year, and a couple of belts.
A large proportion of the class is taken up with warmup, stretching and conditioning.
There is a lot of form work, and you need these to grade. The forms are mostly low stance affairs, with big sweep-like footwork and lunge punches. There are some weapons forms for the higher grades.
Technique work: One-step drills, involving standing armlocks and the like, a few throws.
Lots of kicks are practiced, this could be the influence from TKD. A lot of kicks are unrealistic, lwith spinning/jumping movements, but fun to practice as a gymnastic activity.
Sparring: Standup only, with chest pads and shin pads. Light to medium contact. No head punches.
Instructor: A guy called Matt Gross. Demonstrates techniques competently, and does, to his credit, spar with the students.
Pros: The higher belts spar hard, and they have apparently done very well in San Shou comps. But this is not a regular thing, as the masters aren't keen on competition.
Classes are cheap.
Cons: Mostly point-sparring for the lower to med belts, and too much form work in my opinion. Some questionable techniques are taught, but this is normal for a TMA class I guess. Class sizes are high, so personal instruction is minimal.
Last edited by RunningDog; 11/07/2006 11:42am at .
Where is this school again? (It's not listed in the title).
Any further critique of the school/style?
A friend of mine is considering trying this and tbh it doesn't seem to have much going for it from what I've been told.
University of Sussex
Originally Posted by Phrost
Hmm, close to Nick Brooks' BJJ Academy.
I can't see any ref to Ian Wossname, who is often featured in COMBAT.
Anyway, interesting. Thanks.