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  1. RunningDog is offline
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    Posted On:
    10/29/2006 8:40pm


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    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.


    Class synopsis:

    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 .
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    Posted On:
    10/30/2006 2:47pm

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     Guy Who Pays the Bills and Gets the Death Threats Style: MMA (Retired)

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    Where is this school again? (It's not listed in the title).
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrost View Post
    Where is this school again? (It's not listed in the title).
    University of Sussex

    http://www.sussexkungfu.co.uk/

    Global site

    http://www.nampaichuan.com/
  5. Eddie Hardon is offline

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    5/08/2011 9:58am


     Style: Trad Ju Jitsu

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    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.

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