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6 Months Shaolin Kungfu Training and Buddhism Cultivation with Monks in Sikong Mountain, China

Sikong Mountain Scenic Area, Dianqian Village, Yuexi County, Anqing, Anhui, China

Kungfu Training in China for Beginners

Located at Sikong Mountain Erzu Temple, Kungfu Xinglin offers authentic Kungfu training under warrior monks, Buddhist ceremonies and Chinese culture classes. The academy is a big family that follows the traditional training methods related to lifestyle, fitness, cultivation, and mentality. It engages in developing comprehensive and practical traditional martial arts skills with customized training plans to every individual. As what the students' reviews say, this is a lifetime experience, they've got the motivation to realize own potential and to be the best of themselves. Kungfu is a way of life. Get yourself a unique chance to experience the life of a warrior monk!

Meet the instructors

Xinglin, Zhao, & Xingjun
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Highlights

  • Customize training plan
  • Daily training with warrior monks
  • Doing Buddhist ceremonies with monks
  • Traditional forms and practical combat techniques
  • Doing meditation in a special meditation hall
  • Character and inner peace development
  • 6 months accommodation with meals
  • Completion and Master certificate

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


130 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin)
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer available:
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (US$200 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

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

During this training, you will be accommodated in a shared room (two 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

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 kungfu 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 kungfu experience, physical conditions, and his/her own training goals. What most needed are your dedication and positive attitude. The academy is constantly engaged in providing unique opportunities in motivating character development during training. This six months of training is able to let you feel the essence of kungfu 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.

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

Training lessons

Training lessons include Shaolin basics, Shaolin forms and applications, sparring forms, acrobatics jumps and rolls, Wing Chun, Qin Na, Tai Chi, Baji Quan, conditioning, etc. There are also Qigong and meditation training as optional courses in the early morning, and group training at different training stages. The training plan is customized to your own training goals and style focus.

  • Shaolin forms include 5-8 Shaolin forms and applications, like Dahong fist, Tongbi fist, five-style fist, Pao fist, Damo straight sword, continuous straight sword, Taizu broadsword, palm-blossom broadsword, Shaolin straight sword, Yinyang staff, Fenghuo staff, Zhenshan staff, and 12 routine Tantui (leg kicking).
  • Wing Chun: intermediate form Xun Qiao, 36 SanShi, and a combination of hands and legs techniques of wooden dummy moves
  • Shaolin health care Qigong: Yi Jin Jing
  • Sanda: pair sparring, and attack and defend techniques
  • Tai Chi: 32 Yang style Taichi fist and 24 Chen style Taichi broadsword
  • Theory of Shaolin kungfu: Better understanding of kungfu

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.

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 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 disciple 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 to be the best of oneself. Located at prestigious Buddhist Temple Er Zu Temple, the academy is provided with Buddhist atmosphere to allow you to feel the essence of Kungfu and absorb the chi.

Instructors

Xinglin Shi

Xingjun 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 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 training hall, fitness equipment, meditation hall, tea room, multimedia classroom, and library. The academy is able 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)

Culture courses (optional courses)

Xingli Kungfu also offers 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.

Weekends and free time

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, such as Sikong Mountain, Tianxia Valley, and Natural Hot Spring.

What's included

  • Daily training with masters
  • Culture and Buddhist courses with monks
  • An on-site translator in training
  • Use of training equipment and facilities
  • Completion certificate
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 months accommodation

What's not included

  • Miscellaneous expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou. The nearest airport to the academy is Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH), which is situated around 220 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 also take the train to Wuhan. Please send your arrival details to Kungfu Xinglin so they can send an English translator to pick you up on your arrival. It is also possible to be picked up from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH).

Airport: Wuhan Tianhe International Airport Airport transfer available: Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (US$200 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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