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Join Shaolin Gurukul in their first traditional Shaolin Kung Fu camp organized in a haven for martial arts enthusiast. Set near the popular hill station Nainital in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas, this is a pit stop unlike any other for martial artists. You will train with India’s best martial arts expert with over 28 years of experience in over 8 different martial arts.


  • Training in Shaolin Kung Fu
  • Training with martial arts expert
  • Sessions in Muay Thai, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Jeet Kune Do
  • Great location surrounded by nature
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner provided
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation is in comfortable jungle safari tents on a sharing basis.



Shaolin Standing Meditation and Taoist Chi Gong

Shaolin Lian Shou Duan Da (Linked chain close combat form)

Shaolin Ji Ben Gong Shibashi ( traditional Shaolin basics)

Shaolin Hard Qigong (Iron arm, iron palm, and mabu poles training)

Combatives - Long range Kali stick combat doce methodos, knife to knife combat and empty hands (kicking, punching, grappling, and takedown)

Tentative schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:00: Practice of Qi Gong (Meditation in Movement)
  • 08:15 : Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:30: Martial arts training as per roster
  • 13:00 - 14:00: Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00: Free time
  • 16:30: Refresh, tea, cookies
  • 17:00 - 19:00: Evening training
  • 20:30: Bonfire/Free time

Martial Arts

Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu uses power, strength, flexibility, endurance, and co-ordination. Traditional Shaolin methods produce extraordinary skills and abilities, which are both offensive and defensive. Some of these skills include dexterity training, pressure points and nerve manipulation, and many more. Most of these skills take 2 to 6 years to master.

During your stay at Tianmeng you will begin by teaching you Shaolin basics, basic applications and 5 steps (basic form). After you will learn a fist form and a staff form. When you become more advanced you have the option to learn a wide variety of fist and weapon forms, as well as traditional Shaolin forms and animal forms. You will also be taught applications and practice what you have learnt in a combat environment.

By practicing Shaolin it can help you with memory, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination, as well as helping to make your mind peaceful, calm, and gain more self-confidence. You will develop great self-defense techniques, combat ability, and become more aware of your surroundings.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an internal martial art which incorporates Yin and Yang, two equal elements that complement each other and the five element theory. The movements are soft, gentle, and relaxed while still managing to remain strong and steady. Tai Chi forms have many defensive applications that use soft movements to defeat hard movements. The study of Tai chi primarily involves three aspects: health, meditation, and martial arts.

Tai Chi's health training concentrates on relieving the physical stress on the body and mind. It can help lower blood pressure and improve / cure many chronic illnesses. Tai Chi's meditation training concentrates on teaching you to have a clear and peaceful mind while still being aware of your surroundings this can help with reducing stress and maintaining homeostasis.

Tai Chi's martial art training concentrates on internal power and redirecting the opposing force for self-defense. The applications are challenging and take a lot of time and practice to be able to use them correctly. At Tianmeng, the three most popular styles of Tai Chi; Yang, Chen, and Wu are taught. During your stay, you will begin with learning Tai Chi basics and a short Tai Chi fist form.

When you have become proficient in these movements you will move onto more complex fist forms and later learn other sword and weapon forms. While you are practicing Tai Chi you should try to keep a clear mind, your breathing natural from your belly, and keep your movements steady and continual in a fluid motion. Remember to stay relaxed and make sure that your upper body and lower body are always working together.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong translates to 'Life energy'. Qi Gong is split into two parts; internal also known as soft Qi Gong and external also known as hard Qi Gong, both involve three parts, breathing, posture (moving or still), and mental focus. When external and internal Qi Gong are used together, they can assist masters achieve unbelievable things like balancing on sharp ends of spears or breaking marble with only a finger.

Internal or soft Qi Gong is practiced to improve your Qi, which is believed to make you healthier and energize your body and mind. Some of the health benefits these forms provide are improving your blood circulation, organ cleansing, bone marrow cleansing, and generally helping to prevent sickness and promote life longevity.

External or hard Qi Gong is practiced to physically strengthen the body and help condition the bones, and this helps in preparing your body for fights and withstanding force. You can condition every part of your body, hands, arms, head, legs, fingertips, etc.

Some exercises used to achieve this are headstands, handstands on your fingertips, slapping your skin, which can also help with circulation and being hit or kicked all over your body among many more techniques. It is also believed that this routine helps you to be more immune to sickness as through conditioning you hit many acupuncture points.


Set up In the midst of Kumaon terrace farms and just 15 minutes away from Pangot Dist. Nainital, the haven for birds and an International birding site, the Shaolin Gurukul is your pit stop to an exciting life changing experience. Spread across an acre of camping area with a water fall running all along the campsite, a perfect set for every martial arts enthusiast, the Shaolin Gurukul is approximately a 6 hour drive from the national capital of New Delhi. The Shaolin Gurukul is India's only martial arts adventure campsite where one can experience multi-faceted activities.



  • Boating nearby
  • Trekking nearby


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Waterfall nearby


3 meals per day, plus evening snacks, will be provided. The food will be cooked in the Indian home style.

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What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening snacks
  • Daily training sessions in Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong, among other forms

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Miscellaneous
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

From New Delhi, take the train or bus to Nainital or Kathgodam, where you will be picked up and driven to the Shaolin Gurukul, which is located a 45-minute drive away.

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