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6 Days Authentic Shaolin Monk Martial Arts Training in Yunnan, China

Monk Warrior China Martial Arts Training

Shifu Shi Yanjun, famous not only in China, but in many countries around the world, will teach and guide you during this training in order 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. You will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in daily Buddhist ceremonies or learn Chinese Mandarin, Chinese traditional medicine, and Chinese culture among other things.

Highlights

  • 7 hours of training
  • Monk spiritual training
  • Meditation in the Shaolin Temple
  • Tailored training plan to match your own goals and needs
  • Theory classes on Chinese Mandarin language
  • Chinese culture and Kung Fu movie classes
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 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

At Shaolin Temple Yunnan they offer a full monk experience. They have shared monk rooms shared by maximum 10 persons. The rooms are simple and suited for an authentic experience while you learn Kung Fu. The washing facilities are shared no matter the accommodation. In all accommodation types you will be provided with bedding, linens, 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 your accommodation long in advance. The temple’s rooms are limited and they book very fast.

Songshan Shaolin Wushu Academy Martial Arts Training China Program

The training takes place inside the Shaolin Temple. Students can take part in the Buddhist ceremony every morning at 5:30 a.m. and every 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 9:00 p.m. They offer more than 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 at the temple and has no previous experience in Kung Fu, they are advised to follow the timetable for one week and decide what they like best so that for the following weeks the student can focus only on their 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's appetite for learning.

With the Shaolin Temple Yunnan you can learn up to five forms in one month. 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. 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 beliefs 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. 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.

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 which will be explained on arrival. At Shaolin Temple you arrive to immerse yourself in an authentic culture. You will live in an environment where the monks of the Shaolin Temple live. The temple will do their best to help you achieve your own goals and Kung Fu dreams.

You can also achieve a ranking in your Kung Fu if you train hard enough. The ranking system used by the Shaolin Temple has 12 levels and by training intensively for at least three years you can achieve the fourth level. The temple trains students in small groups. It trains Chinese apprentices on site as well.

If you have an outstanding attitude towards training and show a deep understanding of Kung Fu morality, you will be offered the opportunity to become a Shifu Yanjun disciple and to get a scholarship. You will have a lot of time with your Shifu and you can have a peaceful lifestyle in a zen environment. However, if you would like to be more active, there are many opportunities for performances, competitions, and other events. The temple has a high level of success in competitive events held locally and nationally.

Shaolin Temple's Shi Yanjun sports program code

Treat all with courtesy and respect. Exemplify righteousness, honor, and, compassion. Use honesty and be trustworthy in your words and deeds. Understand loyalty and apply it to your actions. Avoid conflicts, yield, and overcome. Learn with an open mind. Be humble in your actions and achievements. Destroy ignorance. Ignorance leads to fear and violence. Value the heart, mind, body, and spirit in your actions. Treat others like you would like to be treated.

Styles / Categories

  • Ba Gua Zhang
  • Mantis
  • Meditation
  • Meihua Quan
  • Qin Na
  • Qigong (Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing)
  • Shaolin boxing (Sanda)
  • Shaolin Kung Fu
  • Taiji Quan
  • Wing Chun

All the styles of Kung Fu offered have formal certifications.

Types of exercises taught at the tample

  • Abdominal exercises
  • Circuit training
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Hard Qigong (iron palm, iron body)
  • Sanda (shaolin boxing and fighting in the ring)
  • Self-defense techniques
  • Strength exercises (push-ups, squats, jumping, pull-ups, high knee run, dumbbells, barbell, press, and so on)

Theory classes offered

  • Buddhism philosophy
  • Chinese cooking
  • Chinese culture (calligraphy, tea ceremony, Chinese numerology, Feng Shui, chess, and games)
  • Chinese traditional medicine (acupuncture, massage, cupping, scraping, herbal medicine, and nutrition)

Language course and course preparation

At Xingtai University, you can learn Chinese Mandarin and get certified.

Academy profile

Shi Yanjun is the head coach of the kung fu team. The temple is the only center for foreign students authorized by the venerable Abbot Shi Yanbei. Shifu Shi Yanjun is the 34th generation shaolin warrior monk and 17th generation disciple of Meihua Quan. 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).

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 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 here is very balanced which means the programs are offered all year round without restrictions.

Kunming city has a history of more than 2400 years and was the gateway of the silk road, en route to Sichuan, Tibet, Myanmar, India, and more. Kunming is also renowned for its culinary experience, being multicultural in nature.

Features

General

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

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Local market
  • Medical assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this training, you will be provided with three daily meals. 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 a 100% vegetarian diet.

However, when you eat with the monks you must follow their habits of eating. This means their meals are at the set times of 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. and they do not talk during meal time and 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
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)

The doctor monks offer personalized medical and holistic treatments which you can access during your free time. Also, Kunming is called the eternal spring city and it offers an amazing range of great places to visit. Either in the city or around, you will always find something to do or visit. Some great Kunming attractions are:

  • Dianchi Lake
  • Grand View Park
  • Green Lake Park
  • Golden Temple
  • Horticultural Expo Garden
  • Stone Forest (First World Wonder)
  • Western Hills

What's included

  • All training sessions and theory classes
  • Chinese traditional medicine and health recommendations
  • Daily meals 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
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Extra bedding
  • Medical treatments
  • Private classes
  • Toiletries

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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