Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat Day Courses

Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat Day Courses

Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat Day Courses
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5 minutes from Pai, we are a Kung Fu training centre with first-class facilities, a peaceful jungle location and great mountain views. Learn Kung Fu, Chi Kung, self-defense and meditation from two-time World Champion Iain Armstrong and his team of friendly instructors. We also grow and serve fresh organic food and provide comfortable accommodation. Whether you're an experienced martial artist or a beginner, a stay with us will boost your confidence, fitness, mental clarity and general well-being. If you have ever dreamed of learning the ancient art of kung fu amongst remote, forested mountains in the wilds of Asia, this is your chance! What is your kung fu dream? What is stopping you?
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Ocean
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
I have just completed the 200 hour Qigong Instructor training course at Nam Yang Kung Fu retreat and it has been one of the best courses I have ever attended. The instructors who delivered the course were very professional, friendly and knowledgeable and no question was left unanswered. Personal attention was given to each of us to assist in fine tuning our practices. I arrived a bit overweight and thanks to the physical classes, I am now fit and toned and feeling very strong. The meditation classes were fantastic and have taken me deeper than I have ever gone previously. The schedule is structured so you have plenty of time to practice the routines in between classes. Master Iain has created a beautiful safe space here to learn and grow. If you are thinking about taking this course, I highly recommend it. Your life will be positively changed forever.
Written 28 November 2023
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Iain A
We really appreciate your positive words and look forward to welcoming you back soon Ocean, Iain. 🙏🏻
Written 29 November 2023
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Meander63369930435
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Just completed the 4 week Qigong teacher training at Nam Yang and it was a truly life changing experience! The course itself was really in depth and covered so many topics and the teachers were so professional and passionate about their subjects.
The teaching quality was excellent - the knowledge and experience of the teachers was evident from day 1 and I have learned soooo much over the 4 weeks. Overall I was really impressed by the course structure and content. It was hard work, but so enjoyable and I felt like I have learnt as much as I possibly could in 4 weeks!

The place itself is stunning - you feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere, being surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful views, but actually it's only a 10 minute scooter ride away from Pai town, where there are loads of restaurants, shops and cafes, so the location is ideal. The accommodation at the retreat is simple, but to a good standard, and is well maintained. The food is great and it's lovely how everyone eats together, so there's a real community feel :)

I already miss my Nam Yang family, but hopefully I'll return in the not so far future.
Thank you so much Master Iain and all of the Nam Yang team for such an awesome 4 weeks, and now I'm a qualified Qigong teacher (!) and can't wait to put all my new knowledge and skills into practice :) 👌
Written 27 November 2023
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Iain A
My most sincere thanks for your kind words. I look forward to hearing about your progress as a teacher Laura, Iain.
Written 29 November 2023
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Jenny D
Broome, Australia12 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We travelled from Australia to do our 200 hr QiGong ( Chi Kung) Teacher training course & have enjoyed every minute. The retreat is situated in a most beautiful part of Thailand & the course was extremely comprehensive being taught by some fabulously experienced teachers lead by Master Iain Armstrong. The teachers are passionate about their skills & teach with enthusiasm & expertise. We have just finished our 4week intensive course & are leaving very satisfied & much more confident & enthused to share & teach our QiGong experience back home in Australia. I was most impressed with Master Iain being so hands on with our course, very professional & encouraging which truly enhanced our time at Nam Yang Kung Fu/ QiGong retreat.
Written 23 November 2023
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Iain A
Thanks so much for your positive words. I am really glad that we were able to give you such a positive experience Jenny, Iain. 🙏🏻
Written 29 November 2023
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stefano a
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
I spent 4 weeks in Nam Yang, participating in QiGong classes and KungFu training. It is a beautiful place, a sanctuary in the middle of the Thai mountains. I was there at the beginning of the rainy season and everything was lush and green. The location is great, you are in the middle of nature, only seeing hills and trees around you. However, the vibrant village of Pai is only 10min on a scooter (or a nice 40-min walk) and you can experience shopping, parties, and all types of food and events.

I appreciated that Mater Iain was very involved in classes and teaching students personally. He gave master classes, met us every morning for tea, and took time to get to know the students, where do they come from, what they wish to achieve, etc. It was a life-changing experience to learn from Master Iain, who has so much wisdom to share. Other teachers are also great, each of them has their own approach, but they are all very experienced and knowledgeable, teaching and practicing for years. I felt very lucky to learn from each of them. Our group was also a mixture of people from different backgrounds and parts of the world which brought different perspectives and interesting stories.

The food is simple but good and healthy, the accommodation is also simple, but just as in the pictures and was sufficient enough for my needs. The website has all the information and example schedule so looking there, I was expecting that my QiGong training will also include meditation and voluntary Kung fu and I was glad to be able to try all of it.

I enjoyed my time in Namy Yang because I have learned not only about Qigong and Kung Fu but also some important life lessons. I think it's great that you can take any approach that fits you, train hard and get grading, you can take it slow and focus on inner work, you can enjoy social life and culture in Pai, but you can also make it a spiritual trip and stay in the school with quiet and nature surrounding you. I hope I will get to come back for visit soon because after the month the place somehow became my home.:)
Written 26 October 2023
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Iain A
Sincere thanks for your kind words. We all look forward to welcoming you back here, Iain.
Written 29 November 2023
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Nancy R
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We spent two weeks at the Nam Yang Kung Fu retreat, where we signed up for path of the warrior to learn about qigong and kung fu. It was an amazing experience! Two weeks was a good amount of time to learn the basics and find out how interested you are in kung fu and continuing it in your daily life. I think one week would have been too short as there are 2 days off each week.

We started each day at 6am with qigong which was a great start to the day, I am normally not at all a morning person, but it was worth it to get up and do qigong in such a wonderful setting with fresh air and good energy.

There is a schedule each training day that includes things like qigong, kung fu training, meals and tea time. The training is really great, you learn a lot of different elements of kung fu and also includes normal workouts and stretching. There is a lot to remember with the kung fu but even over just 2 weeks it all started to come together. On some days you can opt to go to meditation too. The instructors are great, they are patient and try to help you to improve your technique. You do a combination of individual and partner exercises. The stretching was really beneficial, a good amount of time is taken with it and I feel more flexible now than when I started.

We are both vegans so just wanted to share that the food at the retreat is tasty and can be made vegan, you just have to let them know. The food is usually a soup, a vegetable dish, rice and fruit, so quite simple and with asian flavors. There are also a lot of places in the town of Pai that offer all sorts of vegan dishes and cakes and even a couple of places can deliver vegan food directly to the retreat via the FoodPanda app.

For days where there is no training, you can go to town. Pai is a really nice town and there is a night market with a lot of food stalls. The shopping is great as well, we ended up buying some nice clothes for a fraction of what it would cost at home. So you can pack light as you can just buy any clothes or things you need in town and you can easily do laundry at the retreat. We also did a half day tour of Pai with one of the tour groups. I highly recommend this as you get to see everything at a pretty good pace.

We went in August which is the rainy season, but don't let that deter you if that's when you can go. It didn't rain all the time and there were quite a lot of sunny days too. And I think the rain was nice to keep things a little cooled off, as the training can get quite intense and sweaty! However, with the rainy season come things like more mosquitos so that's something to consider. I am allergic to the bites and the non Deet mosquito sprays that I brought with me didn't really work that well. However, there at least 2 really good pharmacies in Pai who speak English and can help you. Also antibiotics are available over the counter in Thailand should you find you need some!

I am not used to so much nature and the various sounds. There is often a light saw buzzing sound from I think cicadas or something similar and my new favorite gecko, the Tokay gecko, where the male makes a really loud sound that sounds like he's saying To-Kay - that guy woke me up a lot so maybe earplugs could help if you are a light sleeper. There are also a lot of ants so be careful with crumbs and such, we opted to only eat outside food in the dining area after one night where we found some ants in the room - just under the amount where we might have freaked out :) But the cleaning staff came to the rescue the next day with some spray and then it was all good. On a side note, most toilets in Thailand cannot handle toilet paper so it's not prefer and remember to throw it in the bin instead.

All in all it was a fantastic trip and I highly recommend that you visit the retreat if you have an interest having this kind of kung fu experience. We hope to return some day or else continue with qigong and kung fu at home.

Written 20 August 2023
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Iain A
Sincere thanks for your kind and detailed review. I am glad that you had such a positive experience and hope that you will return in the future Nancy, Iain. 🙏🏻
Written 29 November 2023
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Mathis
France2 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
I spend 10 weeks in Nam Yang. I met kind and helpfull people, beautiful place and a very good team of teachers. The schedule is well balanced and the food very healthy. I really felt that I learned pure Kung Fu, with its applications, its soft and hard part and It's artistic side. We evolve slow enough to learn completely.
Written 10 July 2023
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Dear Mathis, My most sincere thanks for your most positive review. You are a great student who learns really fast and trains really hard. I hope that you will keep up your training and that you will return in the future to learn more Mathis, Iain. 🙏🏻
Written 1 August 2023
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William B
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Solo
Spent an amazing 3 months here. Came to learn Qigong and Kung Fu wasn't disappointed. I came to retreat at a point in my life where I needed some direction, and some time to work on myself. Master Iain created a wonderful place to do this. Met a lot of awesome people, and loved Pai. The teachers were incredible and know how to push you to reach your potential. I left knowing myself better, and ready to move forward once I left.
Written 25 April 2023
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It is great to hear that we were able to deliver what you needed. We always do our best. I hope that all goes well for you in the future and that we will be able to welcome you back one day, Iain.
Written 1 August 2023
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Annette j
1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Solo
The Kung fu retraite was exactly what I was looking for! I joined the retraite for 2 weeks to get in good shape, kind of reset myself. I was in between 2 contracts and wanted to be physical and mental fit before starting the new assignment. The daily training programme, good food, peaceful environment, friendly, professional instructors and simple life contributed to this all. I learned a lot about Chi Kong as well. Besides reaching my personal objectives it was a nice experience to train and stay in the retraite with other people from all
over the world. We had some nice excursion togerher as well.
Written 9 April 2023
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Dear Annette, Very many thanks for your review. I think that you sum up the 'Kung Fu Retreat experience' very well. I am very glad that we were able to give you such a good experience and hope to see you back here in the future Annette, Iain.
Written 1 August 2023
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kalman2017
Jerusalem, Israel9 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
This is the "Real Deal". My objective was to tweak my ongoing Qi Gong practice, rejuvenate my body and soul, and to be around like-minded people. I met all of my objectives and so much more. The typical day starts early as there were a lot of activities to fit in; practical classes in Qi Gong, Tai Chi, stretching, calisthenics, and meditation, Theory classes on how to teach Qi Gong and a highlight in the morning Tea time with Master Iain. BTW Master Iain himself taught many of the classes assisted by the other instructors. All the instructors were skilled, competent, and patient. Classes ran 5 days a week with Wednesday and Saturday off from formal training although all facilities were available 7 days a week Breakfast and dinner was provided. on formal training days with only breakfast provided on off days. There was always a vegan option available, which I found extremely satisfying/tasty. You ate as a group including with Master Iain and the instructors. The retreat is located right outside of Pai (4 KM from the center of Pai). Many students rented scooters for the duration of training (around 100-150 baht (3-5 USD) a day ) and could drive into town within minutes. I chose to walk which took about 30 minutes. All in all, loved the place and plan to return for Level 2.
Written 2 April 2023
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Very many thanks for your positive words. 🙏🏻 We do try very hard and I am glad that we were able to give you such a positive experience. You will certainly be very welcome back for the Level 2 teacher training course, Iain.
Written 1 August 2023
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Jordan Y
2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
The accommodation is poor - my bed consisted of a very thin ‘mattress’ and my room had no air conditioning or proper toilet. For other students there were hot water problems, sewage smells and rats making noise around the buildings at night.

Some students were unhappy about the specific training programs (monk/ warrior) and they felt there wasn’t much difference between the two. Others were promised that their limited physical mobility needs would be adhered to, and then on arrival, felt let down.

Some teacher training classes felt a bit unprepared - worksheets or diagrams would have been nice.

The retreat isn’t within walking distance of a shop and there was no greeting package of a toilet roll or a bottle of water on arrival. This wasn’t very welcoming as the nearest shop is a 10 minute cab ride, most students hire mopeds to get around.

In the promo video there is a real emphasis on air quality but it can be very poor some days, due to farmers burning their fields.

But the major issue for me they overcharge hugely, around £70, when they arrange transport from chiang mai to pai. Which I feel is really wrong, considering we are ‘one big Kung fu family’ as Iain said.

The criteria for passing the course felt a bit unclear too and they said students would have three attempts and then only given two.

I hope that they make some changes and proceed to treat people fairly. I think they really overcharge for the courses.

I think it’s important also to mention serious moped accidents are very common in pai so please be careful if you hire one.
Written 28 February 2023
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Dear Jordan, Indeed you left on bad terms with a feeling of bad energy so a bad review was to be expected. Your main complaint seemed to be that I gave you a level 1 pass, not a level 2. This was a compromise - I was indeed quite reluctant to award you a pass but you persuaded me. Making these decisions is always going to be difficult - but it is my job and I have to do it. Our school has a very strong reputation for maintaining high standards. This gives our certificates a great deal of power. If I compromise our standards, the people who have worked really hard to gain our certification lose out and this is unfair. At the introductory meeting, I pointed out that Pai has a ‘party town’ side to it and that this can be a distraction, best avoided while studying with us. In reality, a number of the group, you amongst them, got quite into the partying and it your training suffered as a result. This culminated in your room mate’s motorcycle accident. It certainly brought everyone down and affected the course. Common sense says, though, that after drinking heavily from 8.00pm to 2.00am (6 hours) to ride off on a motorcycle without a crash helmet is a very bad mistake. I realise that the accident affected you very much and that things would likely have ended much better had it not occurred. About this, I feel very sorry. We are not a luxury resort, nor do we ever make any pretense to be. We are a place of serious learning. Our facilities, whilst not luxurious, fit their purpose well. The major issue for you was the taxi ride from the airport. I sat down with you and discussed this at length and then canceled your return taxi and gave you a full refund of 90 British pounds with which you said you were fully satisfied. As I explained to you, we actually lose money on the taxi bookings. And of course, it is going to be much cheaper of you get a public bus. The only reason we provide a taxi booking service is that many people are worried about arriving in a foreign country whose language they do not speak and having to get from the airport to our Retreat. We don’t particularly encourage people to book taxis through us. I often consider withdrawing the service but a lot of our students do want the peace of mind so, for the time being we will continue to offer it. I encourage anyone who wants to save money simply to book a public bus. At our meeting on the first day I explained the culture of our association, which has a long tradition stemming from China. It is a culture of respect and dignity. At our Retreat we strive to provide a ‘safe space’ in which everyone can grow. Psychological studies show, without any doubt, that people thrive when they feel safe, valued and accepted. On the second to last day of the course you asked to speak with me privately then, quite unexpectedly, became rude and aggressive and demanded a further refund, even though you had already accepted the refund that you had been given and had received the taxi service that you had paid for. I appreciate that you were affected by your room mate’s accident and that you were unhappy that you did not get the highest level pass. You had the option to speak politely, though. I have to maintain behavioral standards at all times to keep our Retreat that ‘safe space’ for the students. I can not accept aggressive outbursts. I asked you about six times to reconsider and complete the course. I would much rather that you had done so and left on better terms feeling that you had succeeded. It is a loss for us and for me personally when someone leaves dissatisfied. I regret it. It is very rare and I will work hard to try to prevent a recurrence. I wish you well in the future. I am sorry that you left unsatisfied. I hope that you will still practise what you learned from us and that it will benefit your health in the future Jordan, Iain.
Written 1 August 2023
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