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Tai Chi for Self Defence


Once a month, we conduct a self-defence class that helps our students channel their tai chi internal power for practical self-defence situations.

This class works on training the eight internal energies (八劲), namely:

1. Ward off (掤)

2. Rollback (捋)

3. Squeeze/shove (挤)

4. Press (按)

5. Pull/Pluck (採)

6. Split (列)

7. Elbow Strike (肘)

8. Shoulder Strike (靠)

Tai Chi for Self Defence

At the same time, you will learn to harness

Throwing power (抛掷手)

How to redirect opponent’s power and return it to him

Locking power (缠丝手)

How to lock the joints and disable the opponent’s movement

Internal injury power (杀伤手)

How to harness your internal power to injure an opponent

Tai Chi Self Defence Class syllabus

Tai Chi Sanshou (太极散手)- application of using the three major tai chi internal power for practical self-defence

Tai Chi Push Hands (太极推手) application of using the tai chi eight internal energies using tai chi rules

Tai Chi free sparring- using a combination of both the three major tai chi internal power and eight internal energies for practical street fight situations

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Note: Nam Wah Pai’s Tai chi Self Defence Class is conducted once a month and is only open for existing students and graduates of our Signature Qigong class.

What Our Clients Say

5.0 40 reviews

  • Avatar David Tan ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Great and best qigong and Taiji school in Sg, all masters are professionals and details in teaching. Master Shen personal coaching for each lesson is really appreciated.
  • Avatar ray k ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    Thank you very much for the amazing learning experience at Nam Wah Pai School ! Special thanks to Master Sim and all instructors for their dedications and patience in teaching and explaining how every single movement taught can help to … More benefit our health. Really enjoy every training session on the airy rooftop, great environment for learning Taiji here! Thanks 🙏
  • Avatar vinayaraj mothiravally ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    The best Internal martial arts classes I ever attended.
  • Avatar Ceyda Ozcelik Tezel ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    I have started QiGong 3 months ago and now continue with Tai Chi. It has been amazing and I could feel the pain on my shoulder joint that was advised to get a surgery by 3 doctors is almost gone. The masters at the center are very kind … More and professional. They have been teaching very patiently.
    I strongly recommend Nam Wah Pai as its very authentic and environment is very friendly that makes you feel comfortable.
  • Avatar Jeewaka hiyare pallege ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    The best Qigong and Tai chi class in singapore. The master NWP is the best and all the other instructors are very professional knowledgeable and they are the best I have seen. Myself and my wife joined them few months back and we are very … More happy with the progress. They are not only a martial art training place they also have all the other supporting services like Chinese medicine, physiotherapy etc and they have free Tui na Treatment once a month toTake and receive from the society and community, return to the society and community.
  • Avatar Karen Sim ★★★★★ a month ago
    How often do you get trained by a Grandmaster himself?? Love that he is very willing to share his knowledge and is always very encouraging. Love the learning from him!
  • Avatar Christine Thamrin ★★★★ a month ago
    Qigong is definitely a good skill to learn for your wellness and overall health. Taichi has a higher learning curve but is a very relaxing exercise and also beneficial for self defense.
  • Avatar Poh Yin Hew ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    I attended my first qigong class at Nam Hwa Pei on 7 Feb 2022. My lesson starts at 8pm but I arrived early. The class was conducted on the open space roof top, and the beautiful view of the sunset took my breath away. From that day on, … More I would always look forward to seeing the sunset during my lessons.I had been battling insomnia for years, but after practicing qigong and Tai Chi for 4 months at Nam Hwa Pai, a magical thing happened to me - I no longer needed to take sleeping pills every night. My mind was calmer, and my body felt more relaxed. I am really grateful to Master Sim and his team of friendly instructors for their helpful and patient teaching. I highly recommend Nam Hwai Pai qigong and tai chi class for improving your health and wellness. Perhaps something magical could happen to you too?
  • Avatar Kwee Lian Tham ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    I'm glad that I joined this school. I initially wanted to do taichi alone, but was adviced to start from qigong - no regrets at all. All of the steps are clearly explained, backed by a good foundation of the Traditional Chinese Medicine, … More which definately underrated in this modern world. The Master and instructors are patients and very approachable. With continous qigong and taichi practise, I noticed that I regained more strength from within my body and my hormones regulating in good balance, with my menses became regular and normal. I'm thankful that I've found this school 😄