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Traditional China Shaolin Kung Fu Training

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The Shaolin Temple is world-renowned for its Buddhist, Martial Arts and Traditional Medicine studies and practices. You will train with authentic Shaolin Warrior Monks in a variety of Shaolin styles, applications and foundations of Kung Fu. You will be fully immersed in an environment of Chinese Culture including Buddhism, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Chinese Mandarin, Calligraphy and much more. %The Official Shaolin Temple Yunnan is home to the most authentic Kung Fu training programs around the world. Young. Old. Beginner. Experienced. We welcome everyone. The Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center is open 365 days per year. You can join at any time and stay for as long as you like.

While you’re here, you’ll learn a variety of external, internal, and medicinal Kung Fu forms that make up the foundation of traditional Shaolin Warrior Training.

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Shifu Shi, Shifu, Shifu, & 2 More…
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  • Shaolin Traditional Warrior Training for all skill levels and abilities: families, women, men, ages 40+ and children
  • Kung Fu styles: Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Boxing (Sanda), Wing Chun, Taiji Quan, Meditation, Qigong (soft and hard), Meihua Quan, Self-Defense (Qin Na), Acrobatics, Power stretching, Power training, Temple duty
  • Theory Classes on Mandarin, Chinese Culture, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Kung Fu theory, Buddhism
  • Accommodation in our Shared Monk Room
  • 3 Meals per day together with the monks in the Monk Hall
  • Meditation inside the Mahayana Hall or Temple grounds
  • Our training program follows the principle of Yin and Yang for balance and longevity
  • Total immersion in the Shaolin Monks lifestyle: we operate within the walls of the Official Shaolin Temple in Yunnan Province including 2 Buddhist ceremonies daily and free access to Temple events

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


60 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), French, Greek, Romanian
Group size: Maximum of 7 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

During your training, you’ll stay on the Temple grounds. You can choose between our shared monk rooms and single monk rooms. They are simple and suited for an authentic experience. Shared monk rooms will be separated by male and female students. You will not be permitted inside the shared room of the opposite sex.

We also offer single monk rooms. These rooms have limited availability, so if you wish to secure your spot in one of these rooms, you’ll need to book well in advance of your stay. Single Monk Rooms require a deposit of the FULL AMOUNT for your expected stay, and accommodation changes may not be made after. Washing facilities are shared no matter the accommodation.

During your stay, you will also have access to WiFi, a laundry area, two automatic washing machines, and a shared washing facility.

Items such as bedding, towel, and linen are included in your booking. You’ll be responsible for providing your own toiletries, washing powders, extra blankets, etc.


The training plan we offer is based on the principles followed by Bruce Lee who believed that a person should be like water. He incorporated training elements from different styles to create his own fighting style – “The style with no style”.

Shifu Shi Yanjun adds Chinese philosophies and spirituality to the above. This training program is designed to help every person achieve their utmost Heath, and build Martial Arts skills that will serve them for a lifetime. When you learn and practice, you must focus on having the heart and mindset of a champion.

Martial Arts forms are actually the most rudimentary part of this process. The highest level of ability is achieved when your body is in harmony and your mind can control your Qi. If either component is lacking, you can learn 10,000 forms, and still perform mediocre Kung Fu.

Invest your efforts into the development and coordination of your body and mind and then consider the various styles. This is the path to achieving your full potential, and there is no time like the present.

You’ll train, eat, sleep, and meditate alongside the Shaolin Temple monks. While you’re here, you’ll learn both internal and external Kung Fu styles. External Kung Fu is the actual hits, kicks, and physical actions you take against your opponent. Internal Kung Fu is your ability to receive incoming force and redirect it somewhere else. Why is this important? Combining these two areas will give you a more traditional, and balanced training experience. You’ll learn all the inner qualities that true Kung Fu warriors possess, not just how to kick and punch.

The Shaolin Warrior Program's main focus is to achieve the best for your own body following a schedule of training for 7h per day (excluding weekends). During your training timetable, you will learn elements from different styles that apply for your own needs of the body.

External styles we teach

  • Shaolin Kung Fu
  • Wing Chun
  • Shaolin boxing (Sanda)
  • Self -Defense (Qin Na)

Internal styles we teach

  • Qigong (soft and hard such as Iron body)
  • Taiji Quan
  • Buddhist meditation

Meihua Quan style is the oldest martial arts in China and Shaolin Temple Yunnan is the official location of training under the International Meihua Quan Federation. The oldest and most traditional way of practice is on the Meihua Poles and we have on the ground 100 poles of different heights.

Additionally, we train in power training, power stretching, and acrobatics. As part of the training timetable, we also offer Temple duty, a non-negotiable aspect of your training at the Shaolin Temple. Your temple duty is an act of service and helps build character.

Sample of daily activities:

  • 5.30– 6.50: Morning Buddhist ceremony (optional)
  • 7.00: Breakfast
  • 7.30 – 8.00: Temple Duty
  • 8.30 – 11.30: Morning training
  • 12.00: Lunch
  • 14.30 – 17.30: Afternoon training
  • 18.00: Dinner
  • 19.00 – 19.50: Theory class
  • 20.00 – 21.00: Evening training
  • This is just a sample schedule. Your specific weekly schedule is dependent on the scheduled activities for the time of year, events and weather.

Along with your Kung Fu training, you’ll also have access to our Weekly Culture Classes.

  • Tea Meditation
  • Buddhism Philosophy & Traditions
  • Calligraphy
  • Ancient instruments and music
  • Temple History & Architecture
  • Chinese Traditional Medicine
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Chinese Cooking

To truly understand and master Kung Fu, it’s important to understand the culture of China. That’s why we’ve included these culture classes into your weekly training schedule.

You’ll also participate in temple events such as daily Buddhist ceremonies, traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, and more!


Students training with us will receive formal certification from the Shaolin Temple, as well as certification for completion of their specific forms and styles.


Shifu Shi Yanjun

Shifu Shi Yanpeng

Shifu Shi Hengwu

Shi Yanbo

Shi Yanning


Shaolin Temple Yunnan is located in Kunming, China. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, the weather here is excellent all year long. When you’re not training, you can venture out into the city or you can spend your time inside the Temple grounds.

The Shaolin Temple complex consists of four Temples: Mioazhan, Fa’ding, Tuzhu and Guanyin. Fa’ding is the oldest temple, original construction completed around 756A.D. with renovations during the Guanxu Period of the Qing Dynasty, followed by Tuzhu in 937A.D. and Miaozhan in 1290A.D. Many areas of the Temple complex are dedicated to deities. The Side Hall and Wing Rooms serve as Buddhist and Taoist shrines to the Goddess of Mercy, God of Fortune and General Yue Fei from the Song Dynasty among others. Tuzhu Temple is the shrine to deity Mahakaya (Da Hei Tian Shen). Jingang Pagoda, in the main square, was built in 1447A.D. to vanquish the local devil Luo Si Guai, and is the oldest of its kind in China. You will be immersed in ancient Chinese architecture and culture that will enhance your training experience. Those coming to train can experience these as well as many other historically significant architectural features. Students can also participate in lively cultural events and daily ceremonies of this active Buddhist temple.

The Temple complex is located in the city of Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring. Located at the edge of the Lake Dian, Kunming enjoys wonderful weather year-round, as its name suggests. The city is surrounded by other local temples, limestone landscapes, and lakes. Kunming is also central to Yunnan Province which makes it an ideal location for visiting the exquisite local attractions. Yunnan, considered by many to be the most beautiful province in China, is home to sights such as the Hani Rice Terraces, the Wooden City and Snow Mountain in Lijiang, and the Shilin Stone Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Other places of interest include the Luoping Flowers, Red River Area, Pu’er Tea Terraces and Xi’Banna Jungle. Those in training are encouraged to explore these local wonders during their free time; such interactions can only enrich their stay at the Temple and in China as a whole.


Buddhist monks follow the law of nature. They have a set time for meals and eat in silence. Monks are present in every activity they do, show gratitude to reality and find joy in daily life. Letting go of desire helps them achieve enlightenment. Being in the present you can feel relaxed, your body will be healthy and have vitality.

Mahayana Buddhism entered China in 200 CE. It is the dominant form of Buddhism in China. Mahayana Canon prohibits eating meat as killing animals is Karmically negative. Buddhist food is served in Buddhist Temples. The way of cooking respects the Buddhist precepts. Shaolin Monks follow Buddhist Cuisine. The way of eating is vegetarian or vegan and follows the concept of cruelty-free. As part of the cruelty-free values, we often release animals into the wild – Fangsheng.

In the monastic diet, there are several food restrictions such us garlic, strong-smelling plants (shallot, leek, onion, scallions, and chives), coriander and alcohol. The vegetables restricted are called “The Five Acrid and Strong smelling vegetables” (Wǔ hūn 五荤) or Five Spices (Wǔ xīn 五辛). The restriction is because if they are eaten raw, it can lead to anger or cooked to passion. For Buddhists, strong odors repel Gods and attract hungry ghosts and demons.

Alcohol is also forbidden because of the effects it has on the body. A person under alcohol influence can violate the “Five Moral Precepts” which are: no killing, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, no lying and no taking intoxicants. Moreover, a person under intoxicant (alcohol, tobacco, drugs) influence will lose the proper concentration needed to achieve enlightenment.

The Buddhist food preparation is simple with great attention to keep the wholesomeness, quality, and flavor of food. Not everybody can cook Buddhist food. You must be sincere, kind at heart and treat each ingredient with care and respect. This means simple and natural.

Rice is a staple food served with every meal. In the morning and evening often will be cooked porridge or congee. Noodles and grains are also an important part of the diet. The food is cooked using stir- fry method or steamed.

Although eggs and dairy are not permitted in the Buddhist monks’ diet, they are served to our Kung Fu training students as an extra source of protein. As dairy, we only offer goat cheese. Additional sources of proteins in the Temple are tofu, beans, lotus root, nuts, and grains.

We also offer many dishes that have medical properties such as San Qi Root soup, seaweed, bamboo shoots so on. When there are ceremonies in the Temple, many offerings are given in the form of fruits, nuts, and cakes.

Buddhist cooking, in a nutshell, is about maintaining the original character and taste of the food and its nature. Inner peace can be led by a simple meal.

“A cup of tea can wipe off the ignorance & affections/ two cups of tea clear the mind/ three cups of tea can lead to enlightenment.” – Tea Drinking Ballad for teasing Cui Shishi

Buddhism was introduced in China from India but become known in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Wu Lizhen, a monk in Sichuan Province (Han Dynasty), was the first person to discover the benefits of tea. At that time, tea tree was planted widely. Buddhism developed in the Tang Dynasty when Tea Culture spread. The tea was very beneficial for monks who were doing Meditation. The benefits include refreshing and finding the true heart of Chan.

We keep classes for the Tea ceremony for students to attend. During these classes you will learn how to do a proper ceremony, taste different types of Chinese Tea (Pu’er Tea is specific for the Yunnan Province) and understand the benefits of drinking tea for the body. You will be also able to keep your own Tea Ceremony as part of the practice if you train longer than 1 month.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Are you looking for a way to boost your current Kung Fu training?

Want to give Kung Fu a try without committing to a full training program?

Then, it’s time to sign up for your private training session.

Anyone can sign up for private lessons!

You don’t have to be currently enrolled in our program to take advantage of the private training. Classes are limited, so we do ask that you book at least 72 hours in advance.

What you will learn?

You get to choose the Kung Fu forms you wish to work on during your training session. You can choose to work on a form you’re already learning, or work on something completely new to you. Each training session lasts for 1.5 hours (90 minutes). You’ll start each session with a 15-minute warm-up and end it with a 15-minute review.

What's included

  • Accommodation in our Shared Monk Room
  • 3 meals per day
  • 7 hours of Kung Fu Training per day (weekend excluding)
  • 4 hours of Theory Classes per week
  • 2 Daily Buddhist Ceremony
  • Admission to any special Events at the Shaolin Temple during your stay
  • Temple graduation certification and photos with the warrior monks
  • Use of the temple training equipment
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Linen, bedding, towel,
  • Access to automatic washing machines
  • Filtered water and kettle in the Tea room
  • Translators on site for ease of communication with the masters
  • Training Manual
  • Life in China and Temple pack
  • Monthly grading (might not apply for short term students)

What's not included

  • Pick up and drop off from the airport
  • Uniform for training and T-shirt (compulsory), shoes (optional)
  • Toiletries, washing powder, medicine & medical treatment
  • Snacks with the exception of the Temple donations
  • Private translator
  • Private trips to places of interest

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG). From airports such Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), Phuket International Airport (HKT), Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), and Dubai International Airport (DXB), you can fly directly to Kunming.

From Kunming, you must travel to Guandu Ancient Town - Shaolin Temple.

It is a short ride with the taxi for 30 to 40 minutes (depending on traffic) and a cost between 80 and 120 RMB (depending on the route your driver takes). We provide you with full details on travel, prices, length of journey and Map of the local area.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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