3 Years Learn Tai Chi and Kung Fu in China

  • Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy, Dengfeng City, Henan Province, China

Learning Kung Fu in China

Meet Songshan shifus who are very skilled on training Chinese and foreign students to be a great martial artist. It is the goal at Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy to promote and preserve the traditions, to share the values and benefits of Chinese martial arts training around the world. Songshans world class masters training strategies will benefit you tremendously by learning to be the best shape you can be, both physically and mentally.

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Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy is a world class Kung Fu academy that can turn you into a top martial artist. The academy has 15 years of experience in teaching foreign students. The academys world class masters training strategies will benefit you tremendously by helping you train to be 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.


  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Additional private classes available
  • Daily intensive 7-hour of Kung Fu training
  • Classes on Budhology, calligraphy, Chinese Mandarin
  • Daily training on Qigong and Tai Chi
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 years accommodation
  • 720 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy offers three categories of accommodation: basic, premium, and platinum. The basic category offers basic accommodation based on shared room and washing facilities. These rooms are comfortable and fully furnished, the school offers free of charge linen, towel, and the use of washing machines. They will offer room of single occupancy during low season and shared accommodation during hot season.

The Wi-Fi facility costs 160 CNY/month. The premium and platinum category offers single room with double bed or twin with en suite bathroom, hot shower, AC and Wi-Fi all free of charge. The premium accommodation has TV as well. If you need any help while you plan, your trip, please do not hesitate to contact the school. They are up to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Training schedule

During the warm season the classes start formally at 5.30 a.m., while during the winter the classes start formally at 9 a.m. The academy scheduled on the timetable a daily 7-hour of formal training during warm season and a daily 6-hour of training during winter. If you want more training with your masters, you may request and pay for additional private lessons. Each student matters, therefore the timetable will be adjusted accordingly.

Inclusions in the daily training

Abdominal exercises

Circuit training (cardio & strength activities which alternates: push-ups, squat thrusts, jumping pull-ups, high knee runs, dumbbells, barbell squats, barbell chest press & mountain climbers)

During weekends and during the weeks, you will have the endurance training (mountain climbing)

Forms and their application on fighting and self-defense techniques

Kung Fu basics (stretching, kicks, jumps)

Sanda techniques and combinations alternating with Qigong (Hard and Soft), Tai Chi, Meditation

Strength exercises

Evening classes (optional)

Buddhology with monks from the Shaolin Temple

Calligraphy with Guo Jia Liang

Chinese Mandarin with Guo Jia Liang

Chinese Traditional Medicine with Shifu Yan Jun or monks of the Shaolin Temple.

Kung Fu theory lessons with Shifu Yan Jun

Nutrition, Yin- Yang health lifestyles and Chinese cooking with Kai Jun and Jenny.

Translations with Dr. Andi McCurry (UK - fluent in English, Chinese, Greek, Romanian)

Daily schedule

  • 06.00 - 07.00 Qigong and Tai Chi
  • 07.00 - 07.30 Breakfast
  • 07.30 - 08.15 Mandarin (Monday - Thursday) and Buddhism / CTM (Friday)
  • 08.30 - 11.30 Morning training
  • 12.00 - 14.30 Lunch
  • 14.30 - 18.10 Afternoon training
  • 18.30 - 20.00 Dinner
  • 20.00 - 21.00 Meditation

Free time

Free time is considered when student does not train or attend evening classes. During training time you can have 15 to 20 minutes breaks or you can continue your training, depending on your physical condition. It is highly advised to allow minimum 20 minutes of rest before dining and 1 hour after dining for best results. During weekends you have plenty of options to enjoy yourself after a whole week of training.

Songshan Shaolin curriculum

  • Children's classes
  • Fitness health classes: Shaolin Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing, soft and hand Qigong, and other traditional exercises useful for balancing the body functions and longevity
  • Modern Wushu curriculum is taught by a team coordinated by the famous western coach George Tsimpinoudakis.
  • Routine: Traditional routines with the main learning Shaolin Wushu, staff, Tai Chi Quan, Sanda and National Competition routines (main and optional).
  • Sanda: learn the basic techniques, offensive and defensive combat technique, footwork, Shaolin boxing
  • Shaolin stunts, fighting, and other exercises for martial arts performing
  • Short courses for training armed police, public security, professional coaching, suitable for people who want to improve overall fitness level
  • Xing Yi, Bagua, Chanquan, Huaquan, Mei Hua Quan, Foshan Wing Chun, Tongbei, Ba Ji, Pigua, Tanlang

Songshan Shaolin extra curriculum

  • 5 element theory and Yin-Yang
  • Buddhism
  • Calligraphy
  • Chinese culture (tea ceremony)
  • Chinese traditional medicine (acupuncture, reflexology)
  • Cupping
  • Mandarin
  • Massage
  • Nutrition
  • Sha Gua
  • Wedding ceremony
  • Weight loss
  • Well-being

Songshan Shaolin got a great location for learning Shaolin Kung Fu namely Shaolin temple grounds. You will train at two training grounds just steps away from the front gate of the Shaolin temple. Usually the training is held outside throughout the year. However, when it rains, you will train inside the academy, on the top floor, with great views of the Songshan Mountains and the Kung Fu village.

Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy is located inside the original Shaolin Temple in Henan Province. The Shaolin Temple is the land of Zen Philosophy of the Chinese Buddhism and was included in the UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 2010. Our training grounds are located in areas where Shaolin monks from the Shaolin Temple train regularly.

Inside the Shaolin Temple you can visit Shanmen Hall with the famous tablet reading Shaolin Temple, Hall of Heavenly Kings, 18 Buddhist Arhats, The Shadow Stone of Bodhidharms and the famous Hall of a Thousand Buddha's or the Training Hall where you can see the depressions in the cobbled floor from centuries of training, The Abbots Hall, The Chan Meditation Area, Medical Centre so on.

The location on the Songshan (Song Mountains with 36 peaks which cover over 60 kilometers) is ideal for kung fu training and living a healthy lifestyle. Songshan Mountain is one of the five great mountains of China, UNESCO International Geological Park, a Cultural and Religious Holy Land called the Centre of Ancient Civilization and the Symbol of Chinese Culture. As part of our training schedule is claiming to Da Mo's Cave (Founder of the Chen Buddhism and Shaolin Combat System) which is located on the top of Wu Ru Peak.

Other sites for training include Pagoda Forest which is the largest Pagoda Forest of Buddhism and has over 250 Pagodas dating from several Dynasties. These Pagodas are actually tombs erected to celebrate the life and work of eminent monks and abbots of the Shaolin Temple and they have different heights and shapes.

Around the Academy are other sites such as San Huan Monastery located in a unique Natural Environment with geological features such as odd peaks, strange stones and sky Chain Bridge. You can cross the Hanging Bridge, visit the Zhongyue Temple or the Little Palace which is the oldest Temple in China build in Qin Dynasty, Songyue Temple Pagoda which is the earliest Buddhist Temple in China, The Observatory so on.

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Shop nearby

Balanced meals prepared by nutritionist and health specialists

Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy offers balanced meals which follow the principles of Yin-Yang. The academy works together with the nutritionist Kai Jun and the doctor Wang Peng Fei to ensure that our students have the best nourishment while training Kung Fu. You can have an outstanding master but if your meals are poor, your kung fu will not improve very much due to lack of vital energy called Qi.

When a student arrives at our Academy, he/she will have a consultation with Songshan Shaolin Academys doctor and nutritionist. Depending on their previous lifestyle, some students lack nutrients which are vital for Qi or they are overweight - these students will be recommended to follow a particular diet in order to increase their Qi and lose the excess weight in a healthy way. The food will be then prepared based on these recommendations. Complementary proteins are found in rice (black or brown), dry beans, tofu and beans (we offer yellow, red, green and black beans).

The academy offers three nutritious and balanced meals per day. Each meal consist of good carbohydrates (85% of the individual calorie intake) such as rice (black or brown - we do not offer white rice due to its poor nutritional value and bleaching process), oats, whole grain pasta, and different type of beans. Good carbohydrates release slow the energy, and it will keep you going for hours.

Intense physical activity could potentially damage your muscles if you don't have the right amount of protein intake in your diet. Your daily intake of protein depends on your body weight and is up to 35% of your daily calorie intake and depends on your physical activity. We offer high quality protein such as lean meat (in our Academy is forbidden to eat meat with fat or to cook with pig fat which is usual practice in China), poultry (chicken, duck), fish, and eggs.

The academy offers on daily basis fresh fruits on season and fresh protein drinks (made in house from peanuts, almonds, and beans). The academy also offers a big range of algae which are excellent for longevity, as well as homemade collagen foods for a young skin. The academy buys all the groceries locally and they will ensure that they are organically grown. If you like particular dishes offered, our nutritionist can teach you how to prepare them. You will also have lessons on nutrition and Yin-Yang principles of healthy lifestyle.

Yin Yang principles of a healthy lifestyle

You will take charge of your belly, mind, health and life! The academy understands how important a healthy and balanced meal is for a demanding daily routine. The food is the fuel for your daily routine, and it can nourish or sabotage you. Some of the students have special requirements such as vegetarian food, vegan, and halal. The academy is very flexible and happy to meet any dietary requirements. All the dietary requirements are met following the Yin-Yang principles.

The Qi (life force energy) is in the food. Life is not static; everything is constantly moving, changing, and shifting. Yin & Yang are the opposing and complementary energy forces that determine the natural order of the universe. These forces are reflected in our cells and the human body. Food formulas have yin and yang proprieties.

When you digest food, the Qi sustains you. The flow of energy must be vigorous in order to maintain good health. Your Qi can be improved and maintained by changing what you eat. The Taoist approach to eating focuses on the food itself bringing in energy. The western approach is focused on how the food eaten creates the metabolic energy.

When you digest dead food, which lacks Qi, you feel sluggish and lethargic. Examples of dead foods are: old vegetables, frozen meat, processed milk, and fruits. Processed and refined foods also lack energy and fill the bodies with chemicals and toxins that block energy flow. If dead energy in dead food is allowed to stagnate, it could actually poison you with harmful Qi.

The closer food is to its natural state and the less sophisticated, processed or refined it is, the more nutritional value is shared with our bodies. Therefore, meals can be very simple. Natural, fresh, alive food contains goodness and nourishment.

The goal is to find balance. Eating predominantly Yin foods causes the body to produce only Yin energy, which is darker, slower-moving, and has a pacifying effect. It gives a feeling of lightness, making the body less full and cooler. Eating predominantly Yang foods causes the body to produce only Yang energy, which is faster, hotter, and much more energetic.

Yang foods boost mental strength and encourage assertive and aggressive behaviors. The best way to good health is to choose foods that are balanced, containing both the Yin & Yang energies. Foods that are predominantly Yin or Yang should be treated with caution. Use this balance theory for all areas that need balance.

For those with passive or wishy-washy thoughts, those who are disorganized, lazy or apathetic, eat more Yang energy foods. For those with rigid thinking patterns and driven personalities, the Yin energy foods will help to restore equilibrium. Use this knowledge to balance your system whenever the delicate balance is disrupted.

Balanced Yin & Yang energy foods are: grains, seeds, rice, root vegetables, cheese, and apples. It depends on the mixtures of the growing and the combination of the finished product. The balanced foods grow in the dark environment in the flesh of the fruit or vegetable, Yin energy, even though the fruit or vegetable itself has been exposed to the sunshine which is Yang energy.

Eating what is locally grown helps keep your body balanced with the local climate. For example, if you lived in the tropics you would eat the Yin energy fruits such as pineapple, figs, dates, and chilies. These Yin energy foods combat the heat of the Yang tropical climate. Likewise, in colder climates.

Excess of Yin foods will produce: Leukemia, Meningitis, Colitis, Epilepsy, Emphysema, Diabetes, Asthma, Skin cancer, Hypersensitivity, Nervousness. Excess of Yang foods will produce: Jaundice, Gout, Ulcers, Tongue cancer, Lung cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Kidney cancer, Colon cancer, Muscular dystrophy, Anger, Paranoia. Excess of both Yin and Yang foods will produce: Arteriosclerosis, Hepatitis, Uremia, Gallstones, Breast cancer, Uterine cancer, Bladder cancer, Schizophrenia.

  • 3 years accommodation
  • All training sessions and available classes
  • Chinese traditional medicine doctor consultations and health recommendations
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by and under the guidance of Kai Jun : Yin-Yang specialist
  • Daily meditation sessions and visits to the academys meditation center
  • Getting to know authentic Chinese traditions
  • Learning to cook Yin-Yang meals: longevity, weight loss, beauty
  • Learning the secrets of looking and feeling young
  • Reside in the center of ancient civilization, the land of Zen Philosophy of Chinese Buddhism
  • Training inside the Original Shaolin temple in Henan Province

Arrival by airplane

From your country of origin, you must travel by plane to Beijing, Shanghai or any International airport. There is airport in Zhengzhou City which is located within 100 kilometers away from the Academy.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy an inquiry.

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  • Review by Bert S. from Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I am extremely glad to have had the opportunity to book my Kung Fu experience through the Martial arts web. More so that they have referred me to the Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy. This school is by far the best of all the others I've witnessed at the ancient Shaolin Temple grounds. The school under instruction of a genuine Kung Fu Master, Shifu Shi Yan Jun - 34th generation Shaolin warrior Monk was more tuitional than most. Furthermore it has proper chinese chefs, translators and a grand master. You will find excellent trained students and beginners in the school integrated in a fully structured program. Andi M, the manager, speaks a number of languages, will coordinate your program to your level of fitness and health. My month long stay was pleasant and I cant wait to return in summer."

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  • Review by Jamie Geraghty from Dublin, Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I absolutely loved my time in Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy. I stayed there for one month and during my time there I made some amazing friends, learned an unbelievable amount and got to do it all in an incredible environment. Shifu thought me so much and not just from Kung Fu, but how to be a better person in general.I can't praise Andi highly enough for organising my entire trip. She remained in constant contact with me and looked after me my entire time I was there. The surroundings you are privileged enough to be in are incredible. I have come back a better, happier person than when I arrived. What I experienced and learned within the school are lessons that will stay with me for the rest of my life and I would recommend this experience to anybody."

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  • Review by Lahat Shriker from Israel
    10 out of 10

    "A great place a caring attitude, they have patience and a desire to learn. Thanks to Andi & shifu for all the support and help during this month."

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  • Review by Alexandre from France
    10 out of 10

    "In 11 months at this academy I learned way more than I expected. My Kung Fu of course improved a lot but I also learned about the culture of China and of Kung Fu, the spirituality, the discipline and a lot about myself. I understand now why masters learn Kung Fu all their life, because is not only a sport, it’s a way of life. Shifu Yan Jun is a really good master, not only because his Kung Fu is impressive but because he understand the students. He see each student in their true nature and helps them improve their Kung Fu and most importantly, helps them find the true path to be happy. Even if he doesn’t speak English really well, we learned a lot from him because of his character. The Academy is located next to the Shaolin temple and the mountains where Dharma meditated during 9 years. We lived in a really spiritual place, with the peaceful energy from the mountains, the temple, and all the monks resting in the Pagoda Forest."

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  • Review by Nadja from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "The training schedule is very diverse, interesting and inspiring. The daily schedule is perfect, I think. Accommodation and food by far exceeded my expectations. I especially value that Shifu always emphasizes the ‘mental’ aspect /strength in training. Very family-like atmosphere. The location inside the Temple is an exceptional experience. My expectations of the Academy were exceeded in every way!"

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  • Review by Andreea from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Shifu Shi Yan Jun is an expert at not only understanding human behavior and your personal issues but also in communicating with you, heart to heart. He can read what is in your mind and heart. When I came to China I was obese and 42 years old. No chance I will accomplish much my friends told me!But hey, now after more than 16 months of training with Shifu Yan Jun, my life has changed. He forces you to step aside from the situation you got yourself into. He does it so carefully but so effectively and you realize that nothing is the way it is for any reason then you created that for yourself.I learned Shaolin forms and their applications, I do splits and I'm very flexible, I participated at Competitions for Tai Chi Quan and won first place (competing with Chinese as well) but mostly I am in great shape! Have been on TV shows and give Interviews, I learn to cook healthy Chinese food and I'm fluent in Chinese! Shifu's teachings help me always be at my best."

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  • Review by D-jay from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I choose China because I wanted to try Shaolin Kung Fu since I was very young. My greatest gain is seeing how much I improved over time. All my Shifu influenced me and without their support and guidance I wouldn't improve this much. All my masters made my stay nice and enjoyable. The areas within the Shaolin Academy are very nice and feels very relaxing and peaceful and translators all helped. Shifu also did their best and more."

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  • Review by Felix from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I was looking for a Shifu specialized in Sanda. I love to fight and train as hard as I can! I had some Shifu's before. They taught me well but none of them was like my new Shifu, Shi Yan Jun. He is so full of energy and actually willing to spar with me!He is amazing powerful and have an awesome technique and I learn from it very well. The greatest thing is that he was a Sanda Champion in China, so he knows how to fight and have a lot of experience! As well he looks for the balance between hard Sanda training and soft Qigong, Tai Chi to keep the body healthy! It is a pleasure to train with him every day."

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Dengfeng, China

Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy is the only one Academy authorized to teach foreign students inside the Original Shaolin Temple.

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