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Kung Fu Training in China

Get yourself an opportunity to learn traditional Shaolin kung fu under warrior monks at a Buddhism temple in China. This best location provided with a 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 relate 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 motivated to realize their own potential and to be the best of themselves.

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Xinglin & Xingjun
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  • Daily training with masters
  • Character and inner peace development
  • Doing meditation in special meditation hall
  • Opportunities to take part in Buddhist ceremonies
  • Traditional forms and practical combat techniques
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Completion certificate

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin)
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Meditation garden
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

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


Academy profile

Xinglin Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu Academy started training students at Er Zu Temple in August 2018. Located in Sikong Mountain, the First Mountain of Chan Zong (Chinese Zen), Er Zu Temple has a history of over 1500 years and covers an area of 90,000 square meters, which 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. You can use all the facilities and there is no prohibition for using the outdoor space in the temple to do training.

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.


Shaolin kung fu

Shaolin kung fu originates from ancient times that can be traced back to around 1500 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.

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 not only made their mind and body stronger but psychologically prepared them for all new experiences.

Wing Chun

The remarkable characteristic of Wing Chun is the “center line” 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 your fist and sink your shoulders and arms, in order to protect your 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.


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 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 the internal balance.

Kungfu Xinglin 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. Kungfu Xinglin offers individually customized and scientific training plan according to student's training goals and physical conditions.

Kungfu Xinglin provides a broad selection of Kung Fu styles for students' choice. You will benefit from the most original and practical training methods and fighting techniques from the Shaolin Temple.

Training lessons will include Shaolin basics, Shaolin forms and applications, sparring forms, acrobatics jumps and rolls, Wing Chun, Qin Na, tai chi, Baji Quan, conditioning, and others. There will also be qigong and meditation training as optional courses in the early morning and group training at different training stages.

Training equipment

Training equipment will be provided to all students, including wooden dummy, stretching lanes, carpet, mats, Sanda pads, gloves and guards, weapons, dumbbells, stone dumbbells, and 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 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

This is a period to get a general idea of Shaolin Kungfu and to feel about methods of kungfu practice.

To improve flexibility, speed, strength, agility, coordination, and physical endurance, proper running, stretching of important body parts, kicks, punches, and stability training including horse stance, bowstance, crouching stance, one-leg standing, are the foundation of more advanced forms and techniques.

  • Shaolin forms and applications: five-step fist, primary Shaolin fist, Shaolin single broadsword/Shaolin Yinshou staff
  • Wing Chun: primary form Xiao Nian Tou, primary wooden dummy moves, steps, punches, easy attack techniques
  • Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing): basic exercise, throwing and wrestling moves
  • Qin Na: catch and hold moves
  • Shaolin health care qigong: Ba Duan Jin
  • Tai chi: 24 Yang style tai chi fist
  • Basic theory of Shaolin kung fu

For students who have better skills and learn quickly, Kungfu Xinglin can teach them as much as they want to learn.

Sample schedule

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

Course preparation

It is recommended for students to 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.


Xinglin Shi

Xingjun Shi


The location of Kungfu Xinglin is at a Buddhist temple named Er Zu Temple (Second Ancestor's Temple).



  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Meditation garden


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance


Kungfu Xinglin attaches great importance to food quality at the academy and sees it as a major factor in good training. They offer healthy vegetarian food to students. They carry on a rational diet principle and the food is cooked under a fitness regimen to let you experience the most healthy lifestyle of monks. They also offer Chinese dumplings, noodles, or special local food at least once a week.

There is a Buddhist cuisine ceremony in the dining hall every week that you can attend with monks following their eating habits and etiquette. If you have specific requirements such as intolerance and specific allergies, please let Kungfu Xinglin know.

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)

Weekends are free time for students to rest and relax. There is Dianqian town with shops and restaurants nearby. Students can also go to the city to have a visit. Some students may choose to visit the places nearby or have a short trip to some places of interest.

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.

Culture courses and Buddhist ceremonies

Kungfu Xinglin offers optional courses such as Chinese medical acupuncture and massage, Chinese tea ceremony, Chinese Mandarin class, and Buddhism theory. There are various Buddhist ceremonies to let you experience Buddhist and Chinese culture and also enrich your life at the academy.

Discipleship (Baishi)

At the academy, outstanding students have the chance to become disciples of their master formally. You will have a ceremony for it, which is called Baishi in Chinese. From the ceremony, students will experience the real Chinese kung fu tradition and will get a disciple certificate.

What's included

  • Full training timetable
  • Use of academy training equipment and facilities
  • 13 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)
  • Pick up and drop off

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou. The nearest airport to the academy is Hefei International Airport, which is situated around 250 kilometers from the academy and has domestic flights from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% 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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