Copyright 1980-2012 by Ramon Korff.
Grand Master Min Q Pai
Copyright © 1972-2009 by Ramon Korff
A Brief History
Grand Master Min Q Pai was born in
Korea in the 1930s and moved to the United States as a young man in the
1950s. He studied mathematics in college and worked on a dairy farm.
began teaching martial arts in New York City in the early 1960s. Master
Pai received his Black Belt at 14 years of age. He called his school
Yun Mu Kwan Karate, which he often translated as “constantly honing
yourself.” Yun Mu Kwan is a particular style of Tai Kwan Do. The word
Karate was the only word anyone in America used at the time to denote
martial arts. He began teaching in the Stamford, CT area twice weekly.
He combined the NY and CT schools during the intense training and formal
grading periods called Seminars which were held three times a year.
1970s were a transformative decade for Master Pai, as he met both Eido
Roshi and Chang Man Ching. Studying with absolute intensity both Zen
Meditation and Tai Chi Chuan, Master Pai changed the Karate school.
Students now were expected to sit, do Zazen, and all Black Belts were
immediately taught Tai Chi. Additionally, there were now students who
studied Tai Chi only without ever learning Karate. The moves being
taught in Karate class, always evolving as Master Pai learned or
perceived a better way, now changed dramatically as Kung Fu forms and
exercises replaced many of the Karate and Tai Kwan Do ways of moving.
December of 1987 Master Pai introduced an entirely new form he had
created, Nabi Su, and eventually changed the name of the style and of
the school to Nabi Su. Nabi means Butterfly in Korean.
Master Pai purchased property in Pound Ridge, NY which was to become
Wellspring Zendo. This land afforded an opportunity for the students to
build their spirit/bodies in a new way through work/practice, moving
through the beautiful country setting practicing posture and no-thought
while lifting, carrying, chopping, planting, breathing. Even before the
Monastery was built, sitting practice took place in the open air, formal
traditions enacted in a pioneer setting.
Gradually Master Pai
spent more time at Wellspring and less in New York City. In 1992 he
offered the New York School to the Black Belts. Only two accepted, James
Stewart and Carolyn Campora. Stewart would find that his home, family
and work nearer Wellspring demanded his full attention. Carolyn Campora
became the head of Nabi Su, continuing the tradition of Master Pai’s
teaching of the martial arts in New York City.
Master Pai has
left an indelible mark on the world, profoundly affecting the lives of
many directly, as well as indirectly through all those whose lives his
students touch. We are grateful, Sir, every day, for your teaching.
View photos of Grand Master Min Q Pai.
Master, Nabi Su Martial Arts & Wellness Center
Copyright © 1981-2009 by Ramon Korff
Congratulations to Master Campora on 40 Years in the Martial Arts!
did it get to be 40 years? I just kept doing it! I never stopped. I
love Kung Fu and Tai Chi and I'm grateful to Master Pai every day for
A Brief Bio
At Nabi Su Martial Arts &
Wellness Center, everything we do nurtures the body, mind and spirit.
We employ physical, mental and energetic techniques to calm and
strengthen, expand awareness and enhance well-being.
In 1973, just back from an extensive trip, Carolyn Campora enrolled
in a karate class with the idea that having some self-protection skills
would be useful in accomplishing her goal of traveling throughout the
world. The new adventure proved so engaging that she has continued for
40 years, much of that time practicing seven days a week, three to
four hours a day. Travel has remained a much-loved activity, but the
martial arts became her life work when in 1992 she assumed full
responsibility for Nabi Su Martial Arts & Wellness Center. To see photographs of Master Carolyn's master, Grand Master Min Q Pai, click here.
Master Campora’s education includes the following: MBA in Finance, Cornell University; BA in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz;
graduate level art studies, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting
& Sculpture; Reiki Master Certification, Ibiki Ken Institute. She
is an Accredited Level II Practitioner of Resonance Repatterning and
member of Resonance Repatterning Practitioners' Association.
is also a member of the Cornell Club of New York the Circumnavigators’
Club, and the Travelers’ Century Club. Opera is her favorite
As Nabi Su’s Master, Carolyn Campora brings her training, wisdom and expertise to your training, personally teaching most of the Tai Chi and Kung Fu Martial Arts classes, assisted by Nabi Su's Black Belts.
In addition to teaching martial arts, on the Wellness side Master Campora maintains a practice in several energy-based therapies, offering private sessions in Reiki, Resonance Repatterning and Astrology. She teaches Reiki I, II and III Classes. She acts as your guide and coach in Nutritional Cleansing, super foods that support you as you evolve in well-being and fulfillment.
corporations, Master Campora offers Executive Wellness Workshops, a
fast track to being centered. Easy, instant stress reduction techniques
increase productivity as they uphold calm, effective functioning.
View our Nabi Su Photo Album.