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1 Month All-Inclusive Taiji & Kung Fu Training in China

  • Beijing International Shaolin Culture, North Shaolin Temple, Mancheng, Baoding, Hebei, China

Kung Fu Camp in China

Learn Kung Fu in a scenic place. Study the different Kung Fu styles like Qi Gong, Sanda, Tai Chi, Ba Gua, Ba Ji, Xing Yi, and Wing Chun. Learn from the masters, the proper techniques, and how to improve your abilities. Come to Hebei and join Beijing International Shaolin Culture.

Highlights

  • Study Kung Fu and Tai Chi
  • Daily Kung Fu training Monday to Friday
  • Language, calligraphy, and Buddhism classes
  • Training plan adjusted to fit your goals, focus & body condition
  • Vegan and vegetarian meal options available
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • 20 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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We have many double rooms available to our students. Located in the Main Building, all of our student rooms are bright and spacious. Each room is equipped with its own toilet (western style) and shower, air conditioner and a TV set. Furthermore, our rooms are all furnished with two single beds, wardrobes, a table and a chair.

The use of the office PC with DSL Internet connection is available for free. If you would like to bring your own laptop with you, you can use the new Wi-Fi connectivity in designated areas of the center; this is also free of charge.

During the peak summer season, there are usually two students sharing a room, whereas this may be different in the winter months, when there are not as many students attending the center. Regardless of the seasons, we can guarantee excellent living standards all year round.

Training plan

The Beijing International Shaolin Culture training plan is professionally designed to suit every student. The plan we have list can be adjusted to suit your personal goals, style focus and body condition. Moreover, the times can be adjusted depending on the season. After you've finished a set of movements or a form, the masters will teach you all its practical applications in order to make you understand the underlying meaning and purpose the movements.

Teaching plan

To learn any martial arts, we need to learn the basics first and then you will move on to the intermediate and advanced levels. For example, in Kung Fu, like all martial arts, having good and strong foundations will help you to improve your skills more quickly. Solid foundations will also help you to understand the theory of the martial art.

The Beijing International Shaolin Culture is here to help and train everyone to be the best. In order to give you a general idea of what you can learn during different lengths of stay; we have provided you a rough teaching plan.

One month training program

During this time, you will learn: Kung Fu basics and rudimentary movements of Kung Fu forms and basic weapons, such as staff and broadsword. San Da basics and techniques. Tai Ji forms etc. There is also an opportunity to learn Ba Gua or Ba Ji, according to individual preference.

Examples of forms

  • Five Step Fist - Wu Bu Quan
  • Lian Huan Quan
  • 18 Chen Tai Ji form
  • San Da

Beijing International Shaolin Culture schedule

Daily schedule Monday to Friday

  • 06:00 - 07:15 Taiji / Qi Gong
  • 07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Kung Fu
  • 10:20 - 11:30 Traditional Kung Fu
  • 12:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 San Da / Xing Yi
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Kung Fu / Ba Gua
  • 18:15 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Language class
  • 22:00 - 06:00 Bedtime

Variations on daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:15 Kung Fu (Wednesday)
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Endurance (Friday)
  • 10:20 - 11:30 Weapons (Tuesday & Friday), conditioning (Thursday)
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Kung Fu (Tuesday), San Da / Ba Ji (Wednesday), Ba Gua / Ba Ji (Thursday), San Da / power training (Friday)
  • 16:30 - 18:00 San Da (Tuesday), Tai Ji (Wednesday), weapons (Thursday), stamina (Friday)
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Chan Buddhism (Wednesday), calligraphy (Friday)

Free time at the center

On the weekend and during holiday time, most students go on trips to Beijing or the local supermarkets for shopping. One highlight about the center is its close proximity to Beijing. It is easy for students to take day trips to Beijing.

If you travel to Beijing by car, it should take about 1.5 to 2 hours. If you take a train, it should take about 2 hours. If you take a bus, it should take about 3 hours. There are also many other cities and attractions in and around Baoding city, so you won't be struggling to entertain yourself.

During your free time at the center, because we are in the North Shaolin Temple, students can join the Buddhist studies and use the mediation room for personal meditation and contemplation. Students are also able to explore the North Shaolin Temple and learn its history. There are also lots of fun Chinese games for students to play and enjoy.

Kung Fu training styles

Shaolin Kung Fu / Gong Fu

Kung Fu and Chan Buddhist teachings wisdom

Kung Fu refers to a traditional system which was born from Chinese culture and specific to the environment of the Shaolin Temple in Songshan Mountain. The main purpose of Kung Fu's practices' is to express the wisdom of Chan Buddhist teachings. There are many names to use when talking about Chinese martial arts however Kung Fu is regarded as the origin of martial arts; therefore Kung Fu encompasses all forms of Chinese martial arts. So the terms Kung Fu and Chinese Martial Arts are considered interchangeable.

Kung Fu consists of a long history and includes many different disciplines and styles; all of which include a detailed structure of their own. Each variant of Kung Fu includes unique and multiple techniques for attack and defense applications. Alongside the physical aspect of Chinese martial arts, its philosophy lies in many aspects of Chinese culture. One particularly foundation which is found primarily in its Shaolin form, is Chan Buddhist philosophy. The Ch'an Buddhist tradition imparted profound cultural connotations on Shaolin Kung Fu.

For a real understanding and practice of Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese martial arts in general, one should understand Buddhisms belief in wisdom and cultivation. The first Patriarch of Chan Buddhism was the Indian monk Bodhidharma. He introduced the Chan tradition to the Shaolin Temple in the 6th century and from that time the temple has been regarded as the origin of Chan Buddhism in China. Bodhidharma is a regarded as a deity of wisdom and strength.

Chan places stress on awareness and cultivation of physical, mental and spiritual development in order to achieve wu (realization or enlightenment). This idea complemented the practice of Kung Fu because it continuously cultivates the physical body, mental strength and spiritual awareness and welfare. Also, Chan's precepts and religious doctrines were used for cultivation by acting as a model for an ethical practice in martial arts. For example, the Shaolin Monks practice martial arts for self-defense purposes only.

This mix of religious/spiritual and physical was necessary to reach high levels of Kung Fu. For example, Shaolin Monks have to improve themselves on both daily Chan studies and Kung Fu practices. It is also important to stress that Chinese martial arts contains wisdom from other cultural, religious and philosophical traditions such as Daoism and Confucianism. In particular Tai Chi and Ba Gau are heavily influenced by Daoist thought. To summarize, Chinese martial arts go far beyond a simple physical sport. It also engages the individual with many aspects of Chinese culture.

Components

Chinese martial arts are complicated in structure and abundant in styles. According to historical records, Shaolin Kung Fu is the first formal style which became one among many of Chinese martial arts schools. However Kung Fu alone is not one martial art school in a literal sense, but rather a profound martial arts system with rich contents.

Kung Fu can be classified into two types: barehanded and weapons. While the weapons can be divided into long, short, and soft weapons. In addition, because Kung Fu includes many types of specific skills and philosophies, it advanced these skills by developing into specific styles. Examples of these disciplines include Qi Gong, Ba Gua, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, San Da, and so on.

In general many Kung Fu styles organize their techniques into a few broad categories, these include: Tao Lu - forms (a routine of movements), Ji Ben Gong - Basics (foundation techniques) and Shi Jian - applications (practical use). These categories form a complete system to achieving the highest potential.

Shaolin Temple

The Shaolin Temple is situated at Shaoshi Mountain in the west of Songshan Mountain ranges, in Dengfeng City, Henan Province, China. The "Shao" in "Shaolinsi" refers to "Shaoshi Mountain"; lin means "forest" and si "temple". The name of Shaolin Temple literally means "temple in the woods of Shaoshi Mountain".

Against the backdrop of Wuru Peak of Shaoshi Mountain, the Shaolin Temple is surrounded with forests and hills as its natural defense. But despite the Temple's remote setting, in its history, it was still vulnerable to attacks from bandits, wild animals and robbers.

This was one of the reasons that Bodhidharma and the following Patriarchs of the Shaolin Temple made martial training mandatory for the Shaolin Monks. This martial training eventually led to the formal Shaolin Kung Fu discipline which is known today.

Chi Kung / Qi Gong

Qi Gong is to cultivate your life energy

Chinese Qi Gong has a long history and a substantial content. Qi Gong is a kind of advanced internal mind thinking which has a mix of Buddhist and Daoist philosophy. Qi Gong is used to cultivate your life energy or qi. Qi has the power to restore your body, making it strong enough to resist illness and physical attack. This kind of internal Kung Fu can not only strengthen your body, but it can also refine your character, improve your physiological action and develop your potential to reach your goals.

Qi Gong is a self-healing art that combines movement and meditation. It is founded on a whole life outlook, which is related to the law of nature. When you practice it, you take the initiative to practice awareness. This is achieved by three adjustments: to calm your mind, to condition your body to the best condition and to balance your breathing. If you keep training regularly with determination, the function of many parts of your body will be greatly enhanced. This practice will be able to improve your quality of life and, this will naturally transform and develop an awareness of your subtle energies.

Qi Gong and its many types

Qi Gong has many types. The common Qi Gong is split into 3 types: soft Qi Gong, hard Qi Gong (Ying Qi Gong), and light Qi Gong (Qing Gong). Qi Gong masters normally combine all types of Qi Gong together.

To help practice Qi Gong, the Buddhist Chan philosophy is also a very important part of the training. Chan not only helps you to understand life, or yourself better, it also helps to understand many aspects of Qi Gong.

According to national and international medical thought, practicing Qi Gong can cure, treat or prevent many kinds of illness. This includes diseases like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and cancer, which are generally considered "incurable" by conventional medicine. Practicing Qi Gong is also very effective for overcoming psychological and emotional conditions.

To be a great Kung Fu master or martial artist, you should combine Qi Gong with Kung Fu. The great Kung Fu masters have sound control of mind, internal and external force. Thus combining Qi Gong and Kung Fu together helps to develop internal and external energy.

San Da / San Shou

San Da, a highly developed sport

Whether you call it San Da, San Shou, or Chinese Kick Boxing, they all mean the same thing. San Da is a Chinese hand to hand combat, self-defense system, and combat sport. San Da is composed of Chinese martial arts applications including most aspects of combat including punches (Da), kicks (Ti), grappling (Qing Na), throws (Shuai Jiao), locks (Kou), and chokes (Suo) etc. San da, as a sport, puts great emphasis on throws.

One of its most distinguished techniques is the "kick catch". This is when one person kicks and the person performing the throw catches the kick and then trips the person. While kickboxing styles such as Muay Thai also allow this, the kick catch is emphasized in San da because it receives high marks from judges.

San Da is highly developed as a sport. Restrictions were made for safety reasons as well as to promote it as a non-violent sport. Examples of such restrictions included no blows delivered to the back of the head, spine or groin. Also there is discontinuation of combat when any competitor falls to the ground.

Training in San Da

Training in San Da can help you keep your body in powerful condition and help to develop superb reflexes. Making use of fast movements to attack or defend, the fighter leaves little of their body exposed. This is very effective in protecting the key parts of your body.

After long-term training and having mastered San Da skills, a San Da practitioner will have very fast defensive and offensive reflexes if suddenly attacked. In comparison to an ordinary person, a San da athlete has much higher resistance.

But San Da not only improves physical qualities such as strength, endurance, flexibility, and sensitivity but it also develops health - both physically and mentally.

Tai Chi / Tai Ji

Tai Chi is based on fluidity and circular movements

Translated into English, Tai Chi roughly translates as: supreme boxing, the root of all motion, and optimal fist fighting. It is considered a martial art, but unlike the most combative styles, Tai Chi is based on fluidity and circular movements. Tai Chi masters say that this gentle art gives you the flexibility of a child, the strength of a lumberjack and eventually, the wisdom of a sage.

Tai Chi embodies the Chinese idea that all existence is based on life energy, or qi. Many Tai Chi forms incorporate movement of the arms as though one is gently holding a big beach ball of qi. Based on the Chinese worldview, Tai Chi divides qi into two equal, opposite and complementary parts: yin and yang.

Tai chi incorporates the Yin-Yang unity of opposites in many ways. For example, during tai chi routines, the weight shifts repeatedly from one leg to the other and the arms move in opposite, yet complementary directions.

The Tai Chi fist

The main principle of Tai Chi Fist is that with soft strength, you restrain the opponent's strong power, and with the skill of this fist, you shrewdly take your adversary's strength and use it against them. Tai Chi Fist is therefore very effective in actual combat. Tai Chi Fist is also remarkably beneficial for improving the learner's health.

In Chinese modern society, it is suitable for everyone, from children to the elderly. It is very popular in China and gatherings of people can be seen practicing Tai Chi in public parks in the early mornings. In addition, it has been acknowledged that training in tai chi is useful for building bodily strength, curing illnesses, cultivating your moral character and prolonging your life.

Ba Gua

Ba Gua, one of the popular styles in China

Ba Gua is called eight-diagram palm in English; it is one of the most popular styles of martial arts in China. Other names for Ba Gua include You Shen Ba Gua (roving eight-diagram), Long Xing Ba Gua (dragon-shaped eight-diagram), Xing Yi Ba Gua (Xing Yi eight-diagram boxing), and Yin Yang Ba Pan Zhang (positive negative eight-plate palm).

It is one of three Neijia Fists (Neijia Fist means that this style is mainly focused on the training and refinement of your spirit, internal energy and potential). The two main elements in Bagua are the interaction between the palm and feet movements. It combines the internal and concentration of breath with the external form of movements.

Origin of Ba Gua

There are many different stories about the origin of Ba Gua. Some say it originated among the anti-Qing Dynasty cliques. Others believe that it was created by the two Taoist priests Bi Yun and Jing Yun on Mount Emei, Sichuan Province, during the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. Then it has been passed down through its nine generations of practitioners. But like many martial arts origins, the exact origin remains a mystery.

Ba Gua is based on the old Chinese philosophy of eight combinations of three whole and broken lines used in divination. While practicing, the practitioner moves according to the eight diagrams. There are eight basic palms.

A total of 64 palm tricks and moves have come from the original eight basic palms. Apart from solo practices, there is also sparring: San Shou (free sparring) and fighting with weapons, such as Ba Gua sword, Ba Gua sabre, Ba Gua cudgel, and Ba Gua seven star decorated-shaft etc. While practicing these routines, practitioners rove around like a dragon moving amidst clouds.

Ba Gua movements

Ba Gua consists of continuous changing movements which require dexterity and agility to be performed well. When moving around, it is like walking in a muddy place, with the feet changing all the time like running water. Palm and body movements follow one after another. The roving around looks like endless circles overlapping each another.

The body turns around from the waist during walking, roving, turning, rising, and falling. Palm movements change with the movements of the body. When the upper body protrudes, the lower part of the body squats back to keep balance. When the arms are sent out, the feet draw back.

Most Ba Gua boxers are found in Hebei Province. Some of them learned Ba Gua Zhang from their tutors, while other martial art practitioners asked Ba Gua masters for advice to improve their skills. Over the years various routines of exercises have been cultivated to form different styles.

Ba Ji

Ba Ji features explosive short range power

Baji Quan, a school of traditional Chinese Marital Arts features explosive, short range power. It was also known as "rake fist". This is due to the fist being held loosely and slightly open when not striking, resembling a rake. Ba Ji movements involve many downward strikes, like a rake hoeing the field. This name was considered to sound rather crude in its native tongue and so it was changed to Baji Quan.

The term Baji, which comes from the oldest book in China, signifies an extension of all directions". This means including everything" or more broadly the universe." 'Ba' (Chinese for eight) denotes the eight major points of the body: head, shoulders, elbows, hands, buttocks, hips, knees, and feet and 'Ji' (polar) is extended in the eight polar directions.

Baji quan is characterized by direct, fast and powerful strikes that will render an opponent unable to continue. It is used in close combat, giving attention to elbow, knee, shoulder and hip strikes. When blocking an attacker or nearing an opponent, Bajiquan techniques emphasizes striking major points of vulnerability: the thorax (trunk of the body), the legs and neck.

Baji fist focuses on actual combat

As a martial art, it is characterized by its development of strong power and force. The basic theory includes six "Kai" and eight "hitting-forms". Six Kai means taking different ways of form, which are Ding, Bao, Ti, Kua, Kan Ti and Chan. Each points to the different ways of practicing the fist forms and their application.

Eight hitting-forms correspond to the eight parts of your body (head, arms, elbows, hands, hips, knees, feet and nails.). These parts can cooperate well with each other to produce many unpredictable moves, especially in actual combat. The major purpose of Baji training is to develop ultimate snapping power. After gaining this type of power, some very efficient techniques can be performed or applied.

Six major characteristic powers

  • Crossing (Shi Zi)
  • Entangling (Chan)
  • Explosive and short (Cun)
  • Extending (Cheng)
  • Sinking (Xia Chen or Chen Zhui)
  • Thrusting (Chong)

The most important practices of Baji

  • Bao: putting arms together as if hugging someone. It is usually followed by chop (Pi).
  • Chan: entanglement with rotation around the wrist, elbow and shoulder.
  • Dan: using a single move.
  • Ding: using the fist, elbow or shoulder to push forward and upward.
  • Kua: using the hip.
  • Ti: elevating the knee to hit the thigh of the opponent, or elevating the foot to hit the shin of the opponent etc.

Stepping and body methods

Footwork in Baji Quan has three special features: Zhen Jiao, Nian Bu, and Chuang Bu. These striking techniques relate to ancient Chinese medicine, which states that all parts of the body are connected, either physically or spiritually.

Open hand forms and weapons

The forms of Baji are divided into Fist (non-weapon) and Weapon forms. There are 20 fist forms, which include 12 Baji Small Structure Fists, Baji Black Tiger Fist, Baji Dan Zhai, Baji Dan Da/Dui Da, Baji Luo Han Gong, and Baji Si Lang Kuan. There are eight weapons forms, including Liu He Da Qiang (spear), Liu He Hua Qiang (spear), Chun Yang Jian (sword), San Yin Dao (sabre), Xing Zhe Bang (staff), Pudao, and Chun Qiu Da Dao (a long two-handed heavy blade, used by generals sitting on their horses).

Some Baji's forms: Black Tiger Fist, Small Frame 4th Road, Single Plucking, Small Frame 5th Road, Small Frame 3rd Road, Small Frame 6th Road, LoHan (Buddha's Disciple) Work, Small Frame 1st Road, Small Frame 2nd Road, Six Big Openings- Liu Da Kai, Pu Dao Plain Knife, Spring Autumn Big Knife, 6 Harmony Big Spear, Single Strike, Railing Hand Partner Set- Fu Shou, Si Lang Kuan, Pure Yang Sword, Raise the Willow Saber, Travelling Staff, Six Harmony Spear.

Xing Yi

Xing Yi, a very effective combat technique

Xingyi boxing is known as one of the excellent Chinese traditional internal styles. It emphasizes not only on training the body but crucially also, the mind. Xingyi stresses the unity between the external forms and internal energy. This is achieved by joining physical movements and the mind together with qi. Through this incorporation, Xingyi is regarded as a very effective combat technique because it unifies internal energy with external expression. However, it can also improve the student's health, cultivate the spirit and prolong one's life.

Xingyi boxing originated from the Xinyi Liuhe boxing style and formed a unique character of its own. Xingyi boxing came to be well-known as a martial art style after its creation by Li Luoneng in 1856. Xingyi means to imitate the shape (Xing in Chinese), while fully comprehending the theory (Yi in Chinese). It pays much attention to the combination of both inner and outer exercise and cultivation.

Xingyi boxing uses the Yin and Yang and the five elements theory (Wuxing in Chinese) of Chinese traditional culture to describe the movement regulations. The technique and theory can be summed up by the five elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The content and theory of the five elements inspired the Xingyi Fist and weapon forms. The five elements correspond to the five forms of Xingyi Fist: Chopping Fist, Beng Fist, Zuan Fist, Pao Fist, and Heng Fist.

Xing Yi techniques

In addition, these are twelve sets of techniques: Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse, Crocodile, Bear, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Eagle, Snake, Cat, and Crane. The movements of Xingyi also emphasize six combinations, which includes three internal combinations and three external combinations.

The "Three Internals" are namely the combination between "right effort" or consciousness (mind), between consciousness and the "internal qi" and between "internal qi" and internal strength.

The "Three Externals" are the combinations between the hands and the feet, between the elbows and knees and between the shoulders and arms. The main aspects are having the agile waist of a dragon, the strong shoulders of a bear, the nimble manner of an eagle and to make a sound like thunder.

Popular fist forms

The popular fist forms are Wuxing Continuance fist, Xingyi Eight Poses, twelve Hong Chui, Anshen Chui, Xingyi Continuance fist, Wuxing Continuance broadsword, Wuxing Continuance straight sword, Wuxing Continuance staff, Wuxing Continuance staff, complex staff, Xingyi thirteen spear, and some rare weapons like horn sword, antler hoe, and iron chopsticks etc.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun, a scientific form of martial arts

Wing Chun is a very unique and scientific form of martial arts. Wing Chun's specialty is in close contact combat, using quick punches and kicks with a tight defense, coordinated through agile stances and footwork for a quick advance. The effectiveness of Wing Chun is achieved by well-coordinated attacks with simultaneous defense and vice versa. Due to its effectiveness this martial art makes for an effective form of self-defense. The style uses kicks, sweeps, palm strikes, punches, trapping, and control techniques as part of its fighting arsenal.

Wing Chuns close combat techniques

Wing Chun uses a vast range of close combat techniques. They are designed to be short, fast, and devastating. The emphasis is on relaxation for speed, fluidity, and sensitivity to anticipate an opponents attack. There are many 'drills' practiced in Wing Chun to help develop techniques, feel energy, and also to help a practioner's 'automatic reflexes' allowing you to react to an attack as soon as it happens, thus borrowing an opponents energy and turning it into a simultaneous attack.

One of the main drills used in Wing Chun is called "Chi Sao" (known as sticky hands - can be seen above, Yip Man with Bruce Lee), students practice upper and lower structured arm movements in the art of 'rolling' hands with each other. Between positions 'Bong sao', Tan Sao' and 'Fuk Sao', students will attempt simultaneous attacks on each other and learn to feel the energy of an opponent. As soon as an opponent breaks contact, or gives energy in a particular direction, this is used to leek through the opponents guard with a combination of attacks.

Beijing International Shaolin Culture

Introduction

The Beijing International Shaolin Culture (BISC) specializes in delivering a wide range of authentic Chinese cultural studies. We specialize in the field of Chinese martial arts including Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and many others. We also offer other studies including Chinese language, music, tea culture, traditional Chinese medicine and dance.

BISC possesses highly qualified staff and expert teachers to deliver these authentic disciplines. Our services have been enjoyed by scores of students and our delivery methods are designed to easily accommodate international students. BISC is based in the international department of the internationally acclaimed Hebei University. We boast exceptional classroom and training facilities.

In addition to our main base, BISC also has numerous sub-branches and co-operative study centers. These include a number of temples, such as the North Shaolin Temple in Baoding and Tiankai Temple in Beijing. These sub divisions provide our students with the same detailed cultural study but in a traditional and authentic setting.

The Beijing International Shaolin Culture came about when the North Shaolin Temple wished to expand its international training programme. Masters Shi Yan Ming and Shi Yan Ling headed the project to develop the North Shaolin Temples facilities. The result was a dedicated complex for international students.

The center houses short and long term international students and it also hosts numerous holiday camps throughout the year. The success of this project facilitated a co-operation with Hebei University, which led to the transfer of BISC's base to Hebei University.

Real Shaolin Masters instruct students in Shaolin Kung fu training including traditional Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, San Da and other Chinese Martial arts including Ba Gua, Xing Yi, etc. The unique feature of BISC is that it allows students from across the world to experience authentic and traditional Shaolin Martial arts training and Chinese cultural studies.

The BISC is affiliated with UK Shaolin Temple, BCCMA, China Wu Shu Association and other national and international bodies. BISC has become one of the leading organizations in the martial arts and cultural study industry.

BISC objectives

At BISC we have a program to help you achieve your personal goals. You will find a range of courses to meet your specific learning needs and interests. It may be that you want to learn or improve on your Chinese language skills. Or learn real Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese martial arts. Or deepen your understanding of Chinese culture. Whatever your aim is, we have courses to help realize it.

Three main service areas of BISC

The three main service areas are Chinese Kung Fu and Chinese culture; Chinese Buddhism;and travel and Chinese culture. Each area is specifically designed to meet the different needs of our participants. We won't just try to do our best; we will endeavor to meet and exceed your requests.

The skills learnt through the BISC will enhance and enrich your life. In addition, staying in the center will feel like a home away from home. It gives you the opportunity to make friends with many like-minded people, share unique experiences and knowledge and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Facilities

Communications - Telephone, mail, and internet: The center has connected computers in the office that students can use to check their emails. If students wish to bring their own laptop, the center has wireless connectivity in designated areas. There is also an office phone that can be used to receive calls. International calls can be made on pay phones using coins or a phone card. With regards to sending mail, using the nearest post office to send and receive mail from America and European countries, may take around a week or two to arrive. Parcels may take a little longer.

Washing facilities: The center provides hot showers and hot water and is equipped with western toilets. The use of the washing machines is also free of charge.

The Beijing International Shaolin Cultures main base is located in Heibei University, Baoding City. Baoding is found in Hebei Province, south of Beijing and north of Shijiazhuang. Baoding is 140 kilometers south of Beijing, 145 kilometers west of Tianjin and 125 kilometers northeast of Shijiazhuang. It is also surrounded by Langfang and Cangzhou to the east, Hengshui to the south and, Shanxi Province to the west.

Boading is a historical city and filled with many fascinating attractions such as the Ancient Lianhua Pond, Mencheng Tomb, the West Mausoleum of the Qing Emperor and the nearby city of Dingzhou. This is the perfect location is you are looking to explore historical landmarks and scenes of stunning natural beauty. Boading is also very close to Beijing which is ideal for day trips to explore Chinas capital city.

History

The history of Boading is one of exaltation and also turmoil. Baoding originally came into being during the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC). It was later ascended to Baozhou and become a major city in North China during the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). However, the city was destroyed by the southward invasion of Genghis Khan and was rebuilt in 1227.

During the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the central government set up Baoding as a distinct country. Moving onto its contemporary history, during the early stages of the People's Republic of China, Baoding acted as the capital city of Hebei Province.

Physical features

Lying along the east foot of the northern part of Taihang Mountains, the terrain of Baoding is mainly comprised of its western mountain area and eastern plain. In the east of the plain, there are many water filled hollows and shallow lakes.

All students use the on-site restaurant. This facility cooks high quality food and it caters for lots of different tastes. The restaurant also offers vegan and vegetarian meals. If you require vegan or vegetarian meals, please notify the center before your arrival.

Our full room and board service includes three hot meals a day, seven days a week. Breakfast consists of traditional buns, Chinese oatmeal, etc. Lunch and dinner both consist of staple foods such as rice or noodles with a large selection of vegetables, as well as fish and meat.

Note: There's always the option to buy additional stuffs, such as fruits, in the Centers shop or outside of the center.

Four times a year, the school celebrates the holidays with big feasts. These holidays include Chinese new-year, mid-autumn festival, Centers anniversary and western Christmas. Students can expect a lavish feast to mark the occasion.

Arrival by airplane

Flight number: SJW / ZBSJ, Airport: Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport - Shijiazhuang, China, Distance: 94 km

Flight number: TSN / ZBTJ, Airport: Tianjin Binhai International Airport - Tianjin, China, Distance: 165 km

Flight number: PEK / ZBAA, Airport: Beijing Capital International Airport - Beijing, China, Distance: 166 km

Flight number: TNA / ZSJN, Airport: Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport - Jinan, China, Distance: 268 km

Arrival by bus

Its very easy to travel by bus from Beijing Airport to the Center. It should take you about 3 hours to Baoding. This way, you have minimum transitions: when you arrive at Beijing Airport, you can get on the bus just outside of the Airport. When you arrive at Baoding, we can pick you up or you can get a taxi to the Center. The bus from Beijing Airport runs hourly.

Departure: Gate 1 on the first floor of T3 or Gate 15 on the first floor of T2.

You can also get a taxi from Beijing Airport to the Center, it will cost a little more money. We'd recommend this option if you have extra money and you dont want to travel too much. We can also pick you up from Beijing Airport directly; there will be an extra charge for this service. Please contact us for more information.

Departs in: 10:00 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Departs in: 11:00 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Departs in: 13:00 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Departs in: 14:00 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Departs in: 17:30 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Departs in: 19:00 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Departs in: 20:00 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Departs in: 21:00 Beijing Airport, Arrives at: Baoding, Duration: 3 hours, Seat fare: 85 RMB

Arrival by train

If you arrive to Beijing by plane, there are several trains from Beijing railway station to Baoding. A train departs almost every 20 to 30 minutes to Baoding. It should take 1 to 1 and half hours from Beijing railway to Baoding train station. When you arrive at Baoding train station, you can get a taxi to the center. We can also pick you up from Baoding train station for free.

Testimonials

  • Review by Matt from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This is one of the best training experiences I’ve had. I found it to be very different compared to training in England. We were training between six to eight hours a day in the very hot and humid conditions. But it was worth facing the heat because you could see your improvement even after a few days. The format of our training was different every day, one day we’d be training indoors and then the next day we’d be outside training in the mountains. I also got on well with our teachers and we were able to exchange ideas about techniques and different styles; they were very keen to help us. Ultimately, it was hard but very enjoyable and I am looking forward to returning for some more traditional training."

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  • Review by Jennifer from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My training in China was something I will never forget. I loved that we did lots of different Kung Fu styles and I particularly enjoyed learning Tai Chi basics because I didn’t have any experience in it before I went to China. The shifus were all very friendly and they were very accommodating to my interests, if I wanted to try something else, they easily rescheduled my training. The training was hard and I pushed myself every day and when I left, I felt like I had accomplished a lot. Another aspect of the training which I enjoyed was the chance to learn Chinese and the Buddhist studies. This trip was deepened my fascination of Chinese culture and Kung Fu."

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  • Review by Eva Luna Marini from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely lovely weekend at Tiankai Templ. I got to sleep in the temple, wake up at 4:00 a.m to meditate, watch the sunrise and then hang out with the coolest kid – I really want a little bro like him! Afterwards I attended a few lessons in Buddhism and then I was really honored to meet the head master of the temple who was so kind and gave me a few copies of his book as well as allowing me to ride back with him to Beijing. Biggest thanks to Qiuyue, the others at the temple and Martine shifu for making this possible."

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  • Review by Ana from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "I came to practice martial arts for the first time, expecting to learn interesting techniques and to train my strength and stamina while unveiling some of the mystery that Shaolin Kung Fu and the culture behind it held for me - and wasn’t disappointed. As I got better at doing the basic exercises, I was taught to use those for more complex ones and, although I only stayed for a week, I could easily perceive my own improvement by the end of my training, as well as that of my colleagues. At the same time, I could live like the Kung Fu students do, interact with them, eat with them, watch them train, and I was taught about Shaolin history and customs. I’ll definitely return and strongly encourage everyone to come."

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