1 Week Kung Fu and Tai Chi in Qufu, China

Shaolin Kung Fu in China

Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School invites you to join the team on an exciting journey to become a warrior. The school is dedicated to train the best, and during your stay you will be learning everything you need to know to master Kung Fu. Qufu lets students to take charge of what they would like to do and at their own pace. You will be given options in your studies and training, and you will learn what you want, with your own goals and agenda.

Highlights

  • Cultural guidance and theory class
  • Training sessions Mondays to Fridays
  • Chinese Mandarin courses three times a week
  • Free pickup from the airport and an English translator
  • Great facilities and gym for maximizing training
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Yaoqiang Airport (US$100 per person)

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Accommodation

Students studying at the school are currently being accommodated in shared rooms. All rooms have power sockets, desks, and wardrobes. Extra blankets are given to students in the winter and fans in the summer. There is also electricity in rooms and a computer with internet in the office that can be used by students.

General living conditions in China will to some extent be a reflection of a country still developing so students should be aware of this difference if coming from a western country. However the school aims to provide the students with a good standard of accommodation for them to live in. The school will try to accommodate students as much as possible. Care is also given to the preparing of the food for students to enjoy the meals and give them the energy they need to train. There are 50 rooms for the students.

There are Western toilets and washing rooms on each floor of the accommodation building. There are separate showers for females and males with 7 hot showers working at the same time. A laundry room is also available for students to do their washing with lines to dry clothes in front of it.

Program

Program for a month or less enrolment time

When you come to the school, you will be taught the basic skills of Kung Fu:

Authentic Shaolin health care Qigon

Ba Duan Jin

Basic knowledge of Shaolin Kung Fu

Basic Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing) exercise and 24 Yang style Taichi form

Continuance form or Tongbi form and their applications

Flexibility training, stability training, endurance training and traditional Shaolin

Fundamental kicks, steps and sweeps, punches, palms, hand shapes

Introductory fist forms like five step form

Shaolin Kung Fu customs

Simple weapon forms like staff, broadsword, etc.

In this time, you can manage to get a general idea of what Shaolin Kung Fu like, and learn the methods to practice Shaolin Kung Fu.

Schedule

  • Mondays to Wednesdays
  • Optional training at 06.00 to 07.00
  • Breakfast at 07.10
  • Training at 08.30 to 10.00
  • Training at 10.20 to 11.30
  • Lunch at 12.00
  • Training at 14.30 to 16.00
  • Optional training at 16.20 to 17.20
  • Dinner at 18.00
  • Chinese Mandarin class at 19.30 to 20.15
  • Bedtime at 22.00
  • Thursdays
  • Optional training at 06.00 to 07.00
  • Breakfast at 07.10
  • Training at 08.30 to 10.00
  • Training at 10.20 to 11.30
  • Lunch at 12.00
  • Training at 14.30 to 16.00
  • Optional training at 16.20 to 17.2
  • Dinner at 18.00
  • Acupuncture or massage at 19.30 to 20.15
  • Bedtime at 22.00
  • Fridays
  • Optional training at 06.00 to 07.00
  • Breakfast at 07.10
  • Training at 08.30 to 10.00
  • Training at 10.20 to 11.30
  • Lunch at 12.00
  • Theory or Buddhism at 14.30 to 16.00
  • Dinner at 18.00
  • Bedtime at 22.00

Language course & Course preparation

Immersive study of Shaolin Kung Fu in the culture and country of origin contributes to the unique experiences students have training at the school in Qufu. To support this, the school offers various free optional cultural classes in the evening for students to benefit from deepening their knowledge and understanding of Traditional Chinese Culture. These enable students to gain insight into the philosophies, culture and language underlying their interrelated study of Chinese and Shaolin Martial Arts. The classes are popular with students as they are able to combine their learning and stay with gaining skills such as Chinese Mandarin or the main principles of acupuncture massage.

Mandarin Courses

The school offers Mandarin classes three times week. However, if you think you need more time to learn the language, you may schedule more hours on the Mandarin course.

Location

Qufu is located in the southwest of Shandong Province, around 500 kilometers south of Beijing. It covers around 900 sq kilometers and has a population of 630.000 people. Qufu is the hometown of Confucius, the great philosopher, statesman and educator, considered to be one of the ten great sages of history. In Qufu, the Temple of Confucius, Confucius' (Kong) Family Mansion and the Cemetery of Confucius have all been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Qufu is also listed by the Chinese State Council in the first group of 24 national famous cities of historical and cultural relics.

Food

Students eat together in the dining hall. The meals are served in traditional Chinese style with several dishes in the middle of the table eaten with rice and steamed bread for lunch and dinner. Usually there are 4-6 students sit around one table to share the dishes. For breakfast the dining hall serves cakes, boiled eggs, fruit, milk powder, etc. Vegetarian diet is available as well.

Things to do (optional)

The students are given every weekend the time to relax, play chess, and go on a sightseeing trip. Each student can travel anywhere and visit nearby attractions with permission from the Qufu Shaolin School. Sometimes the school also organizes a sightseeing trip for the students to visit Mount Tai or the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province with their masters and be introduced to the Head Abbot, the Venerable Shi Yong Xin.

The Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China is situated within the beautiful grounds of Qufu which is famous for being the hometown of the Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Because of this some of the attractions in Qufu is named after him. Some of which are UNESCO certified World Heritage Sites. Some of these World Heritage Sites are the Confucius Temple, Confucius Cemetery, and Confucius (Kong) Family Mansion.

Qufu is also home to a lot of attractions such as the National parks Hill Ni, Hill Shimen. Other places of interest within Qufu are the Jiuxian Mountain, Confucius Research Institute, Confucius Six Arts City or Confucius Hometown Garden, the Analects Tablet Garden, The Mausoleum of Shaohao-Shouqin, Temple of the Duke of Zhou, Temple of Yan, and the Nine Dragon Hill or Han Dynasty Tombs.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday
  • Chinese Mandarin classes and theory courses
  • Free airport transfers
  • Training, both mandatory and optional

What's not included

  • Airfare tickets
  • Travel expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jining Qufu Airport (JNG). You can take domestic flights from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou and arrive at this airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School will pick you up from the airport.

Alternatively, you can fly to Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA). The airport has overseas flights from Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Munich, and domestic flights from across China. Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at 100 USD per car per way.

Arrival by bus

It is also possible to take a bus from Beijing to Jinan (8 hours) and from Jinan a local bus to Qufu (3 hours), but bus station and information can be more difficult to find if you do not speak Chinese so going by train may be easier and faster.

Travelling in China, it is useful to have a Chinese Mandarin phrase book with you and the names of your destinations in Chinese as you can point to these when you want to go somewhere.

Arrival by train

  • If flying to Beijing, you could also take the train from Beijing South railway station to Qufu East. There are several trains as listed below.

From Beijing

  • Train Number
  • Departs Beijing South
  • Arrives Qufu East
  • Duration
  • G101
  • 07:00
  • 2h 12min
  • G261
  • 07:15
  • 09:35
  • 2h 20min
  • G105
  • 07:36
  • 09:56
  • 2h 20min
  • G11
  • 08:00
  • 10:06
  • 2h 06min
  • G55
  • 08:13
  • 10:41
  • 2h 28min
  • D315
  • 08:18
  • 11:43
  • 3h 25min
  • G117
  • 09:44
  • 12:12
  • 2h 28min
  • G119
  • 10:05
  • 12:25
  • 2h 20min
  • G33
  • 11:19
  • 13:46
  • 2h 27min
  • D319
  • 11:40
  • 14:52
  • 3h 12min
  • G131
  • 12:27
  • 14:41
  • 2h 14min
  • G43
  • 14:05
  • 16:17
  • 2h 12min
  • G143
  • 14:41
  • 16:54
  • 2h 13min
  • G35
  • 15:05
  • 17:25
  • 2h 20min
  • G145
  • 15:29
  • 17:43
  • 2h 14min
  • G351
  • 18:24
  • 21:49
  • 3h 5min
  • K51
  • 23:08
  • 07:32
  • 8h 24min
  • If you fly to Shanghai Pudong International airport, you can take subway to Shanghai Hongqiao train station to take the following trains.

From Shanghai

Train Number

Departs Hongqiao

Arrives Qufu East

Duration

G12

08:00

11:09

3h 09min

G230/G231

09:15

12:38

3h 23min

G114

09:37

13:07

3h 30min

G120

10:45

14:09

3h 24min

G1252/G1253

11:20

14:59

3h 39min

G1228/G1225

11:43

15:26

3h 43min

G132

12:18

15:52

3h 34min

G178

12:35

16:18

3h 43min

K2504/K2501

13:27

04:20

14h 53min

G226/G227

14:05

17:28

3h 23min

G142

14:21

17:59

3h 38min

G214

14:54

18:25

3h 31min

G148

15:19

18:42

3h 23min

G150

16:05

19:20

3h 15min

G22

17:00

20:09

3h 09min

G156

17:19

20:35

3h 16min

G158

17:36

21:06

3h 30min

Flying to Jinan, you could instead take an airport shuttle bus or taxi to the city center and then a local train to Qufu or the little further away Yanzhou.

Arriving at either Qufu station (10 kilometers away), Qufu East station (20 kilometers away) or Yanzhou station (25 kilometers away), someone from the school can come to pick you up (without charge).

Airport: Yaoqiang Airport Airport transfer available: Yaoqiang Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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