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2 Months Kung Fu Healing Arts and Ancient Chinese Wisdom in Beijing, China

International Kung Fu Summer Camp in China

Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat will be conducting a special two-months program on traditional kung fu, Chinese classical philosophy, and spiritual culture. Kung Fu is not only about combat, but its essence is in mental purification, physical revitalization, and knowledge of self.

Therefore, the program will comprise of holistic martial arts sessions led mostly by Master Johnny Yang, the ninth generation disciple of Chang Jia quan, and this style of Kung Fu was selected as National Cultural Heritage of China in 2008.

The masters excel in self-defense training, qi gong, and tai chi; as well as San Huang Pao Chui styles which was developed and used by royal security agents of ancient China.

Master-teachers in classical philosophy, calligraphy, meditation, and tea ceremonies will take participants through China’s spiritual sciences and arts. These include the teachings of the Great Learning, the Doctrine of the Mean, Treasures of a Wholesome Way of Life, and Preservation of the Life Force.

These high philosophies will be experienced through various Zen-based meditation techniques including Vipassana, Koan, and Zen. This ageless wisdom will be shared from the Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian perspectives.

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Paul & Johnny
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  • Guided internal exercise in the morning
  • Daily morning and afternoon training sessions
  • Daily evening self-training or meditation session
  • Seminars on ancient philosophy, calligraphy, meditation, and Chinese tea ceremony
  • Free use of training and meditation equipment
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 59 nights accommodation


59 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: Beijing Capital International Airport
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Your accommodation will be in a shared room with two persons with a shared toilet and shower in a beautiful traditional courtyard (Siheyuan).


  • Use of the laundry room
  • Use of recreation areas (including satellite TV)
  • Western style showers and toilets


Traditional kung fu classes

Kung fu masters will take you step-by-step through learning the skills, application, and techniques of traditional Chinese kung fu. Start with basic steps and stances and work your way up into full kung fu forms.

Chinese and English classes

Ditch the classroom and learn with your friends. Work, play, train, and chat together to learn each other’s language and forget about textbooks and writing.

Zen meditation

The guided meditation is like an adventure to discover the source of inner peace. The specially trained masters will lead you through traditional meditation styles to show you into a meditative Zen state of mind.

Vacation days

Explore the vibrant, bustling city of Beijing. They have specially arranged tours to famous sites in Beijing including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Hutongs. As well as this, you will have free time to go shopping, try local cuisine, and see Beijing for yourself.

Movie masters

Visit kung fu brothers on the movie set. They will show you how the skills you are learning can be put into modern Chinese film and used to create the amazing performances you see in film today.

Cultural lessons

The national drink of China is world famous. But do you know why? Try specialty teas and understand the ritual and social aspect of making tea in China.

Calligraphy is an internal focus of Kung Fu Zen. Create beautiful Chinese artworks to display proudly. Look at how the Chinese characters have developed over the centuries and how the process of writing reflects the state of body, breathing, and mind; with the arising of enlightenment on art and yourself!

Zen martial arts

Zen martial arts practice accentuates the absence of desire, ultimate stillness which gives rise to motion, and through motion one reflects upon oneself (body, mind, and qi), so as to keep body, mind, and qi integrated. Thus, it is necessary to achieve a pure heart and a clear conscience.

A serious kung fu practitioner must be vegetarian. Understanding the importance of adhering to a healthy diet, together with exercises will help open up all apertures, encourage good metabolism. The body becomes relaxed and natural.

Shaolin kung fu principles

According to traditional Shaolin kung fu principles, kung fu training is also the training of the mind. If the mind is not focused, it will adversely affect quality of ones training.

When the mind is at peace and the heart concentrates, the body will be relaxed, and your breathing will be smooth, training will achieve better results. Training is about perseverance, dedication, and diligence. Behold the spirit of constant effort brings success. Haste makes waste and dedication brings success.

Overview of Shaolin kung fu

Shaolin Wugulun style kung fu is the orthodox Shaolin martial arts. It consists of practical fighting techniques created in the last thousand years by warrior monks of Shaolin Temple through actual combat.

Through generations of refinement and extraction, Shaolin martial arts grew into a system of martial arts, which integrates Zen practice and practical combat. The unique training method has also turned this system into a brilliant health maintenance and convalescence tool.

Kung fu emphasizes on power, forges the coordination of the whole body through the integration of heart, mind, and qi, the synchronization of hands and feet, as well as swiftness and the agility of the body without brute force. One must seek lightness, agility, adhesion, and rotation in practice; start from elementary to complex, from complex to simple, and ultimately return to the core values and true principles.

Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat

Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat, an internationally renowned organization for traditional Chinese kung fu and Zen practice, dedicated to the promotion of traditional Chinese culture through kung fu and Zen practice.

They pride themselves in providing the most effective platform for exchange and inspiration to achieve physical and spiritual well-being to the highest level. Actively preserving and promoting Chinese martial and spiritual heritage, using traditional kung fu as vehicle and Zen philosophy as foundation, Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat creates a unique and systematic approach to cultivating the body and mind, improving health and learning self-defense.

They strive to be a driving force in promoting cultural exchange, physical, and spiritual wellbeing as well as connecting the world through kung fu and Zen.

Chinese kung fu, also known as traditional Chinese Wushu or Guo Shu, is a very important part of ancient Chinese Culture. It is a window for the world to gain an insight to the five thousand year old civilization.

Inheriting the inner essence of Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen philosophy, Chinese kung fu focuses on both internal and external refinement. As the saying goes ”first mastering techniques to help defend oneself, then mastering skill to help oneself to improve body and mind, finally mastering the ultimate essence of Tao to enlightenment”.

“Zen” is a method of cultivating insight with concentration, physical, and spiritual practice. By observing motion from stillness, you gain wisdom, which brings inner peace and harmony between humans and nature. Practice and study of Zen philosophy combines motion and stillness. The combination of kung fu and Zen represents the essence of the unity which grants deeper meaning of Chinese kung fu.


Paul Wang

Johnny Yang


Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat is situated in the foothills of Yan Mountain in Chang Ping District of Beijing. It is surrounded by beautiful mountain views and tranquil orchards. Many famous and highly respected media personnel, film stars, artists, and musicians choose to live around this area for its beautiful scenery and cultural influence.

The center is located in a quadruple courtyard building with traditional Chinese decor; providing tranquil and peaceful environment for the enrichment practice of the body and mind.

Here at Kung Fu Zen, they offer many different styles of traditional kung fu programs including Shaolin, Wudang, Tai Chi, Ba Gua, Xing Yi, and San Huang Pao Chui. Whether you are looking for a long retreat to soothe your soul, or one or two days to just get away from your nine-to-five, Kung Fu Zen can give you everything you need to unwind from your busy life and find inner Zen.

For practiced kung fu enthusiasts, they offer longer programs from several months to several years to help you grow and develop your kung fu, traditional philosophy, meditation, and internal cultivation and calligraphy within your daily life in a professional, masterful way.


The academy only provides vegetarian food. In traditional Shaolin culture, the vegetarian diet that the students eat at Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is believed to cleanse the body from impurities in the blood, while making the qi tranquil, and helping to create a peaceful state of mind.

Shaolin Temple vegetarian culture

Shaolin Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple. Shaolin kung fu and a vegetarian diet have always been a part of its culture. Traditional kung fu training is about saving and storing energy for every organ. You eat in order to get energy.

Energy in natural food comes from the sun, the air, the water, and the earth. By going directly to the earth for their food, vegetarians receive the purest, best-quality energy straight from its source, not already processed by another being, such as an animal.

Benefits of vegetarian to kung fu

It is believed that this energy, of a finer quality, can be used for a higher purpose like kung fu and meditation. During the Ming Dynasty, the Manchurians were trying to seize China by force while the imperial government of the Ming Dynasty was corrupt and incompetent. At that time, scholars who were trying to save the country wrote books expounding theories on how this could be done. They also advocated the practice of martial arts.

When the Manchu's finally invaded China, many people with high ideals and integrity did not want to be slaves under a new regime so they fled to the mountains and lived in seclusion. Some entered into a religious life.

They focused on martial arts intensively in order to acquire the fighting skills to regain their country. Many of them already had good kung fu skills and brought together their collective knowledge of various local styles of kung fu to create a refined form.

Being vegetarian to improve kung fu skill

As time went on, Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu constantly improved and developed. Another important factor in Shaolin kung fu reaching such a high level of skill and importance is the vegetarianism of the Shaolin monks, who were all Buddhist and followed Buddhas teachings of eating no meat.

The monks saw vegetarianism as a means of reaching a high level of training. In addition, being a vegetarian can aid the practitioner in achieving a higher level of endurance while training and fighting.

For example, animals like horses and buffalos are vegetarian, their main diet consists of grass and they have a tremendous amount of stamina while running, even when encumbered with heavy things. On the other hand, tigers and leopards, with their diet of meat only are only able to maintain short periods of power.

From a scientific point of view, when an animal is killed, it is known that in their state of shock, an animal undergoes a process, by which its cells alter and create poisons in the flesh.

Why vegetarian?

Buddhists believe that these poisons represent anger and fear, and remain trapped inside the animals flesh. When people eat this meat, the poisons and impurities enter their body, and people can easily get sick, angry, and depressed.

When the mind and the body are in this unbalanced state, people cannot continue training on a regular basis. For traditional Shaolin culture, therefore, vegetarianism is not only important for religious beliefs, it is important for maintaining a healthy body as well.

Vegetarianism is a necessary foundation for attaining a high level of kung fu skills. Without a healthy body, ones' kung fu cannot improve. In addition, vegetarianism helps to cleanse the body from impurities in the blood, while making the qi tranquil and helping to create a peaceful state of mind.

Morality, ethics, and honor are other related issues. A kung fu practitioner spends his life studying something that in a split second, without a second thought, could be used to harm or kill someone. This ability has to be controlled.

Principle of vegetarianism

The answer is the cultivation of a caring heart for all living creatures. A first basic principle should be to refuse to kill and eat animals. The anger that is brought out by combat training must be balanced out with a conscious effort to treat all people with compassion, understanding, and tolerance. Such principles of caring help create a balanced and healthy mind in which there is no threat that a kung fu practitioner will consider criminal wrongdoing.

As this level of conscience develops and expands, it helps to diminish negative feelings and behavior such as greed, anger, violence, and criminal acts of all kinds. This in turn allows the conscience of the kung fu practitioners to rise higher, and for them to eventually reach a state of enlightenment. An enlightened being has total awareness of his or her own self, body, and surrounding environment.

Vitalities of vegetarianism to kung fu

Enlightened kung fu practitioners are aware of fear and danger before ever seeing or knowing the source of those feelings and their reactions to danger, whether in training or in real combat, are much faster. This is essential for mastering high-level kung fu skills and vegetarianism is a vital element in reaching this state of total and complete awareness.

It is a concern for many people that vegetarian food does not supply enough nutrition to the body. This is, in fact, not the case. When eating a balanced vegetarian diet, the body will receive ample nutrition for vitality and health. Master Shi Dejian and his disciples are living proof of this. Vegetarianism is essential for those who are serious about mastering the highest levels of kung fu.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Explore Beijing

Visit touristic sites

Zen meditation

What's included

  • 59 nights accommodation
  • Daily evening meditation session
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Free use of internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Free pick up and return transfers from and to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
  • Master-directed training
  • Use of training and meditation equipment
  • Use of recreational areas
  • Weekly seminars on ancient philosophy (Classics of Confucius, Taoism, and Buddhism), Insight calligraphy, meditation, and Chinese tea ceremony

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Application fee of 100 USD
  • Personal Expenses
  • Personal toiletry items as towel, slippers, toothpaste, toothbrush & etc
  • Transportation to Beijing Nanshao subway station

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). Transfers from this airport are included in the booking fee. Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat will arrange to pick you up at the airport.

Arrival by subway

When you arrive at Beijing International Airport, take a subway (airport express) to Dongzhimen. Transfer to subway line 13 to Xiergi. Transfer subway line to Changping, and get off at Naoshao Station. Naoshao station, Exit at B2 where you can catch a bus (No. 59 or 870) to Xiangtang Village within 7 stations.

Airport: Beijing Capital International Airport Airport transfer included: Beijing Capital International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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