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In a natural beauty and rich in Daoist culture surrounding, Shenjing Shan Kung Fu Academy offers you a stress-free environment to learn not only Kung Fu but also Chinese language, history, and culture. Learning Kung Fu here will be personalized base on your interest and personal goals.
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.
Shengjing use traditional Chinese martial arts training methods. It will develop both your internal and external Kung Fu and teach you to balance your hands, eyes, body, and mind. The ultimate aim is to harmonize internal and external elements of your being so they work in unison and are perfectly balanced, finally reaching your ideal state.
The academy’s emphases training are form and applications. Learn form in the morning and learn applications in the afternoon. The academy also will thread some internal training, flexibility training, Qi Gong training, conditioning training into daily workout.
Because every student is different, the Master has a unique approach in that he quickly ascertains students’ strengths and will adapt his teaching to each individual student, in so doing he always brings out the best in everyone he teaches. He has developed this method through his dedication and extensive experience of more than 10 years of teaching foreign students.
It's said that all Kung Fu comes from Shaolin. It is a very special treasure of Chinese culture, which comes from Song Mountain, Dengfeng City in Henan Province. Shaolin Kung Fu originated in the Northern Wei Dynasty, and has around 1500 years of history.
The characteristics of Shaolin Kung Fu are hard and fierce, simple, and practical. There are many stories about Shaolin, the most famous being the 13 monks using their staffs to help the Tang Emperor during the end of the Sui, beginning of the Tang. Also during the Ming Dynasty, the Shaolin monks were enrolled to help defend the southern coast against Japanese pirates.
Shaolin not only focuses on martial arts, but also on Zen. It is said that a student should use their martial arts training as a vehicle to develop a Zen-like mind, to cultivate themselves. Shaolin Kung Fu was developed by many people over the years passing through the temple, and teaching the martial arts they knew there.
Over time, Shaolin developed a comprehensive system of basics, forms and combat, and united this with Zen training to become something unique. The forms of the style include, Da Hong Quan, Xiao Hong Quan, Lao Hong Quan, Luohan Quan, Shaoyang Quan, Meihua Quan, Pao Quan, Qixing Quan and Rou Quan.
Besides this, there is the Xinyi Ba, a secret set of fighting techniques, which includes Yi Shen Ba, Xinyi Ba, Hupu Ba, Shizi Luan Ba, etc. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, many folk schools opened up around Dengfeng City. Many people from around the world come here to learn Shaolin, and many schools and clubs have opened up. In addition, many competitions and performances are regularly held here.
The meaning of Taijiquan (Taichi) is literally ‘supreme, ultimate’. There are a number of different styles of Taijiquan practised throughout the world today; however, the five most popular are: Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, and Wu (different). As well as being one of the most effective martial systems in all of history, it is extremely beneficial for personal health when practised regularly. Its fundamental premise of “softness” means that it is extremely versatile and accessible for those of all ages and abilities.
The history of Taijiquan is shrouded in mystery but one of the more popular genesis stories is that of ‘The Dream of Chang San Feng’. Known as a Daoist priest and scholar, one night it is said that Chang San Feng dreamt of a snake and a crane fighting over food. Each animal had their own unique methods of attacking and defending but neither could overcome the other. This dream recurred night after night; nevertheless, neither snake nor crane was victorious.
Chang believed the dream to represent the universal dynamic of Yin-Yang theory and that only through the unity of opposites can an outcome be reached. Consequently, Chang San Feng established an art founded on these principles, this art is considered to be the “Supreme-Ultimate” or more commonly Taijiquan.
Taiji stresses slow, controlled breathing coupled with relaxed, balanced postures. This approach aims to eliminate unwanted tension in the practitioner’s body; consequently allowing the Qi to circulate freely as well as making it available to harness. The fluidity of Taiji permits the practitioner to meet aggressive force with softness allowing one to strike or throw using the constantly flowing energy within the body.
The core elements that make up Taiji are fist and weapon forms, as well as Qigong, which all help the student to increase overall body flexibility, body awareness, and an understanding of body mechanics. Students will begin by learning fist forms to get a basic understanding of the system itself, from where they can then move on to more advanced things such as a sword, ball and fan forms.
Qi Gong is an ancient form of Chinese meditation. The characters Qi and Gong have multiple translations, nevertheless in this context, they can be translated as “energy work”, with the implication being you are training to control your Qi.
It is based on the concept of becoming aware and manipulating the Qi in your body to reach the desired effect e.g. healing an injury. Used for both medical and health purposes, it is also used by martial artists to complement their kungfu. Most modern Qi Gong is now a mixture between Daoist and Buddhist energy cultivation practices which combine movement with meditation.
All Kung Fu makes use of energy training to develop internal force, without which it remains purely external and overly mechanical, a characteristic considered rough and inferior by high-level martial artists. Kung Fu training complemented with Qi Gong enhances harmonious chi flow, thus promoting health, vitality, and longevity.
Those who place a large emphasis on the practice of Qi Gong will be able to build up to doing “Hard Qi Gong” demonstrations. Through the manipulation of the Qi in your body, the mastering of your breath and the conditioning of your body, you can expect to perform incredible feats, such as break marble with your hands or split bricks over your head.
The environment at Shengjing Shan is ideal for Qi Gong. At any time you can wander into the mountain, find a quiet rock or a tranquil tree to sit by, collect your thoughts and enjoy the stillness of nature as you learn to master your Qi.
All levels and age groups are welcome. The important thing to remember is that everything will be relative to your own abilities. Shengjing Shan Traditional Kungfu Academy goal is to encourage you to challenge and redefine them according to how you see fit.
You are recommended to submit your course application at the very least one month prior to your intended start date. This window will give you time to obtain all the necessary documents and travel tickets required to enter China and begin your training. You are encouraged to prepare for your training. It is suggested that you prepare for some time before your training starts.
This is simply to say start doing some light exercise; anything which particularly interests you and gets the heart pumping is ideal. Whether it be a run in the park, swimming for 30 minutes or even a full game of basketball, any exercise is better than no exercise.
Stretching is a much-underrated component of modern training in the West; however, here in China it is an integral part of any form of exercise. Stretching, or rather flexibility refers to the range of motion in, or of joints, as well as the length of the muscles which cross our joints. The academy encourages you to research Static, PNF, and dynamic stretching and try to incorporate it into any training you might currently be doing. The academy advises 20-30 minutes per day.
Muscular endurance is the ability of a given muscle group to sustain repeated contractions against resistance over an extended period of time. It is a key feature of Chinese martial arts strength and stance training, exercising both muscular and physical endurance.
Shengjing Shan, situated in Weihai, Shandong, China, is well-known as one of the most professional representatives who teaches Taichi in China. Should you are interested in Chinese Kungfu, the academy has many experienced masters at your service. From the origin and feature introduction to basic exercises and professional training, you can learn with the master's face to face or through video course.
The school itself is located on a sacred ground, next to a taoist temple and a national park. As you are already inside, you are free to go visit the temple or to go hike in the mountains of the national park.
Weekend: free (generally no program).
Master Qu began practicing Traditional Chinese Kung Fu in his childhood and it has remained his passion ever since. As headmaster of Shenjing Shan, his mission is to introduce Chinese martial arts to a wider foreign audience, to ensure its survival during these days of major industrial growth and the changing of traditions throughout China.
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.
During this retreat, you will enjoy Chinese food for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, bread and eggs and soy milk will be served.
Yantai Penglai International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$100 per person
Weihai Dashuibo Airport
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 Shengjing Shan Traditional Kungfu Academy with your flight time and number so that they may pick you up. The transfer is free of charge if you arrive at Weihai Airport (WEH) and 100 USD from Yantai Laishan Airport (YNT).
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.
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