2 Years Chinese Kung Fu Training in Jilin, China

  • Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, Ye He Ancient Castle, Siping, Jilin, China


Chinese Martial Arts Training

At China Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, you will have the chance to learn all levels of traditional Shaolin martial arts from the disciples of the famous northern Songshan mountain temple protection monk. Shaolin masters from the south of China also joined with our academy to teach southern Shaolin Kung Fu to foreign students interested in their styles.


  • Training on Mondays to Fridays
  • Study Tai Chi, Sanda, Qi Gong, and Wudang Kung Fu
  • A school certificate given upon completion of your training
  • Transfer from and to Changchun Longjia International Airport
  • Daily Chinese-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • The options to learn Mandarin Chinese
  • 2 years accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 480 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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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 Academy will 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).

Typical schedule

Martial arts training

05:30 - 07:30 Exercises and training

07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast

08:30 - 10:00 Training

10:00 - 10:30 Rest

10:30 - 11:30 Training

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch

13:30 - 15:30 Training

15:30 - 17:00 Rest

17:00 - 17:30 Dinner

17:30 - 18:30 Free time

18:30 - 19:30 Training

19:30 - 21:30 Free time

21:30 - 05:30 Bed time (lights out)

Martial arts training and language

05:30 - 07:30 Exercises and training

07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast

08:30 - 10:00 Mandarin class

10:00 - 10:30 Rest

10:30 - 11:30 Mandarin class

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch

12:00 - 13:30 Rest

13:30 - 15:30 Training

15:30 - 17:00 Rest

17:00 - 17:30 Dinner

17:30 - 18:30 Free time

18:30 - 19:30 Training

19:30 - 21:30 Free time

21:30 - 05:30 Bed time (lights out)

Program description


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 Chi Kung, two short Shaolin fist forms, one weapon routine, elementary combat, and 1 - 2 Tai Chi forms.

Alternatively, students can choose Wingchun, BaJi, Xingyi, Bagua, or Preying Mantis and will learn basics, a routine, one weapon form, and Chi Kung. They should be able to grasp Wingchun, 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.

Experienced students

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.

Customized training

Training schedules and exercises are customized to fit to you, according to your needs and abilities. The fighting / protection monks may instruct foreign students from 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.

Don't worry about age holding you back if you are middle aged or elderly. Many Chinese martial arts are suitable for 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 / straight sword / fan, Xingyi fist, Bagua palm, Ba Chi fist, and Mantis boxing.

Students can study mandarin Monday through Friday full time, or study Mandarin half of the time and Shaolin martial arts the other half of the time. Training is offered to foreign students year-round at the academy.

Because of the high ratio of teachers-to-students, most of the students who attend the academy express they feel lucky to have been given such high quality instruction without a lot of other students around; which was a great benefit to them because they received more personal attention from the masters who taught them than is normally the case.

Length of stay

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 staff, and with the 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 the following year, depending upon the student's positive physical and mental growth, and their good character.

First year

Students at the academy learn basic Gong (Kung), including weapons, wrestling ways, practical boxing skill, and basic footwork way; Shaolin big Hong chuan and small Hong chuan, Tong bi and Palm chuan, small Ruo Han chuan, and other forms. The basic Gong instruction includes saber-routine skills, sword-routine skills, cudgel routine skills, Shaolin thirteen spears routine skills, etc.

First year Shaolin quans (forms or chuans)

Shaolin Wu Bu

Lian Huan


Ba Ji

Ba Ji Xiao Jia (Nei Gong quan)

Ba Da Zhao

Liu Da Kai

Zi Mu (son and mom quan)

Mei Hua

7-star Preying Mantis

Pi Kua

Pair of practical training

Shao Yang

Liu He

Ba Bu Lian Huan

Jing Gan

1 - 9 routines of Ruo Han

Da Hong

Da Tong

Xing Yi Long routine

Pi Gua

Five animal styles routines

Wu He

Xin Yi Ba

Pu Quan

Gong Zi Fu Hu

Southern Shaolin Nan Mei

Ba Duan Ji

Traditional Qi Gong

9-section iron whip basics

2-section cudgels (Er Jie Guan)

Second year

Students learn Big Ruo Han chuan, Pao chuan, Shaolin cross attack chuan, free chosen art chuan, Shaolin Tai Zhu Long chuan routine, Gong Li chuan, and other forms. Weapons are Shaolin three-section cudgel, Da Mo sword routine, Shaolin spring-autumn saber routine, 9-section intermediate iron-whip routines, paired practice with other students, and other weapons.

Academy overview

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 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 - 30 foreign students studying Shaolin Kung Fu at the academy with from 3 to 6 monks to teach them Taiji quan, Qi Gong, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wudang Kung Fu, Sanda, etc. The academy's yard is approximately thirty-thousand square meters, and there are ten-thousand square meters of living and training facilities on the mountain.

Most of the teachers do not speak English, so the academy provides English translators during training times. Mr. Che and some of the office staff speak English and most of the foreign students speak English, either as their primary or as their secondary 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.

Academys timetable

Academys internet room is open from 5 - 8 p.m.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: on these days lights out and quiet time is to be observed by 9.30 p.m. to prepare for training the next day and to respect other students and staff.

Monday and Friday during 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.

Saturday and Sunday all students are to return to the academy before 11 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 is free time for everyone at the academy except for the kitchen staff.

Academys regulations

In order to keep the academy's environment positive for the serious students who go there to study, if the academy manager feels for any reason an applicant or student does not meet the academy's requirements, or learns of anything he feels would not be in accordance with the academy's rules or ways he may reject the applicant at any time; even if the applicant or student had earlier been accepted. The academy is not responsible for any expenses an applicant may incur on their own behalf to prepare for training at the academy, before they actually attend the academy, or for any other reason.

Students may bring their laptop computer, but may not use it for any other unsocial, immoral, or illegal use. Abuse in this area could be cause for confiscating the computer, or dismissing the student from the academy, or both, and in some instances if the activity of the student is not allowed by the Chinese government criminal charges with resulting severe penalties may ensue.

Gambling, Drugs (including marijuana), tobacco, and alcohol, or visiting prostitutes in villages or towns when the student is away from the academy are prohibited. Breaking these rules will mean immediate dismissal from the academy and a forfeiture of 20% of the balance of fees paid by, or for, the student.

Regarding male and female cohabitation, there is no cohabitation or sexual activity allowed at the academy; regardless of whether it's boy and girl friend, fianc, or spouse.

No religious activities are allowed, other than personal prayer before or after training times so the student's training is not disrupted.

Students are not allowed to have animals, birds, or other pets at the academy.

The academy does not welcome student who is a show-off, or a bully; lazy and unwilling to clean up after themselves (regarding their living quarters and/or personal hygiene); unwilling to participate in early morning or other training; lies, or attempts to cover up for another student who has lied; unfriendly or insolent to others (to students, teachers, or any other person), or presumes to be better than other students in any way, or who tries to create disharmony between others, for any reason.


Power training equipment, a set of fitness equipment, wooden dummies, punching bag, mats, pads, gloves, and bodyguards are provided for by the academy. However, you can buy some other kinds of weapons by yourself when you need them in practice.

Students at the Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy study in modern facilities with a big training hall, and 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.

Language course & Course preparation

Language course

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.

Course preparation

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; proper diet, sprinting and long distance running, swimming, tennis, hiking, biking, gymnastics, high diving, trampoline, jumping rope, ping pong, skating, etc.

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 1 to 6 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 3 to 6 weeks for the JW202 form to be processed and received by students in the mail, depending upon where they reside. Every student should take 6 two inch pictures with you when you are coming for your file in the academy and visa extension.

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Baby sitting
  • Free! WiFi
  • Free! WiFi/Computer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Shop nearby

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.

For students who are staying for one year or longer at the academy there is a one-week break in their training during the annual nationally celebrated Spring Festival holiday. There is no refund for the Spring Festival period. During the holiday period, students can choose to stay at the academy and relax, continue to practice what they have been taught, return home for the holiday period, travel, etc.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Flight Number

Departs from Beijing

Arrives in Changchun


  • CZ6174
  • 06:40
  • 08:20
  • 1h 40m
  • CA1609
  • 06:55
  • 08:40
  • 1h 45m
  • MU2070
  • 15:15
  • 17:10
  • 1h 55m
  • CZ6146
  • 11:25
  • 13:10
  • 1h 45m
  • CA1649
  • 08:55
  • 10:50
  • 1h 55m
  • CZ6144
  • 10:25
  • 12:20
  • 1h 55m
  • CZ6150
  • 18:35
  • 20:30
  • 1h 55m

Arrival by train

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.

Train number

Departs from Beijing

Arrives in Siping


  • D21
  • 07:00
  • 13:16
  • 6h 16m
  • D25
  • 07:13
  • 13:27
  • 6h 14m
  • D73
  • 13:44
  • 19:14
  • 5h 34m
  • T59
  • 20:50
  • Next day 05:05
  • 8h 13m
  • K39
  • 23:00
  • Next day 10:52
  • 11h 52m
For information about the booking conditions, please send China Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy an inquiry.


  • Review by Dylan Rose from USA

    "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."

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  • Review by Philip Brandon Sanford from USA

    "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."

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  • Review by Annett Veronica Eriksson

    "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."

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  • Review by Stephen Wyka from USA

    "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."

    July 2013. Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy website, edited

  • Review by Limon from Mexico

    "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."

    April 2013. Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy website, edited

Siping, China

Teaching shao lin martial arts to the world wide since 1995, China Siping Shaolin Martial Arts Academy welcomes students who want to learn traditional Chinese martial arts.

Speaks English

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730 days / 729 nights

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