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Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School welcomes everyone to join their Shaolin training camp in the city of Qufu, China. No special requirements are needed as people of all ages and level of experience are invited to learn and train in this beautiful and culturally historic UNESCO World Heritage city with Kung Fu masters who are dedicated to nurturing the unique potential of each student. Through the process of learning Kung Fu, you will feel your strength, flexibility, and coordination increase rapidly.
Airport transfer available:
Yaoqiang Airport (US$100 per person)
During the training, you will stay at the students’ accommodation provided by the Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School. 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. In total, 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 seven 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. You can have a single room and air conditioner for an extra cost. Please contact the school for this information.
Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School will take you on an adventure for 14 days where you are going to train and learn under authentic Shaolin warrior monks from the Shaolin temple. You will have an amazing experience pushing yourself through your limits, discovering a new culture, and having different classes and activities of Shaolin Kung Fu classes that include:
Kung Fu is strongly influenced by Buddhism. The term Kung Fu or 'gong fu' in Chinese refers to the achievement and excellence that is obtained through the hard work and dedication of training. Kung Fu is, at heart, the expression of the deep spiritual goals of awakening and perfection. It is this spiritual wisdom that informs its teaching methods and inspires the kind of training and dedication that can produce such incredible and seemingly miraculous abilities.
As an old saying teaches, Chan Buddhism is to speak its truths from the heart, not through literature. The highest aspect of learning Kung Fu is for all action to be guided by the heart and from the formless dimension. Students coming to learn Kung Fu in China instantly recognize this although a lot of training is needed, practicing Shaolin Kung Fu can lead to both happiness and enlightenment.
Shaolin Kung Fu practice entails three levels. The primary is form and appearance. The intermediate level is an integration of mind and fist, transforming the tangible into the intangible, turning the law into the lawless, obeying no rules, having no movement to follow, and controlling the enemy from the intangible. The highest level of aspect is to guide all with heart and fight with the heart. Teaching plans are based on these principles.
For the two-week training, basic knowledge of Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Kung Fu customs, fundamental kicks, steps and sweeps, punches, palms, hand shapes, authentic Shaolin health care Qigong, and ba duan jin will be introduced.
You will also learn flexibility training, stability training, endurance training, and traditional Shaolin introductory fist forms like five step form, continuance form or tongbi form and their applications. You will learn to use simple weapon forms like staff, broadsword, etc. There will be also basic sanda (Chinese kick-boxing) exercise and 24 yang style Tai Chi form.
During the training, you can manage to get a general idea of what Shaolin Kung Fu is like and learn the methods to practice Shaolin Kung Fu.
This Kung Fu training camp is available every month for groups of five students or more, and starts on the first Saturday of each month. Also, if you already have a group of five people or more, Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School can organize all the classes and activities under your requirements and dates.
Aside from Shaolin Kung Fu, the school also teaches other Chinese martial arts styles. The Chinese martial art styles that they offer are sanda or sanshou, Tai Chi, Qigong, bagua, xingyi, and baji chuan. These styles are taught by the masters of the Qufu Shaolin School who are Shaolin warrior monks.
The Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School also offers other complementary classes that also promote the Chinese culture. These complementary classes are Chinese Mandarin, calligraphy, acupuncture and massage, martial arts theories, and Buddhism.
The training hall is next to the accommodation building, looking out onto the outside training area and grounds used for running. It takes 1,000 square meters of land. Training equipment is provided for all classes. For stretching lanes, sanda (Shaolin kickboxing) pads, gloves, and guards are used as are basic weapons for Shaolin form classes. There are training mats used for acrobatics and jumps, take-downs, and sparring.
The profound cultural connotation expressed in Shaolin Kung Fu is fundamentally endowed with the wisdom of Chan Buddhism (Zen). Shaolin gongfu is in the first place, the expression of a deeper spiritual goal and secondarily in the pursuit for superhuman strength. The desire for transcendental strength and wisdom are at the core of Shaolin Chan Buddhism. This is the reason behind Shaolin Kung Fu appearing as a miraculous martial art and it's different from other martial arts.
Shaolin Kung Fu practice can be talked about in terms of three realms. In the primary realm, the practitioner practices their form and appearance. In the intermediate realm, there is the integration of mind and fist, changing the tangible into the intangible, turning the law into the lawless; obeying no rules, having no movement to follow, controlling the enemy in the intangible. An ancient boxing manual reads: “defeat a person in the intangible or fail being seen”.
Shaolin Kung Fu’s highest realm is for all to be guided by the heart and to fight not just from form but from the formless. Buddhist practice is started in the mindful training of Kung Fu. It cultivates and entails the highest integrated wisdom of Buddhism and martial arts.
Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the paths to Buddhism and to the practice of Chan. It is also known as “Wushu Chan”. Studying Shaolin Kung Fu, you experience the atmosphere of Shaolin temple Buddhism and start to convert your rational cognitions of Shaolin Wushu into a deeper knowing of Buddhist wisdom.
The purpose of learning Kung Fu no longer becomes the goal in itself, but is used as a means of awakening. By practicing Kung Fu, you will feel the depth of Buddhist teachings, the truth of wisdom and the real nature of human beings and the universe.
Shaolin boxing is the short form for Shaolin temple boxing techniques. As a means of spiritual discipline, it has been integrated into hundreds of schools, Chan Buddhist influence guiding the wisdom behind it.
Shaolin boxing includes not only the Shaolin boxing styles such as tiger boxing, controlling-evil boxing, and Liuhe boxing but also different techniques for practicing weapons like the Shaolin Shuangbian (double whip), Shaolin Zhuantangguai (rolling crane), Shaolin Shaohuogun (fire stick) as well as monkey boxing, and more.
Chinese Wushu martial arts manifest in two forms. One, routine, and the other, wrestling, resistance or sparring. As one of the two forms, sanda is a central part of Chinese Wushu.
Sanda, or also known as Chinese kickboxing, is also called sanshou and had names such as xiangbo, shoubo, and jiji in ancient times. As an essential part of Chinese Wushu, Sanda is favored by its many supporters and through the years has spread and evolved into a Chinese national sport of unique character.
Sanda developed and grew through a long period of Chinese history. It began with the productive labor of labor and their struggles for survival to become transformed into a gem of cultural heritage.
People of primitive society learned through hunting how to defend themselves and hunt for animals. They developed simple skills of boxing, kicking, holding, and throwing through observing the abilities of animals to hunt for food like catching cats, avoiding dogs, leaping tigers, and looping eagles.
Sanda, in simple words, is face-to-face fighting with bare hands between two people, consisting of offensive and defensive effect and requires kicking at distance, pouching at stride distance and take-down throws when close.
The movements of sanshou remarkably reflect its specific inbeing - that of a fighting art, however it is distinct from fighting martial arts that cause injury and disabilities. Sanshou has strict rules to ensure the safety of the two fighters. Rules state that attacking the hindbrain, neck, and crotch of the opponent is prohibited.
In Sanshou, it is also allowed to exercise the skills of different Wushu schools. The internal features of sanshou determine that it is presented as a conflict - the essential form of sanshou. After much training and having mastered the basic actions and skills and under the provision of the rules, both sides fight freely on the deciding factors of wisdom, bravery, and skill.
After long-term training, having mastered sanda skills an sanda practitioner will be unhurried and do corresponding defensive and offensive actions at a very fast pace when attacked suddenly by the opponent. It is also much easier for him to hit someone who hasn’t received the training. In comparison to an ordinary person, a sanda athlete has a much higher resisting ability.
Sanda not only improves physical qualities such as strength, endurance, flexibility, and sensitivity but also develops people’s health both physically and mentally. Sticking to the training makes the body strong and strengthens bones and muscles.
Wing chun is one of the ancient southern style of Chinese Kung Fu. Firstly, it was developed in Guangdong and Fujian (two southern provinces of China) about 250 to 300 years ago. There are many stories of wing chun origin. The most popular is the one that states that wing chun was created by a female Shaolin master called Wu Mei (Ng Mui). She was also a great master in Shaolin white crane style.
In the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911), the Southern Shaolin Temple was set on fire by the government. Five great Shaolin martial artists (Wu Mei, Zhi Shan, Bai Mei, Feng Dao De, and Miao Xian) managed to fight the enemy and escape. In order to avoid the persecution for the government, Wu Mei hide in the Da Liang Mountain situated on the boarder of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.
In this duration, she kept practicing Kung Fu. Occasionally, she saw a snake and crane fight. This enlightened her and she created her own unique style on this basis. Later on, she passed this style to Yan Yong Chun (Yim Wing Chun). After Wing Chun gained this, she systematized it and widely spread the form. Then people named this style wing chun to memorize her.
To practice wing chun, the basic hand movements are san bang shou, cuoshou, liaoshou, popaishou, chenqiao, and nianshou (sticky hand). The basic steps are siping step, sanzi step, zhui step, gui step, and duli step. The training equipment used are mirror, punch bag, candle, crate circle, chopsticks, thousands layer paper, and wooden dummy.
Wing chun is a style, which combines internal forces and close proximity punching together. Its sparring moves are like the struggle between snake and crane. The block moves are like the nimble and winding snake while the attack moves are like the fierce and fast crane moving at an amazing speed, or like a tiger swooping at its prey.
Wing chun is based on sparring, with the characteristic of various movements, practical use, explosive power. Its typical moves are da san ce, xiao fu yang, geng lan tan bang, mo dang lu, shen shi ji lao, qu shou liu zhong, da, jie, chen, biao, bang, wan zhi, nian, mo, yun dang, tou, lou, and er zi qian yang ma.
Wing chun is an internal Kung Fu form which uses a keen insight into touch. This allows you a greater understanding of your opponent with the correct release of explosive power in your sparring. The different styles of wing chun being taught now is ye wen wing chun fist, hong ji fist, cen neng wing chun fist, yuan qi shan wing chun fist, gu lao pian shen wing chun fist, hong chuan (red boat) wing chun fist, bao hua lian wing chun fist, and peng nan wing chun fist.
The famous martial arts star Bruce Lee (Li Xiao Long) once followed Master Ye Wen and studied wing chun systematically. You can say that Jeet Kune Do, which Bruce Lee created, closely combines wing chun with the other martial art styles he studied creating the main core and foundations of his fighting principals.
Mantis fist, an animal style Kung Fu, is one of the most famous traditional Chinese martial arts styles. It is also been listed as one of the Chinese national intangible cultural heritages. It was said that mantis styles was created by a martial artist named Wang Lang, who learn Kung Fu in the Shaolin temple in late Ming and early Qing dynasty. Mantis style enjoys a prosperous period in the 19th century and is well-developed worldwide.
There are both fist forms and weapons such as straight sword, plum blossom sword, liuhe staff, and long handle sword. In the past hundreds years, there developed a few different styles in such as Tai Chi mantis, plum blossom mantis, seven star mantis, and liu he mantis.
In general, mantis is tough and fast, and always goes forward boldly. The practitioner face the coming attacks straight forward and do defense from the side way.
Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School’s mantis master, Master Zhang, is the founder of honglian mantis. Honglian style is based on seven star mantis and honglian style of Shaolin. It has its own full system of moves, methods, skills, and theory. It can be a good Kung Fu for health care, sparring, and competition.
Baji quan, a school of traditional Chinese marital arts that features explosive, short range power, was also known as "rake fist" due to the fist being held loosely and slightly open when not striking, resembling a rake and the art involving many downward strike moves, like a rake's movement in the field.
The name was considered to sound rather crude in its native tongue and so was changed to baji quan. The term baji, which comes from the oldest book in China, signifies “an extension of all directions". In this case, it means “including everything" or “the universe”. “Ba” (Chinese for eight) denotes the eight major points of the body: head, shoulders, elbows, hands, buttocks, kua, knees, and feet. “Ji” (polar) is extended in the eight polar directions.
Bajiquan is characterized by direct, culminating, and powerful fast strikes that will render an opponent unable to continue. It is used in close combat, giving attention to elbow, knee, shoulder, and hip strikes. When blocking an attack or nearing an opponent, baji quan techniques emphasize striking major points of vulnerability, the thorax (trunk of the body), the legs, and neck.
The major purpose of baji training is to develop ultimate snapping power. After gaining this type of power, some very efficient techniques can be performed or applied.
Xingyi boxing originated from the Xinyi Liuhe boxing style and formed a unique character of its own. Xingyi boxing came to be wellknown as a martial art style after its creation by Li Luoneng in 1856. Xingyi means to imitate the shape (Xing in Chinese) while fully understand the meaning (Yi in Chinese). It pays much attention to the combination of both inner and outer exercise.
Xingyi boxing uses the yin yang and the five elements theory (Wuxing in Chinese) of Chinese traditional culture to describe the movement regulations. It selects the typical movements from twelve animals (dragon, tiger, monkey, horse, tortoise, chicken, swallow, harrier, snake, camel, eagles, and bear) and combines them with the movements of martial arts forming the twelve basic styles of Xingyi.
The popular fist forms are Wuxing Continuance fist, Xingyi Eight Poses, 12 Hong Chui, Anshen Chui, Xingyi Continuance fist, Wuxing Continuance broadsword, Wuxing Continuance straight sword, Wuxing Continuance staff, Wuxing Continuance staff, complex staff, Xingyi 13 spear, and some rare weapons like horn sword, antler hoe, and iron chopsticks.
Xingyi boxing is known as one of the excellent Chinese traditional internal styles emphasizing not only on training the body but crucially also, the mind.
Bagua Zhang or the eight-diagram palm is one of the most popular styles of martial arts in China. Other names for bagua include Youshen Bagua (roving eight-diagram), Longxing Bagua (dragon-shaped eight-diagram), Xingyi Bagua (Xingyi eight-diagram boxing), and Yinyang Bapan Zhang (positive negative eight-plate palm).
There are different stories about the origin of Bagua. Some say it was originated among the anti-Qing Dynasty cliques while others believe that it was created by the two Taoist priests Bi Yun and Jing Yun on Mount Emei , Sichuan Province, during the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty and then passed down through its nine generations of practitioners.
The eight-diagram palm is based on the old Chinese philosophy of eight combinations of three whole and broken lines used in divination. While practicing, the practitioner moves according to the eight diagrams. There are eight basic palm plays. A total of 64 palm tricks and moves have come from the original eight basic palm plays.
Apart from solo practices, there is also sparring; Sanshou (free sparring) and fighting with weapons, such as Bagua sword play, Bagua sabre play and Bagua cudgel play, and Bagua play of seven star decorated shafts. While practicing these routines, practitioners rove around like a dragon moving amidst clouds.
Bagua Zhang features dexterity and agility. When moving around it, it is like walking in a muddy place, with footsteps changing all the time like running water. Palm tricks and body movements follow one after another. The roving around looks like endless circles overlapping each other. The body turns around from the waist during walking, roving, turning, rising, and falling.
Palm tricks change with the movements of the body. When the upper body protrudes, the lower part of the body squats back to keep balance. When the arms are sent out, the feet draw back. When moving, it looks like a dragon roaming; when squatting, it looks like a tiger sitting; when looking around, it looks like a monkey on the lookout, and when roving, it looks like an eagle circling.
Most of Bagua Zhang boxers are found in Hebei Province. Some of them learned Bagua Zhang from scratch from their tutors, while other martial art practitioners asked Bagua masters for advice to improve their skills. Over the years various routines of exercises were cultivated in different styles.
A native of Zhujiawu, south of Wenan County in Hebei Province, Dong played an important part in the dissemination of the eight-diagram palm, teaching many people in Beijing.
Most reputed disciples of Dong included Yin Fu, Cheng Tinghua, Liu Fengchun, and Li Cunyi who all contributed to the dissemination and development of the boxing style. Some of the eight-diagram palm styles are named after these disciples, for example the Yinstyle, Cheng-style, Liang-style, and Sun-style eight pictography palms.
The Li Zhenqing style of Bagua Zhang or the positive-negative eight-diagram palm Li (a. 1830 -1900) came from a native of Weijiaying in Hebei Province who went to Henan Province to learn the positive-negative eight diagram palm in order to improve the boxing techniques he had already mastered.
After returning home in about 1870, Li taught his skills to his villagers. A follower of Li Zhenqing, Ren Zhicheng wrote a book on the Yinyang Bapan Zhang (positive-negative eight plate palm) in 1937 and the book has been passed down ever since.
Taiji (the supreme ultimate school) was derived from Wuji (emptiness, the non-ultimate school) and composed of two different states (liang yi) yin and yang. From Liang Yi, came sancai (the three components) and sixiang (the four kinds of appearances). Bagua (eight symbols) also came from sixiang.
Tai Chi is often thought of as being quintessential of China, entailing the principles of yin and yang from the I Ching, (the book of changes), rooted in Chinese medicine (meridians and specific names of vessels), with the meditative aspect of its practice in focusing on the breath.
Tai Chi is a comprehensive study and characterized by the interaction of the energies of yin and yang. Its creation brought together an understanding of the laws of the human body with those of nature- alternating force and flexibility with swiftness and slowness.
As force and flexibility are compatible within, Tai Chi can be used to defend, attack, and strengthen body as well as prevent and help cure illness. It is suited to people of any age, gender, or body form. Tai Chi is widely practiced in China. Its history stretches back many years and its different schools have contributed to its widespread practice. Stories about the origination and spread of Tai Chi have always existed among martial artists and passed on from them in the oral tradition.
’Chi Kung’ is the accepted English equivalent of the Chinese word ‘Qigong’, where ‘Qi’ (‘Chi’ or ‘Ki’) means ‘breath’ (as a conceptual term, this refers to the energy in the human body, and, by extension, life force, dynamic energy, or even cosmic breath) and ‘gong’ (‘Kung’) means ‘achievement’ or ‘skill’, work applied to a discipline or the resultant level of skill.
Qigong refers to a wide variety of traditional meditative cultivation practices that involve methods of accumulating, circulating, and working with Qi or energy within the body. Qigong is sometimes mistakenly said to be something that always involves movement and regulated breathing.
In fact, use of other special methods focusing on particular energy centers in and around the body are common in the higher levels or evolved forms of Qigong. Qigong is practiced for health maintenance purposes, as a therapeutic intervention, as a medical profession, a spiritual path, and a component of Chinese Martial Arts.
Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School is set in the beautiful and culturally historic UNESCO World Heritage City of Qufu, which is the birthplace of Confucius. The school was founded in 2008 by the 34th generation Shaolin warrior monk Master Shi Yan Jia under the auspices of the Shaolin Temple Head Abbot, the Venerable Shi Yong Xin. The Venerable Shi Yong Xin is also honorary abbot to the school.
The masters of the school are Shaolin warrior monks trained from an early age inside the original Shaolin temple. They have rich experience teaching Kung Fu to international students. The masters also have won many Kung Fu competitions and have given a large number of demonstrations in China and abroad. Several masters are members of the Shaolin temple overseas performance team.
Located within Shimen Mountain National Park, students practice in a peaceful and friendly environment. The masters are dedicated to nurturing the unique potential of each student. Many wish to return to the school again after their first experience.
Students are invited to train at the school for both long and short terms of stays. The school caters for all levels of ability. Students may also combine training and optional classes in the evening with complimentary lessons in Mandarin, calligraphy, acupuncture and massage, martial arts theory, and Buddhism.
The training is located in the city of Qufu. Qufu is located in the southwest of Shandong Province, around 500 kilometers south of Beijing. It covers around 900 square 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.
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.
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 four to six 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.
During the training, you can take additional classes in:
You can also take part in activities such as:
Every weekend, the students are given 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.
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.
It is possible to take a bus from Beijing to Jinan (eight hours) and from Jinan a local bus to Qufu (three 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.
Traveling 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.
If you fly and arrive at Beijing, you could take the train from Beijing South railway station to Qufu East. If you fly to Shanghai, you can take a subway to Shanghai Hongqiao train station. 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.
Transportation from Qufu Station, Qufu East Station, or Yanzhou station can be arranged by the school without additional charge.