2 Months Shaolin Kung Fu Training in China

  • Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy, Qingdao Road, Rizhao, China

Shaolin Kung Fu Training China

Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy is a place where you will be training to master Shaolin Kung Fu. Your teachers are genuine Shaolin warrior monks. During your time in China, you will enjoy a well-deserved break and do something that will benefit you. The academy is a place where you will find life-long friends, not just unique training experiences. If you decide to join the program, you are guaranteed to have the adventures of your lifetime.

Highlights

  • Daily Kung Fu training
  • Morning Tai Chi sessions
  • Daily warm up and mountain running
  • Wing Chun, Qigong, and Praying Mantis practice
  • Training with authentic Shaolin monks and masters
  • Chinese language and culture classes
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 59 nights accommodation
  • 44 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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Accommodations is of good standard and consists of single rooms, twin sharing rooms, and suites. All rooms are fitted with sheets, TV, kettle, private shower, western toilet, wardrobe, three cabinets, and window nets. Air-conditioner implies an extra fee for usage. Entertainment facilities include a basketball court, table tennis table, and a hangout room.

Training classes

The school specializes in traditional Chinese Kung Fu, which includes Shaolin, Wing Chun, Sanda, Xingyi, Qigong, and Tai Chi. During your stay at this academy, you will train every day, except for Saturday and Sunday, while familiarizing with the Chinese culture and language. Training classes are divided into beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional. They run four times a day.

Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy provides the most authentic martial arts training in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qigong, Kickboxing, Wing Chun, Xing Yi, etc. During your stay at this academy where nature, spirituality and humans harmonize, you will train daily while learning about the Chinese culture.

Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu (Shaolin martial arts) is a part of Chinese Kung Fu. Shaolin Kung Fu from Shaolin temple was not the first type of Kung Fu. In ancient times people had to fight every day for survival as well as use tools to work the land and make produce.

During the stone age (roughly 600,000 years ago) the ancestors of man had begun to hunt with flint, axe, stone sword, stone hammer, stone sickle. People got the notion of chopping, splitting and smashing and they used these weapons and techniques when in combat with animals and each other. Kung Fu came into being by long term practicing and developing of this daily struggle.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity.

As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which corresponds to those targets. Some of Tai Chi Chuan training forms are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movement.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun Quan, also called Ving Tsun or Wing Chun, is a Chinese martial art emerged long ago throughout the Guangdong and Fujian province, which specializes in aggressive close-range combat. Compared with the softness of Tai Chi, Wing Chun, one of the branches of Chinese martial arts, is much more direct and fierce.

Concerning about practicality and efficiency, the creation of the Kung Fu is based on the concept that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Wing Chun was originally passed down from teacher to student orally rather than through written documentation, making it difficult to confirm or clarify the differing accounts of its creation.

San Shou (Kickboxing)

Chinese kickboxing is a martial art which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study and practices of traditional Kung Fu and modern combat fighting techniques. It combines full-contact kickboxing, which includes close range and rapid successive punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps, kick catches, and in some competitions, even elbow and knee strikes.

Xing Yi Quan

Xing Yi Quan features aggressive shocking attacks and direct footwork. Most of the training and footwork are practiced on straight lines. The linear nature of the art hints at both the military origins and the influence of spear technique alluded to in its mythology. The goal of the Xing Yi exponent is to reach the opponent quickly and drive powerfully through them in a single burst.

Qigong

Qigong is a practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training. According to Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucian philosophy, respectively, Qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one's "true nature", and helps develop human potential.

Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise and relaxation, preventive medicine and self-healing, complementary and alternative medicine, meditation and self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis is a style a martial arts, sometimes known as Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin. Its techniques are particularly useful in combination, for example using the force imparted from a block to power an attack.

So if the enemy punches with the right hand, a Praying Mantis practitioner might hook outwards with the left hand, shifting the body to the left and using the turning force to attack the enemy's neck with a right hook.

Alternately, he might divert downwards with the left hook and rebound with the left wrist stump to jaw/nose/throat. The "praying mantis hook" is also part of some of the distinctive typical guarding positions of the style. Praying Mantis is especially known for its speed and continuous attacks.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:45 Warm up or strength conditioning training
  • 06:45 - 07:45 Tai Chi or Qi Gong (Chi Kung)
  • 08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Morning training session 1
  • 10:00 - 10:10 Break
  • 10:10 - 10:50 Morning training session 2
  • 10:50 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Morning training session 3
  • 12:00 - 13:45 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Afternoon training session 1
  • 15:00 - 15:10 Break
  • 15:10 - 15:50 Afternoon training session 2
  • 15:50 - 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 - 16:40 Afternoon training session 3
  • 16:40 - 16:50 Break
  • 16:50 - 17:30 Free practice
  • 17:45 - 18:15 Dinner
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Free training, Qi Gong (Chi Kung), or Chinese class
  • 19:30 - 22:00 Free time
  • Zhang Ziqiang

    Master Shi Xing Xin is also the headmaster of Jiang Taigong International Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. The 32nd generation monk of Shaolin temple, he was born in a Kung Fu family and started to learn HongFist Kung Fu from his grandfather since he was very young.

  • Yu Weidong

    Master Yu went to Chenjiagou, the birthplace of Tai Chi, where he learnt Tai Chi and Tai Chi sword. Master Yu has happily promoted his Tai Chi throughout China and to many foreign students around the world. He has won countless gold medals in many Kung Fu competitions in China and other countries.Master Yu is an inheritor of Chen style Tai chi, Wing Chun, Xing Yi fist, Bagua palm, Meihua fist, Mantis boxing, Sunbin fist. His martial skills and knowledge are unbeatably vast.

  • Liu Xianzhen

    Master Liu was born into a martial arts family. He is a 16th generation successor of Meihua fist. Under the strict and disciplined tuition of his father, he developed his Kung Fu skill rapidly and build a strong martial arts foundation. He has been learning Sanda for over 20 years. He has 10 years teaching experience and is certified as master instructor. Master Liu is very interested in public martial arts activities in order to spread Kung Fu skill and spirit. He is now the chairman of the martial arts association in Rizhao City.

  • Wang Dong

    Master Wang is the founder of China Iron Sand Palm Association and also the chairman of the Chinese martial arts world development center. He is the Guinness world-record holder of using his bare hand to break almonds. During years of dedicated training, he rapidly developed his Qigong and Shaolin boxing, especially his iron sand palm. Except for Shaolin Kung Fu, he is also a master in Wing Chun.

  • Dong

    Master Dong first started studying Kung Fu at the age of six with his father. At the age of 11, he got introduced to Master Wang Zhihong (by his uncle,) who is renowned in China for his Cha Quan. He mainly learned Cha Quan, but he had a yearning to further develop his Kung Fu skills and took it upon himself to seek out what his heart desires and began to build his foundation for his future Kung Fu development. From 2006 until 2009, he learned the IP Man form of Wing Chun, tought by IP Chun, the son of IP Man himself, and also participated in the IP Man movies.

Dragon Mountain Academy is located at the foot of Dragon Mountain, a nature reserve in Rizhao, Shandong province, China. It is surrounded by natural beauty, with nearby Buddhist temple, Taoism temple, lakes, palace, and 365 god statues placed around the mountain.

Shandong province is the birthplace of martial arts and also the place where Confucianism originated from and developed. The city of Jining, in southwest Shandong, is known to the world as the hometown of Confucius and Mencius. In China, martial arts and philosophy advance side by side.

Rizhao is located in the middle of the Chinese mainland coast, and lies west of Yellow Sea. Famous for its beautiful environment, it is identified as one of the most lovable cities by the United Nations.

Rizhao is also economically developed. The city is ideal for relaxing due to its fresh air, wide streets, and clean environment. There are a lot of tourists who come here all year round, especially in the summer to enjoy swimming and eating delicious seafood.

The academy is surrounded by a variety of green trees and flowers, and is close to the Dragon Mountain Temple, which is an amazing place for Kung Fu training and experiencing the lifestyle of Shaolin monastery monks. Since the beach is very close, it is also convenient to go there for training.

The ocean is a few kilometers away from the academy, and by the seaside there are many restaurants, markets, and street food vents. The ocean temperature is very comfortable, so it's perfect to take a swim after a hard week of training in the summer.

Nearby places

  • Beach - 10 minutes
  • Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) - 2 hours
  • Supermarkets - 15 minutes

The school provides three meals per day, seven days a week. What is offered is traditional Chinese food, with local flavors from Shandong. The oil they use is peanut oil, while salt is sparingly used. If you have any dietary requirements, allergies, or if you you are a vegetarian, they will adjust to your needs. Please specify your needs before your arrival.

In the morning, students can opt between soybean milk, porridge, bread, and eggs. For lunch and dinner, a mixture of dishes is served throughout a week, consisting of meat, vegetables, seafood, noodles, soup, Chinese dumplings, rice, and fried rice. The dining areas are fitted with round glass tables and have comfortable soft seating.

Since Rizhao is a coastal city, you can never miss the seafood here. Varieties of seafood are available, such as clams, oysters, scallops, shrimp, crab, and abalone. Other special dishes here include eight bowls, Juxian roast whole lamb, Huangjia barbecue, Chinese traditional pancakes, bacon pie, and Huoguo. During summer, you can enjoy barbecue along the seaside or street food, which is special, delicious, and cheap.

Sample menu

  • Bean curd with hot pepper
  • Benincasa hispida
  • Braised eggplant in brown sauce
  • Diced chicken with chili and peanuts
  • Egg, bread, oats, soybean milk powder
  • Fried eggs with onions
  • Fried meat with scrambled eggs and fungus
  • Fried meat with vegetables in season
  • Fried potato, eggplant, and green pepper
  • Fruit salad
  • Saute cauliflower with garlic
  • Stewed meat with diced potatoes
  • Sweet and sour fillet
  • Vegetable salad

Ecological Park

The Ecological Park highlights the ecological and marine characteristics and integrates the concept of man living in harmony with nature. Park facilities include dining, shopping, parking, and entertainment.

Rizhao olympic water sports park

Rizhao city, relying on the unique natural environment and water sports conditions, has built the olympic water sports training base, where facilities meet domestic and international needs of major water sports events.

The National Forest Resort

Rizhao National Forest Park is one of the main city attractions. It includes a forest, a waterfront tourist area, and the Jiang Taigong cultural district. The forest area consists of different types of trees, including sequoia, cedar, and locust. They form an important part of the coastal shelterbelt in Rizhao.

Wan Pingkou spot

There is a saying among Chinese tourists going that people who want to travel must go to Rizhao, and people who come to Rizhao must go to Wan Pingkou spot. Located in the new city area, its coastline is 5 kilometers long, and covers an area of 760 square meters. The name Wan Pingkou was given in the implication of "ten thousand ships arrive safely in the port", and symbolizes that everything will be safe and well.

The coastal area offers a variety of recreational facilities for tourists and there are many distinctive seafood restaurants and souvenir stalls. The lagoon in Wan Pingkou is a natural haven where ancient merchant ships are moored. Entertaining activities here include swimming, sunbathing, surfing, or cycling. A wide lake and slow and steady wind make it an ideal venue for sailing competitions.

Wulian mountain scenic spot

There are large areas of forest vegetation and wild flowers. The rate of forest coverage reaches 70%. It is rich, brilliant, and magnificent. This is not only the largest wild medicine storeroom, but also a place with more than 4000 kinds of wild flowers. Among them, the most famous is the wild azaleas reserve, due to its beautiful colors, variety, and rarity.

  • 3 customized meals per day
  • 59 nights accommodation
  • Application and administration fee
  • Certificate that proves your learning experience in China
  • Chinese cultural classes
  • Daily Kung Fu training from Monday to Friday
  • Interpreters
  • Tai Chi morning sessions
  • Training facilities
  • Airfare tickets
  • Airport transfer
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO). Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy can pick you up from the airport at an additional cost.

Please send your arrival details in advance, so the school can send an English translator to pick you up on your arrival.

Arrival by train

You can also take the train from Beijing or Shanghai directly to Rizhao. Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy can pick you up at the train station. From Beijing, you have to take train number K51, which departs at 11:06 p.m. and arrives at 11:11 a.m. From Shanghai, you have to take train number K172, which departs at 1:25 p.m. and arrives at 8:37 a.m.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Cesbron Geraldine from UK

    "I really appreciate my time here. Unfortunate it was only two weeks, I hope to come back in the future and stay more longer. The mountain around the school is very beautiful and peaceful. The Buddhist temple is amazing. Very nice place to find a peaceful mind."

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  • Review by Jay from USA

    "The accommodation was perfect to have one's own toilet. Bathroom was clean and nice in my room. The food was very tasty, not oily, but fresh, and there was enough food for everyone. The training was hard but nice at the same time. The sifus were very kind, always trying their best to make us understand the movement. And because there were not a lot of students, it was like an individual class, just great."

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  • Review by Alexander from Germany

    "Master Zhang has a large knowledge of the practice and philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu. He is also a very patient instructor and a good person. He is also happy to help in"

    "our free time with going to the pharmacy and other things. Thanks for everything! "

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  • Review by William Takac from New Zealand

    "My name is William, I was happy to practice Kung Fu (Wing Chun) in the Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy for two months. This is really a great place to stay. The "

    "Academy is special because of the friendly atmosphere and a pleasant natural environment. The translators and staff are always happy to offer you a hand when you need help."

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  • Review by Jacy from Argentina

    "Wing Chun techniques and Sanda skills taught by masters of the Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy is great. Many friends helped me on my stay here, as well as the translators. I like Rizhao city. Life here is very simple and peaceful. I loved the surroundings. Winter was cold, but beautiful. It has been a nice time here and I will never forget the people I have met."

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  • Review by Tuby Chakraborty from India

    "I came here because of master Zhang. I admire his Kung Fu. He can teach me the best Kung Fu. His forms and hard Qi-Gong is the best I have ever seen. I hope to be such kind of person one day. Besides, the environment around the school is also amazing. And Rizhao city is a peaceful and clear city. I like it very much. And I hope to come back again."

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  • Review by Frank from France

    "I stayed here for two weeks. The most impressive thing is the rooms and food here is very good. Another surprising thing is the environment. It has beautiful scenery, the sea is very clear, and it’s near the school. Many people go to swim in the sea from all over the country. Of course the main reason I stay here is my Shifu Zhang. He is the best master I have ever seen, not only because of his excellent Kung Fu, but also because of his patience and caring to the students. I decided to come back again and learn Kung Fu from Zhang Shifu."

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  • Review by David Kaenzig from Switzerland

    "This school is amazing. I like all the things here including the accommodation, the food, the training, and the surroundings. And it’s very convenient to go buy something and there are shops in the village near the school. We have different classes everyday. And we can also learn some Chinese culture. The people here are very nice, and the headmaster and maser always do something to make everything better."

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  • Review by Guez Mathias Isaac Joseph from France

    "I come here with my friend Frank. All the people in this school are very kind to us, especially master Yu and the translators. They can solve all the problems we meet and give us much help. The scenery spots are very beautiful. And the air here is always fresh. I love the life here and also I love the training with master Yu."

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  • Review by Stephane mecucci-micucci from France

    "I spent three months at the Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy in a peaceful environment of Zhulong Mountain. I must say that it has been a great experience! Masters are impressive and made me go over my limits. I can do things that would have never even dreamed of before. Big thanks to Master Zhang especially, for being such a good man beside an amazing kungfu Master. I also want to talk about accommodation and food; it is very pleasant after a hard day of training to get back in a nice comfortable room with your own toilet and shower (which is not the case in most martial schools in China). One of my favorite thing was to do Qigong up the mountain with a nice sea sight, it made me feel united with mother nature. I understand what the Shiffu was telling us about Kung Fu brothers: living, training, and sharing everything together (even the pain) made me feel like having a new family. Thank you all again and see you soon!"

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Rizhao, China

Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy, located at the foot of Dragon Mountain in Rizhao, is the biggest and most recognized martial arts Kung Fu school in China.

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