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If you're looking for a Shaolin Kung Fu school in China that teaches traditional Chinese martial arts and embraces Chinese culture, Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy is the one for you. An important aspect of our academy is that the Ministry of Education through Chinese Department of Sports authorizes us as a legitimate academy of Kung Fu foreign trainer. With the wisdom of Shaolin monks and the combat skills of our masters, you'll succeed in this scenic land that's rich with Chinese history and culture tradition.
Accommodations are taken very seriously at our school and seen as an important factor of successful training. The students will stay at the dormitory located within the vicinity of the Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. Each dorm room may accommodate one to two students depending on the room size.
Each room has one or two single beds with sheets and beddings, desks, wardrobes, washbasins, and free drinking water. All rooms are equipped with heating systems for the winter season. There are also shared bathrooms and washrooms.
There will be a 15 USD deposit for the room, which will be refunded when you leave the academy. If you want to stay in a better room, there is a hotel about three hundred meters from the academy. However it would cost an additional fee of 380 USD per month.
Browsing the internet will cost 0.25 USD for an hour in the internet room. Students can have internet access in their own respective rooms at a 25 USD per month cost. Private internet use in the students rooms is same fee.
We offer instructions to beginner and advanced students with previous martial arts experiences and gain more skills through martial arts training. We welcome the students who are healthy mentally and physically. The training plan is also very flexible according students' different needs.
There are courses of different lengths that span from one month or less, to five years. Our students ages range from 6 to 70 years old, because Chinese Kung Fu is suitable for all ages to learn. Here is no maximum of age to come, but there is a minimum of it. For kids, it is better to come with parent. Each year we have family groups to come here to train with their kids together.
The study includes all male and a female student who is 16 years and older. Younger students of the less than 16 years old are accepted if they are accompanied with their parent or older relatives particularly a brother or a sister. Ensuring there is good quality teaching, every master is supposed to manage seven students in the winter and less than fifteen students in the summer. This will ensure high quality martial arts training on a personal level and assure a close family atmosphere in the group.
Many martial arts in China are mostly developed for the middle age and seniors to grasp. They include the old Qi Gong, ba duan jin, the yi jin jing, and meditation that gives students a better health and aids in developing the Kung Fu skills and healing disease. Every student can get a customized plan for training. The students may choose the length according to their personal schedule and unique passion for Chinese Kung Fu.
Beginners can introduced to learn Shaolin include the basics of Shaolin, traditional Qi Gong, two short Shaolin quan forms, one weapon routine, carrying out combat and an additional Tai Chi Quan lessons to start with,then,after some time training,you can perform intermediate or advanced Kung Fu,and students can optional to learn Wing Chun, Baji, Xingyi, Bagua, or Preying Mantis to learn basics, a routine, one weapon form and Qi Gong,then the students can change their classes after trying for several days to decide if the training is what they want to master in the coming days and then take an extensive training on the styles chosen.
Students with previous martial arts training will be quicker to learn and will learn advance martial arts. If you are as an already established Kung Fu expert, you can get a higher level martial arts training and master more complex moves, combat skills, and internal skills with higher morality. We welcome advanced students wishing to study by challenging the masters.
You will study more philosophy of Shaolin martial arts, and more than twenty advanced forms of martial arts, include animal styles: tiger, leopard, monkey, snake, crane, mantis, eagle, and drunken boxing. Qin na, advanced weapon forms such as double broadsword, monkey staff, double hooks, drunken sword, bull whip, double chain whip, action application, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Chinese kickboxing, Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, punches and kicks, Mandarin, Taoism, Calligraphy, acupuncture, and massage.
Training traditional Kung Fu in our academy includes many different fist and weapon forms plus their applications and contact sparring as well as the Qi Gong. The academy teaches other internal styles that include Taiji (Tai Chi) and Wudang, Wing Chun and Baji, Bagua and Xingyi, and the Mantis style alongside traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. Each of the styles that have been mentioned above has its own classes plus students can be able to choose and learn more than one style.
The Kung Fu styles listed on our website all have a corresponding class here (Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Wudang, Baji, Tai Chi fist, Mantis and Bagua palm, Xingyi fist, Qi Gong, kickboxing, etc.). You can also choose any class form for optional cultural classes (Mandarin, acupuncture and massage, as well as calligraphy) for free in the everning.
The ranking system at Shaolin Temple has 9 levels. The 9 level is the highest someone can achieve in Shaolin Gong Fu that the level can only be awarded after a lifetime of commitment to it. If you are determined enough and willing to study for 3 years, you can attain a middle rank of either level 3 or 4.
China Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the greatest forms of martial arts; it has gained a lot of popularity in the recent past. Its movements are rapid, quick, and forceful. This martial art demands energy, rapid, and forceful actions. For one, it has produced great masters in the history of China and also boasts a variety of techniques and philosophies that increase the spiritual growth in both young children and adults. In fact, Shaolin martial arts also involve training on culture tradition and helps students deepen their knowledge about "the Chinese way". Our students love and appreciate learning this wonderful art and taking advantage of all its benefits.
There are five major schools of Shaolin Kung Fu: Song mountain Shaolin, Fujian Shaolin, Guangdong Shaolin, Siquan Shaolin, and Hubei Shaolin. It started with small schools and styles within the Shaolin art. Nowadays, we can say they are northern and southern Shaolin. The Shaolin is rich and colorful in its contents. Some of main boxing routines include Dahong quan (Quan means boxing), Xiaohong quan, Pao quan, Luohan quan, Zhaoyang quan, Tongbei quan, Plum Blossom quan, Long quan, Steven start quan, Yin quan, soft quan, and others lots of kinds of application an combats skills. Some of them are relevant with health keeping Kung Fu, medicine, and Qi Gong, etc., they are all parts of very important cultural tradition.
Shaolin staff is very important part in Shaolin weapon; there are Shao Huo staff, Qi Mei staff, Liu He stick, Yun Yang stick, Pai stick, Monkey staff, Da Mo staff, etc.
Spear: 27 famous spear, 33 famous spear, Six-he spear, Yang style spear, Luo style spear, etc.
Shaolin single broadsword, Mei Hu broadsword, Gun Tang, Qian Kun, 7 star sword, tiger head hook, 9 sections whip, etc.
Other locking joints techniques, pressing points, soft Qi Gong, Hard Qi Gong, iron sand palm, Shaolin 72 techniques, etc.
Shaolin can be traced from around 1500 years ago. The first original Shaolin temple was located at the foot of the Song mountain. Historically, it was established by the Indian monk who had come to spread Buddhism in China. However, the temple was later closed. Later on, the temple was reopened after two years.
Ta Mo, a Buddhist, is believed to have been admitted in the first temple in Northern China. However, during this time, most of the monks used to fall asleep during training. At other times, he would notice that the older monks developed frequent physical problems due to the extensive training and meditation. To alleviate this, he introduced 49 postures designed to keep people awake.
Some of these were the very first forms used in Shaolin training. Despite the slow initial take off, Shaolin martial arts now have modern techniques that have been found to be quite effective.
There are huge content and forms in Shaolin martial arts, some of main ones include: internal Gongfu, external Kung Fu, hard one, light one, Qi Gong, etc.
Internal Shaolin Kung Fu training is different from light Kung Fu. The former focuses on practicing the strength of one's body, while the latter focuses on the jump - especially Qi Gong, which helps in maintaining Qi. Shaolin Kung Fu teaches the use of hand-to hand defense, the use of weapons, or a combination of both. Forms used include: straight sword, spear, combat, and performance sparring among other forms.
Once a trainee is trained on one level, they proceed to the next depending on their mastery. It is progressive and trainers put effort to ensure learners get from one level to a more advance level in an appropriate amount of time. One of the best things the masters of our Shaolin Kung Fu school do is to make sure our students can learn traditional Shaolin martial arts with their masters.
Due to this diverse variety, there are lots of techniques of Shaolin martial arts. Our Shaolin monk trains you on the styles that you want to pursue. The monks in school are highly qualified, as they require theory, flexibility, strength, and even the ability to endure pain. This is one of martial arts that preach non-violence and other principles that enhance wellness. The monks will normally undergo intense training (for mind and body) to create resilience and bring out the importance of having mental, spiritual, and physical harmony. In fact, China takes pride in having some of the greatest masters in martial arts. All this is practiced in a Shaolin monastery. Age does not determine who can train for Shaolin Kung Fu.
As you will realize, all forms of techniques in the world are now available in Shaolin Kung Fu. You will find masters who are qualified in teaching them to motivated and open students. Introduction on Shaolin Kung Fu China is not meant to flight somebody; rather, it is designed to promote healing. Simply put, this is an art that will promote courage, confidence, clarity and a zest for life. While other martial arts may focus on training that entails hurting an opponent, the spirit of Shaolin mainly teaches love and gentleness. Thus, it would be right to say that Shaolin Kung Fu is about love and wisdom. The spiritual aspect has also made it quite popular across many cultures. It transcends ritual religion and thus qualifies as one of the greatest forms of martial arts in existence. Training Shaolin art include forms, theory, applications, weapons, Qi Gong Fu, etc. and it involves other aspects that are also important in attaining higher levels of spirituality.
Hooking hand - is seldom used in Shaolin boxing and is widely used in Mantis boxing, 5-animal boxing, wuzi boxing, etc.
Claw - varies in different types and techniques i.e. dragon claw, monkey claw, eagle claw, tiger claw, 5-flower claw, etc.
Fist - being the most commonly used hand type in Shaolin boxing, it has several techniques i.e. Biao fist, Yang fist, Yin fist, crashing fist, chopping fist, flying fist, etc.
Elbow - the complement of hand technique. Holding fist and curving elbow rushing forward the opponents chest or abdomen is called rushing heart elbow.
Foot technique - one of the important basics in Shaolin boxing, which includes forward step, retreat step, jump step, flying step, moving step, hopping step, etc.
Leg techniques - front stretch, side stretch, higher side stretch, backward leg, highest lever front stretch, highest lever side stretch, treading leg, front kick, side kick, reverse kick, front-flipping leg, empty-flipping leg.
Jump technique - is a kind of sports that combines with foot technique and leg technique.
Acrobatic techniques - wheel turning and flying turning.
Kung Fu stances - horse riding stance and bow stance.
Wing Chun (also wing tsun or Yong chun in Chinese) Kung Fu is a splendid Chinese southern internal fist style. There is a saying that there is Tai Chi in the north and Wing Chun in the south. Wing Chun has a rich 200 years history, but it is less popular than other Kung Fu style. Wing Chun fist originally was the precious combating martial art, popular in minority folks. With continuous improvements by descendants and with the development of society, it has become a great historical treasure in the history. Originally, only rich young men could have the chance to learn this martial art, which was called Shaoye fist (shaoye means a son of a rich family). But nowadays, people learn its practical value, wisdom, and connotation.
We offer free optional traditional Chinese cultural lessons here in the evening from Monday to Friday. After the students finished the afternoon training, you can choose to attend according to your interest. The available classes are Chinese Mandarin (standard Chinese), Taoism, Buddhism, Calligraphy, acupuncture, and massage that taught by professional Chinese teachers. We have a professional acupuncture and massage master. The mandarin course is from 7 - 7.45 p.m. from Monday to Wednesday. We teach reading, speaking, and writing.
Students often ask about the kind of preparation they should make before coming to the academy. At our Chinese Kung Fu school at Kunyu Mountain, we place high priority on physical preparations before arrival. This is done by practicing healthy dieting, long distance running, swimming, sprinting, ping-pong, sit-ups, cycling, and other forms of exercise before your arrival.
All forms of stamina training are good as they help students learn the martial arts easier. All sports that help your body build muscle and get stronger are recommended, as are sports that help increase your aerobic ability.
If youd like to attend training at the academy, please fill out the application form, which we will send you as soon as possible once you contact Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. Once we received your application form, we will reply you within one day.
Submitting the application form one to six months prior to target date is recommended. This is to give you time to process all the needed travel requirements e.g. visa and plane tickets, once you get accepted to train in the Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy.
We are located in sacred Kunyu mountains, environmentally protected mountain of natural beauty and cultural importance. It takes one hour from Kunyu mountains to the center of coastal modern Yantai city, Shandong province. At the base of the Kunyu Mountain is where we claim our peaceful presence. We are located away from the distractions of big city. That fact allows students to experience a serene environment for training, and grow in strength and spirit.
Yantai City, the city we located ,as named as one of the most suitable residence for people in Asia by United Nations Settlements Program, and the city is rich in various fruits, especially big cherry, apple, pear, and sea food, that are famous in China even in the world. Yantai city was awarded one of the most charming cities in China, neighboring Qing Dao city.
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All meals served satisfy the dietary needs of students and most cooking in the academy is done in Chinese fashion. In the morning, there is milk, porridge, bread, soybean milk, and eggs. Lunch is also served in Chinese fashion and includes three dishes, one with meat, one vegetable dish, one egg dish, seafood, rice, fried chips, and soup. Dinner menu is similar to lunch menu. The drinking water is from natural water drawn from a protected spring of national park in the Kunyu Mountain. Everyone can drink directly from the tap.
Our cooks also make Chinese dumplings and noodles once a week, fried fish, fried chicken, Chinese style bacon, sweet and sour pork tenderloin and seafood, fresh fruits, several times a week. The cook may also provide chilies for those who prefer them. There are also big feasts where the masters and students eat together. We also provide meals for vegetarians. There are 15 vegetarian students are currently enrolled.
Every weekend, the students are given the free time to relax, enjoy the scenery, and go on a little sightseeing trip. Each student can roam around the next city or nearby attractions as long as they ask permission and inform their masters of their plan.
We have several days off for Christmas, New Year, and Chinese Lunar New Year. The student can stay in academy and train if they want. There are master and translator on duty. Students can ask for two weeks holiday to go back home if you wish.
The school is surrounded by historic places and ancient scenic spots. You can see the lake while the Quanzhen Taoism Temple is next to school. Wu Ran Temple, Ma Gu Temple, and Nine Dragon Pool, are close to our proximity. The mountain cave in Taoism temple with eight statures inside, Yan Xia cave. It is said the founder of Taoism meditated for many years in ancient times. All of these wonderful places support our students' learning and create the perfect place for mastering China Shaolin Kung Fu. Yantai city offers a lot of entertainment and recreation activities for you. You can try out the different cuisines offered. Or enjoy shopping around for your personal needs and souvenir items.
Aside from those attractions, you can also visit the Ma Gu Temple, located at the east side of Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. This temple and the Wu Ran Temple, which is also at the east side, are considered to be historical and scenic attractions. Some of the main attractions within the Ma Gu Temple are the Ma Gu Tomb, the San Guan and Cai Shen Palaces, Yue Lao Ancestral Temple, Hua Spring, and the Bixia Pavilion.
Nine Dragons Pool is located on Kunyus Mountain Northern sides having a steep cliff. At the center of this cliff, you will get natural stone ponds, nine in total at different sizes. The largest pond measures 6 meters and at 3 meters deep. Looking at it, one thinks it is a dragon climbing a mountain.
According to the history here, it is said that these dragon broke laws in heaven and was casted on the mountain. You can see the bottom on the pond because of the clean water. These nine dragons fall measures 1 kilometer high. This is a rare spectacle of a waterfall in Shan Dong. The main point of attractions to people here includes Dragon King Palace, Immortal stone, Heaven Pond, and the Nine Dragon Waterfall.
On the north side of the academy, the Bo Ocean is located and on the south side, the Yan Xia Cave is located. It is the original place of the Quan Zhen group of Taoism. Meanwhile on its west side, the nine dragon pool which is another scenic spot is located. Aside from the pool, the Dragon King palace, Heaven pond, and Immortal Stone can also be visited here.
Our Kung Fu training school is at the foot of the sacred Kunyu Mountain and has been praised by past students as the perfect place to study Chinese martial arts. With deep culture and a serene mountainous landscape filled with masterful trainers, this protected area of natural beauty has become China's cornerstone of Kung Fu training.
This natural beauty is surrounded by the benefits of the city and makes our Kung Fu school one of the most accessible Chinese Kung Fu schools surrounded by mountains. There are public tourist buses and taxis from our school to the center of Yantai City. Also, the nearest town, Muping District, is filled with modern conveniences like big supermarkets, shopping malls and privately owned stores. These nearby places give students an opportunity to shop for daily necessities and experience Yantai culture.
To the south of our Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, there is the Taoism Temple and Yan Xia Cave. It will take about 5 minutes walk to these scenic attractions. We usually train there and have mountain run each Friday afternoon.
It is said the founder of Taoism meditated for lots of years in the mountain cave, Yan Xia cave. There are eight statues inside the cave, got respect from people. Yan Xia cave made of natural rocks. The Quan Zhen religion under Taoism has made the cave their novel place. The Quan Zhen of Taoism leader called Wan Chong Yang arrived from Xian Yan located in the eastern parts of the Zhong Nan Mountains in 1167.
He called the followers together inside the cave and taught them. Qiu Chulji was among the seven followers and became known as Seven Immortal. Their properties that include imperial edict tablets, bronze tablets and statues made of stones are under protection.
To the east of our Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, there is the Wu Ran Temple. Wu Ran Temple is built in the Kunyu mountain peak on the Southern region. It was built during the East Han period and became known as the first Buddha temple in Shandong province in the eastern part. During the 1887 Qing Dynasty, the Wu Ran Temple came up with inscriptions. The meaning of this was that the area is far from the villages, peace, relief, and home of clean.
Today, the Wu Ran landmark has become a forest environment, cloud rocks, green pines, colored eighteen lake, Grand Canyon measuring a thousand meters. It also includes waterfalls, streams valleys and the springs. This is then called a minor Jiu Zhai. People coming here get attracted to the Queen Mother Bathtub, Li Long Culture Square, Mary Temple, King Qi tomb, Jiangbei Wang magnolia, old ginkgo, and Aqua Park.
Yantai, the closest and most populous city near the Kunyu Mountain, has been considered one of the most strategically significant cities throughout China history. Since being one of the most significant cities the early ages and being called the "Black Horse in Northern China" for its economic success in the 1990's,Yantai's popularity and modern advancement has continued to soar.
Yantai literally means "smoky tower". In the ancient Ming Dynasty, locals used wolf dung to light fires to warn the whole village to pay attention to approaching enemy; the city was then named Yantai by people. In ancient times, Emperor Qin Shi Hung, Han wu Emperor, and Tang Taizong all left historical traces in Yantai.
Located just far enough away from the city, Kunyu Mountain's beautiful surroundings support the training and spirit or our martial arts practices. Yantai has won the titles of National Civilized city and Chinese Best Leisure cities consecutively. The nearby city's growth never interferes with our practice and the mountain air is as clean as ever.
Yantai Laishan International Airport, 80 km
You can book a flight from your hometown to Beijing or Shanghai, the capital city of China.
Then you can change to a domestic flight from Beijing to the Yantai airport (55 minutes; around 90 USD for economy class).
From Shanghai to Yantai, flight will be one hour and 10 minutes and around 115 USD for economic seats.
It's easiest to book your flight or train from Beijing to Yantai Airport in your hometown before your arrival. Sometimes you cant buy it during the peak hour after you arrive in Beijing, so it may delay your trip.
Take train from Beijing to Yantai (15 hours; around 30 USD).
There is only one train from Beijing to Yantai (K285) that leaves Beijing at 4.30 p.m. and arrives at 6.28 a.m. the next day.
There is one train from Shanghai to Yantai (train no. 2582 / 2583) that leaves Shanghai at 11 p.m. and arrives at 5.56 p.m. the next day.
High-speed rail will be due to open towards at end of December of 2014,at that time, that will be very convenient for students to take train from Beijing to Yantai train station (or from Shanghai to Yantai), it only take about 4 hours.