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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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy will pick you up from the airport.
Please send your arrival details in advance, so the school can send an English translator to pick you up on your arrival.
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.