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Welcome to Kung Fu School China, founded by Master Xing Long Wang, 32nd generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple. They are located in a quiet valley on the outskirts of Siping, in the northern Chinese province of Jilin. The school focuses on your physical, mental, and spiritual strength. You will learn Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, San Da, Qin-na and Qi Gong in a disciplined but supportive environment.
Two students share a comfortable room and each student has their own bed, wardrobe, and desk. The rooms are heated during the cold winter months. Students are expected to keep their rooms clean and tidy at all times. There are western-style washrooms with showers.
Students train for about 8 hours each day, five days per week. All skill levels are welcome. Each student gets personalized training where Master Wang Xinglong considers your skills, strengths weaknesses, preferences and goals. Master Wang will encourage you to do your best, but your progress will depend on your dedication, diligent practice, and desire to challenge yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.
During your first week of training, Master Wang will evaluate you and develop a training plan that is customized to your skill level and interests. All skill levels are welcome, but a strong foundation is essential to martial arts training for the safety of the students and the ability to progress to advanced levels. Therefore, the basics are stressed and rigorously reviewed and practiced by all students. How quickly you progress through the levels depends on the effort you put into it and your ability to learn specific skills.
In addition to the foundational martial arts skills, Master Wang teaches advanced skills in Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanda (Chinese kickboxing), Tai-Chi, Qin-Na, and Qi-Gong. At all levels, the internal (or soft) aspect of Kung Fu is cultivated as well as the external hard forms. This includes learning how to feel and work with your Qi, which is the Chinese term for the energy force that runs through all things and beings. Cultivating and controlling your Qi contributes to improved physical skill, mental health, and nourishes and protects your body to keep you in the best possible health throughout your life.
On the weekends, students can relax at the school, go into Siping to stock up on their favourite snacks, see historical sights, or visit the various scenic attractions in the area. During the week, students typically rest during their training breaks. Internet is not available at the school, many students bring laptops with movies to watch or share with other students in their free time. Books and games are also popular choices.
All students must attend all training sessions, work hard, and be on time
If a student does not follow the rules, they may receive consequences or be immediately dismissed from the school without reimbursement, depending on the severity of the action.
Keep the rooms clean and tidy at all times.
Students are not allowed to drink alcohol, smoke, do drugs, and fight
Students are not allowed to behave in any way that is disrespectful to others, themselves, or the school.
Treat each other and all school staff and visitors with courtesy and respect.
Kung Fu is the original martial art born in the Songshan Mountain Shaolin Temple. The Buddhist cultural roots stem from Yin Yang and the five elements theory, which evolved as a way to support Buddhist synergistic (body and mind) practice. Although most people practice martial arts to learn fighting skills, the Shaolin monks mainly focus on cultivating Chan practice and manifesting the spirit of traditional Chinese culture.
In Shaolin martial arts, you will analyse and practice seeming opposing attributes such as attack / defend, motion / stillness, advance / retreat, fast / slow, hard / soft, empty / full, rising / sinking, and countless others. These pairs continuously merge and morph into each other as they are part of an overarching pattern comprising a complete form, which takes weeks to learn and years to master. Forms are the most important means for transmission of the martial art.
Practicing Kung Fu can help you improve your memory, fitness, flexibility, and co-ordination, as well as strengthening your mind to gain confidence and remain peaceful, calm, reflexive. You will develop significant self-defence techniques, combat ability, and become acutely aware of your surroundings.
Sanda (also called San Shou or Chinese kickboxing) is the sport fighting component Kung Fu. It involves two competitors, with techniques including punches, kicks and takedowns. The intensity of Sanda competition requires power, good technique, bravery and mental strength, which explains why it is so popular amongst younger people. Physically, it helps people develop their speed, strength, endurance and flexibility.
Sanda is a constant test and improvement of will, whether it is the pain of training or fear while sparring. Its important in these situations that you stay positive and focused while not letting your opponents potential advantage stress you out before the match has even begun. To be a successful fighter a persistent, firm and positive mentality is required. Work towards these and youll be surprised how much you can achieve.
Tai Chi Chuan supreme ultimate force, is an internal martial art that is associated with the Chinese concept of yin and yang, two equal elements that have dynamic duality (male/female, active/passive, dark/light, forceful/yielding, etc.). The movements are soft, gentle and relaxed while still managing to remain strong and steady; primarily involving three aspects: health, meditation and martial arts.
Tai Chi health training concentrates on the circulation of chi within the body, the belief being that by doing so the health and vitality of the person are enhanced. Tai Chi meditation training concentrates on fostering a calm and tranquil mind, to help with focus and relieving stress. The benefits of practicing Tai Chi correctly is that it provides a practical avenue for learning about such things as balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the bodys vital centre, and many others!
Qi Gong translates to life energy or breath work. Qi gong is split into two parts; internal also known as Soft Qi gong and external also known as Hard Qi gong, both involve three parts, breath, mind and posture (stillness and movement).
Internal or soft Qi Gong uses the unity of Breath and Mind, creating relaxation, quietness and mental focus along with posture, using stillness and movement combined. In Chinese philosophy and medicine there exists the concept of Qi chi, a vital force that animates the body.
One of the avowed aims of Qi Gong is to foster the circulation of this chi within the body.
External or hard Qi gong is practiced to physically strengthen the body and help condition the bones, this helps in preparing your body for fights and withstanding force. You can condition every part of your body, hands, arms, head, legs, fingertips and many more.
The Kung Fu School China is located in a small, quiet town on the outskirts of Siping in the northern Chinese province of Jilin. They provide indoor and outdoor training facilities and summer-time training takes place in the mountains as traditionally done. There is a comfortable, home-like atmosphere so that students can relax and create life-long friendships when they are not training.
Eating well is important during rigorous training. The Kung Fu School China provides large meals of traditional home-cooked Chinese food. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available. In the morning you will get bread and eggs. For lunch and dinner, they serve Chinese dishes including one to two dishes with meat, one egg dish, one to two vegetable dish and rice. They serve chips occasionally throughout the week and noodles instead of rice once a week. They also occasionally make homemade Chinese dumplings, which the students can learn how to make alongside their cooks.
"It is a place where students genuinely have a say and can make a difference. If you talk to Shifu with a sincere attitude he will treat you sincerely and take what you say seriously. I’ve met some of the best people in the world at this school. Most notable was my teacher and good friend, Shifu Wang Xinglong. Shifu has a deep passion for his art and teaches it in an aggressive style that Westerners seem to expect from watching too many Kung Fu movies. It was a teaching style that constantly kept me challenged, not only from him but also kept me challenging myself. Having said that, as soon as training has finished, he becomes nothing but a friend to his students who will do anything to help and ensure their happiness, causing you to wonder where the angry man that was just shouting at you went. Under his tutorship I have traveled the length and breadth of the People’s Republic of China. I’ve competed in Wushu tournaments in the far Southern provinces and done movies in the desert lands of the far West, I’ve been so far North my fingers froze and so far East that I could see the shores of the dystopian North Korea; all this I did from the opportunities presented to me by training with Wang Xinglong. This school will deal you the most bizarre of hands and make you realize you can achieve things you never thought possible. You’ll scream, you’ll laugh, you’ll go through more pain than ever before in your life and then you’ll miss it when it’s gone, and hopefully, some day you’ll come back."
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"During my month at the school I felt muscle pain, joint pain, was hit with a staff, was both encouraged and laughed at by an Irishman, Englishman, Mexican and a Swede, and learnt far more than I thought possible in such a short period of time. Eight hours of training a day with Shifu Wang bring out sweat, tears, sometimes a little blood and, occasionally, a scream or two. Shifu encourages his students to push themselves beyond their limits. He gives all of us individual attention and helps us develop and strengthen our body and mind ”together” – he teaches us Kung Fu. An amazingly positive, friendly and relaxed atmosphere makes up for any minor faults in the facility. At the end of my month I felt part of a big family of stray martial art nerds from all corners of the world that have found refuge in the-middle-of-nowhere-China and surrendered themselves to the guidance of a kind, caring, beyond competent Shaolin master. Sounds silly perhaps, but feels true. Already planning my next visit."
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"Rewarding, when I think of my seven months in China training with Master Wang, the thought that sums it up, the one I keep returning to boils down to that word: Rewarding. I went to the Academy with a vague idea of what to expect because my brother trained under Master Wang two years ago - his journey and results inspired me to improve my own life by undertaking this challenge. I wanted to change myself for the better - and for me, there was no better place to do it than with Sifu and the other students at the school, who are supportive and always ready to help a newcomer to martial arts as long as the desire to improve is in you.My brother studied under Sifu for about five months. When he came back he was a different person, and I say that in the best possible sense of the phrase. He had lost about 30 pounds of fat, an awesome feat in itself - but way more important was his conversion from a sit-on-your-heels mentality to the mindset of all-out attack on any obstacles in his life, be they mental, spiritual, or physical. I will never forget his dramatic transformation as long as I live. That is primarily what I wanted for myself.My initial goals ranged from vague (to improve my body, mind, and heart) to very specific (ridding myself of the utterly useless habit of sleeping 10 - 16 hours a day). While I wanted to gain weight and not lose it (I did, about 8 pounds), this set of broad expectations allowed me to feel successful when accomplishing small details during training, which is something I think is immensely important when learning Kung Fu - to take it one step at a time, build a strong base of fundamentals to use as a springboard during later training. I did end up kicking the sleeping habit, and picked up a slew of more useful ones like proper diet and exercise; all of this in addition to learning much about myself as a rational, mature human individual.Make no mistake - this is not something easy that just anyone can do. Marshaling and managing your growing inner reserve of strength and fortitude can be difficult, but I know of no other experience more rewarding than doing so. If youre tired of feeling weak, if you feel like theres more in this fleeting existence waiting for you and if you need a life-changing experience, Sifu can help you give yourself that and more. Its up to you. And the chef-prepared food is flipping awesome."
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"I trained with Master Wang for 4 and a half months, learning Kung Fu was one of the greatest experience I have had in my life, even though the training is really hard and challenging you come out a better person from this experience. Shifu is a great teacher who truly cares about his students and is always willing to help whatever the matter is to make this a great experience.During training he requires discipline and that you are fully dedicated to the training but at the same time he is very kind and good hearted person, as a result you will develop your Kung Fu skills much faster. I had no earlier experience in martial arts and was not in good shape when I came to this school, he has helped me change that a lot.I have learned not only Kung Fu but also a lot about myself, Ive learned that I am capable of doing things I never imagined I could do and have been forced to work on my weaknesses. Being here in China has been really life changing and this is definitely a good experience, even though it can be really hard at times it is something that I fully recommend other people to do."
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"In 2013 I visited Shifu Xing longs Shaolin Kung Fu school in China. I trained with the school for 3 months. I enjoyed every minute. The training was tough but fair. I felt I learnt a lot both in martial arts and in life. My skills and abilities developed quickly and the longer I trained the faster I was able to progress, thanks to a great teacher.Shifu Xing Long looked after every one of his students, not just as students but as friends as well. The food and accommodation was really good, i met some great people. The only regret I have is not staying longer. All in all it was an amazing experience. I encourage anyone who is interested to learn Shaolin kung fu to contact and train at the school"
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