Shi De Xiao, age 60, started training in Kung Fu when he was just 6 years old. Since then he has never been absent from training for even one day in the past 54 years. He is a ninth degree level in Chinese Kung Fu and is a first degree referee of Wushu in China. He has perfect skills in Baji quan series body forms and weapons of spear, sword, staff, broadsword, and Shaolin Qi Gong.
Shi Yong Xiang is a 35-year-old excellent master coming out of the Shaolin temple. He won golden plates consecutively for 5 years in China Wushu competition from 1996 to 2001. He has a rich teaching experience of over 14 years being a master of Sanda. Many of his students won the championship in the Shaolin routine quan forms and Sanda competitions. Now, he is serving in the Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy as a ranking 5th degree master, authorized by the China Wushu Association.
Shi Xing Jun is the 12th generation of Chen style Taiji grandmasters. He is one of the top ten martial arts grandmasters in all of China. Through 20 years of training and teaching Chen style Taiji quan forms; he successfully won the championship in the whole China Taiji quan form competition in 2005.He and his students have obtained many honors in performances and competitions, both domestic and overseas. He was awarded the title of Excellent Master" many times by the superior departments and has been authorized the ranking 7th degree by the China Wushu Association.
Shi Yong Yu attended the Shaolin temple in 2001, as 33rd Shaolin temple generation and became a student of the Shaolin master, Shi Xing Liang. He gained so many skills in a surprisingly short period of time and soon improved himself as an awesome Shaolin temple fighting monk.
Shi Yan Bo was trained at the academy for the past 8 years, from age 13. Now he is 21 years old. He is one of the best disciples and trained with Shi De Long, who taught at the academy prior to 2008. He is now at 7th degree level of Shaolin martial arts.
When Shi Yan Hao was 8 years old, he started learning Shaolin martial arts in the Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy and now has become an excellent assistant under the guidance of his master. Shi Yan Hao also won many championships in domestic martial arts competitions. He is authorized the master ranking of level 5 by the China Wushu Association through his exquisite skills and rich teaching experiences. He is now serving in Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy as a coach of teaching domestic students.
Dylan Rose United States
Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy website
When I planned my trip to Northern China Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, my aims were to get as fit as humanly possible and to increase my knowledge of the Chinese language. Upon my arrival at the academy, I began to realize just how special a place it was. I had previously studied Thai kickboxing in England and had never even begun to appreciate the effect that studying traditional Chinese martial arts in a place like this would have on me.After watching The Karate Kid at the age of ten, I realized that one day I wanted to travel to a place like this and immerse myself in the culture of authentic oriental martial arts. Jumping in the deep end is the only way to learn to swim (or drown, but that obviously isn't what I'm getting at here). Immediately I fell in love with the lifestyle of the academy and thoroughly enjoyed studying shaolin kung fu under experienced masters who dedicate 100% of their effort into teaching to the highest quality.After a couple of weeks I began to see that my primary aims were incredibly, superficial compared to what I was experiencing. 7 hours a-day training as well as a Chinese lesson each afternoon saw this easily taken care of. In addition, training with Shifus who speak little English as well as weekend trips to nearby Si Ping City made me speak Chinese outside of the classroom in a real-life Chinese environment.Training, - whether it consisted of long distance running, running up the 360 steps from the beautiful lake next to the academy to Ye He castle with a bucket of water in each hand, sparring or practicing kung fu forms it never failed to be a greatly enjoyable and educational experience. At the academy, you are forced to find your physical limits and smash through them.I was only able to come to the academy for one month this summer and immediately regretted this, I wish I could stay longer and as I write this in my room staring outside at the stunning countryside scenery that surrounds the academy, I am already planning my return next year, for a longer stay this time.The lifestyle, the experience and the group of friends I have made here have made my stay the invaluable experience that it has been. It is an honor to say that I have studied here and if you love martial arts and are willing to learn and expand your horizons physically and mentally, this is the place to be. I am grateful for the experience and will definitely be returning to keep on learning.
Philip Brandon Sanford United States
Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy website
I will never forget the first time I heard about Shaolin Kung Fu. I was very young, and I saw a documentary about Shaolin monks and their art. I was instantly drawn to the elegance of their movements and their discipline. Now, nine years later, I can say that martial arts is my passion. It is a subject of study that you can continually burn yourself up on. It is an art, a means of war, and a lifestyle. It is a constant refining of the self.I decided I would follow my passion wherever it took me, and now I am on the other side of the world. Being able to come to China to study this ancient art is a privilege the likes of which I cannot wholly express. I was never able to train in Chinese martial arts back home, and being here, I am very impressed with the training and the quality of the Masters here. The academy and the surrounding area is truly beautiful; The circumstances here are right for learning Kung Fu.
Annett Veronica Eriksson
Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy website
The main reason why you go to Siping Shaolin Martial Arts academy is because of the training, but I have chosen to combine it with studying the Chinese language. So far, my experience of the training is good. Currently, I'm training Baji quan with master Lee as a teacher. He is very experienced and patient and it's a pleasure for the eye to see him performing one of the many Baji forms that exists. Except from Baji, you also have the ability to train Kungfu, Sanda, and Taiji.The academy also has Qi Gong training in the early morning. The food is very tasteful and I almost end up eating too much. If for some reason the food doesn't meet up to your expectations you always have the opportunity to tell your requirements tot the chef who will do the best to make you satisfied. The rooms have been renovated, so they are fresh and clean, and the view is stunning. The translators are very helpful and do their best to help you if any issues should occur.
Stephen Wyka United States
July 2013. Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy website
After 1.5 months here I am having a great time! I love the training, the Shaolin training is tough but not too tough. It is a great balance of hard work and rest. The shifu really knows how to balance hard work and rest. He also knows his Kung Fu and can show it off at any time. Although having a translator present in the training hall is really helpful for learning the new techniques. The food is amazing, I am eating way better than I did at home/college. Each meal leaves me full and refreshed ready for another training session. The rooms and beds are better than I expected. They are large /spacious and feel comforting. You can decorate how you like which is nice, making it feel more like home.The bathrooms are nice and clean, washed twice a day. There is a washing machine but it cost 1 yuan for each piece of clothing which is not bad at all, it is actually really cheap compared to any washing machine in college. I personally wash my own clothes by hand which is fine and quite relaxing. The showers are nice and warm, especially with the new boilers. Overall I am more than satisfied with my stay here, everything is just great. The appearance and style fit the experience of learning Chinese Kung Fu. I never expected much, but got way more. I would be perfectly happy if nothing changed.I came for this type of environment, it teaches me self-disipline, patience, and gratitude. It makes me see how I have too much at home and how I don't need all of that to be happy. With the intenet being a little slow it teaches me to be patient and to not always be in a rush. I rather enjoy it, it gives me the time to do inner searching, read a good boook or several or find something else to do besides being locked down by a computer. The language class is great. I did not think I would be learning mandarin, but I am glad I am. The place is perfect for my experience here, I love the calm and tranquillity that I find in the simple thing.
April 2013. Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy website
Excellent food, very friendly and polite staff that cares a lot about foreigners opinions, suggestions, and recommendations in order to improve quality and living conditions. Excellent experience to network and to get along with international personalities in a healthy environment. The location is simply spectacular where you can admire and enjoy the beautiful countryside surrounded by mountains, the amazing view of a huge valley with the advantage being up on a hill, and the advantage that you can start your training at any day of the year with no martial arts experience.
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