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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

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  • Avatar Alexandra Lowe ★★★★★ in the last week
    A life-changing experience.
    A great school that creates a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The masters teach both beginners (like me) and experienced practitioners in great detail and humor. Years of experience and respect for tradition
    … More - all this is certainly a hallmark of World Nam Wah Pai. You won't find that anywhere else. Great to learn all that!
    Highly recommended!
  • Avatar Yannick Lowe ★★★★★ in the last week
    Wonderful atmosphere with amazing and friendly instructors. Learning Tai Chi at Nam Wah Pai is great for the body and the mind.
  • Avatar KC Keok ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    I have been practicing Nam Wah Pai Qigong since October 2021. After the course, I realised my backache has gradually diminished. Therefore, I have continued Nam Wah Pai Taichi to further building up and maintain my physical body.
    The Principal
    … More and instructors of the association are very professional and passionate during training. They will ensure individual safety as well as the progress of our training. Personally, I feel that this is a good school to sign up for Qigong and Taichi.
  • Avatar Helen Teresa ★★★★★ a month ago
    Mr Sim and his instructors are truly passionate about helping others not only to learn the Taiji movements, but to take on the health benefits of Qigong and make it part of their lives.
    You will not only learn Qigong and Taiji, but you
    … More will feel as if you are part of a community.
  • Avatar Priscilla Yeo ★★★★★ a month ago
    I am so glad to have found this school, the masters are all very committed and experienced in guiding us in every move and steps. The rooftop location for learning is a conducive environment. The schedule is flexible which allows all walks … More of life to join. If one is unable to make it for a session, make up classes are allowed. Hope I will strive well in time to come
  • Avatar NY Wong ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    In a country where watered-down, exercise-oriented qigong classes are the norm, Nam Wah Pai stands out by emphasising proper breathing techniques and re-establishing the ancient practice's links with its TCM roots, thus ensuring that … More the various holistic health benefits of qigong are realised. Instructors are passionate and knowledgeable about their craft, and are patient and helpful in clarifying doubts and answering queries that students might have. The open and spacious rooftop where classes are mostly conducted offers plenty of exposure to the natural elements, which complements qigong perfectly in sustaining and nourishing health. I highly recommend Nam Wah Pai for anyone interested in starting a qigong or Chinese internal martial arts practice.
  • Avatar Audrey Tong ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Classes are taught in an open and spacious environment, which is conducive for learning and also by remarkably passionate instructors who are very willing to share their knowledge! I particularly appreciate the prompt responses given during … More times I had to make different arrangements for my classes or when I have any queries 👍🏻
  • Avatar Johnny Yeo ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Practicing Qigong with very experienced Masters at Nam Wah Pai has helped provided me lots of pain relief from my shoulder ache and backache that has been ever-present for more than 20 years. Practicing Taichi now has helped bring much … More calm to my mind. I highly recommend Nam Wah Pai to all that has been suffering from some kind of joint pains, try out the Qigong beginner course to experience it yourself.
  • Avatar cedric bong ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    In a stressful living enviroment today, nam wah pai qigong is necessary for us to deal with it, whether you are on the road, in the office, or at home. Training with Grandmaster Sim is 100 percent inspiration and perspiration....guaranteed! … More