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Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Shandong, China

Also known as Tashan Chinese Traditional Kung Fu School, Tianmeng teaches authentic Shaolin Kung Fu and is famous for their Meihua poles and training scheme.

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Instructors 3

Master Wang

Master Wang comes from a traditional Kung Fu family. He has over than 20 years of teaching experience with students of different levels and nationalities. He is very good at Shaolin, Tai Chi, Healing Chi Gong (Qi Gong). He has got a very deep understanding of traditional Kung Fu theories and Meihua Poles training.

Master Tong

Master Tong is from a Shaolin Kung Fu family and started to practice Shaolin Kung Fu with his father when he was 6. At the age of 12 years old, he went to Shaolin Temple to do the deep Shaolin Kung Fu study. His mastery in Shaolin forms, and other weapons such as staff, sword, spear, etc. He is also a very good teacher in Sanda, Meihua Quan, and Wing Chun.

Master Gu

Master Gu comes from a traditional Kung Fu family, with his excellence in teaching, has acquired confidential Kung Fu especially in Soft Qi Gong (Chi Kung), Hard Qi Gong (Iron body), and, Tai Ji (Tai Chi), and grappling.

Reviews 13

  • Shane La Roche Australia

    October 2017, BookMartialArts

    It's a nice location away from the hustle bustle of the city in a mountainous valley with some beautiful natural surroundings. The academy is not as beautiful as one might imagine a shaolin school but it is sufficient for training and living quarters are comfortable and private single bedrooms. David, the owner of the school has made some improvements since I arrived and now there is a much bigger indoor training area than once was and a lot more toilets and showers have been added on too which is good. The bathrooms are decent enough and kept clean with western toilets and private shower cubicles, nothing to complain about there. The training is ok and you can learn a lot although depending on how many Sifu's are employed at the academy to the ratio of students you may suffer a lack of personal attention. David wants a good reputation for his academy so he will listen and try to fix anything that you are unhappy with during your stay, you just need to make it clear otherwise a remedy may not be catered for. The two Sifu's that are here currently, Master Wang, and Master Tong are very good and very humble characters you can learn well from. I studied under Master Wang and liked his style of teaching. He will go out of his way to help you learn if you are willing and he is genuinely a good hearted man and very good at what he knows. All in all if you are dedicated and passionate about Kung Fu as I am you can learn a lot in a short time and gain fitness and flexibility.

    If you're vegetarian or vegan like me you might struggle to get decent nutrition however the food was pretty good most of the time. The lesson structure has room for improvement and it would've been nice to have some sparring lessons and application methods. The water pressure of the showers isn't the best but nothing serious to complain about really. At some points there were way too many students for the amount of Sifu's but in fairness I was compensated for this by David who offered two weeks free.

  • Eleanor Sheppard Great Britain

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

    Training in the mountains in rural China was incredible, and I learnt so much from both Liu Shifu and Wang Shifu who trained me; not just about Kung Fu but about how to be a good person as well. The food tasted good, and if you had any complaints, all you had to do was ask politely and the issue would be addressed. You could train as hard as was suitable for you. It was great to have your own bedroom, which was comfortable and contained furniture. I met many amazing and interesting people from all over the world and have gained friends for life.

    The website led me to believe that the facilities would be better than the reality, but I realise now that the academy is actually a very good standard compared to other places in China, especially since they are catering for westerners. With regards to the food, I feel that there was not enough fresh fruit.

  • Lee-anna Mayers Great Britain

    January 2018, BookMartialArts

    I loved the whole experience, it was certainly a humbling one. The simplicity of my life there was a welcomed change to facing the everyday stresses, which I now refer to first world problems, I had at home. I loved the training, I feel that I learnt a lot in the short time I had there. The food was really nice and there was way more variety than I had expected. My room was more than sufficient and the location of the academy I found to be quite quaint.

    I didn't like the fact that I got sick, flu like symptoms, but this was probably down to the change of climate and the inability to keep warm. It was a tad frustrating as I missed some training days but it took nothing away from the experience, it in some ways enriched it due to how attentive the staff were in getting me back to good health

  • Polino247 Great Britain

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

    One thing that stands out is the brotherhood that exists in the academy. Everyone hepls out one another. The staff are very friendly and the training is good. Shifu makes sure you are looked after well and is a very humble and kind shifu.

    Located at the foot of a mountain where there are some stunning views from the top.

    The translators are very helpful and they make sure you are enjoying tour stay.

    Management are keen to listen to tour concerns and try to address them as best as they can.

    Bonus: there is amazing cat ??

    Nothing major worth compaining.

  • James Ward-collins Hungary

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

    Flexibility training

    Forms training

    Running and cardio

    Power stretching

    Sanda

    Shaolin

    Drills

    As a vegetarian the food was not always catered for myself and the two vegans here. Most of the time it was good though.

  • Nathaniel Alvarado United States

    August 2017, BookMartialArts

    I liked the accommodation, the food was fine for me. Some days it was ok, others it was amazingly delicious. I never complained about what I ate or where I lay my head. At this academy the people you meet also make it a great experience, very family friendly environment.

    This is my absolute honest review, everything was great except how the training was organized. Not with the scheduling but who was teaching it and how it was taught. The website advertises several shifu's up to 5 I believe. But when I arrived there was only one, and a very good sanda trainer. Later, shifu Liu arrived. I was not able to learn the things I wanted to learn upon getting there. Instead of what I wanted to learn I was put in the "generic" lesson plan. I wanted to learn Wing Chun and Bagua, and I was denied Bagua and There was no shifu for Wing Chun. I would have had zero problems with the academy if what was advertised was actually provided in regards to what was provided to learn from. Other than that everything was great. I had problems with no one, David, Emily, Tekken were very nice and helpful. I would go back if they had more shifus. It was still a great experience for me.

  • Hakan Guven Australia

    July 2017, BookMartialArts

    Liked the Shifu

    Nothing in this place is as advertised. When I arrived there was only one shifu. Later on they employed a sanda (Chinese kickboxing) instructor for kids and try to tell as that he was a Shifu (a 22 year old). What a joke.

    Food was no where near enough for the people. And though out my stay there was construction that was constantly in the way. Which also was a big hazard issue considering someone before my arrival has had hurt them self really bad.

    Ac is only turned on during lunch break and after dinner for 3 hours for the dorms.

    If you're excepting to be near the lake or temple. DON'T. This is false information and advertising. However there is a small PIG farm next door.

    I can keep going on and on. But here's the winner.

    The owner has decided to have a english summer camp for the rich Chinese kids. And the students there will be spending time with them and interacting with the kids talking in english. When I confronted him he first said it was his friends kids and that he was not charging any money. Which is pretty much a lie considering we have find and translated the advertising he had on local media. I was able to leave a month early and get my money by playing nice and telling him that I would leave a good feedback. Many people were not so lucky. I mean who wants to be around kids when your trying to learn a sword form.

    This review will be up on most sites including trip adverser very shortly and I would really like to be contacted by bookingmartialsarts.com

  • April Hutchinson Saudi Arabia

    July 2017, BookMartialArts

    The staff was friendly and helpful. The local people were very warm and welcoming. The surrounding area was stunning.

  • Alice Sodeyfi Austria

    June 2017, BookMartialArts

    I loved the people there, the surroundings. I learned to love <3

  • Vladimir Kurajda Slovakia

    BookMartialArts website

    First of all I would like to say that I enjoyed my stay in Tianmeng Kung fu Academy a lot. Although I have stayed only a month, I have managed to get a good insight into this

    Amazing martial art. Teachers were really good and carrying. Food was over my expectation (please set your mind and stomach for Chinese menu ;)

    If you arrive in summer it's more crowded, in the winter is quiter but you get more attention. If you'll go for winter, be advice, academy is in the mountains, it's cold. Prepare.

    Loved the surrounding area. Hope to come back again. Good luck Tianmeng. Thanks for having me.

  • Andrew U.S.A.

    BookMartialArts

    I stayed at the academy for 4 months in total from January 2016 to May 2016. My four months there were some of the most fun months I have ever spent doing anything. The manager of the academy was also very helpful in making sure I was able to come to China by helping extend my visa on very short notice and right before Chinese New Year which is an extremely busy time for China. The people at the academy, the chef, Shifus, translators and students alike all were very welcoming, great and funny people in general. The atmosphere at the academy is very fun and cheerful thanks to the people. I was also able to greatly improve my fitness which was one of the main reasons I attended. At first the idea of training in China for such a long time was a worrisome prospect and I was very nervous but after the first few days I was so glad to have booked for four months. Aside from the academy the surrounding areas are interesting and fun to explore with new found friends or by yourself. The locals are friendly and problems hardly ever arose during my stay. As my time there got closer to ending I truly regretted not being able to book my stay for longer and I will definitely be returning.

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  • Leigh Goodman

    Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy website

    I have all in all had a great time here. I have been here for one month and have learnt a lot of new skills; including tai chi, chi gong, kung fu forms, pole movements, balancing exercises, amazing ways to stretch and gain strength as well as self-defence tactics. I take away with me various practices that I want to continue working on in my daily life and a much stronger and healthier body.

  • David UK

    Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy website

    I arrived on 25/03/17 and was unsure of exactly what to expect. I was instantly put at ease - the staff and students I met were friendly and helpful, and I felt like I'd made a good choice. Initially I had booked to stay for a month but ended up staying 2 months, and would have stayed longer if I could! The school is in a beautiful rural location, and has all the necessary amenities.

    The Sifus are very knowledgeable and amazing at what they do. If you put the work in and train hard, the more you will benefit. I learnt more than I had expected, including several forms, weapons, and some Plum Blossom Fist. The daily schedule is well laid out and includes various forms of training, including weights, cardio, stretching etc.

    I made some amazing friends here, learnt loads, and left feeling fitter, stronger, and more flexible. I enjoyed it so much I am looking to return later in the year!

  • Michel Switzerland

    Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy website

    Tianmeng Academy probably is one of the most international places I have encountered, surrounded by the most un-international surroundings imaginable. It is hidden in an idyllic location surrounded by hills and mountains in the depths of Shandong province. I have made friends for a lifetime, I strengthened body and mind, and managed to get a small glimpse at what Chinese culture is. Definitely to be back.

  • Nicolai Denmark

    Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy website

    I have stayed here for a little bit more than 4 month in total 1 and a half month last year and 3 month this year.

    I am 27 years old and have traveled over most of the world to see different cultures and learn new skills. And I absolutely love Tianmeng academy. I have visit some other schools in china, but remained at Tianmeng. For some simple reasons I will list below. for me it was very important to find the right school before I left my family for 1 year to train. a school that shares the same values as me and also trains me in a correct way.

    Everyone Have single rooms here so everyone have the opportunity to be well rested and I general just nice to be able to shut your door, after being around other people all day.

    The sifus here actually provides a individual chase by chase training that match your level and creates exactly what I need, my main focus was Taiji and sanda, something that is hard to find in the same place as they are the exact opposite. So here I have a young master who can push me and punch me and a older master who skill fully can guide me and push me to reach my peak within the forms.

    I feel like this is my home any problem I have David(the manager) takes care of if it is Buying extra fruits for students sorting out a visa, recommending a restaurant, anything I could imagine. also when accidents have happened it is easy to see that we stick together as one unit and are not on our own in china with their interesting laws and confusing systems.

    My fellow students, are good to accommodate new people and I instantly felt welcomed and at ease, everyone trains hard, even people who may have trouble with the physical aspects are taken good care of by both students and shifus. So they fell included and supported. During my stay we have had students who were Muslims, Hindus, Christians and atheist and all live together and have space to be free to believe and be who they are. Something I personally value very high.

    All in all I cannot recommend this school enough, it is no a 5 star hotel and we are in china, yes the food is different and yes the living conditions are different. but for students who really want to learn Kungfu and work on them self this is the ideal place to do so. Super excited to be here, and to see what will happen In the next month of my stay!

  • Alice Austria

    Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy website

    Joining the Tianmeng Academy for one month( from May 1) was one of the best decisions in my life. I wish i could stay longer, because one month is clearly not enough. You don't only learn Kungfu, you also grow by heart. I met a lot of wonderful people here, whom i definitely keep in touch. Lots of love, Alice

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