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All persons participating in a class or course conducted by Shaolin Wahnam Sabah (SWS) must agree to be bound by this Code of Conduct. SWS reserves the right to make amendments or additions to this Code of Conduct at any time.

A.1 Objectives

A.2 Participant Understanding

A.3 Instructor Qualifications

A.4 Safety

A.5 Practice Etiquette

A.6 Practice Ethics

A.7 Practice Restrictions

A.8 Practice Attire, Training Equipment and Hygiene

A.9 Health Issues Prior to Participation

A.10 Health Issues During Participation

A.1  Objectives

Shaolin Wahnam Sabah (SWS) has as its key objectives:

1.  To provide high quality and safe instruction in the Shaolin Wahnam Art of Shaolin Chi Kung, Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kungfu .

2. To promote and enhance good health, vitality, mental freshness, spiritual joy and high moral and ethical values through the safe practice of Shaolin Chi Kung, Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kungfu .



A.2  Participant Understanding

1.  Instruction in and Practice of Shaolin Chi Kung, Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kungfu is generally very safe. However, there is a risk of injury. Any person participating in a class conducted by
SWS does so with the full understanding that whilst it is the policy of SWS to minimise the risk, the nature of this recreational activity prevents its total elimination. Any Person participating in a class conducted by SWS does so of their own volition and at their own risk.

 2.  In the interests of health and safety, any Person participating in a class conducted by
SWS does so on condition that they exercise a duty of care towards themselves and any other participants. This duty of care may involve, but is not limited to, the Person participating safely and within their own limitations, respecting the limitations (physical or otherwise) of others, following all reasonable instructions or requests of the instructor, and ceasing practice immediately and informing the instructor if possible in the event of injury or ill-health.

 3. The Arts taught by
SWS are highly valued in Eastern cultures and are intended to be transmitted to deserving persons of high moral and ethical character, as embodied in the Ten Shaolin Laws which are of a non-religious and non-sectarian nature. A requirement for participation in any class or event conducted by SWS is that the participant agrees to uphold and practice the Ten Shaolin Laws.

4. A Person must have paid the relevant fees prior to participating in any SWS activity.

5. If cancelling a booking for a course with Sifu Bernie Kissey, it is necessary for the person to cancel at least five days before the course commencement. Later cancellations will incur non return of deposit and inability to attend later courses, unless in the case of bereavement or being taken ill.

6.For private sessions it is necessary to ring 48 hours ahead of time to cancel an appointment. Cancelled appointments less than 48 hours are charged at the same rate as attendance.  .
7.  A Person must practice
exactly what has been taught during class. It is essential that the Person do not add anything or omit anything in his/her practice at home, unless otherwise instructed by the Shaolin Wahnam Instructor.

8. It is essential for the progress of the Person, that regular practice is maintained each day.

 9.  A Person participating in an SWS activity agrees to be bound by this Code of Conduct.

A.3  Instructor Qualifications

All instructors within Shaolin Wahnam Sabah are trained and authorized by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit .  All Instructors will be bound by this Code of Conduct.

A.4  Safety

1.  To ensure a safe and rewarding learning experience, participants are required to follow all reasonable instructions of the Instructor with regard to personal conduct and participation in class activities.

2. During class, any person exhibiting conduct or behaviour that is deemed to be a danger to either themselves or other participants, will not be allowed to continue practicing until the Instructor determines that it is safe to do so.

A.5  Practice Etiquette

1.  Persons must enter or leave the training area in an appropriate manner, as directed by the Instructor.

2.  Persons must address the instructor as Sifu (meaning teacher, in mandarin) unless otherwise instructed.

3.  Persons must be punctual, preferably early, so that they are ready to participate when the class commences. If arriving late, a participant must wait until the Instructor indicates that the person may join the class.

4. Food and/or drink must not be consumed by participants during class, or in the training area at any time, except as approved by the Instructor.

5.  Mobile phones, pagers and similar must be turned off during practice, except with approval from the Instructor prior to the commencement of class.


A.6   Practice Ethics

1.  Persons must always be courteous and helpful to each other.

2. All participants agree to practice a duty of care including, but not limited to, practicing safely within their own limitations and level of competence, and within the limitations and level of competence of their training partner(s), if any.

3. Physical contact between persons who are practicing together must be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the skill development of those persons.

4.      Harassment, sexual harassment, and any form of illegal discrimination will not be tolerated.

A.7  Practice Restrictions

1. Prospective participants must apply for entry in a class, course or other activity conducted by

2.  Acceptance of an application is subject to the Instructorís final approval, and is dependant upon considerations such as an assessment of a personís prior competencies, their suitability, and class size restrictions. 

3. Participants may be initially required to study more fundamental techniques or skills, until such time as their skill levels warrant the study of more advanced practices.

4. Participants are not permitted to instruct others in Shaolin Chi Kung, Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan or Shaolin Kungfu unsupervised or outside of classes, unless approved by the Instructor.

A.8  Practice Attire, Training Equipment and Hygiene

1. All persons must wear suitable clothing to classes that is clean, safe, in good repair, provides adequate cover and protection, and permits sufficiently free movement, as advised by the Instructor.

2. Participation in some classes may involve specific requirements with regard to clothing and/or training equipment, such as the use of certain martial arts uniforms and accruements. In such cases, other types of clothing and/or training equipment may be acceptable only if approved by the Instructor.

3. Persons must not wear jewelry, watches or similar during classes.

4. Participants must exhibit high standards of personal hygiene and clean grooming, and ensure that fingernails and toenails are trimmed and clean.

5. Persons who are deemed inappropriately attired or equipped, or do not exhibit high standards of hygiene or grooming, will not be permitted to participate.


A.9   Health Issues Prior to Participation

1. Persons should not attend classes if suffering from infectious conditions that may be passed on to others, except by prior approval of the Instructor.

2. Prior to participation in any activity, persons must advise the Instructor of any medical condition or injury, either permanent or temporary (including recent), which may be adversely affected by certain types of training. Examples of this may include, but are not limited to, blood pressure problems, cardiac disorders, neck or back injuries, diabetes, asthma, pregnancy, or the after-effects of recent illness or injuries.

3. If requested by the Instructor, persons with the above or other conditions will be required to show this Code of Conduct to their physician, and secure a medical certificate clearly stating their fitness to participate in classes conducted by
SWS, along with any practice restrictions or conditions, if applicable.

4. Persons must not attend classes under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

A.10   Health Issues During Participation

1.  A participant should cease practice immediately to receive appropriate first aid and inform the instructor if possible in the event of injury or ill-health during class. The participant should rejoin the class only after the Instructor deems it safe to do so.

2.  Class activities will be suspended immediately in the event of blood or other spillage on any part of the training area posing an increased risk to health and safety, until such time as the area can be cleaned and activities safely resumed. All reasonable precautions must be taken when cleaning to ensure contact is not made with any blood or other body fluids.