Kung Fu Training in China

Authentic warrior monk kung fu training only at Shaolin Temple Yunnan! The temple offers an exceptional level of education and support to their students. World class kung fu masters teach students in small, goal orientated groups. They live, train and eat like monks do for more than 1,500 years! You can also learn about Mandarin Chinese, Chinese traditional medicine, and Chinese culture among others!

Meet the instructors

Shifu Shi, Shifu, & Shifu
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Highlights

  • Monk spiritual training
  • Shaolin warrior Bootcamp
  • Intensive seven hours training from Monday to Friday
  • Qigong (hard and soft), Taijiquan, kung fu movie classes
  • Theory classes on Chinese Mandarin, Chinese culture
  • 9 nights monks accommodation
  • 3 daily meals with the monks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in Chinese (mandarin)
Spoken languages: English, French, Greek, Romanian, Chinese (mandarin)
The maximum participants in the group is 7
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

At Shaolin Temple Yunnan, you'll have a full monk living experience. They have shared monk rooms (sharing to maximum 10 people in a big room) and single monk rooms. They are simple and suited for an authentic experience while you learn kung fu. The washing facilities are shared, no matter the accommodation. In all type of accommodation, you will be provided with the following: bedding, linen, and towel. The use of automatic washing machines on site is free of charge. The venue does not offer washing powder. Please make sure you book long in advance your accommodation. The temple’s rooms are limited and they book very fast.

Program

Welcome to China Shaolin temple kung fu and traditional training in Shaolin temple, Yunnan Province. Shi Yanjun is the head coach of the kung fu team of the Shaolin temple Yunnan. The temple is the only center for foreign students authorized by the venerable abbot Shi Yanbei. Shifu Shi Yanjun is a 34th generation Shaolin Warrior Monk (a direct disciple of the venerable abbot Shi Yong Xin) and a 17th generation disciple of Meihua Quan (a direct disciple of the grandmaster Han Bai Guang). He is graded eight Duanwei by the Shaolin Wushu Experts Association and six Duanwei by the Chinese Wushu Association. He is the president of International Meihua Quan Federation, vice-president of Chinese Meihua Quan Association and Xingtai University Professor. Recently he received the distinction of Executive Director for Mei Boxing Association under the China Culture Administration Association (CCAA).

The other masters of the temple are Shifu Shi Yanpeng (Wing Chun, Sanda, and Kung Fu Movie), Shifu Hengxue (Shaolin and Taiji), Shifu Hengzhan (Shaolin, Sanda, and Mantis).

The style of teaching and living inside the temple is very different from any other location because here students will learn the oldest traditions of the Chinese masters' teachings and will follow full time the life of the monks. The temple has the "five number one" and they will be explained on arrival. At the Shaolin temple, you arrive to immerse in an authentic culture and there is no limit to it. You will live in an environment where the monks of the Shaolin temple live. You'll eat together with the monks, and all food is organic. The temple will do their best to help you achieve your own goals and kung fu dreams. They offer not only kung fu classes for short and medium term but with them, you can further specialize in kung fu education following their teacher training program and a bachelor degree in kung fu.

The doctor monks offer personalized medical and holistic treatments; however, please note that these programs are not free of charge or included in the regular training program. At Xingtai University, you can learn Chinese traditional medicine or Chinese Mandarin and get certified. Shaolin Temple constantly improves the quality of the programs. This is because their mission is to offer the best possible service to their students. It is in line with their Buddhist believes and lifestyle. The Temple's world-class masters' training strategies will benefit you tremendously by helping you train to be in the best shape you can be, both physically and mentally. You will have a strong body, be great at defending yourself when needed, as well as gaining a disciplined sharp mind.

Take advantage of all the top training strategies to offer a comprehensive system that brings out the best in you. Styles offered by the temple are Shaolin kung fu, Shaolin boxing (Sanda), Wing Chun, Taiji Quan, meditation, Qigong (hard and soft - Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing), Meihua Quan, Qin Na, Ba Gua Zhang, and Mantis. Theory classes offered are Chinese culture (calligraphy, tea ceremony, Chinese numerology, feng shui, chess, and games), Chinese traditional medicine (acupuncture, massage, cupping, scraping, herbal medicine, and nutrition), Chinese cooking and Buddhism philosophy.

The training takes place inside the Shaolin Temple. It is a Buddhist temple served by monks and nuns. Students can take part in the Buddhist ceremony every day in the morning at 5:30 a.m. and evening at 7:00 p.m. This class is optional but is part of Buddhist education. Formal training starts at 8.30 a.m. in the temple and ends at 9 p.m. They offer seven hours of training with Shaolin monks. The timetable is very balanced and the teaching style follows the traditional way. There will be three sessions of training guided by the Shaolin masters.

Each student's goals are very important to the temple and the training timetable will be adjusted accordingly. Kung fu is part of life and nature, so the training is adjusted accordingly to follow the natural cycles. When a student arrives here and has no previous experience in kung fu, he/she is advised to follow for one week the timetable and decide what he/she likes best, so for the following weeks, the student can focus only on the personal goals. For advanced students, the temple tailors the timetable to follow their very specific goals. Each class (no matter the style) will consist of learning forms (set of exercises), stances, applications, techniques and pair work (Duilian).

With the Shaolin Temple Yunnan, in one month you can learn up to five forms. They will not restrict you if you are a beginner and wish to learn a particular form. One month is not enough for learning well, but you can go home after and continue your practice. You will become very good and master the forms you learn with the masters. Each class has about six to seven students. The classes will be specifically done to fit your own body quality and fitness. Students who wish to train during the weekends are free to do so. You can use the temple's equipment free of charge. If you think you wish to learn more, you can book extra classes with the masters. The types of exercises at the temple include circuit training, abdominal exercises, strength exercises (push-ups, squats, jumping, pull-ups, high knee run, dumbbells, barbell, press, and so on), flexibility exercises, self-defense techniques, Hard Qigong (iron palm, iron body), Sanda (Shaolin boxing and fighting in the ring), and many more.

During the weekends, students have free time to rest or train more. The temple also offers classes for families and children. This training type is also suitable for weight loss and improving the overall health condition.

Instructors

Shifu Shi Yan Jun
Shifu Shi Yan Jun, the headmaster of the academy, is the disciple of the current abbot of the Shaolin temple, venerable Shi Yong Xin, and 34th generation Shaolin warrior monk. His motto in teaching is "Love Kung Fu and Kung Fu will love you back".
Shifu Shi Yan Peng
Shifu Shi Yan Peng is the 34th generation Shaolin warrior monk. He studied in Shaolin temple from the age of nine until 17 and received the sixth Duanwei grading from Shaolin Wushu Association China. He teaches Kung Fu movie and Wing Chun classes and has been working in the movie industry for more than 10 years under the famous directors Sammo Hung and Yuen Woo-Ping. Shifu Yan Peng worked for movies such as Fearless (Jet Li), Dragon Tiger Gate (Donnie Yen), Fist of Fury (Jet Li), The Forbidden Kingdom (Jackie Chan and Jet Li), and more.
Shifu Shi Heng Xue
Shifu Shi Hengxue studied in Shaolin temple since the age of 10 under the direct guidance of Shifu Shi Yancheng until the age of 20. She is specialized in Shaolin Kung Fu fist forms and weapons and Taiji Quan (Yang and Chen style). Since the age of 15, she traveled intensively in China being part of the show team under the direct guidance of her master. Shifu Hengxue also participated in many national competitions where she achieved the first place in Shaolin fist forms and weapons. Since March 2017, she is teaching in the academy under the guidance of Shifu Yanjun on a full-time basis.

Location

You are welcome to train and live inside the Shaolin Temple located in South of China, in Yunnan Province. Kunming City is one of the best cities in Yunnan Province, called the "Eternal Spring". Yunnan Province is one of the most beautiful and pollution-free provinces in China. The weather at the Shaolin Temple is very balanced, which makes the program possible to be offered all year round, without restrictions.

Kunming City has a history of more than 2400 years and was the gateway of the Silk Road, on the route towards Sichuan, Tibet, Myanmar, India, and more. Kunming is also renowned for its culinary experience, being very multicultural in nature.

Features

General

  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Local market

Food

You will dine with the monks, therefore, meat is not offered. The meals monks eat are the most healthy and they provide the best-balanced meals for kung fu training. The food provided follows the principles of yin and yang. Monks do not cook using chemicals, enhancers or MSG (mono-sodium glutamate). They have 100% vegetarian diet. However, when you eat with the monks, you must follow their habits of eating. This means their meals are at set times: 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. The monks do not talk during meal time and they are very grateful for their bowl of food.

Yunnan province is one of the most beautiful provinces in China. The climate is mild and the water abundant. The province is the most abundant province in plant and animal diversity. The direct border of the province with Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and Tibet, makes the food of Yunnan to be the ultimate foodie region.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

Kunming is called the "Eternal Spring" City and offers an amazing range of great places to visit. Either in the city or around, you will always find something to do or to visit. Some of the great Kunming attractions are the Stone Forest (First Wonder of the World), Dianchi Lake, Green Lake Park, Western Hills, Grand View Park, Golden Temple, Horticultural Expo Garden, and many more.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All training sessions and theory classes
  • Chinese traditional medicine and health recommendations
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared following the yin-yang principles
  • Daily Buddhist ceremony in the Shaolin temple
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Getting to know authentic Chinese traditions
  • Learning to cook yin-yang meals for longevity, weight loss, beauty
  • Learning the secrets of looking and feeling young

What's not included

  • Extra bedding
  • Medical treatments
  • Private classes
  • Toiletries
  • Pick up and drop off

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.

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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You can join the program at any time during the year. However, you must consider the main national holidays in China, because the school will have time off depending on the type of holiday. Make sure you ask if there is any holiday before you book the period.

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