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China is the most popular destination of martial arts enthusiasts. Come and learn more than you think possible and push yourself to your limits. This is a productive way to spend some time off routine, and Taizu will offer you what you need. The academy offers both external and internal Kung Fu style classes. Authentic Shaolin masters from the Shaolin Temple of the Henan Province train all students, so this is not a chance to miss out on!
Airport transfer included: Beijing Capital International Airport
The students will stay at student rooms at the school. All of the student rooms are bright and roomy, located right next to the training hall and the dining room. Equipped with both an electric fan and a heater, a good life during both summer and winter is guaranteed. Furthermore, the rooms are all furnished with two single beds and wardrobes as well as a table and a chair.
Each student room can accommodate one to three students depending on the room size and number of students at the time. Each room has one or two single beds with sheets and bedding. Extra blankets and heaters are provided for the students during the winter season, while fans are provided during the summer season. All rooms have power sockets, desks, and wardrobes. There are also shared bathrooms with hot showers and laundry rooms for students to use for their washing purposes. All students staying at the school are also provided with healthy prepared meals.
Taizu Mountain Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is an institute for the teaching and promotion of traditional Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese martial arts in China. It is a traditional Shaolin Kung Fu academy, that accepts students from around the world who wants to learn different styles of Chinese Kung Fu, such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanda (Sanshou), Qigong, Wudang Kung Fu, Chin Na, Tai Chi, Xingyi, Bagua, Baji, and Wing Chun.
Chinese Kung Fu (martial arts, Gongfu, or Wushu) is a series of fighting styles which has developed over the centuries in China. Although being fighting styles, Kung Fu advocates virtue and peace, not aggression or violence. This has been the common value upheld by martial artists from generation to generation.
With a number of movement sets, boxing styles, weapon skills, and some fighting stunts, Kung Fu keeps its original function of self-defense. Now its value in body-building and fitness is also highly appreciated. A strong will and persistence is the precondition for learning Kung Fu. The basic skills of legs, waist, shoulders, and stance training need to be practiced daily.
Employing the solid foundation of the basic skills, one can choose from the various sects to learn specific routines of boxing, kicking, and weapon skills, to improve the combat ability. The following styles of Chinese Kung Fu will be part of your weekly training schedule. Some of them are offered in optional classes, but all of them can be trained full-time if you wish to.
In this period of time, you will learn the Shaolin basics and one traditional short fist form. Furthermore, you will be able to learn basic Tai Chi moves and a basic Tai Chi form if you should wish. Depending on experience, some students might be able to learn more and some less than described. You will learn the following forms, five-step fist, continuous fist or tongbei fist, and 24-step yang style Tai Chi.
Shaolin Kung Fu is not a creation of one person, but an accumulation of works by millions of people. Shaolin Kung Fu is the pearl of Chinese wisdom, which was handed down by numerous generations of China’s top martial artists.
Shaolin Kung Fu has a vast content and numerous forms. Here are some important aspects of Kung Fu, internal, external, hard, and light Kung Fu and Qi Gong. The internal Kung Fu mainly focuses on practicing the strength of one’s body, the light Kung Fu focuses on agility, while Qi Gong includes the practice and maintenance of qi.
Shaolin Kung Fu includes hand-to-hand defense as well as the use of weapons, such as staff, spear, broadsword, straight sword, and various other weapons, combat, equipment, performance sparring, sparring with weapons, and more. All Kung Fu and weapons forms that have been created by monks or lay-man monks from the temple and all Kung Fu that came to the temple from outside is referred to as Shaolin Kung Fu.
Shaolin combat technique is divided into ancient techniques, which means traditional combat and modern which is divided into San Da and actual combat. The ancient techniques include Shan Zhen Yi Shen Ba, Hu Bu Ba, You Long Fei Bu, Dan Feng Chao Yang, Shi Zhi Luan Ba, Ye Di Tou Tao, Hei Hu Tao Xin, Lao Hou Ban Zhi, Jin Si Cha Fa, Ying Men Tie Shan Zi, Bo Bu Pao, and so on.
Shaolin boxing nowadays features these kinds of movements; boxing, and Buddhism as a system, combination of spirit and movement, aggressive attack together with violent strikes, and proceed or retreat with parts of the body. Generally speaking, Shaolin forms are short and the routine of the movements are mostly linear.
The requirements of Shaolin actions and stances are as follow, with your head straight, follow the movements of the body with extremities, focus your eyes on a point, use great awareness, open your chest and straighten your back, and for the knees, hips, and toes, point all slightly inside to protect the groin. The shoulders should be relaxed and the arms slightly curved when attacking.
Make sure that when you are attacking, you do not forget to defend yourself and use decisive, strong, and swift defense in event of another's attack. Keep your balance at all times, be flexible when moving, and be stable when stationary. The footwork should be low when proceeding with attack, and high when retreating to coordinate the entire body. All movements should be fast.
Shaolin boxing is hard, strong, fast, and according to the Chinese is "filled with softness inside." It also is plain and practical with every action, both attack and defense as well as in pose. As the old saying goes, practice in a place where only a cow can lie, such is Shaolin boxing, you are not limited by the place and its size.
The Shaolin style embodies a word, hard. It is practiced with both attack and defense, but mostly attack. The form is not only beautiful, but also practical. The steps are flexible. Shaolin teaches you actions forward, actions of retreat, reaction, and to punch directly in front of you.
On body and fist, it is required that the arm is not too straight, to keep all the forward and backward motion natural. The foot technique must be stable and flexible, the eye technique requires staring at the opponent's eyes and for the breathing, the qi should be "down to your dan tian'" before the qi is released. The action is as fast as a flash, a spin like a turning wheel, a stance like a pine, and a jump like a fly.
Shaolin boxing is divided into two schools, Southern, which emphasizes fists, and Northern, which emphasizes legs. There are many styles also within both Southern and Northern Shaolin.
Tai Chi is a comprehensive study and characterized by the interaction of the energies of yin and yang. Its creation brought together an understanding of the laws of the human body with those of nature, alternating force and flexibility with swiftness and slowness.
Tai Chi masters say that this gentle dance develops one to be able to possess the flexibility of child, the strength of a lumberjack, and, eventually, the wisdom of a sage. Tai Chi embodies the Chinese idea that all life is based on life energy or qi. Many Tai Chi forms incorporate the movement of the arms as though one is gently holding a big beach ball of qi.
Based on the Chinese worldview, Tai Chi divides qi into two equal, opposite, and complementary parts, yin and yang. Tai Chi incorporates the yin and yang unity of opposites in many ways, for example, during Tai Chi routines, the weight shifts repeatedly from one leg to the other and the arms move in opposite, yet complementary directions.
In Tai Chi, during attack and defense, you sense the opposite force and force's direction by the ability to sense and break up the coming force. Using the force received to defend, for example having changes of move following the opposite changes. The basic actions of Tai Chi are tightening, quivering, stroking, squeezing, elbowing, shoving, advancing, receding, considering, waiting, and stillness.
The main principle of Tai Chi fist is that with the soft strength. You restrain the opponent's strong power and with the skill of this fist, you shrewdly take your adversary's strength and use it against them. Tai Chi fist is, therefore, very effective in actual combat.
Tai Chi fist is also remarkably beneficial for improving the learner's health. In Chinese modern society, it is suitable for everyone, from kids to the elderly. It is very popular in China. It has been acknowledged that training this fist is very useful for building body strength, curing illnesses, cultivating your moral character, and prolonging your life.
Tai Chi helps to reduce stress and promote health. Tai Chi has become popular because it is a highly effective way to improve your overall health, in body, mind, and spirit. With the focus on the flowing movements, your mind is completely in the present and becomes calm and clear. For this reason, Tai Chi is often referred to as ‘meditation in motion’.
Some main benefits of Tai Chi are to rejuvenate your body, loosen your joints, and ease your tensions, help you gain more energy and strength, increase inner peace and mental clarity, and improve blood circulation.
Research from many fields including medicine, physics, chemistry, anatomy, psychology, etc. have shown that practicing Tai Chi plays a beneficial role in the prevention and cure of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, pulmonary disease, hepatitis, naturopathy, intestines, neurasthenia, and more.
Anyone can learn Tai Chi. No matter what age you are, you can practice and enjoy Tai Chi. Taizu Shaolin Kung Fu Academy welcomes beginners as well as advanced practitioners. The Tai Chi masters are very adept at judging an individual’s skill level and will adapt the training to each person’s needs.
Wing Chun trains the awareness of one's own body movement derived from muscular, tendon, and articular sources. A correct Wing Chun stance is like a piece of bamboo, firm but flexible, rooted but yielding. This structure is used to either deflect external forces or redirect them. Wing Chun favors a high, narrow stance with the elbows kept close to the body.
Within the stance, arms are positioned across the vitals of the center line. Shifting or turning within a stance is carried out variedly on the heels, balls, or middle of the foot depending on lineage. All attacks and counter-attacks are initiated from this firm, stable base.
Wing Chun features steady stances, generation of forces, three tricks with six forces, fists playing close to one's own body, usage of explosive power, stressing on real combat, focusing on completion of movements, and combination of offence and defense by forcing up or crushing down the fists or feet from the opposing side.
This style of Chuan emphasizes speed of play, keeping fists and feet close to one's body for better protection, as well as to prepare for attacks and fighting the opponent at close range. When fighting, Yongchun boxers contain their chest, arch the back, close their elbows and knees, draw in their ribs, and keep their thighs closed to protect the groin.
When they use their feet for attack, they must also use their hands in cooperation. When they kick, they do not expose their groin and when they deliver fist blows, their hands do not leave the front of their body. What is commonly seen are six Wing Chun forms, three empty hand forms, one "wooden dummy" form, and two weapons forms.
Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and Kung Fu spirit. The masters at the academy genuinely care about each student. The students can feel this, and display the same behavior to each other and to the masters. This ensures a highly enjoyable atmosphere, where people from all countries come together to dedicate their time to their art. It is a treat for any martial artist to be surrounded by so many people who have the same dedication.
This training will be held in Handan in Hebei Province. Located in Taihang Mountain and bordered by the four provinces in the hinterland, Hebei Province is one of the oldest cities in China and also a famous ancient city. Handan City is a national historical and cultural city, as early as 8000 years ago in the early Neolithic ancestors here Cishan multiply recuperate.
As early as 7300 years ago, it gave birth to the early Neolithic cultures, magnetic mountain ancestors in this area, set up their own homes, creating a world-famous "magnetic mountain culture." In Handan's long history, the process of birth, and its profound history and culture, the descendants of ancestors left a precious spiritual wealth. With unique natural environment and history, Handan City has a rich cultural heritage and beautiful natural landscape. Handan's favorably natural scenery, the rolling Taihang Mountains, the boundless Jingniang Lake, the mountains, and water add a lot to this ancient city.
During this training, you will be served three daily meals. Breakfast consists of traditional buns, Chinese oatmeal, and eggs. Lunch and dinner both consist of rice with a big range of vegetables added, as well as fish and meat.
All meals have vegetarian options. Generally there are about four to seven plates of different foods to choose from during meals, with only two or four of them containing meat. Food and accommodation are included in costs of the school, and meals are covered. However, snacks will not be provided. If the students wish to go out to eat at restaurants, they will find it relatively cheaper in China than it is in their home country.
Please book your flight to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
There are many direct trains from Beijing to Handan. When you arrive at Handan, Taizu Mountain Shaolin Kung Fu Academy will pick you up for free. Reaching Handan by Gaotie is highly recommended as it will save your time.