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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 68 reviews

  • Avatar Jimmy Ee ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    The rooftop is a cozy and windy place for training. If it rains, the spacious main gym can also be used. Grandmaster and master are very helpful and responsible — they guide and revise techniques with us.
  • Avatar Tiang Oon Ming ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    After joining World Nam Wah Pai Association Qigong, my health and energy have shown great improvement under the professional guidance of grandmaster and his instructors. This has gave me more confidence to continue to learn Tai-Chi after … More achieving the qigong foundation. The environment is conducive and is a good training ground for learning.
  • Avatar p yc ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    I would highly recommend Nam Wah Pai for learning Qigong and Taichi. Grandmaster Sim and instructors are all dedicated and patient teachers in teaching us step by step throughout the course. It was a remarkable experience for me.
  • Avatar Roberto Fabbri ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    After living for many years in Asia, and seeing people in parks moving slowly yet graciously during my morning walk, I become interested in Qigong and Tai Chi. I evaluated a few available courses and I ultimately decided to attend the Qigong … More course offered by the World Nam Wah Pai Association under the direction of Master Sim Poh Huat. It has been a good decision, I benefitted from attending the classes, Master Sim and the instructors and committed and dedicated, and I made some friends among my classmates. I am happy to recommend the World Nam Wah Pai Association to everyone seriously interested to learn Qigong.
  • Avatar Yeow Hong Liaw ★★★★★ a month ago
    I wanted to invest more in my own well-being and decided to try out qigong beyond my regular workouts and changing my dietary habits. I more than met my objective under the good guidance and plentiful encouragement from Master Sim and his … More group of dedicated instructors. They provided me with the knowledge and the foundation to continue my own practice daily. The 6 weeks has been intense and rigorous. It's time and money well spent! Thank you, Master Sim and the instructors of Nam Wah Pai.
  • Avatar Eusern Tay ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    It has been an amazing experience learning at Nam Wah Pai. Thank you Master Sim and all the instructors for your dedication and patience in teaching us!
  • Avatar Selva Nanthini S ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    I have had a great experience in the classes. The classes are really well. organised. After joining Qigong class, I can really notice the improvement in my energy levels. I used to have knee pains. Now it has improved a lot. After practice, … More feel meditative as well.
  • Avatar alix chong ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    I was looking for Qigong n taiji class when I changed upon Nam Wah Pai. I signed up after a tour of the premises n briefing of course outline Aft completing qigong, I m now doin taiji.I must say, the classes were really enjoyable. Master … More Sim and the other instructors were really dedicated. Tey are around practically every night to instruct, demo and correct. And tey are so approachable. Always looking out for our mistakes n correcting us on the spot.Apart fr the 2hr class proper every mon and wed, we were encouraged to go 1hr earlier for revision! And fri is absolutely free for anyone who needs further revision.The pace can be fast at times but totally manageable with practice n revision. And master Sim makessure every second counts. We are made to practise till the very last min.Despite goin for classes 3x/week and almost 3hr each time, time seems to fly.And comes sat of each mth, there are special course. I attended push hands tis saturday for self defence. Learnt a few very useful techniques and all were linked to taiji. Highly interesting!!I highly recommend Nam wah Pai if u are looking for something more in depth and for general good wellbeing! U will never be bored!
  • Avatar Victor ong ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I have benefited alot from practising Qigong, Yang Sheng Gong and of course 108 form Taiji. Just a few lesson my body aching and joint pain have greatly reduce and as more practise i feel my posture and core muscle have improve. The instructors … More are great especially to Grand Master Sim, Master Toh, Master Tan, Master Ho, Master David Tan and Master Victor Huang. They are delicated, passion in imparting their skill and knowledgs. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking to learn Qigong, Taiji (108 form) and other form of Martial Art such as Xin Yi, Bagu Zhang and etc.
  • Avatar Redenna Chan ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Great place to start learning about the use and movement of qi. Friendly and supportive community of people to practice qigong and taiji together, along with other forms if you are interested.
  • Avatar Ronald Liew ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Good teaching on Qigong and Tai Chi. Strengthen health, fitness and flexibility. Also some applications for self defense.
  • Avatar Chenyu ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Enjoyed my classes a lot ! Definitely meditative , relaxing and promotes healthy living