• learn something new
    Learn something new!
  • gain confidence
    Gain Confidence!
  • train hard
    Make new friends!
  • Get fit
    Get Fit!

Welcome to the Golders Green Kung Fu School!

Golders Green is the centre where the Chief Instructor of the system Sifu Christopher Lai Khee Choong is based.

We have several clubs in London as well as in Europe and around the world. We are members of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), the national governing body for Chinese martial arts recognised by UK Sport (formerly the Sports Council).

Why do Kung Fu?
Why do kung fu

If you ever wanted to do an activity that is a lot of fun and helps you get fitter, stronger and gain more confidence, then Kung Fu is something for you!
Kung Fu challenges you in ways like no other sport or gym work out could ever do and is something you can practise anywhere.

Our students have benefited from a range of things such as:

  • Losing weight and getting fit
  • Greater Self confidence
  • Stress relief
  • Making new friends
  • Learning something new
  • And more importantly, having fun!
What we do
What we do

The style we practise is very broad based and encompasses a variety of things, such as striking, joint locks, traditional weapons and some amazing Shaolin Animal styles.

Because our style is quite vast, our students benefit from learning a variety of different things. Our classes are designed in a way that allows you to progress at your own pace with the additional benefit of training with some of our more experienced students who will help guide you through the class. We foster an environment that everyone learns and helps each other.

We truly believe our style has something for everyone!

For more information regarding the history of our system, please visit our parent site: Nam Pai Chuan Kung Fu

Classes for Kids
NPC Golders Green Children's Class

We have dedicated classes for young people from the ages of 6 and upwards. These classes involve training techniques found in the general class to instill technical skills and discipline, but with some fun and games to help stimulate learning and motivate young people. This will help not only with the young person's personal development in terms of their martial arts practice, but interaction with a range of other people in their class allows friendships to develop and flourish. Training with us also keeps young people fit and healthy, and boosts self-esteem. Progression to the general class depends on the age, development and understanding of the student. As a general rule, students aged 14 and upwards are suitable for the general class where more technical exercises and drills are taught.

Our classes are controlled environments with all our Instructors and Black Belts CRB checked to give parents peace of mind. We have our own mats, and these are installed at times if certain exercises in that class require it. Indeed, the laying of mats encourages young people to work in teams to lay them correctly as quickly as possible.

Parents are welcome to observe any class their child participates in, and this gives your child comfort, particularly when starting out. Parents are also welcome to participate in a class together with your child; please ask to do so. As a matter of courtesy, we would appreciate a call or email from you indicating your intention to come and observe a class, or to have your child train with us. You may also wish to further discuss your child's training needs prior to your first class.

Training times

Monday: 18:00-19:00
Saturday: 09:30-10:30

Classes for Adults
NPC Golders Green Adults' Class

Our adult classes are a great way to expand your horizons, make new friends and learn something new. The classes are two hours in duration and cover a a number of different activities such as Self Defence, General Fitness, Pad work and traditional kung fu forms.

Training times

Monday: 19:00-21:00
Saturday: 10:30-12:30

About Us

Nam Pai Chuan Golders Green Club: Information

About the Club

The Golders Green club opened its doors in the early 1980's with Master Chris Lai at the helm.
The club has been going strong ever since then at the same location with a steady number of dedicated students and newcomers alike. We cultivate an environment where students help each other learn without prejudice or ego, which, in turn, nurtures a sense or respect and discipline.

It is precisely this mentality that makes our club stand out in that, more often than not, one's fellow students are like family.

Arm locking conditioning drill


Beginning Training

We understand that for beginners, attending your first training session can be an intimidating experience, as one does not know quite what to expect. It is worth remembering that everybody has shared this same initial experience, and it is therefore our aim to make newcomers feel as welcome as possible. Our classes are mixed groups, with students of all ages and abilities.
When attending your first class you should wear loose comfortable trousers and a T-shirt, we train bare foot so no footwear is required. Jewellery should not be worn and those items which cannot be removed should be taped over for safety. Those with long hair should have it tied up. Also ensure you bring some water with you.
Because Nam Pai Chuan is such a broad style, no two classes are ever exactly the same. However, there is consistency in that the underlying principles on which the style is based are always being developed through the various methods taught.
Training often begins with warming up exercises aimed at improving strength, aerobic fitness and increasing flexibility. The best part of training time will then be spent focused on individual skill sets either as a whole class, split up into smaller groups, or paired with a training partner. Practice commonly includes traditional forms, prearranged sequences, hard and soft chi kung, sensitivity exercises, chin na, padwork, practical self defence, body conditioning, free sparring, groundwork, classical weapons, and much more. The syllabus is challenging but rewarding.
Our classes are ongoing throughout the year with the exception of a short break over the Christmas and Easter periods. As a matter of courtesy, please contact us before attending your first class.

Class Details

Trinity Church, Hodford Hall,
90 Hodford Road,
Golders Green,
NW11 8EG


Underground Station: Golders Green (Northern Line, Edgware branch)
Buses: 13, 82, 83, 102, 183, 210, 226, 240, 245, 260, 268, 328, 460, H1, H2, H3
Parking: There is parking available in the surrounding areas. Make sure to check the relevant parking signs.



Children: 18:00 – 19:00
Adults: 19:00 – 21:00


Children: 09:30 – 10:30
Adults: 10:30 – 12:30


Per Session: £10
Adults per month: £40
Under 16's per month: £30

For further information, please contact:

07522 409 188 (Nelly Low)
Rules & Etiquette
Entering, Leaving and Presence in the Kwoon

  1. When entering the kwoon students must bow towards the photographs of Cho-Si and Sigung, and your Sifu if he is present.
  2. The door should be closed behind you unless someone else is entering/leaving the kwoon behind you, or the door is fixed open.
  3. The first students to arrive should sweep the floor of the kwoon and clear away any rubbish that may be left lying around, and the near side of the stage prepared with chairs for any parents or guests. Any mats or tables etc on the stage should be moved to the far side of the stage to discourage people from sitting on that side of the stage.
  4. When arriving at the kwoon your belongings should be placed neatly on the far side or along the front of the stage, away from the entry of the Kwoon. Parents and guests are to be seated on the near side of the stage.
  5. On entering the kwoon, any hats or sunglasses shall be removed from the head.
  6. No food or drink shall be consumed within the kwoon except where Sifu permits a water break.
  7. The use of mobile phones is not permitted in the kwoon and must be switched off or to silent mode before entering.
  8. Silence must be observed when sitting and observing the class
  9. If you need to leave the kwoon during class, e.g. to use the toilet, you should seek Sifu's permission before doing so.
  10. When seated in the hall you should never have your legs extended, unless, for example, when stretching.
  11. If you are late for class, you must wait at the front of the class to bow to Sifu and the class to acknowledge the fact that your lateness is disrupting the class. You will be penalised for your lateness, for example, by doing push-ups.
  12. If you will not be attending class for any reason, out of courtesy you should let Sifu know via Nelly or Ilan so that your absence with apologies can be noted. This is the case for each and every class.

Dress and personal Hygiene
  1. All students should wear as a minimum: system training pants, a system T-shirt and the appropriate coloured belt. Beginners may wear a plain T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms for the first two months of training, and then system kit should be purchased.
  2. Full uniform (tunic, pants and belt) must be worn at gradings.
  3. All uniform should be clean and pressed.
  4. Hands and feet should be washed before class or gradings.
  5. Longer length hair should be tied or clipped back.
  6. All jewellery must be removed or taped down. It is your responsibility to tape jewellery down and the tape in the first aid kit is not there for this purpose. If jewellery is not removed, you will not be permitted to train.
  7. Finger and toenails should be kept short and tidy.
  8. If your uniform requires straightening or your belt needs to be re-tied, you must face away from Sifu and all your seniors while tidying uniform or belt.
  9. Any orders or requests regarding uniform or merchandise should be addressed to Nelly or Ilan, not Jerome.
Membership and Class Fees
  1. You should keep a note of when your membership is due to expire. You will be sent reminders regarding upcoming membership expiry dates. If your renewal membership form is not submitted two lessons after expiry, you will not be allowed to train. This is for your own and for your fellow strudents' safety.
  2. Monthly fees may be paid during the first two classes of any calendar month only. Sessional fees are payable thereafter.
  1. All students should attend all gradings where possible, even if not grading, to support their brothers and sisters who are grading.
  2. Attendance at gradings by all students Blue Belt and above is mandatory and students should be in full uniform in order to assist with the grading.
  3. Gradings take place in London every March, June, September and December. Students must take some responsibility for their own learning and request assistance from a senior student (not necessarily a black Belt) at least one month before the grading to ensure that they know their syllabus.
  4. Ilan and Nelly will decide who is permitted to grade. Do NOT approach Sifu or Jerome. As members of the Examining Board, it is not appropriate for them to decide who should grade. Students should also remember that by virtue of training with Sifu Lai, a higher standard is expected of you, so you should not be offended if permission to grade is refused.

For more announcements, please visit our facebook page!


London Grading Dates 2016
18th September
11th December

Mock Grading at Hodford Hall 2016
3rd September
26th November

London Grading Dates 2017
12th March
11th June
10th September
10th December

Mock Grading at Hodford Hall 2017
26th February
27th May
26th August
25th November

Senior Grading 2017
8th July

NPC Weekend Classes
19th & 20th November 2016 (National Competition / ChoSi Meal and Workshop)
8th & 9th July 2017 (Black Belt Weekend & Black Belt Grading)

ChoSi Meal
19th November 2016
18th November 2017

Instructor Profile

Master Christopher Lai Khee Choong

Chief Instructor, Shaolin Gao Can Mun Nam Pai Chuan

2nd Chamber, 50th Generation of Shaolin

Having been born in Malaysia and spending my first few years there until I came to England for my studies, martial arts was not the main factor in my life.

This is a little surprising given the large and, in fact, major part that the doing and teaching of martial arts now plays in my daily life and aspirations.

I first encountered the nature of martial arts when I took Kodokan Judo sessions at a club in Kuala Lumpur – where I trained for about one-and-a-half years. The club was located in an external dojo located in the grounds of one of the mansions in Conlay Road of the town I lived in. I did not realise until much later that I was in fact being taught and trained with some of the most senior Judo practitioners in Malaysia, many of whom eventually also became high ranked Aikido players. I enjoyed my training and came to an early understanding that the skill and strategy of martial arts did not depend on brute force or size but on guile and the ability to think and reason and the need to remain mindful. I did not grade and was content to remain a mere trainee.

When I first came to England for my studies, I continued training at a Judo Centre in South Kensington known as the Gilston Centre. I enjoyed this somewhat less as the much larger trainees were inclined to ignore Judo principles and to resort to force – and I was not skilled enough to counter force with skill and strategy.

I did now feel the constant need to do martial arts training and joined a Wado-Ryu Karate dojo in Kings Cross. I was taught by Hanshi Tatsuo Suzuki and his team of very dedicated and skilled instructors including Sensei Shimizu, Hayakawa, and Watanabe. I believe that I was fortunate and one of the earlier students of Master Suzuki. Wado-Ryu techniques are economical and pragmatic and do not reply on showy techniques.

When I returned to Malaysia after my studies I began to train with Master Quek in the Shaolin Style (then known as Fatt Gar Kuen and now known as Gao Can Mun). I trained with Master Quek for over 40 years until his demise in 2010. The training was arduous, full contact and involved much arm, fist, finger and shin conditioning. It was pretty painful alleviated by vigorous massaging of the bruised parts by a fellow trainee with the Chinese Dit-Tat Medicine – a medicine which smelt strongly and was a guarantee at a non-social life.

I helped my master to formulate a training syllabus for the traditional Shaolin style to equip the group for acceptance under the martial arts ordinances of Malaysia.

Later on I also studied with Master Leow Cheng Koon, at that time the chief instructor of the Taekwondo Systems in Malaysia having been made by Master Lee Byong Moo of Korea as his nominated and very successful successor. I assisted Master Leow. Master Leow has a breadth of martial arts knowledge – extending far beyond WTF Taekwondo and I believe that he has immense knowledge of the other Korean and Chinese arts and Japanese weapons styles. I found my studies with Master Leow as rewarding as my studies with Master Quek and the two of them have been the major influences in my development of the Nam Pai Chuan style.

I was privileged to have been able to help Master Leow in the formation of the first national body for WTF Taekwondo – and it had 13 member states in West and East Malaysia as well as the Malaysian Armed Forces Taekwondo group – which included some of the special forces of that time.

Master Leow remains a firm friend of mine today and I still acknowledge him as my teacher.

Returning to England in 1979 to live here I began the teaching of Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan in a modest manner – sponsoring two Malaysian instructors with a Taekwondo background to whom I had taught basic Nam Pai Chuan-style techniques.

Over the many intervening years Nam Pai Chuan has grown exponentially and now has numerous training locations in England, Wales, Belgium, France, The Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

I have always considered that the culture of Nam Pai Chuan development should not be “growth at any cost” but rather mindful growth with good and sincere teachers to pass the correct message that Nam Pai Chuan is about tradition, respect and skill and not about aggression or power.

My dream is to make the Nam Pai Chuan understanding and message available as widely as possible to those who will welcome it.

Some will cleave to it and some may not. That is well and is very much the nature of life and living.

We all seek and find our own levels of endeavour.

For more information about the history of our school, click here.

Sifu Lai
Sifu Lai
Sifu Lai


Pictures and videos from Nam Pai Chuan Golders Green over the years.

  • Sek Koh San
  • Paired stretching
  • Warm up
  • Sifu Lai with Dai Sigung Quek
  • Dynamic Stretching
  • Paired Stretching
  • Empty Hand Techniques
  • Dai Sigung Quek's class in Malaysia
  • Children Sparring
  • Padwork
  • Dai Sigung Quek Heng Choon
  • Weapons' Training
  • Sifu Lai circa 1980
  • Forms
  • Jumping Techniques
  • Dai Sigung Quek - Malaysia 2008
  • Paired Padwork
  • Drills
  • Dai Sigung Quek & Sifu Lai - Malaysia 2008
  • Forms
  • Dai Sigung Quek - London 2009
  • Dai Sigung Quek & Sifu Lai - London 2009
  • Dai Sigung Quek teaching the Plum Blossom Staff form - London 2009
  • Chi Gung Practice
  • Dai Sigung Quek's workshop - London 2009
  • Getting ready for Sparring
  • Techniques
  • Children Sparring
  • Children Stretching
  • Dedication
  • Learning a new form
  • Children's Class
  • Children's Class

Contact Us

Contact information for the
Nam Pai Chuan Golders Green Club

Info details

You are always welcome to drop in and try a class, paying a sessional fee (£10). If you wish to observe a class, you may be allowed to do so with Sifu Lai's permission.

However, as a matter of courtesy, we would appreciate a call or email from you indicating your intention to come and train with us. You may also wish to further discuss your training needs prior to your first class.

Training Times

Children: 18:00 – 19:00
Adults: 19:00 – 21:00

Children: 09:30 – 10:30
Adults: 10:30 – 12:30

Trinity Church, Hodford Hall
      90 Hodford Road, Golders Green, NW11 8EG

07522 409 188 (Nelly Low)