Real kung fu is a (better) way of life, not just a form of
exercise. The MTC has been carefully developed to allow all
of its inhabitants to live the true kung fu lifestyle to the
full. This is a major part of its attraction.
Nam Yang has a long history of welcoming and uniting people from
diverse cultures, bringing them together as part of our kung fu
family. Inevitably, members have different cultural
expectations, depending on where they have originated. In any
Nam Yang club, however, the culture of Chinese kung fu takes
precedence. This provides a level playing field on which all
members can relate equally and, most importantly, train to the best
of their ability.
The essence of this kung fu culture is contained in Nam Yang's
code of conduct and etiquette guidelines (below). The
subtleties can be picked up from the instructors and senior
students. Learning about this is an exciting part of the
experience at the MTC. Roughly speaking, it means living as
part of the Nam Yang family, treating all of your colleagues as you
would family and making all newcomers welcome. It means not
letting your ego get in the way of training constructively.
It means respecting the local culture and not acting or dressing in
a way likely to cause offence when out in public. It
definitely does not mean that you can't have fun - our members are
usually extremely good at this. Pai town provides a great
deal of potential for having fun.
At the MTC we are all part of the Nam Yang family. We eat
the same food, drink the same water, live in the same buildings,
sleep in the same beds etc. We consider this fair.
Irrespective of a person's culture, we treat them equally and with
These are two of the most important values in Chinese kung
fu. We value them highly. All members, from the lowest
to the highest, are expected to embody the values of loyalty and
Please find below our code of conduct and all associated
documents. These give us guidance on living in harmony with
each other in the true spirit of kung fu and set us goals to aspire
Joining Nam Yang Pugilistic Association means becoming part of an
ancient tradition dating back to Tat Moh, the Shaolin Founder,
about 1500 years ago. This involves becoming part of a brotherhood
(sisterhood) of respect and loyalty. Members should strive to
uphold the following standards.
If you respect others, they will respect you. If you are unable to
respect others, you will never gain respect yourself. In particular
your seniors within the club: the more senior, the more
1) Obey all reasonable requests from
your seniors, especially the instructors. Never argue them.
2) Maintain and defend the good name
of the club
3) Aspire to the highest standards
of moral conduct, displaying humility, honesty, selflessness and
4) Never discriminate against or
bully other members.
5) If you have opinions likely to
offend other members or cause arguments, then keep them to
6) Respect others peoples safety:
don't risk hurting them.
7) Do not publicly criticise other
8) Do not speak badly about other
9) Remain polite and dignified
Treat anyone within the club as family. Offer them friendship,
help and support at all times and never betray their trust. Mix
freely at all times and do not form cliques or exclude
Do not use your skill to injure others unless forced to do so in
self-defence or in the upholding of justice and
When dealing with other members or on club business, conduct one's
self in a dignified fashion, not displaying anger or speaking
loudly or offensively.
Dedicate yourself to your art and your association. Pursue your
training with diligence.
Act at all times in the interests of the association, placing them
above your own self-interest.
Re respect for seniors and obeying all reasonable requests:
Since western students have very different cultural expectations
to Asians, we make some allowances and issue guidelines as follows:
it is acceptable to point out a possible better way of doing
things, misinterpretation etc in a constructive manor. The
senior party will then take this into account and may revise their
decision. Their final decision will, however, stand. In
the event of an issue still being unresolved, the complaints /
disputes procedure should be implemented.
The code of conduct carries more weight the more directly an issue
involves Nam Yang Pugilistic association or any of its
Please follow these simple rules, especially in the presence of
Bow to instructor at star and end of lesson; if you arrive late,
bow to the instructor and await acknowledgement before joining
When training with a partner, salute before and after.
When demonstrating a technique, salute to partner before and
If photos of the master are present, bow to masters at start and
end of lesson.
Respect for seniors
Treat your seniors with respects at all time - them more senior
the more respect.
Visiting other clubs
Show maximum respect and be on your best behaviour. In
Bow on entry / departure. If an altar is present, face it when
Do not show any martial arts unless invited to do so.
Do not touch any equipment unless invited to do so. This
especially concerns weapons and lion dance equipment.
Show respect for any altar present: do not stand / sit with your
back to it, do not photograph it - if in doubt, ask your
Allow your seniors to begin the meal before you do.
Use chopsticks sensibly, when not eating, lay them beside your
Before and after sparring:
Salute your partner
Salute your instructor
Junior Behaviour Code
Part 1 Being A Good Martial Arts Person
a) Respect. If you respect other people, they
will respect you! You should be particularly respectful with your
parents, the instructors and people in the club who are more senior
than you and your teachers at school.
Here are some ways you can show more respect
1) Make sure you do what you are
told by your parents and instructors - and do it straight away.
2) Always behave well when you are
wearing your uniform so our club keeps a good name
3) Never speak badly about other
people - whatever they have done.
4) Show respect for everyone else in
the club and never bully them.
5) If people are different from you
by their colour, religion, the way they are built or anything else,
still show them as much respect.
6) Make sure you don't hurt anyone
7) Be polite.
b) Brotherhood. Treat everyone in the club as if they were
your family. Be friendly to everyone, help them out and make sure
they can always trust you.
c) Behaviour. Be a good person. Be honest, selfless and dedicated
to your art. Be humble of your achievements. Avoid boasting
and greediness. Put the club first and yourself second.
d) Responsibility. Don't use your martial
arts to hurt someone unnecessarily. Never teach martial arts to
anyone else without clear permission from your instructor.
e) Selflessness.Don't be selfish.
Put the club first and yourself second.
Part 2: Being Polite</strong>
a) Bowing / Saluting.At the start and end of each
lesson, bow to the instructor and to the picture of Master Tan if
there is one.
b) Being clean smart and safe
Make sure you are washed before training.
Cut your finger and toe nails
Cover any cuts you have.
Make sure your uniform is clean and worn properly
c) Eating. Allow your seniors to
begin eating first. Behave sensible and politely.
Instructors' Code of Conduct
Adhere rigidly to the club's code of conduct and by so doing set
the best example to students. Do not assume that the code of
conduct can be ignored when it suits you!
At all times set the best possible example to students.
Never become involved in relationships with students, or lead them
to believe that you might wish to do so.
Adhere to all policies: Child protection, Health & Safety,
Discharge all of your statutory duties eg recording of accidents,
keeping of registers.
Maintain professional standards when dealing with other
instructors, in particular: treat all other instructors
respectfully and do not undermine them in front of students; do not
interrupt them when they are teaching unless vitally important; do
not prevent them from starting their lessons punctually, either by
engaging them in conversation or otherwise.
Arrive punctually. Allow 15 minutes between arriving and
starting a lesson.
Wear full uniform in a clean, respectable condition.
Ensure that the area in which you teach is left in as clean and
tidy a condition as you found it and that all equipment has been
Treat your students with the respect that they deserve, thus
setting a good example to them.
Parents' Code Of Conduct.
In particular, parents are requested to conduct themselves in a
dignified fashion, set a good example when in the presence of
children and accept the authority of the instructors etc with
regards to club matters.
Parents should not force their child to take part in a
Parents should not punish or belittle their child for losing or
making mistakes eg in Gradings or Competitions.
When dealing with matters related to the association, parents are
requested to follow the code of conduct (see above).
Complaints / Disputes Policy.
Complaints / disputes will be dealt with promptly and in
accordance with Nam Yang Pugilistic Association's code of conduct
and local and national law as appropriate.
Complaints / disputes should be referred to the supervising
instructor who will deal with them.
In the event that a satisfactory outcome is not obtained, matters
may be referred to the instructor in question's direct
superior. In the event that significant time is required to
reach a decision, the instructor will charge for their time at
their normal hourly rate.
Ultimately, complaints / disputes will be referred to the
country's most senior instructor whose decision will be
Abuse of this procedure will become a disciplinary issue.
Discipline Within the MTC.
The instructors will deal considerately and compassionately with
any problems which arrive and explain respectfully when behaviour
needs to be modified. They will not accept disrespect or
abuse. Extreme cases may result in a formal reprimand, a
delay in grading to the next level or, ultimately, expulsion from