Students who sincerely wish to learn the Chinese martial arts are invited to come to this martial arts academy, located in northern China, to learn all levels of traditional Shaolin martial arts from the disciples of the famous northern Songshan mountain temple protection monks. If desired, you may optionally learn Wudang mountain area style kung fu and tai chi chuan or slow qi gong for health. Join China Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy for this exciting course and enhance your strength and body!
Accommodation and food quality are very good. For accommodation, generally 1 - 2 students share 1 room. Upon your arrival, the key of your dormitory will be given to you, along with your bed sheets; there is bedding, a desk, wardrobe, washbasin, thermos bottle for free, and meanwhile China Shiping Shaolin Martial Arts Academywill charge a 15 USD deposit for it that will be refunded when you leave the academy. Due to its simple accommodations, the academy cannot accept for training those persons with major illness or disabling older age infirmities, but they are welcome to come to the academy to visit at any time. There are private rooms provided for foreign students. One free uniform is provided by the academy to new students. A computer is available at the academy with access to the web, for the students to use. Access to the internet including WIFI access (within the academy's living quarters only) is free. Because the academy is located in the mountains, the internet is slow (because high-speed cable is not available).
Soft qi gong is primarily a set of exercises designed to improve one's health and constitution through the focus of one's breath, circulation of qi, and stretching, all done with proper intent such as the ba duan jin or yi jin jing. One can vastly improve their state of health, mind, and spirit through this gentle practice. At the first glance, it may seem that a person practicing qi gong is not doing much. This is because when practicing qi gong, a person must place most of their attention inwards, focusing on their breath, vision, and circulation.
The practice of qi gong is well related to the old saying - still waters run deep. Hard qi gong or body conditioning is the way that a Chinese martial artist conditions their body in order to be able to perform superhuman feats such as cutting a brick with one's hand or head and developing the ability to absorb and reflect damage while being hit. This is done through the practice of controlling one's breath and release of power while striking parts of one's body.
Sanda is Chinese kickboxing which stresses the use of punches, kicks, throws, sweeps, and kicks catches. Outside of competition, the use of elbows and knees are taught in order to develop an effective martial artist through the practice of techniques and regular sparring.
Beginners students who have never studied martial arts before should not expect to perform intermediate or advanced kung fu in one or two months. However, they will be introduced to the basics of Shaolin traditional qi gong, two short Shaolin fist forms, one weapon routine, elementary combat, and one or two tai chi forms.
Alternatively, they can choose wing chun, baji, xingyi, bagua, or preying mantis and will learn basics, a routine, one weapon form, and qi gong. They should be able to grasp wing chun, baji, Shaolin, xingyi, bagua, or mantis boxing basic kung fu and decide whether what they have learned is the right path for them to follow in the future, training for longer periods of time.
Students who have already seriously trained in Shaolin kung fu for several years or more can expect to learn and perform some of the more difficult kung fu movements, combat skills, higher internal kung fu, as well as developing the underlying morality of the martial arts. The academy also welcomes advanced students wishing to learn through challenging the masters.
Training schedules and exercises are customized to fit you according to your needs and abilities. The fighting or protection monks may instruct foreign students from the beginning to higher levels of Shaolin arts depending upon the student's ability, self-discipline, and willingness to learn. There is no maximum of age to come, but there is a minimum of it. You must have an escort if you are not able to travel alone.
Do not worry about age holding you back if you are middle-aged or elderly. Many Chinese martial arts are suitable for the middle age and older people to learn such as ancient qi gong (ba duan jin, yi jin jing, five animal style, and meditation that is not only good for health, but also helpful for your level of kung fu and for healing illnesses), tai chi fist or straight sword or fan, xingyi fist, bagua palm, ba chi fist, and mantis boxing.
You can study Mandarin full time from Monday to Friday or study Mandarin in half of the time and Shaolin martial arts in the other half of the time. The training is offered to foreign students all year round at the academy. Because of the high ratio of teachers-to-students, most of the students who attend the academy express that they feel lucky to have been given such a high-quality instruction without a lot of other students around which was a great benefit to them since they received more personal attention from the masters than the normal case.
Many students ask how long they can stay at the academy. The length of a student's stay at the academy depends upon how they get along with the teachers, the academy's staffs, and other students and how much sincere effort they put into their training. In Chinese Shaolin kung fu, the western belt-ranking system is disregarded. Longer training periods are available for those who find they want to advance their skills in higher levels of the martial arts.
At the end of each year, the monks teaching the students will decide if the student can continue to train in the following year depending upon the student's positive physical and mental growth and their good character.
After students arrival, students will be issued a monks training suit for free. The academy provides tableware and bedding, washing machines, and hot shower facilities. Items of personal hygiene and grooming are the students responsibility. On arrival at the academy, the new student will be assigned a translator to make the transition to academy life as smooth as possible. Students at the Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy study in modern facilities with a big training hall, and the training is conducted outside in the clear air as well.
Every student agrees where the academy is located is the right environment to train in. It is in the mountains near the home town of China's last queen, Chi Xi, and is the Qing dynasty home town. At any time, there are about 10 to 30 foreign students studying Shaolin kung fu at the academy with from three to six monks to teach them tai chi quan, qi gong, Shaolin kung fu, Wudang kung fu, sanda, and so on.
Academys internet room is open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, lights out and quiet time are to be observed by 9:30 p.m. to prepare for training on the next day and to respect other students and staffs. Monday and Friday during the winter, all new students who have been attending the academy for less than one month wake up at 5:30 a.m. and go to the training hall for their qi gong practice while other students may choose what they wish to do in the way of practice.
On Saturday and Sunday, all students are to return to the academy before 11:00 p.m. Those wishing to stay overnight away from the academy need to be accompanied by at least one other student and must complete a sign-out form before leaving. The academy cannot accept any responsibility for what may happen when students are away from the academy for personal reasons. However, the academy will try their best to help in whatever situation may arise.
The quiet meditation room is open 24 hours a day for meditation. All students in this room must keep silent. This room is open all of the time during the day and is heated. Saturday and Sunday are the free time for everyone at the academy except for the kitchen staff.
For those who wish to be credited for their time of study, a certification is available for those who wish to obtain it. The academy gives a certificate to students at the end of their stay, detailing the skills they have learnt in depth enough to be recognized. For those who have made notable progress through their study, testing for an official Duan Wei level rank is available, certified by the Chinese Wushu Duan Wei system. The academy certificate is given at the end of a students stay free of charge, but there are fees to test for each Duan Wei ranking.
As of July 1, 2006, the academy accepts students who wish to study the Mandarin language from formally-accredited language professors employed by the academy. Formal language certificate exams are given after 10 months of studying the mandarin language. Language students must have good character and adhere to the same rules and regulations as those studying the Shaolin martial arts must adhere to.
Most of the teachers do not speak English so the academy provides English translators during training times. Mr. Che and some of the office staffs speak English and most of the foreign students speak English, either as their primary or as their second language. A few people have expressed disbelief that the academy actually exists, or is licensed and approved by the Chinese government. Therefore, the academy provides the English translation of the license.
New students who are saving in order to come to the academy have asked if there is anything they should study to prepare them for when they are at the academy. The best thing is to prepare yourself physically including proper diet, sprinting and long distance running, swimming, tennis, hiking, biking, gymnastics, high diving, trampoline, jumping rope, ping pong, skating, and so on. Aerobic movements, eye-hand coordination sports, and stamina training will help new students to learn martial arts faster and easier.
Any sport or hobby that breaks down muscle tissue so you can rebuild it, stretches and tones your muscles, gives you better hand and eye coordination, improves your breathing, and is enjoyable to perform is good to do. Students who have already seriously trained in the martial arts for several years or more can expect to learn and to perform some of the more difficult kung fu movements and skills.
Of course, to what degree each student will learn depends upon the student's physical and mental abilities, desire, and dedication to practice. Please fill the application form and pay the application fee according to the website from one to six months before you come to the academy. If the student is approved for training a letter of invitation and form, JW202 will be processed and mailed to the student so they can secure their visa.
It normally takes from three to six weeks for the JW202 form to be processed and received by students in the mail, depending upon where they reside. Every student should take six two-inch pictures with you when you are coming for your file in the academy and visa extension.
The training will take place at Yehe ancient castle in Siping, Jilin, China. China Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy is located next to the Ye He ancient castle, approximately five kilometers (three miles) from the ancient Jai Lan Temple, in Ji Lin Province within the Chang Bai Mountains. The people of the area are quite friendly and have maintained a good sense of rural hospitality still to this day.
The history of the Ye He area and tribe spans back many hundreds of years and is linked as an important facet to the establishment of the Qing dynasty. Over the span of Chinese history, the castle was destroyed and rebuilt many times. Conflict within the Ming Dynasty was the root cause of the first destruction of the castle. It was ordered rebuilt in the Qing dynasty by the emperor Pu Yi because his grandmother Cu Xi came from the Ye He area.
It was once again destroyed during the cultural revolution in the 1970s, but once again was restored to its former glory in the year 1995, much better than before, complete with stone walls. Within the castle, many historical artifacts are on display that survived over the years. There is also the tomb of a princess that lies within the castle's grounds, but its location is kept secret, so that the soul of the princess may rest in peace.
Most of the cooking is Chinese style. The nutrition of food is enough to satisfy the requirements of students. The water at the academy is natural mineral water drawn from the protected area of the national park within the nearby Yehe Mountain. The water is clean and safe for human consumption. In the morning, the academy provides milk, soybean milk, porridge, oats, bread, and eggs. For lunch and dinner, they serve Chinese dishes including three dishes with meat, one egg dish, one vegetable dish, fried chips, rice and soup; either egg, seafood, or sweet. China Shiping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy also hass Chinese dumplings and noodles once a week, and seafood, fried fish and bacon (Chinese style) several times a week. The cook will provide chilies for those who would like some. The academy also caters to vegetarians. There are big feasts at festivals when students and masters eat together.
Transfer available for additional US$100 per person
There are no direct international flights to Siping city. Therefore, you need to first fly to Beijing or Shanghai, and then from Beijing you can take a domestic flight (about 1 hour 50 minutes; around 160 USD for economic seats) to Changchun Longjia International Airport. We can provide an all-terrain vehicle, driver, and translator as a free pick-up service from Changchun Longjia International Airport to the academy. Please book a flight that reaches Changchun Longjia International Airport before 9 p.m. if it is possible, otherwise it is quite late for the translator and driver to go there to pick you up.
You also can choose to take train from Beijing railway station to Siping railway station (6 hours 30 minutes; around 45 USD). We can provide an all-terrain vehicle, driver, and translator as a free pick-up service from the Siping train station to the academy.
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