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Come and join Shengjing Shan Kung Fu Academy in a stress free, basic Mantis Fist training for a wonderful month. The academy aims to reinvent the usual training into an education of cultures through every day practices and trainings in martial arts. As a result, you will have the opportunities of learning Mandarin, and history and culture of China, along with the most original and revered Mantis Fist. You will have the best chance to feel like home at the academy.
Airport transfer available:
Yantai Laishan Airport (US$100 per person)
The students, staff and masters all live together under the same roof. One of the buildings has up six bedrooms, a kitchen and a central dining hall where everybody enjoys their meals together. The bedrooms are particularly spacious and come with en-suite facilities.
Each room has two beds as the students are required to share a room with one of their classmates. The other building is slightly larger, with a larger vegetable garden and a capacity of up to 14 students. This building was previously a hotel, and so has air conditioning available for use during the summer.
Shengjing Shan wholeheartedly encourages long-term students to turn their living space into their home, whether that be putting up posters, changing the wallpaper or doing anything they think will make their room more comfortable.
Master Qu also encourages his students to maintain a clean living environment as he believes that, "A clean room will lead to a clean mind", which will undoubtedly have many benefits on your training and day to day life here.
There is no training during weekends, students are free to relax, train on their own at the academy or visit the local towns such as Wendeng, Weihai or even Yantai.
Tai Chi Chinese martial arts can be divided rather conveniently into two categories Neijia and Waijia. This division serves only to highlight what form of training the style places particular emphasis on. The Neijia school practises the use of Neijing, otherwise known as internal strength and their practise focuses on the training of the spirit, mind, awareness, and Qi.
The three main internal styles are Tai Chi, Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan. Understandably the concepts mentioned above are rather abstract and difficult to grasp, this goes for foreigners and Chinese alike.
Nevertheless, the masters are well suited to guiding you along the path of self-discovery which the practise of any internal art lays before you. Unlike practising an external art, one needs to understand the moves being taught at a deeper level.
It is only through the synchronisation of your own movements, feelings, breathing, and intent that mastery of a move can be achieved, hence why it is a much more subjective experience. However, despite the ambiguity that accompanies Neijia arts, our masters will provide the best possible tools to discover your own path.
Despite often being considered as soft styles, some of the greatest masters in the history of China have been Neijia practitioners. When practised correctly and fully developed they become extremely powerful and effective systems, not just in the context of self-defence, but also extending to ones personal and psychological health.
This sense of balance which these arts will bring, will undoubtedly lead to a greater sense of harmony and synchronicity with ones centre. Conversely, Waijia puts more emphasis on training the body itself and tends to be characterised by explosive power and rapid movements.
The external styles are what is in the West often considered to be Chinese Kung Fu. It is also worth noting that the definitive number of external styles in China is almost innumerable, given that each family may have their own variation of a particular school of Kung Fu.
The Waijia styles currently practised at the academy are Shaolin, Tai Chi Plum Blossom, Praying Mantis Fist, and Sanda. The students who choose to pursue one of the external styles will be pushed physically due to the rigorous conditioning and dedication demanded by these styles. That being said, these styles are accessible to anybody who arrives in good health.
Chinese massage is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Some Chinese scholars argue that a definitive massage theory had begun to circulate as early as 2700 B.C. and was used in conjunction with acupuncture to cure physical ailments.
During class time, Master Qu will familiarize his students with Chinese massage theory, as well as allowing the students to explore the practical side of this healing art. Due to the nature of the training, knowledge of the body will serve to speed up your recovery process after intenese periods of training.
Acupuncture is also taught here at theory level until Master Qu is satisfied with the knowledge and the commitment of the student to this class. Those who begin practicising the practical elements of acupuncture will learn basic needle insertion along the meridian lines and key acupuncture points.
It is believed that Chinese cuisine is one of the most important elements of Chinese culture. Therefore, in the academy it is equally important that the students embrace this rich and unique part of Chinas heritage. The academy's cook comes from the quiet village which sits sleeply outside of the temple grounds.
Using the freshest ingredients, she uses the recipes which have been passed down through her family, from generation to generation. Those students who wish to learn how to make the dishes which have characterised the Chinese countryside for hundreds of years can do so by assisting the cook in the kitchen every dinner time.
The written Chinese character becomes the physical expression of how the master has focussd their mind, energised their Qi and the degree to which their energy flows onto the page. At Shengjing Shan, the classes are run by one of the temple-monks who has pledged his life to prayer and scholarly pursuits. Well versed in calligraphic theory, he was invited to the academy to guide the students and bring out each individuals own style and the best artistic expression.
The system of the Dao is the essence of everything that exists in the universe and a way of living in harmony with the surrounding environment. It is the idea of accepting and yielding, seeking a balanced relationship between human beings and the natural world.
Studying Daoism here is particularly advantageous as Shengjing Shan is situated on temple grounds. This is to say that you will be surrounded by an abundance of knowledge and culture, and for those interested in this field it is a cant miss opportunity to learn about Chinas most famous homegrown religion.
Despite being somewhat underrepresented in the West, Praying Mantis is one of the most famous and revered external styles in China. The reason being its efficiency when striking, grappling, moving and defending, all conducted at extreme speed.
At Shengjing Shan there is a great emphasis on ensuring good form from all of our Mantis students, as well as developing speed, power, accuracy, and mental flexibility. Furthermore the exploration of each movement you learn serves to deeper the practitioner and understanding of the art.
Praying Mantis is an aesthetically unique style, founded on a devastating arsenal of techniques which can be applied in any situation. The original Praying Mantis system was first developed by Wang Lang, who originally lived in Shanxi province during the Ming Dynasty.
In the later years as Praying Mantis Kung Fu continued to evolve, some characteristics of Tai Chi and Plum Blossom Fist were integrated into the style, giving rise to what we now know as Tai Chi Plum blossom Mantis.
The practitioner of this style must balance the Yin and Yang in ones body, aligning their energy whilst constantly rotating the upper and lower extremities. Whilst the striking hands must move like a blooming plum blossom, cutting the opponent like the beads of the flower.
The main part of Mantis development was in Shandong, hence why the province is synonymous with the art. So for those keen to master the art of self-defense, as well as begin to understand China at a deeper, provincial level we recommend you choose this style.
Zhang Bing Dou is known as a famous martial artist both domestic and international. He is a seventh Generation Tai Chi Plum Palm. He was born in a martial arts family in Laiyang, Shandong province in 1938. He began studying Plum Shuai Shou Mantis Style from his grandfather and mantis master Li Kun Shan when he was 6 years old. He completely inherited Mantis style skills and theory.
Then he learned from famous martial artists Wang Yu Shan、Sun Yu Jun、Liu Jing Shan. He learned from others' strong points and closed the gap then summed up Mantis style theory. He created Mantis sword and Mantis stuff, enriched and developed Mantis style skills and made mantis style more integration.
Shengjing Shan is located in the Wendeng prefecture of Weihai, Shandong, China. Living and training on the grounds of an ancient Daoist sanctuary, the surrounding area is rich with Chinese culture and outstanding natural beauty.
Shengjing Mountain which lays on the surface of Xi Yu village, Gejia, Wen Deng, Weihai City, Shandong Province of China, it is less than 10 kilometers away from downtown Gejia. It is also a scenic spot of the mountain where you can see the stretching peaks, green pine covered mountains, plains contiguous with the Yellow Sea and a lake winding around the mountains. All of this forms a beautiful landscape perfect for training.
Shengjing Mountain is like a daughter to Kunyu Mountain, the first mountain of Jiaodong peninsula, which is mythically believed to be the home of fairies. As the cradle of the Quanzhen branch of Taoism, Shengjing Mountain is also famous for its rich religious culture. At the top of the mountain there stands a large, tall and upright stone. It is like the new moon, which has a 15.6 meter length, and a height of 6 meters.
Engraved into it is a transcription of the Tao Te Jing (a scripture of Taoism) which has a total of 146 lines, over five thousand characters, every character being 10 centimeters in length. Most of the characters are in Yan Zhenqing’s style of writing and in regular script. Few of them are in Wei style. Therefore the folks of this province call it Shengjing Mountain.
The springing up of Shengjing Mountain was from Jin Dynasty. It recorded that Wang Chongyang who is a military officer very admired Taoist. He threw out his office title and his family to travel a long trip on the boats from west city xianyang, shanxi province. Finally he arrived at Shengjing Mountain. From then on, he started his preach. That was Jin da ding seven years.(A.D.1167)
He found there stone altar, gardens, and kitchen ranges which were made of elixir of life. So he thought it was not an ordinary place, so he determined to look for the original, then he knew it was tomb of hierarchy Donghua King. There really was a treasure place. So he looked this place as his base area of Taoist.
He taught Ma Danyang、Qiu Chuji、Tan Churui、Liu Chuxuan、Wang Chuyi、Hao Datong、Sun Buer step by step. They were known by “North Seven Immortal’. They set up foundation of Chinese Taoist Quanzhen.
Immortals enchased the big inscriptions on precipices of the huge stone. It was Tao Te Ching. They also gave a form name to this mountain, Shengjing Mountain. At the same time, they repaired twenty palaces, including san qing dian、san guan dian, and gave those palaces a new name, it was Donghua Palace.
During Yuan dynasty, Guan Zhen grew up quickly, it has high reputation. The king conferred titles, military and civil officers all worshiped, it began to be a real shrine of Huaxia, prosperous area.
Weihai situated on the east of Shandong peninsula. With the sea on three sides, north of it opposites with Liaoning peninsula, east of it across the sea from Korean peninsula and Japanese Islands, West of it borders on Yantai and Qingdao. Weihai's alias is Weihaiwei, meaning commanding sea area and territory. It is the nearest city to Japan and Korea from China.
Weihai is a clean and peaceful city with many flowers and trees. It is elected one of the most suitable for human habitation city from all over the world. Based on its outstanding nature environment and effective management, it also got many other honors.
Weihai became the first batch of coastal open cities in 1984. Weihai was voted the first coastal open city in 1990. Weihai was named national garden city in 1996. Weihai was voted the National Forest City in 2009. It also was called the snow nest because it has special coast snowing view. And this year, Weihai just got a new honor, one of the most beautiful 100 cities in the world.
Weihai has some famous scenic spots. For example, red hill of Shidao was celebrated because of hero, Zen, Sea Lilt, holy land. Tianwujintou was the east of Cape of Good Hope. The First Emperor of Qin cruised here before two thousands years ago. The Northern Navy Admirals house was the only keeping well military Yamun of Qing dynasty. Shengjing Mountain was the original area of china Taoist and Quanzhen. Chishan Fahuayuan welded the friendships of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.
Liugongdao is a birthplace of the first Beiyang navy force ofCchina. It is an ancient battlefield of the First Sino-Japanese War. So we call it unsinkable battlewagon. Nowadays, there built up a museum of the First Sino-Japanese War on this island, Including a huge shipboard artillery which was salvaged out of the sea, it is the only one over 20 ton in the world.
Once being the base of the Northern Navy as well as the battle field of the war, there are 28 historical sites in the island including the Northern Navy Headquarters, Dragon King Temple, Ding Ruchang’s Residence, the Navy school, fort and dock, all of which are designated “national major preservation unit of cultural relics”.
Chen Shan Tou is called east of Cape of Good Hope. It was located the east of China coastline. It likes a huge dragon stretching to the sea. It is the earliest place where we can enjoy the beautiful sunrise. It also is one of the most beautiful seaboards in China.
Wendeng is situated east of Shandong peninsula，borders upon Muping, Yantai province and Rushan city, east of Kunyu mountain, connect to south of Huancui, Weihai city, west of Rongchen city, and north of Yellow sea.
Wendeng has a long historical standing. The name of Wendeng is from the story about First Emperor of Qin coming here and calling scholar together to go climbing Wen Shan. It has been the history over one thousand and four hundreds years, and is one of ancient counties in Jiaodong peninsula.
Wendeng has one hundred and fifty six kilometers coastline, five hot springs and National Forest Park Kunyu mountain, provincial forest park Tianfu mountain; Taoist holy land Shengjing mountain, Lilong’s hometown Huilong mountain. It is called China hot spring city, Chinese longevity city, the most beautiful regimen habitat, the best leisure town, and international coast regimen city.
Nearby the mountain and the sea, Wendeng has a plenty of beautiful landscapes and historic places. The Kunyu Mountain which is called the ancestors of Fairy Mountain not only has special scent but also is the original place of Taoist and Quanzhen. On the top of Shengjing Mountain, engraved into it is a transcription of the Tao Te Jing (a scripture of Taoism) which has over six thousand characters. There also have seven immortals temple、Donghua Palace、BaiYu Table、Caoyang Cave、Yanxia Cave which all were Taoist historical remains and built up on Jin and Yuan dynasty.
Wen Shan is another great tour spot, it is located on east of city. First Emperor of Qin came here and called scholars together discussed exploits and paid tribute to achievements in A.D 219. So descendants called this mountain Zhao Wen Tai. There also have some view spots, such as Qin Miao、Xiao Guan South sea tourism resort、North sea tourism resort、Tian Fu Shan revolution uprising tourism spot. With pleasant environments and well-equipped, it is a good place for the summer holidays and recuperating.
Shandong is situated in the eastern coastal region and in the lower reaches of the Yellow River. Since it is located in the east of the Taihang Mountains, so it got its name: Shandong, which literallymeans "east of the mountains" in Chinese.
Shandong plays a significant role in Chinese civilization due to its time-honored history and rich culture. Human beings once lived here 40-50 millions years ago, which has been proved by Fossils of ape-men unearthed locally. While Dawenkou and Longkou Cultural sites, having been existed for 4000-7000 years, further demonstrate the ancient culture of Shandong.
Shandong is also known as "Qilu" because of the existence of the states of Qi and Lu during spring and autumn period. People often describe Qilu culture by using "one mountain, one river, one saint". "One mountain" refers to Taishan Mountain. Taishan mountain is important in Qilu Culture, not only because of its magnificent scenery, but also because it is a high mountain which has been central to Chinese culture throughout history.
"One river" means Yellow River. The Yellow River is the mother river of China and the cradle of Chinese civilization while Shandong is the home and support of theYellow River. "One saint" refers to Confucius the ancient Chinese philosopher.
Shandong belongs to a typical temperate and monsoonal climate with four clearly distinct seasons. Shandong is hot and rainy in summer, while it is cold and dry in winter due to monsoonal influences. Relatively speaking, spring and autumn are the golden seasons for traveling with pleasant temperature.
Shandong is not only famous for is time-honored history but also for its rich tourist resources. It forms distinctive styles of its own by combining gorgeous natural landscapes, numerous historical, and cultural relics and local features. It owns 7 national key scenic spots, 7 noted historic and cultural cities, and 1 historic and cultural village.
Among them, Taishan Mountain and the Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius in Qufu have been placed into the China World Cultural and UNESCO Natural Heritage List. Qingdao, a charming coastal city of Shandong province, is praised as a resort paradise in Shandong travel guide. It also holds International Beer Festivals annually. When you pay a visit to Qingdao, you can swim in the sea, drink Tsingtao Beer, eat fried clams and climb Mt. Laoshan.
Jinan is the capital city of Shandong and it is famous for 72 famous springs such as "The Number One Spring in the World" Baotu Spring. Weihai is a clean and peaceful city with many beautiful parks. So it has been elected one of the most suitable for human habitation anywhere in the world.
Cheng Shan You: also known as China's "Cape of Good Hope", Cheng Shan You was deemed by the emperor Cin Shin Huang as the end of the sky and the final boundary of his kingdom. It is the first place in China where you can see the sun rise and illuminate the land; it truly is a mystical sight to behold.
Liu Gong Island: the island home to the first Sino-Japanese War monument. Due to Weihai's geographical location and its proximity to Japan, it has always been a focal point for Sino-Japanese military tension. On the island you will be able to explore the historic relationship between these two countries, with many exhibitions being run throughout the year at the museum.
Weihai International Beach: one of the most famous beaches in China, it is known known for its silky sand and gentle currents. It is the perfect place to relax your weary body after a week of training and strike up some conversation with the locals.
Weihai Park: Weihai is also home to one of the biggest beach parks in China. Renowned for its combination of architecture and natural beauty, the statues, flowers and mountain rocks perfectly complement each other. The park is said to be at its most beautiful on a warm summer night.
Xian Gu Ding: a magnificent and spectacularly designed temple. The most interesting attractions here are the famous inscriptions, some dating back as far as the Song dynasty.
It is suggested that you fly into Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or alternatively Korea and take a connecting flight to either Yantai or Weihai. Please provide us with your flight time and number so that we may pick you up.
For those wishing to see more of China whilst making their way to the academy or save money on travel expenses, it is recommended that you take the train. The nearest train station is Wendeng and the staff will be more than happy to pick you up upon arrival. In order to maximize your savings, do ensure you purchase your train tickets in advance, this can be done from Ctrip website.