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Authentic Kung Fu Training Experience in China

Get yourself a unique chance to experience the life of a warrior monk! This best location provided with Buddhism atmosphere to allow you to feel the essence of Kung Fu. This Kung Fu academy is a big family that follow the traditional training methods which related to lifestyle, fitness, cultivation, and mentality. This training also engage in developing comprehensive and practical traditional martial arts skills of students from all around the world. Students get motivate to realize own potential and to be the best of themselves.

Meet the instructors

Xinglin
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Highlights

  • Daily training with warrior monks
  • Character and inner peace development
  • Traditional forms and practical combat techniques
  • Cuisine ceremony with the monks in the monk's dining hall
  • Use of training equipment and facilities, as well as completion certificate
  • 364 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Practice meditation in special meditation hall
  • Doing Buddhist ceremonies with monks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


260 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin)
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (US$150 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Hefei Xinqiao International Airport (formerly Hefei Luogang International Airport) (US$150 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Meditation garden
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

During this training, you will be accommodated in a shared room (two or three-person room) or private single room with air-conditioning at students’ choice. All rooms have private toilet and hot shower. There are extra mattress and blankets that students can ask for if needed. It is very convenient to live in the temple with free Wi-Fi covering the whole temple area, laundry room with automatic washing machine, etc.

Program

The academy accepts students whose age ranges from 10 to 65 years old. Students younger than 16 years old are accepted if they are accompanied by their parents or older relatives.

The academy teaches not only traditional forms but also practical combat(fighting) techniques that originated and delivered from Chinese history. Please don't worry about your previous kungfu experience because many students are total beginners before they arrive. The training is individually customized. The masters make training plans according to students' own kungfu experience, physical conditions, and training goals. What is most needed are your dedication and positive attitude.

The academy is constantly engaged in providing unique opportunities in motivating character development during training. In order to ensure the teaching quality, every master is supposed to teach five to ten students in his group. The training team is devoted to satisfying every student's needs towards kungfu training.

Kungfu Xinglin teaches not only traditional forms but also practical combat (fighting) techniques that originated and delivered from Chinese history. Please don't worry about your previous Kung Fu experience because many students are total beginners before they arrive.

This training is individually customized. The academy masters make the training plan according to the student's own Kung Fu experience, physical conditions, and his/her own training goals. What is most needed are your dedication and positive attitude. The academy is constantly engaged in providing unique opportunities in motivating character development during training. This one year of training is able to let you feel the essence of Kung Fu and Chinese culture.

Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu originates from ancient times that can be traced back to around 1,500 years ago. It has preserved more than 700 complete forms that came down the ages. Shaolin Kung Fu is famous for its cultivation of both Chan Buddhism (Chinese Zen) and Kung Fu. It is a peculiar system with a rich practical experience of the Shaolin warrior monks and historical evolution behind it.

Benefits of Shaolin Kung Fu include improvement of one's constitution and flexibility, increasing the adaptability to a new environment, cultivating one's mind, getting more motivation in life, and anti-aging. From the experiences of students who had trained at the academy, Kungfu Xinglin can tell that Kung Fu is not only made their mind and body stronger but psychologically prepared them for all the new experiences.

Wing Chun

The remarkable characteristic of Wing Chun is the “centerline” attack theory, which means to attack the center of your opponent’s body. In sparring, you concentrate on your opponent and attack continuously in a straight line, which is the nearest and fastest way. Wing Chun uses “inch force”, a kind of internal force with short, clear, and explosive power.

Based on sparring, Wing Chun moves are resourceful and practical. You hold fist and sink shoulders and arms, in order to protect chest and crotch. Basic steps Zhui Ma and Shan Ma are used to riposte and dodge. The main fist forms in Wing Chun are 36 San Shi (36 different attack and defense moves), Xiao Nian Tou (little ideas), Xun Qiao (seeking bridge), Biao Zhi (quick offensive and defensive skills), and wooden dummy forms.

Tai Chi

As a style of neijia fist, tai chi absorbs the quintessence of Chinese classical philosophy and traditional Chinese medicine theory, making it a physical and mental exercise emphasizing natural harmony and balance, and spiritual integration and attainment. Tai chi moves are featured by their relaxation, slowness, coherence, coordination, attentiveness, following an arc to move, and the method of breathing.

The attack skill of tai chi is protector's strike, which is like “away the rock with water”. Following the principle of yin and yang, tai chi achieves a balance in both moves and attack skills using the received force to break up the coming force.

Qigong

Mainly, there are two styles of Shaolin qigong: neigong (soft qigong) and waigong (hard qigong). Qigong helps the vital systems to cope with the impact of the stressful and polluted daily environment. If your internal organs function properly, your health will benefit tremendously. You can become more productive when relaxed under pressure. Qigong exercises are designed to enhance the flow of chi and regulate internal balance.

Training equipment

Training equipment is provided to all the students: wooden dummy, stretching lanes, carpet, mats, Sanda pads, gloves and guards, weapons, dumbbells, stone dumbbells, sandbags.

Training methods

The most original Shaolin Temple training methods are telling ancient Shaolin culture, letting every student feel the atmosphere of real traditional Shaolin kungfu. Some of the training methods are as follows:

  • Dao Gua Jin Gou-a is a training method with feet up on horizontal bars to train the strength of abdomen and legs muscles
  • Single move training, group moves training, and a complete set of training
  • Training with demonstration, interchange of ideas
  • Psychological training, sense of distance training, antagonistic training.
  • Training of coordination, swiftness, strength, physical endurance, balance, speed, and jumping

Training plan: one year

At this level, you will find out methods of kungfu practice that suit your advantages, with which, you can understand the essence and connotation of kungfu cultivation better.

  • Shaolin forms: 20-30 forms and applications, like Shaolin Luohan fist, palm-blossom fist, seven-star fist, Damo fist, three people sparring, double broadsword against spear, tiger fist, drunken fist, crane fist, drunken staff, monkey staff, Shaolin Luohan 18 hands, Longxing straight sword, chain whip, double hook, 48 Ming spear, Shaolin flying daggers, crescent shovel, Guangong big broadsword (guan dao), Pu dao
  • Wing Chun: advanced wooden dummy techniques called Chan Zhuang, achieving an integration of the wooden dummy and the person. More attention to speed practice-finish a 116 style wooden dummy form within 40 seconds, three moves per second. It's also internal cultivation.
  • Sanda: pair sparring, obtaining the instinctive reaction of the body to attack
  • Qigong: advanced health care Qigong Wu Qin Xi, hard Qigong “iron head",“iron hands",“silver throat", and Er Zhi Chan, which are of 72 Shaolin secret skills
  • Tai Chi: 24Yang style Taichi straight sword, 73 Yangstyle Taichi fan, 32 Yang style Taichi staff
  • Experience culture of Shaolin kungfu and customs

As the quintessence of Chinese culture, learning of Shaolin kungfu is endless. It deserves the devotion of one's lifetime. Only through hard work, every student can achieve his or her goals.

The academy has a kungfu grading at the end of each month so that the school can check if every master completes the task of teaching well, at the same time, the school can get to know the improvement of every student. If you pass the grading, you will get a formal certificate offered by the academy when you finish the training here.

Daily training schedule under master's instructions

Below is the schedule of the training. Class times change slightly with the seasons. Kungfu Xinglin puts the standard and quality of training in the first place. The training will take place from Monday to Friday.

  • 07:20 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Training
  • 10:20 Training
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Training
  • 16:20 Training
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Bedtime

Buddhist ceremonies

Located at a Buddhist Temple, students are able to take part in various Buddhist ceremonies, which are precious opportunities to experience Buddhist and Chinese culture.

Discipleship (Baishi)

At Xingli Kungfu academy, outstanding students have opportunities to become a disciple of Master Shi Xinglin, who is the 32nd Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk. Therefore, the student will become 33rd generation and will receive an official warrior monk certification from Shaolin Temple and a Buddhist name. Students who become disciples of Master Shi Xinglin will have lifetime support. There will be a ceremony for it, which is called Baishi in Chinese. From the ceremony, students will experience the real Shaolin Kungfu tradition.

Xingli Traditional Shaolin Kungfu Academy

Xingli Traditional Shaolin Kungfu Academy is an authentic martial arts academy in China. This is where one can learn Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu Under Warrior Monks at Buddhist Temple. Traditional Kung Fu is about lifestyle, fitness, cultivation, and mentality. The academy engages in developing comprehensive traditional martial arts skills of students from all around the world. The masters motivate students to realize their full potential, achieve internal peace, and be the best of themselves. Located at the prestigious Buddhist Temple Er Zu Temple, the academy is provided with a Buddhist atmosphere to allow you to feel the essence of Kungfu and absorb the chi.

Preparation

It is recommended that you do some preparations before coming, as training will be intensive. Stamina exercises like running, swimming, cycling, or other forms of exercise, are good ways of physical preparations.

Exercises to improve flexibility and strength are also helpful, such as stretching and gymnasium exercises. If before arriving, you have not done any physical activity, you should expect to have some muscle pain. This is normal for the first week of training and will pass very soon.

Termination of course

Kungfu Xinglin can terminate the student's course under the following circumstances:

  • Misconduct on the temple grounds
  • Failing to follow China's law and the temple's regulations
  • Non-disclosure of medical issues such as medication which can endanger student health, mental health issues, contagious diseases, STD, HIV, addictions to drugs / alcohol). All the medical issues are strictly confidential.

Instructors

Xinglin Shi

Location

The location of Kungfu Xinglin is at a Buddhist temple named Er Zu Temple (Second Ancestor's Temple). Located in Sikong Mountain, the First Mountain of Chan Zong (Chinese Zen), Er Zu Temple has a history of over 1,500 years and covers an area of 90,000 square meters. It offers a unique environment allowing students to enjoy the special atmosphere and absorb the essence of Chi(Qi) and Kung Fu.

The temple is well equipped for training and cultivation, including a training hall, fitness equipment, meditation hall, tea room, multimedia classroom, and library. Students are welcome to use all the facilities and there is no prohibition to use most of the outdoor space in the temple to do training.

Food

Kungfu Xinglin attaches great importance to food quality at the academy. They carry on rational diet principles and the meals are served in traditional Chinese style. For breakfast, they offer oatmeal, milk, eggs, fruit, and bread. Lunch and dinner include vegetables, fruit, rice, and soup. They also offer Chinese dumplings, noodles, or special local food at least once a week. The food is vegetarian following Buddhism culture. Please let them know if you have any needs towards food, they will cater for it.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Kungfu Xinglin offer optional courses such as Chinese medical acupuncture and massage, Chinese tea ceremony, Chinese Mandarin class, and Buddhism theory. They are for students to understand Chinese culture and also enrich their life at the academy.

Some students may choose to visit the places nearby or have a short trip to some places of interest. There is a natural hot spring in the nearby city and it's a very good place to go on weekends after one week's training.

Some places of interest are not far from the academy and are good choices for students to take a trip on weekends, such as the Sikong mountains, Tianxia valley, and Mingtang mountains. There is a small town within walking distance where you can find supermarkets and restaurants. There are buses going to the city, which take about an hour to arrive.

What's included

  • Full training timetable
  • Use of academy training equipment and facilities
  • 364 nights accommodation (shared room between two or three persons or private single)
  • Food (3 meals per day, 7 days per week)
  • Theory and culture classes
  • Buddhist ceremonies and events held by the temple
  • WiFi

What's not included

  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Extra training hours in addition to the normal schedule (will require an additional 200 RMB / hour)
  • Extra theory hours in addition to the normal schedule (will require an additional 200 RMB / hour)
  • Translator service, such as hospital visits (will require an additional 100 RMB per hour)
  • Airport pick up and drop off

How to get there

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Arrival by train

If flying to Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou, you could take the train to Anqing. Please send your arrival details to Kungfu Xinglin so they can send an English translator to pick you up on your arrival.

Airport: Wuhan Tianhe International Airport Airport transfer available: Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Hefei Xinqiao International Airport (formerly Hefei Luogang International Airport) Airport transfer available: Hefei Xinqiao International Airport (formerly Hefei Luogang International Airport) (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 28% 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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