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8 Months Kung Fu Training in Shengjing Shan Academy

  • Shengjing Shan Kungfu Academy, ShengJing, Wendeng, Weihai, 264400 Shandong, China

8 Months Kung Fu Training in Shengjing Shan Academy

  • Shengjing Shan Kungfu Academy, ShengJing, Wendeng, Weihai, 264400 Shandong, China

China Kung Fu Training

At Shengjing Shan Traditional Kung Fu Academy, we aim 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. Besides Kung Fu, cultural classes are also taught by our academy, in addition you will also have a natural beauty and stress free learning environment.


  • Personalised training session
  • Daily Qi Gong and Taichi training
  • Learn various style of Chinese martial arts
  • Daily cultural class, Chinese Mandarin
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 243 nights accommodation
  • 160 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English

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    Review by Marco Lueck from Australia

    Awesome Experience

    CONS Cons: The breakfast could be improved. For someone who thinks that breakfast is the most important meal of the day a bit of soymilk and bread is simply not enough. But that being said it provides enough energy to make it till lunch and everyone is free to supplement their meals however they want. And I guess you don't want fill your belly too much just before training. The training could be a little stricter! Sometimes people would find excuses to not train but it's then when you have to be most persistent. I would have liked a little bit more encouragement and stricter rules or punishment when skipping training.

    PROS Pros: I particularly liked the entire set up. The Shifus are simply amazing, the food is good, the location top, the training great and there is enough flexibility to ensure that you get exactly what you want out of your stay.

    Organizer response: Have a nice day. Thanks for your advice, we will improve our breakfast and make breakfast more abundant.

    2017-Sep-20 00:51:31

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    Review by Skye Childs from Australia

    I left a month early

    CONS Cons: The school did not actually offer many of the things it said it does on the website. When issues were brought to the schools attention by many individuals, the school would agree to resolve the problems but failed to ever do so.

    PROS Pros: The friends I made there were great, as was the freedom the school allowed us. The location was perfect

    Organizer response: Hello,thanks for your valuable opinion to our school,as you know,during that time,our school has some incomplete places because of the personal scheduling,even though we made some processing schemes at that time,but we apologize again now,our school has moved out of that period,everything is complete now.

    2017-Aug-11 12:19:16

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    Review by Mohamed Ragab from Egypt

    2017-Apr-26 09:07:22


  • Review by Jamie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This winter I spent six weeks training Xing Yi Quan and Qigong with Master Qu. This was a fantastic experience as I was able to learn the five elements fist of Xing Yi Quan and their applications. When teaching Master Qu takes his time to explain the fine details of each move and to explain their applications. Furthermore, the school is a very supportive environment as all the students encourage each other with their training. When I started training I was out of shape and my classmates encouraged me with my running and I found I was able to run a bit further each day and after a while I could do the morning and afternoon runs without stopping for a break. One of the best things about the training was that it helped to improve my stamina and I lost a noticeable amount of weight. Another highlight of the school was the healthy food we had each day."

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  • Review by Nayann from France
    10 out of 10

    "I spend 3 months at the Academy and all what I can say its that this experience have changed a lot of things in my life. The life here was for me a opportunity to improved all what I needed to improved : Martial arts in first indeed, then my patience , my tolerance , my respect about each others , my listening about me and persons around me.It gave me more than what I expected before came."


    "Master Qu is really a master of confidence , you can believe in him. He is dedicated to his students, he take the time to follow the personal evolution of everybody. In every lesson he give personal tips to everybody. He listen and undertands the needs of each. He is not here for break student! He is here for help us to grow in the way of martials arts! ( and he do it pretty well!) It was for me really pleasant to find a master like that . Xiexie shifu!"


    "The best thing to do before came here Is to dont worry about “what can happen”. Just come and live a great experience.If you want to improve and to understand more and "

    "more , you must to walk by your own. Keep in mind that you are here for yourself , you are not here for prove anything to anyone , you are here for you! Every blow must to be live like the last movement of your life, every breath and movement must to represent your soul ... not your ego! You will be welcomed with a lot of attention and you will quick find your place here, in our family of ShengjingShan Academy !!! :D"

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  • Review by Marc from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "I spent 4 Weeks at the Shenjing Shan kongfu academy in November 2016 and had a great time there.I had never done martial arts before so everything was new to me. Master Qu is a fantastic teacher, serious and disciplinary when needed but also helpful, supportive and patient when needed. The students were at different levels regarding kongfu skills but that did not interfere with the training because Master Qu is good at setting individual goals and help each person at the level they are at. "

    "Furthermore I had I minor injury from before I started at the academy but it did not prevent from participating in any of the classes because Master Qu was good at taking my injury in to account and make individualized training exercises when needed."

    "There where 9 other students during my stay and there was a great atmosphere. I was very well welcomed and everybody where attentive and did not hesitate to help me with whatever came up during my stay."

    "We had some good times, went on trips to the surrounding cities in the weekend, occasionally went to one of the incredibly cheap and great local restaurants in the area and wandered in the mountains right besides the academy."

    "The living conditions were very nice with 1 or 2 people living in a spacey and well kept room, healthy food, and all the basic accommodations one will need during the stay."

    "The surrounding area is stunning with the nature and mountains right besides the academy, a small rural town and just beautiful scenery."

    "During my 4 weeks I learned a lot, had a good time with the other students, got a chance to see a beautiful area of China and improved physically and mentally."

    "All in all a experience I will highly recommend."

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  • Review by Laurent from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "I have a training experience with Master Qu of 6 months in addition to my prior martial arts background. I trained in Sheng Jing Shan Academy Taiji Praying Mantis as well as Chen Tai Ji. Thanks to him I have improved a lot not only my fighting skills, flexibility and body condition but also the way of breathing, controlling my body as well as internal energy. Training was hard but always occurred in a good spirit between the students themselves and with Master Qu. Master Qu is always available for his students and very eager to help us and make our stay as worth as possible."

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  • Review by Matthew Thijs Kramer from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "As a complete newcomer to kung fu and China I was understandably apprehensive upon arriving at the school. However I was immediately made to feel part of the "family"; and given plenty of guidance when training alongside the other students at my own pace. The biggest benefit of studying here is that due to the relatively smaller group size there is a strong focus on student development, I had a number of sessions where I trained in a pair or individually with Master Qu, allowing fast improvement. I leave the school having enjoyed a number of new mental, physical, cultural and social experiences; morning Qigong, Mantis training, calligraphy classes and weekend trips to the city. The school is set in beautiful, remote surroundings and I have really enjoying starting the day by climbing the mountain to watch the sunrise."

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  • Review by Paul Mustafa Saleh from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I have learnt a lot here at Shenjing Shan Kung fu academy under the guidance and patience of Master Qu. The structure of the week and the varied training including forms, applications, Sanda, power stretching and power training, Tai Chi and Qigong kept me on my toes, pushed me to my limits and at the same time left me with a real feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. I will continue to develop what I have learnt in the short time that I have been here and it will be with me for the rest of my life. Master Qu is a calm, modest and knowledgeable teacher and really knows how to pass on the knowledge, wisdom and techniques of Kung fu in an effective and understandable way and for this I am grateful. I will always remember my experience and training here at Shenjing Shan."

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  • Review by Anne De La Cruz from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "First of all, I’m really grateful to have been able to study for a month at Shengjing Shan Academy with Master Qu and my fellow students. Before my arrival, back home, I felt like I needed some space for personal reflection and restoring my inner balance. Since I’ve always been keen on sports and physical exercise, coming to China to learn Kung Fu seemed like a perfect way to do this. After looking into different Kung Fu schools, I chose to come to Shengjing Shan Academy because of all its positive reviews from former students. And I must say, after my one month stay, all of these positive comments turned out to be true. I immediately felt at ease, thanks to the nice atmosphere and training with Master Qu, it was a great first experience  to learn Chen Tai ji, Qi Gong, Sanda and Mantis. Thanks to Master Qu I have managed to improve my body condition, flexibility and control, but most of all my internal enerqy flow. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. You’ll definitely get out of it what you’ve been looking for. Well at least I did."

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  • Review by Anthony Lisa from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I arrived at Sheng Jing Shan Kung Fu Academy at the beginning of July for a month long stay. To briefly describe, I enjoyed my time here immensely. From the training to exploring the surrounding mountains on the weekends to practicing Chinese language with the people from the local village, everything is either a lesson or an adventure. I studied Bagua Palm and Tai Chi Fist. Master Qu is an incredible martial artist but more than that he’s a very talented teacher (a skill so few possess). Unfortunately there isn’t a"

    "word in english that can properly express what Master Qu has been to me, but suffice to say he is the epitome of the Chinese “shifu” (master/father/teacher). I need only add one more word, friend. Training is extremely difficult but well worth the effort. There are four hours of kung fu classes everyday with another optional hour of tai chi and meditation in the morning."

    "After a month or two of classes, students are also encouraged to train in their own time. Training is very physically demanding however no previous skill or strength is required or even needed beforehand. Sheng Jing Shan (literally “Bible Mountain”) is fairly remote with some tourist attraction, such as the long standing Taoist temple (hence the name) as well as the giant statue of LaoZi. Every morning tai chi class is greeted with a sunrise over the mountain creating a beautiful silhouette over the aforementioned temple and statue. The local village is a 5 minute walk from the school. Most of the students walk down the shops at least once a day for snacks or soda. If you Arrive during the summer I highly suggest your first two purchases should be a five gallon jug of water (have fun carrying that back) and an electric fan. On the flip side if you arrive during the winter you might want a thermos and an extra blanket, northern China gets both ends of the spectrum."

    "Overall I cannot recommend this school highly enough. This has been my second time training at ShengJingShan with Master Qu and I can say without a doubt it wont be my"


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  • Review by Kassper Aagard from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "Shengjing Shan Traditional Kung Fu Academy was a big surprise to me. The accomodations, and the environment exceeded all of my expectations. The school is situated in the mountains, right next to a beautiful temple with the biggest statue I've ever seen. The air is clean, and the surroundings are great for a kung fu lifestyle. Training is hard. As it is supposed to be. If you want to train in Shengjing Shan you have to understand that it is not a vacation – it is serious work. The literal meaning of kung fu is – great effort, so I recommend that you are serious about your training and you will experience a great improvement of body and mind."

    "It is my second time with master Gu, and not my last. He is like a Chinese father to me. I can't imagine a better shifu. He really takes time with his students, focusing on small details to perfect every movement. You will also learn how effective his style is, being bagua or mantis."

    "I train mantis and i really love that style. It's so fluent, fast and powerful, not tomention how extremely useful it is. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in the practice of traditional kung fu. This has been the best experience of my life."

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  • Review by Ronald
    10 out of 10

    "Hello, my name is Ranald. I came to Sheng Jing Shan Martial Arts School because I felt lost. I was unsure about who I was and where to go with my life. Just out of a 3 year university degree, I did not feel like I wanted to start my career straight away. I wanted to first try and better myself, take the time to figure out who I am and what I want out of life. So, I turned to the internet to search for places I could do this at. Through a friend of mine, I found out about this school. Honestly, I didn’t look at any pictures, how many students there would be or even the martial arts that Master Qu is able to teach. That may sound strange, but I was never too interested in martial arts, rather the getaway of being in China. So, on a whim, I decided to come here. I stayed for 2 months and they were 2 months extremely well spent."

    "The martial arts I studied was Bagua, which I had never heard of beforehand. When I arrived, Master Qu asked me why and after I explained, he decided to start teaching Bagua to me as it would help find myself. After 2 months, I can say that I have more of an idea of what I want out of life and who I am, but more importantly, I have accepted who I am. I doubt I would have been able to do that elsewhere as easily. Bagua, Sheng Jing Shan, Master Qu and the other students have given me my first step forward in a very long time and have also given me an unforgettable experience. The school is a bit out of the way for those looking to party, but it is perfect for those who need a relaxing and friendly environment to study a martial art they love. I highly recommend it for fellow soul searchers or martial arts enthusiasts!"

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  • Review by Simone Wagner from German
    10 out of 10

    "My name is Simone Wagner (27) and I´m from Germany. Back home I study civil engineering but took a half of a year break to come to china. Since 7 years I want to go to china to study Chinese Kung fu. Learning a style from somebody who grew up with it and learning it in a different way than back home should be amazing. Furthermore training the whole day without having to do something else sounded really nice as well. Finally I had the money and time to go. I decided that I want to learn mantis because of the fast and precise movements you have to do and the best area for that would be the Shandong Province. Since I didn't know anybody who already went to china to study Kung fu I had to search on the internet. For me it was important that the school didn't have too many students so that the shifu has time to correct you and explain things without having to rush away. Therefore Shengjing shan was the right decision for me. "

    "A small group of students and Shifu Qu who has time to teach you properly. A saying I was reading describes best what I understand more and more. If you don´t understand the theory, what you learn will be only flowers and branches, and it will have no root. After 5 month of staying here I really will miss the peaceful surroundings. Looking at the mountains or the temple with the big statue of laozi in front of it right after getting up in the morning is something special and very calming. I will never forget the view when fog is surrounding everything. It´s nearly mystical. "

    "My goal for training was learning as much as possible and I think I learned a lot during those 5 month. It was always the right amount of new things that I never got bored. With that being said there is still a lot for me to learn and if it is possible I want to come back to deepen my mantis studies. Before I came to china I read a lot of student experiences in other schools and how they described their food situation. Most of the time I read that the students had to go out of the school to find edible food. Therefore I was a bit skeptical as I arrived at Shengjing shan. Luckily I had worried to much. The food is really good and healthy and joining the cook for a cooking session is also very interesting. When you come to china be open for everything. Try things you thought you don´t like and you might find out that you actually do like them. Speaking Chinese is not a must but knowing a few basics makes daily life easier. Being physically prepared is also not a bad thing before you come here."

    "Everybody has his/her own speed of learning but it´s a lot easier when your body is used to do exercise. In my opinion everybody who is willing to learn and is not stuck in schemas which he/she can´t get rid of will be happy here."

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  • Review by Lisa from United States

    "Ive been interested in Kung Fu for a while, originally I wanted to stay in the States but I realised you cant match the hours and quality of training here in China. Also because I wanted to learn some Chinese and more about the country itself, it was a logical option.So Im currently studying Bagua under Master Qu and have been doing so for 5 months, but Ive been in China for 9 months. Master Qu is the main reason I came to this school. After having had him as my master for three months and having had other masters before him, I knew he was the best Ive ever trained with. In short I want to be the best I can possibly be and think Master Qu is the person who is the most suited to this job.Its also worth mentioning that its really beautiful here and great for training which is obviously a plus. Sometimes it can feel a little bit isolated from the major cities but in truth it has all the necessities for day-to-day living.I really enjoy the small group environment as well. Of course there are benefits that come with having a big group, but with a smaller group you have more 1-to-1 time with the master. This means you have more time to understand the moves, the theory and the power behind what you are being taught, whereas with a big group it can sometimes feel a bit rushed.Before I arrived, my goals were mostly physical ones but theyve pretty much all changed over time because what you think is important changes as you train. Even though I havent achieved the original goals I set out with, Im extremely happy with where Im personally at, given the fact that in hindsight the goals I set werent really relevant to the Kung Fu which Im studying.The food here is very good but after 9 months it can sometimes get quite repetitive, but you expect that when you live and train in a Kung Fu school. If you are eating meat here then of course there is more variety but this isnt something Im particularly concerned about as Im a vegetarian.Ultimately food isnt really a point of interest here, in that you come to see it simply as fuel and a means to an end, which is being able to train hard. The first piece of advice would be for you to expect nothing.Secondly you should try live to these three words; surviving, training, and improving. Everyones first week is going to be difficult, you just have to do your best and try to get through it. Then as you progress you have to train harder, whether that is during class time or by yourself in your free time. Once you get to the point where you are honestly pushing yourself, you will see yourself improve immensely. Lastly, get used to drinking hot water.As for who this school is for, it's a little bit hard to give one definitive answer. For example here youll find the person who wants to learn more about China and its culture, youll also find the fitness buff and even the person who wants to discover the deeper meaning of martial arts and meditation. In honesty, the way I see it, there is almost something here for everybody!"

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  • Review by Valentina from Belgium

    "This is the second time I have come to China to train Kung Fu. One of the reasons I decided to return was because I am on a gap year and had the time to do so. However the main reason was because last year I had incredible time training with Master Qu.This is my second month back and I have one more month left here. I originally started Mantis last year with a view to only try it out for one week before moving over to Shaolin. In fact after the first day with Master Qu I changed my plans and decided to stay with him. The first reason for coming to Shengjing Shan was because Master Qu was here.Although last year I had only trained with him for one month, I really felt he understood me and that he was my shifu. He tries to make you become a better person in every sense, and he always motivates you to train harder, by the end of your time with him you just want to make him proud.Secondly, the surroundings, for example when I first visited the new school it was exactly what I expected when you think about coming to train in China. Since we are on the temple grounds, it means you get a more real and educational experience about Chinas history, culture and religion.I came here knowing it wasnt going to be a huge school, and that it was going to be more personal and family like. Even sitting round the table with the masters and the cook is great, despite not always understanding what they are saying; it makes for a much better experience.The location is very kungfu-ish and we have lots of little training spots outside, up in the mountains, which are amazingly cool. If youre already a martial arts freak you are going to fall in love, and even if youre not you probably will anyway. Its less like a Western bubble here, which might seem scary at first but the overall experience is far more enriching.As for having a smaller group, there are some bits that I like and others not so much. During free time its sometimes nice to be able to hang out with lots of people and be forced to get along with people you wouldnt normally hang out with.However the most important thing here is your training. With a smaller group you train harder, you are motivated by both the students and masters alike. For example when there were only three students at the school, I had a two hour 1-to-1 kickboxing session with Master Qu. Even though it was difficult, it was amazing at the same time as I felt myself improving. Also you really begin to bond and become a family unit.Originally my goals were fitness orientated and Ive achieved most of the goals I had set myself, including upper body strength and endurance training. Unfortunately I have had shin splints and so I havent been able to work on my cardio as much as I would have liked to. But the injury has been a blessing in disguise as it has helped me to hone my mental strength.At Shengjing Shan you begin to learn how strong you actually are and how strong you can become, both physically and mentally, which is great for the future. I feel if I can make it here, then I can make it anywhere.For me food is always an issue, not only am I a food freak but Im also gluten intolerant, so I like to know everything that is going into my food. However the cook here is great especially compared to a lot of other Chinese cooks.She really tries to cook as healthy as possible given the confines of Chinese cuisine. The cook even invited us to her house and taught us how to make dumplings. Not only does she always listen to your suggestions, she is very willing to provide anybody with their own special-needs meal.The three pieces of advice I would give would be; stop thinking and just come, if possible for at least three months, bring protein powder if youre a fitness freak, and train a little before you come. I think this school is suited for anyone who loves fitness.Ok maybe not the gym rats that spend every waking moment pushing weights, here is more suited to the people who are willing to push themselves physically and mentally. Shengjing Shan is especially good for those who may have been having a hard time back home and need some space for personal reflection and development. "

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  • Review by Steve from United Kingdom

    "I took a career break from my job in the U.K. and did a year learning Chinese in Beijing. However I wanted more of a cultural experience and so I settled on internal Chinese martial arts. I currently study Bagua,Taichi, and Qigong on a full time basisand have been doing so under Master Qu for over one year.I chose to come to Shengjing Shan because I had been training under Master Qu for one year and was happy with his style of teaching. He accommodates to all ages and abilities, quickly identifying your strengths and working from that angle.The location here is also excellent, considering its in the mountains and close to the temple. The temple can be accessed all day and the environment provides us with some scenic spots to train by. In modern China construction is everywhere, even in the heart of the countryside, so although this place is extremely tranquil there is still some element of development.So the smaller group really appeals to me over a larger group as a sense of family really begins to develop, especially for the long term students. The quality of teaching is certainly better this way as the master spends more time with the student and so your progress and understanding is at a much deeper level.As for my goals, originally it was nothing more than to have a rewarding cultural experience but in hindsight Ive discovered something deeper, and this is why I am continuing to train with Master Qu for the foreseeable future.Bagua is little known in the U.K. and it would be nice to take it back to England and teach. Im glad to say the food is generally excellent here. However Im still not used to Chinese meals, which consist of predominantly vegetables and carbohydrates rather than having a piece of meat at the heart of the meal like in the West.If I had to give three pieces of advice they would be; physically prepare yourself, strictly follow the advice set by the school as it will drastically improve the quality of your training, and come with a positive attitude and believe in why you are coming here, it will only improve your overall training experience.Lastly it has to be said that this school really is for anyone. Since Ive been here Ive seen people of all ages and backgrounds train with us. The masters are highly skilled in both their Kung Fu and their teaching skills and can manage anybody. It really is for anybody with an interest in culture, sport, Kung Fu or even China in general."

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