6 Months Mastering Kung Fu and Tai Chi in China

  • Qufu City, Shimen Mountain National Park Area, China

6 Months Mastering Kung Fu and Tai Chi in China

  • Qufu City, Shimen Mountain National Park Area, China

Intensive Shaolin Kung Fu Training in China

Qufu offers you a chance to come, create and follow through a program for yourself. The school lets you train as much as you want and offers classes that you need if you want to learn more about Kung Fu. You learn and train at your own pace. With Qufu, you will make wonderful friends who will be your new family. So come to Qufu and have the break you deserve. It doesnt matter if you come in as a beginner, you will come home a champion.


  • 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
  • 182 nights accommodation
  • 120 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

During the period of your stay, in two to six months, you will go over:

3-4 traditional Shaolin fist forms like Xiaohong fist, Dahong fist, Xiao luohan fist, seven star fist, Chaoyang fist, Changhuxinyimen fist etc.

3-4 traditional Shaolin weapon forms, such as yinshou staff, fire stick, Zhenshan staff, Shaolin single broadsword, Shaolin Chantou broadsword, two section staff, double staff etc

42 Yang style Taichi form or 32 Yang style Taichi straight sword.

Authentic Shaolin health care Qigong, Ba Duan Jin

Conditioning on every part of your body

Counter-acting exercise and pair sparring

Endurance training.

Flexibility training

Hard qigong to break a brick by palm and elbow

Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing)

Shaolin Kungfu customs

Shaolin Kungfu theory (to reach a more complete understanding of Shaolin Kungfu)

Stability training

Traditional Shaolin forms applications and pair forms

These abilities require: agility of the movement steps, strength and speed of kicks and punches, accuracy of single moves, coordination of your body and the strength, speed and sprit of Shaolin Kungfu.


  • 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.

  • Anette Bassoe

    Anette completed her yoga studies with accomplished teachers around the world. She acquired her 200 RYT with Baron Baptiste and Clive Radda. In 2013, she completed her 300 RYT with Stephen Thomas. From September 2015 until April 2016, Anette is deepening her yoga practice in the 200-hr advanced teacher training with Michael Hamilton from Airyoga.

  • Michaela Kainberger

    Michaela was brought to Power yoga in 2001 by her love of exercise. In 2006 she completed her training as a Sivananda coach in Kitzbühl. She finished her immersion and teacher training (200 RYT) with Katchie Ananda in 2012. In her clases that are inspired by Hatha and Anusara yoga, Michaela strikes a balance between strength and gentleness. In addition to her yoga classes and to complement her holistic approach, Michaela also offers face and body treatments.

  • Petra Bensland

    Petra began practicing yoga in 2009 in search of a more balanced life. Captivated by it, she travelled to India in 2011 to attend an intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa seminar. She completed the 200 RYT teacher training in 2012 at Centered Yoga Thailand. In 2013, she completed the 100 RYT pranayama teacher training with Paul Dallaghan and Sri O.P. Tiwari at Centered Yoga Thailand.

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.

  • Fitness center
  • Caf nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Free! Bottled water
  • Free! WiFi/Computer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

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.

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.

  • 182 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday
  • Chinese Mandarin classes and Theory courses
  • Free airport transfers
  • Training, both mandatory and optional
  • Airfare tickets
  • Travel expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the school is Ji'ning Qufu Airport (JNG) which is situated around 80 kilometers from the school and has domestic flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The second nearest airport is Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA), 200 kilometers from the school. The Airport in Jinan has overseas flights from Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Munich and domestic flights from across China.

If you travel by air to Qufu airport, please send your arrival details to the school and they can send an English translator to pick you up on your arrival free of charge. It is also possible to be picked up from Jinan airport, but to Jinan takes 2 hours by taxi on the expressway so there is a cost for this.

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





3h 09min




3h 23min




3h 30min




3h 24min




3h 39min




3h 43min




3h 34min




3h 43min




14h 53min




3h 23min




3h 38min




3h 31min




3h 23min




3h 15min




3h 09min




3h 16min




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).


  • Review by Jeronimo Emmanuel Ocampo-Guadarrama from India

    "I had planned on staying only for a short while but the longer I stayed the more I enjoyed myself. I am already planning on coming back and staying for at least a year. Top school with top master shaolin monks!"

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  • Review by Aqeel Anwar from Pakistan

    "This is the art of being humble and patience. The program builds up confidence in a young or older man. It has many benefits and teaches body fitness, self defence and many more. I like it very much and I appreciate your efforts for this art. Well done. Keep it up!"

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  • Review by Francisco Norton Brando from Portugal

    "I arrived on a weekend at the Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School and immediately I had the feeling that this was some serious business. Even at the weekend some students were practicing on their own around the school. Kung Fu was in the air, and people would breathe it. The Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China conditions for living are OK. You dont have a fancy bed, TV nor A/C, but you have what you need to practice Kung Fu, and thats the most important.I had a little experience on martial arts before, but my Shifu was very nice and really taught me everything, despite all my limitations. Everyone else in the school was also nice. The translators would take care of any problem we had and the environment amongst students was very joyful. Im really glad I made the choice of coming here during my holidays. The schedule is well elaborated and gives the opportunity to learn different Chinese martial arts, which is great to enhance your experience here.Also it is very easy to enjoy the weekends while in here. I had the chance to hop in a trip organized by the Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China to Shi Gao mountain, where we had the chance to visit a lot of Chinese nature and culture, and had the opportunity of sleeping in a monastery! I also easily made my own way to Mount Tai (which is a Chinese holy mountain) and to Confucius Temple, Mansion and Mausoleum, in Qufu.I really enjoyed coming here and I hope I can find the time in the future to come back. I definitely recommend the Qufu Shaolin School to anyone interested in martial arts. All I can say is that Im leaving breathing Kung Fu, just as I wanted. Advice for newcomers: if you want to train yourself before coming to the school, focus a big part of that training on stretching. You will definitely need flexibility."

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  • Review by David Finkel from United States

    "Simply put, my past 7 weeks at the Qufu Shaolin Kungfu School have been amazing. Every single day was awesome, and I remember telling myself that at the end of each one. This entire experience has been one of the best of my life. With my master's encouraging word, and help from my classmates, I was able to keep pushing past the pain and train harder. Now, after nearly 2 months, I still get sore, but the pain is manageable.My muscles are stronger and more flexible, and I have grown to enjoy sleeping on a hard mattress. It just took some time to get here. The training itself was awesome. I ended every class feeling great, albeit a bit tired. But not a single class passed that was not amazing. It is amazing to experience happiness and contentment every day of the week, all day long, when being used to the stresses of everyday living and the rat race at home.Waking up at 5:45 every day to practice and learn Tai Chi was an excellent way to start every morning. Even if I woke up exhausted from the previous day's training, which was usually the case, I would feel happy and energized after an hour of Tai Chi. It is definitely something that I will continue to do at home. My master, Zhang Shifu (Master Shi Xing Lin), is a true master in every sense of the word. He is always friendly, calm, and collected.I can tell that he truly loves teaching Shaolin Kung Fu, and that it is his passion. He always came up with new lessons and games to keep us stimulates. I learned so much from him in my 7 weeks here that I don't know where to begin. He spoke often of having virtue and being hardworking, and he really personifies these things.When I first met him, I wondered what if would be like needing a translator in order to communicate. That changed quickly, during my first lesson. A lot of the time, translations were not even needed. Zhang shifu is such a good teacher that I understood his explanations just by his tone, facial expressions and body language. It is really amazing to learn from somebody who possesses such skill and passion.The students here are great, too. It is refreshing to be in a place with all like-minded people. It is easy to make friends, because everybody here shares two things in common: a passion for Kung Fu and a passion for traveling. I made some great friends here from all over the world, and will keep in touch with many of them.These 7 weeks changed me for the better in more ways than I can count. I plan on continuing to practice at home everything that I learned here, and to keep improving my physical and mental well-being. I will always be grateful for this amazing experience, and I will never forget the hard training, the great teachers, and the good friends that all sum up my trip here. "

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  • Review by Timothy Andrew Hilton from United Kingdom

    "I arrived at the school on the 11th September; it was very hot compared to England which took some time to adjust. Immediately I was welcomed by the friendly students by getting invited to get shown around the local City of Qufu. I declined as I was extremely jet lagged and just wanted to sleep.When the training started on Monday, that's when I felt the most impressed. Impressed by the amount of attention of the masters you get and their expertise in Shaolin Kung Fu. I was also glad the amount of patients the monks have as well and how they are eager to improve their English all the time.There are translators on-site who are very helpful and willing to work around the clock even on weekends. Throughout the week the training is very tiring and your master will push you at your personal limits. At the end of the week you get a good well deserved rest during the weekend where many students go to the City to relax.Most of the students go to the International Youth Hostel to relax on comfy chairs in an air-conditioned room which serves cheap drinks and food. You can also go and see the Confucius historic attractions or even just go and the city and shop. If you don't fancy a rest during the weekends you can also be allowed to go travelling around China which I do recommend as there is a lot to see and do."

    Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China website, edited

Qufu City, Shandong, China

The Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China is an institute for the teaching and promotion of traditional Shaolin kung fu and Chinese martial arts in China.

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