1 Month Kung Fu Training in Jilin, China

1 Month Kung Fu Training in Jilin, China

  • Shanmenzhen guangxingmao shengtaiyuan, Siping, Jilin, China

Shaolin Kung Fu Training

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.

Highlights

  • Daily Tai Chi training
  • Daily Sanda / power training
  • Daily basics and forms training
  • Train under renowned Shaolin master
  • Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • 20 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Foundation

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.

Advance

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.

1 month training program

  • Basic weapons, such as Yin Shou staff or Dan Dao broadsword, including forms and applications
  • Basic skills in traditional Kung Fu kicking and punching
  • Basic skills in Sanda (Chinese kickboxing) including kicking, punching, movements, and footwork
  • Basic skills in Qin-na including simulated situations of attacking and defending
  • Flexibility and strength training
  • Qi Gong and ba duan jin basics
  • Shaolin Kung Fu history and theory
  • Takedowns and wrestling
  • Tai Chi basics and Yang style 24
  • Up to three traditional forms, such as: Tongbei Quan, Xiao Hong Quan, and Xiao Luohan Quan

Weekly schedule Monday to Friday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Tai Chi
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 11:30 Basics and forms
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Sanda
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Tai Chi
  • 21:30 - 05:30 Bedtime

Variations on daily schedule

  • 08:30 - 11:30 Chin-Na and conditioning (Wednesday), Qi Gong (Thursday)
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Power training (Thursday), mountain run (Friday)

Free time

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.

Rules

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.

Martial arts

Kung Fu

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

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

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

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.

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 8 hours worth of daily training
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Pickup from airport / train station School t-shirt
  • Student visa