2 Weeks Authentic Shaolin Monk Martial Arts Training in Kunming, China

Martial Arts Training in China

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Join Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy for this authentic warrior monk kung fu training only at Shaolin Temple Yunnan. You will live, train, and eat like monks have done for more than 1500 years. You will practice kung fu with Shaolin monks and take part in the daily Buddhist ceremony, traditional medicine, and culture among others. If you train kung fu hard and achieve a good level, you will be part of the kung fu show team as a small gift for your excellent performance!

Highlights

  • Monk spiritual training
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Shaolin warrior bootcamp training
  • Culture and Buddhism theory classes
  • Qigong, tai chi, and kung fu movie classes
  • Daily Buddhist ceremony in the temple
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), French, Greek, Romanian, English
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, Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy offers a full monk experience in living. 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 the accommodation, you will be provided with the 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 are booked very fast.

Program

The training takes place inside the Shaolin Temple. It is a Buddhist temple served by monks and nuns. You 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 a part of Buddhist education. Formal training starts at 8:30 a.m. in the temple and ends at 9:00 p.m.

Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy offers over 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.

Styles / Categories

Styles offered by the temple are Shaolin kung fu, Shaolin boxing (sanda), wing chun, tai chi quan, meditation, qi gong (hard and soft including ba duan jin, yi jin jing), meihua quan, qin na, ba gua zhang, and mantis.

Ba gua zhang

One of the most popular styles of martial arts in China is ba gua zhang (eight diagram palm). There are several names for ba gua and they are as follow, youshen (roving eight diagrams), longxing (dragon-shaped eight diagrams), xing yi ba gua (eight diagram boxing), and yin yang ba gua zhang (yin yang eight diagram palm). Ba gua zhang is based on the Chinese philosophy of the eight combinations of the three full and broken lines used in divination.

Practicing Ba gua will increase your agility and dexterity. You can practice by yourself or you can spar (sanda, free sparring) or fight with weapons (ba gua sword sabre, cudgel, seven-star decorated shaft). The movements imitate a dragon moving amidst clouds. The movements are according to the eight diagrams and are eight basic palm plays. From the original eight, the basic palm will derive 64 palm moves. The footsteps are changing continuously and the palm tricks and body movements follow one after another.

The movements look like overlapping circles, and the body will turn around from the waist during practice (walking, roving, turning, and falling). The movement between the upper body and the lower part are in contrast while upper side protrudes, the lower side squats for balance. Similarly for the arms and feet. The moves are similar to the animal styles including roaming like a dragon, squatting like a tiger, looking out like a monkey, and moving in a circle like an eagle.

Chan meditation

Chan meditation is an ancient technique with the origin in Asia. Tai chi quan is one of the most known and popular styles of meditation. It has mental benefits in the form of relaxation and body medical benefits in the form of tonification. The practice of tai chi quan consists of poses that flow gracefully. The main focus is mainly on spiritually and body flexibility. Qi means life energy and qi gong’s focus is mainly on recognizing, harnessing this qi and healing system.

Chan or Buddhist meditation consists of various techniques and its central focus is on enlightenment. The aims of this kind of meditation are reaching a state of tranquility and having a deeper understanding of the world around you. Practicing Buddhist meditation requires practice and discipline. To be successful, one needs commitment.

Meihua quan

Meihua quan or plum blossom boxing is the ancestor of all the Chinese martial arts and is practically unknown in the western culture. Practitioners kept it secret because they wanted to preserve thousands of years of the old culture, philosophical, and practical knowledge. To study meihua quan is like taking a short-cut in the study of traditional Chinese culture. There are several secret manuscripts for meihua quan, which includes philosophy, feng shui, and medicine (techniques and methods to improve health and prolong life).

The roots are found in the three Chinese doctrines of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. The composition and philosophy of this art contain elements which are missing from all the other martial arts. Practitioners of this art are very accomplished and have many advanced degrees such as master and doctorate degrees.

Meihua quan aims to train the body and mind, improve the ability to attack and defense, cure disease, and develop compassion, inspirational thought, and wisdom. Training the body and mind has advantages such as healing illnesses, make a stronger body, prolong life, broaden the mind, develop discipline, induce a state of wellbeing, and improve internal and external qi.

Training in attack and defense techniques are unique for meihua quan in comparison with other schools of boxing and consists of a combination of grabbing, locking, tumbling, and boxing used in actual combat. You will learn djuang-bu (five static positions, active meditation), foot, leg, and handwork, grabbing, knocking, tumbling, and punching.

Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy will teach you group steps (unique for meihua quan including attack or defend, advance and retreat, and relax in a static position), duel-training box (grabbing, locking, punching, tumbling, rolling, wrestling, and develop your intuition to feel your opponent), winning boxing and attacking boxing (sparring using rapid movements, interlocking footwork and handwork, and execute techniques at will and change instinctively).

Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy will teach you the use of 18 traditional weapons and rare weapons with their routines. They also teach you ba duan jin (eight section brocades) and mianbi gong (facing the wall) and how to concentrate and clear your mind of thoughts. They will explain all their applications and movements.

Apart of the physical studies, they teach theoretical part which includes philosophy, health, healing, alchemy, meditation, longevity, ancestor, and divination. All these theories contain a holistic theory derived from Daoism, Buddhist, Confucianism, and principles of "the book of change", trains the spirit (shen), the qi, and cultivates the heart.

Hard qi gong

Qi is the vital force in the universe and is used to describe all types of energy. Gong represents power obtained by a steady practice. Qi gong represents the study of qi. Qi gong is a way to train the nervous system, the mind, and the internal organs all in the same time having as the result an increased level of fitness and power. The aim of qi gong exercise is to stimulate the flow of internal energy called qi through channels (called meridians) and build internal strength.

Qigong uses breathing techniques, practices, and disciplines of Chinese Buddhism, Taoism, and martial arts. These breathing techniques control the internal movement of qi while the body will be motionless. There are many schools of qigong depending on spiritual development such as Buddhist and Taoist, purposes such as health, therapy, and martial arts. From the martial arts perspective, there are techniques known as "iron palm", "iron shirt," and "metal bell cover".

Qi gong is the art and the science of using breath, posture, and movement in order to cleanse and circulate the qi in the body. The benefits are seen in improving health, awareness transformation, and increased the power of martial artists practitioners (medical and vitality Qigong). In China, for medical purpose, there two main branches of qi gong including static breathing (including meditation) and moving exercises.

In spiritual levels, the exercises help the student to experience other dimensions and to develop telepathic powers. If you practice constantly, you will be able to understand everything that happens to you internally (organs and muscle), be able to feel the changes inside, and develop self-control. The best time to practice qi gong is early in the morning before breakfast. Chinese people like to train in the presence of trees because they get their strength from nature (earth, water, sun, air) and have a positive field of energy.

If you practice during the day, you must allow 30 minutes after meals before starting to practice. The clothing must be comfortable and make sure to remove jewelry which might obstruct the blood flow. The first exercise to warm up is your knees by doing slow rotations for 30 times each side. The next part to warm up is your shoulders by doing 60 full circles. The two largest and most important joints are the knees and the shoulders.

By using the body and mind with breathing techniques, you will increase your resistance to diseases, adapt to the environment, and improve your immune system (medical qi gong). Having a strong immune system, you will create a state of vitality and youthfulness (vitality qi gong).

Having a strong body will help you in competitions and actual combat (warrior qi gong). Qi is much more difficult to develop but will last all your life and beyond and increase with practice.

Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy will teach you dynamic, static, a combination of dynamic and static, and hard qi gong. The forms included in the dynamic section are ba duan jin, jin jing, and xi sui jing, forms practiced in the Shaolin Temple. You learn to combine your body moves, mind, and breath in order to achieve a peaceful mind. They will also teach meditation standing and sitting postures; the practice of mind and a high-speed breath.

The dynamic and static combination of qi gong uses qi and blood to help you jump very high. They teach you the requirements for practicing qi gong including breathing, controlling your mind, and coordinate your body. They also teach you hard qi gong including iron palm, arm, body (practice with herbs), break a brick with your palm and wooden sticks on your body. Additionally, they teach you Intellectual (intelligence, creativity, memory, decision-making, and prosperity) and spiritual qi gong (spiritual cultivation).

Qin na

Qin na means hold and grip in order to lock the joint. In translation, "qin" means to catch and "na" means to hold and control. It is a fighting (self-defense) technique where you can use a holding and gripping sequence to annihilate the attacker from further attack without producing unnecessary harm.

Sanda

Sanda is the term used for Chinese boxing (kickboxing) and represents a self-defense and combat sport. It has been developed for the military and evolved into a combat sport. It combines elements of kung fu, grappling, and self-defense techniques. By practicing this style, you can also attain good health, fitness, and wellbeing. International Wushu Federation organizes and recognizes Sanshou competitions.

During the year, if you study with Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy, you can have the opportunity to participate in international and national competitions. Each training plan for learning Sanda will follow the structure and will be detailed as basic skills, equipment work, reactions, takedowns, free fighting, and health benefits. The most important part of the training in sanda are the basics of training. They represent the foundation. The basic skills for sanda are punches, kicks, steps, and knee movement.

The hand clenched is called the fist. The strongest punch does not come from the power of your muscles but from the internal energy from the lower dan tian. The bigger the muscular mass of your arm, the slower the punch you will through. There is a misconception about the size of the muscular mass and speed. You might be strong but you will not be fast, which is a must in the real combat. There are several types of punches including jab, cross, hook, and uppercut.

Leg work or basic kicks are very important and effective depending on the opponent. It can be used when the fist is not effective or when the opponent has a bigger size than you. There are several types of kicks including front kick, side kick, round kick, hook kick, crescent kick, stomp kick, back kick, and sweeping.

When you start the sanda class, you must learn to master the step drag and pivot maneuvers. The jumping while sparring in competitions you can achieve after you have conditioned your body and developed a good technique. During this exercise, you will improve your balance. The knee strike is very effective in close combat. You can attach several parts of the body such: head, chest, abdominal, groin and ribs area. There are three basic knee kicks including front knee, side knee, and jumping knee.

The equipment you require for sanda sparring is boxing gloves, hand wraps (protection for your wrists), head protection, mouth guard, and body protection (upper body, groin, and leg). To train in sanda, you will be required to use punching bags, pads, mitts, speed bag, skipping rope, exercise mats, and maize bag. Apart from this specific sanda equipment, you will be required to condition your body using hard qi gong, increase your stamina, endurance, and improve your flexibility.

Your reactions in sanda sparring can be improved by continuous training. Your reactions can be natural or trained. During the class, it is very indicated to practice over and over the combination techniques taught as well as to change partners. The sparring sessions are very beneficial because are a chance to apply all the techniques you learned in a real combat situation. They help you improve not only your reactions but your courage, skills, and strength.

Take downs or wrestling are used to take down an opponent. There are several techniques used in takedowns such as uproot, leg catch, and flying scissors. When you practice takedowns, it is important to use mats for protecting your body from injuries. Also, make sure you practice under the master supervision if you are a beginner.

During the sanda practice, it is important to take part in the free fighting class. During the fighting, you must use body protection and mouth guard. This type of fighting is controlled and a judge will give points based on the hits and guard, penetrating techniques. There are also extra points given for deflecting punches and demonstrating proper techniques. The fighter which gathers most points in the fight is declared the winner of the game.

No matter the result, the practice is important because you will always have more to learn. During the free fighting class, you can have the chance to spar with Shifu Yanjun. No matter your body size and skill level, he will spar with you. Sanda, being a style used by the military, helps the soldiers to keep their body in peak physical condition. When you spar in the ring, you must be fast. The speed can be developed using repeated drills and specific exercises.

Shaolin kung fu

When you start training in Shaolin kung fu, firstly, you must first develop life healthy habits and personal discipline. There are some traits of the monks which are passed to the disciples including to be considerate, courteous, brave, righteous, diligent, loyal, develop clarity, and learn how to solve problems. A true master will teach you to be gentle, love life, and be happy. The two main pillars of the Shaolin philosophy are wisdom and compassion.

Each training plan for learning Shaolin kung fu will follow the structure and will be detailed as basic skills, taolu (forms), techniques, application, duilian (pair work), and health benefits. The most important part of the training in Shaolin kung fu are the basics of training. They represent the foundation of your stances and forms (taolu). Only a student with strong basics will be able to develop his kung fu at the highest level.

Shaolin movements require power and speed. They are up and down movements, right and left angles, attack and defense, and advance and retreat. Other basic skills are kicks including leg kicks, snap kicks, snap-kicks with a sound, punches, blocks, defensive and attack movements, and taolu (set of movements). The forms (taolu) in kung fu mean a set of movements. Forms can be performed with empty hand called fist forms or with weapons.

Shaolin forms are short and the moves are linear. Masters are monks from the Shaolin Temple so they cover a very big range of forms. For techniques, you will develop your technique through a gradual progression. In the same time, your body must become stronger. This is the first step in order to be able to apply a good technique. You will improve if you practice the technique along with developing your body by doing flexibility exercises (stretching and power stretching), endurance training, strength and power training.

The flexibility and balance skills are called “childish skills” and consist of 18 postures. Applications always follow the techniques. You must prepare your mind in the same time. In the class, Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy will explain the applications for each move in the form, no matter if it is for fist forms or with weapons. Only by understanding the applications, you can improve your forms to a higher level.

Duilian means when you practice the forms in pairs, you can perform it as a combat form. Each form can be practiced in pairs. You can learn to perform in pairs the fist forms or forms with weapons. Some advanced students can learn to perform duilian using different weapons for example T-Cane against Spear. For duilian forms, Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy will teach the duanwei curriculum of the Chinese Wushu Association.

Students which wish to pass the examination and get graded in Shaolin Duanwei must present a form independently and a form as duilian. If you are interested in the Duanwei Professional Examination, please contact Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy to inform when you book the course because the examination has additional fees than the regular course.

Martial arts have been created primarily for health and total control of the body and mind. In your days, it is more important than ever to have a healthy mind and body. Through practice, you will learn to protect yourselves from useless and negative thoughts and unhealthy habits by extending your lifespan. The qi is not limited by age or body. It is used mostly for its healing properties.

Soft qi gong

The terminology of qi gong is formed of two parts including qi (energy) and gong (work, practice). The focus of the exercises practices is on developing the qi. The purpose of practicing qi gong is to increase the vitality of the body by combining the mind, body, and the qi (vital force). You can practice still or moving qi gong such meditation (still or moving qi gong), zhang zhuang (standing like a tree, still qi gong), Shaolin ba duan jin (moving qi gong), and yi jin jing (moving qi gong).

Tai chi

Tai chi quan is an internal Chinese martial arts which has slow and stretching movements. The exact translation of the term is “supreme ultimate boxing”. The purpose of practicing tai chi quan is not only for improving health but also for pushing hands (competitive wrestling) and competitions. The styles of tai chi quan are chen, yang, wu, sun, and wu (a different Chinese character from the other wu style). Tai chi quan, no matter the style, has some common characteristics and some which are specific to the style.

The moves in tai chi are soft, slow with a low impact on body joints, which makes it a great health exercise for older people. There is a big emphasis on the relaxation of the mind and the body so the intentions of the opponent can be understood. The yin and yang principle is applied in combat (the momentum of the opponent is used to counter-attack). The power in moves is controlled by the waist while the feet are rooted. During practice, the breathing techniques are emphasized and qi gong in order to build up the internal strength.

The philosophies which govern tai chi are from the doctrines of Taoism and Confucianism. Each training plan for learning tai chi quan kung fu will follow the structure including taolu, self-defense techniques, nei gong, qi gong, push hands, and health benefits. Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy teaches forms with empty hands and with weapons. The most taught tai chi forms belong to yang, chen, and wudang tai chi quan. Tai chi forms consist of individual tai chi moves or steps which are linked together.

The number of steps can be as low as four and as many as 108. The competition form of yang tai chi 24 steps can be performed in 10 minutes or even 20 minutes. The moves in tai chi are in itself an exercise to help improve your balance, coordination, relaxation, and your breathing. The specific move called “cloud hands” is found in several styles of tai chi but there are differences in the position of the hand. You can choose to practice tai chi with weapons.

For example, the tai chi stick is a medical healing qigong form certified by the Chinese Health Qigong Association. The weapons used for tai chi practice you can choose are the stick, sword, double sword, spear, and broadsword. Some students prefer to train tai chi ball. The highest level of tai chi quan techniques in an actual fight is to be natural. This means that all the body parts are used to attack. By being natural, you can use the opponent’s strength.

“Supreme ultimate boxing”, the name tai chi is known by, it is an energetic style of fighting and can be used on street fighting defense. There are four main types of attacks including strike, kick, fall, and hold. The strikes are also classified into four main types including top, middle, bottom, and sides. The four kicks are high, middle, low, and sideways. One very important aspect of self-defense is the skill and force.

Neigong means internal work and the practice starts inside the body with effect on the outside body. The practice is focused on the deepest energy meridians. This will help to open and strengthen all the meridians of the body. The mind can move the qi at will through the meridians.

The nei gong internal power system includes 16 parts, such as breathing techniques, moving the energy in the body by achieving different goals (feeling, alignment, transforming, transmuting, connecting body channels, controlling energies in different parts of the body and channels, lower - middle - upper dantian energy, unify the body, moving the qi will inside the body), stretching the body along the yin-yang meridians, remove spiritual, physical, and emotional blockages, and energize the body’s tissues.

Qi gong means life force and the practice starts outside on the body with effect on the inside body. The exercises practiced have a direct effect on the body energy meridians. During practice, the breathing will move the qi and activates only one or two meridians at one time. Push hands represents a fighting art and the technique of tai chi quan. The fighting art includes the applications of the movements as well as free sparring.

The fighting techniques includes kicks, strikes (use the body parts to punch or kick the opponent), throwing (involve more strength and requires a higher skill level), grasping, and fa fang (bursting and releasing), the higher level of sparring in tai chi quan. The most difficult is to how to manage the opponent’s strength after you know it.

Tai chi has many health benefits such as improving the body’s balance, agility, controlling the flexibility of the joints, more energy, decreasing high blood pressure, improving the cardiovascular system, and reducing the body inflammation, the stress, and the depression symptoms. There are many older people which practice tai chi on daily basis with many health benefits. In China, approximately 10 million people practice tai chi on daily basis.

Wing chun

Wing chun is the most popular style of Chinese kung fu in the world. The fame is due to the work of Bruce Lee. He created a style called Jeet Kun Do with many practical applications. If someone looks at the history of wing chun, they will realize that the origin of this famous style stays in the Shaolin kung fu branch called Siu Lum. This has been settled about 300 years ago in Foshan which is now considered the birthplace of wing chun.

The most important part of the training in wing chun kung fu are the basics of training. They represent the foundation of your forms (taolu). Other basic skill includes hand blocks, double hand blocks, leg blocks, defensive and attack movements, power strikes, and taolu (set of movements). Wing chun movements require power and speed. During your training, you will develop the strength of your joints by performing specific exercises as well as the strength of your overall body by undertaking hard qi gong training.

All students must take classes in soft and hard qi gong in order to develop a strong body and increase their qi in the lower dantian. Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy teaches all the wing chun forms which can be fist forms and with weapons. Each form uses the wooden dummy. Each form has its complexity and own techniques. As an example, the first form you will learn in wing chun called Sil Lum Tao containing the fundamental hand attacks and defense techniques.

This form has the specific palm strike, punch, center lines, the gates (upper, middle and lower), blocks, locks, and some foot work. A technique used here is the striking the pressure points. By this time, you will have already started the chi sao or sticky hands exercise. When you start practicing on the wooden dummy, you should have conditioned your body using hard qi gong so you will be able to hit the dummy harder. This way you will avoid injuries. The speed and power come from the qi stored in the lower dantian.

Applications always follow the techniques. You must prepare your mind in the same time. In the class, Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy explains the applications for each move in the form, no matter if it is for fist forms or with weapons. Only by understanding the applications, you can improve your forms to a higher level. Duilian means when you practice the forms in pairs so you can perform it as a combat form. Each form can be practiced in pairs.

Wing chun students will perform once per week free fighting against other students which practice other styles such sanda, Shaolin, tai chi quan, and meihua quan. Wing chun as many other styles of martial arts have health benefits such as improving the fitness level, coordination, developing speed and power, eye coordination, better reflexes, stress relief, and helping to develop the internal energy for wellness.

Chi sao or sticky hands translated by some is a practice used to understand how to apply the technique learned in the forms. In fact, this type of practice uses the sensitivity between two arms in order to give information about how to control the attack of the opponent. The first step is to learn the basic techniques for hands and after start the chi sao exercise. Chi sao helps you become better but is not a way to fight. The purpose of it is to understand your partner intention and should not be used as competition.

Curriculum

Welcome to China Shaolin temple kung fu and traditional training in Shaolin temple in Yunnan Province. The temple offers an exceptional level of education and support to their students. World class kung fu masters teach students in small goals orientated groups. Shifu Shi Yanjun, famous not only in China but in many countries around the world, will teach and guide you to learn the most authentic kung fu in a very safe manner and environment. The teaching plan can be adjusted to your personal goals, style, focus, and body conditions.

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 follow full time the life of the monks. The temple has the "five number one" and they will be explained on arrival. At Shaolin Temple, you will arrive to immerse in the real authentic culture and there is no limit to it. You will live in an environment where the monks of the Shaolin Temple live and 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 the 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 Mandarin Chinese 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. You can take advantage of all the top training strategies to offer a comprehensive system that brings out the best in you. When you join this program, the level of your skill will be assessed during practice time, and your class will be decided based on this. Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy has classes for advanced, intermediate, and beginner students in Shaolin kung fu.

They also run classes for coaches and assistant coaches. During your training time, you can be moved between these classes based on your own progress. Intermediate and advanced students which train for short-term can train only on the main goals for their trip. The same is for coaches and assistant coaches.

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.

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 nature cycles. When a student arrives here and has no previous experience in kung fu, he or she is advised to follow for an one-week timetable and decide what he or she likes best, so forfollowing weeks, the student can focus only on 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). The program does not limit a student appetite for learning. 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 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 qi gong (iron palm, iron body), sanda (Shaolin boxing and fighting in the ring), and many more. During weekends, you will 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.

When you train in the temple, the uniform is compulsory. You are obligated to follow the school rules and regulations. You must respect the life of the monks and the temple. The training uniform is composed of Shaolin grey uniform and t-shirt.

Course preparation

Some students wish to prepare physically before arrival. You are advised to do any kind of exercise which you enjoy, such as jogging, hiking, swimming, tennis, or any other sports. You can make a plan to do sit ups, push up, squats, or weight lifting soon. Flexibility is also very important for training, therefore, doing yoga or stretching exercises will benefit you a lot. If before you arrive you have not done any physical activity, you should expect to have some muscle pain. This is normal for the first week of training and will pass very soon.

Academy profile

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 temple and the venerable abbot Shi Yanbei. Shifu Shi Yanjun is 34th generation Shaolin warrior monk (the direct disciple of the venerable abbot Shi Yong Xin) and 17th generation disciple of Meihua Quan (the direct disciple of the grandmaster Han Bai Guang). He is graded the eighth duanwei by the Shaolin Wushu Experts Association and the sixth 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 tai chi), Shifu Hengzhan (Shaolin, sanda, and mantis).

Starting the Chinese new year 2018, Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy becomes Shaolin kung fu cultural center. Shifu Shi Yanjun has been officially appointed as director of the kung fu team by the venerable abbot Shi Yanbei of the Shaolin Temple Yunnan.

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

The retreat will take place in Kunming, China. You are welcomed to train and live inside the Shaolin Temple located in the south of China in Yunnan Province. Kunming City is one of the best cities in Yunnan Province, called the "eternal spring". Yunnan Province is the most beautiful and pollution-free province in China. The weather in Shaolin Temple is very balanced, which allows the program to be offered all year around 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. Some 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.

Yunnan Province is one of the most beautiful provinces in China. The climate is mild and the water is 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.

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cycling
  • Shopping

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Patio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

Food

Your breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day are included in the price. 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 mono-sodium glutamate.

They have 100 percent vegetarian diet. However, when you eat with the monks, you must follow their habits of eating. This means their meals are at set times at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. They do not talk during the meal time and are very grateful for their bowl of food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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)

You can visit the stone forest, Dianchi Lake, Green Lake Park, Western Hills, Grand View Park, golden temple, horticultural expo garden, and many more during your free time.

What's included

  • All training sessions and theory classes
  • 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, and beauty
  • Learning the secrets of looking and feeling young
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Chinese traditional medicine and health recommendations
  • Uniform

What's not included

  • Private classes
  • Medical treatments
  • Extra bedding
  • Toiletries
  • Kung fu shoes (30 CNY)

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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