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Generally there is a communal atmosphere when training at TianMeng Academy and guests are expected to follow rules as the school life is set by timed practices and routine. It is different from staying in a hotel, and combined with the training given, is a very authentic experience.
Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy offers Kung Fu training in Shandong, China. They teach many styles of Kung Fu such as Shaolin, Wing Chun, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Meihua Quan, Bagua, Xingyi, and Baji. They are famous for their unique training in Meihua poles, which was previously a Chinese Kung Fu secret.
When you arrive at the academy, you will be assigned a master according to what you want to learn. Your master will assess your abilities and create an individual training plan to suit your level, wants, and needs.
During this training, you will be staying at Tianmeng Academy in Shandong, China. For the accommodation, each student will be staying in a private single room. The Academy respects everyone's privacy and a need for a proper rest beside the training. Moreover, the bathrooms are male and female separation, each one consists of western toilets, private shower cabins, and washing machines. There is also permanent hot water for the convenience of the students.
During the summer, there will be free fans and air-conditions. While during the winter, there are heaters and electric blankets as well. The academy has a capacity of not more than 40 students, that is to keep the academy in a family-like atmosphere, as well as maintains the coziness and the comfort of the students. Make sure you inform Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy in advance for your trip to the academy so they can guarantee you an available room, especially during the summer months.
The dining room is open all day and it is a place for you to relax, play pool, table tennis, basketball, and football. There are also TV and DVD player available for you to use during your free time. The Academy also has a classroom which could be used for quieter activities such as reading and studying. Moreover, Tianmeng Academy also offers two training salons for indoor use and outdoor training space.
The academy also has training equipment such as dummies for Wing Chun training and power training equipment Sanda boxing bags. At the outdoor area, there are Meihua poles with different height, as well as wooden poles suitable for stretching and hard Qi Gong. There are also different types of weapons such as staffs, swords, spears, training knives, kwan dao, liang jie gun, and more. In addition, there are also mats and suitable flooring surface at the gym for training acrobatics pads, gloves, and body protectors.
During the program, students must abide all the following Tianmeng Academy rules and regulations: The morning training begins at 6 a.m. The schools main door is locked at 9.30 p.m. and students are required to sleep at 10 p.m. in order to get enough rest and recover for the next day training. Students must arrive on time for training, minimally 5 minutes before the start of the training and make sure they get enough rest to maintain the focus and ability to train properly.
Formal training at the academy starts at 6.00 a.m. However, students can wake up at 5.30 a.m. for warm-up running and catching fresh air along the mountain road or playground of the academy.
Fridays from 5 - 6 p.m. is the maintenance of the academy, which means that everyone (students and staff) is taking care of the training salons, the bathrooms, the dining room, and the kitchen. This is part of the training and it is an accepted routine in many traditional Kung Fu schools in China. Students must keep themselves and the academy neat and clean. There will be a room inspection on Mondays at 8 a.m.
The training schedule covers the external and internal styles of Kung Fu. In every Kung Fu style, there is yin and yang and each practitioner has to find a balance in his training. For thousands of years, Chinese ancestors have discovered the secret to a long and healthy life and passed this down from master to disciple. The fundamental principle of life cultivation is to develop universal harmony by using a balanced approach. The human body should be in perfect balance of intake and outflow, activity and rest, sleep and wakefulness.
During this time, you can manage to get a general idea of what Chinese Kung Fu is like and learn the methods to practice some Chinese Kung Fu styles. The below schedule is an example of training provided by the current masters. However, both are subject to seasonal change.
Besides martial arts, Tianmeng Academy also offers optional classes such as Mandarin language.
Tianmeng Kung Fu Academy is nestled between the footsteps of the scenic Tianmeng mountains and Tianmeng National park, located in the peaceful and friendly environment of Shandong province, China.
Tianmeng Academy is unique in its authentic methods of teaching Kung Fu in China. The students have an opportunity to train in the ancient Chinese Kung Fu style “Meihua Quan” (plum blossom). It had been secretly handed down from master to disciple for thousands of years in China. Additionally, “Meihua Quan” includes training on and between special “Meihua” poles.
Tianmeng Kung Fu Academy provides highly qualified Chinese Masters in traditional Kung Fu styles, such as: Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing), Wing Chun, Tai Ji, Qigong, Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan, Ba Ji, Qinna, Mantis, meditation, and others.
The academy have at least two Masters in school that makes 6-10 students under each master usually. Over 20 students there are 3 shifu if students in school over 20 and an additional after 30 - usually in Summer time when is more busy. The masters are authentic Shaolin masters from the Shaolin Temple. They have rich experiences in teaching international students. They are dedicated to teaching their students and “opening” their individual potential.
The mission of the Academy is to harmonize the Three Treasures: Essence, Energy (Chi), and Spirit in each student’s life. Tianmeng Academy believes that the journey to Kung Fu Mastery will empower each student’s wellness, life style, healthcare, and longevity.
Shaolin Kung Fu uses power, strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination. Traditional Shaolin methods produce extraordinary skills and abilities, which are both offensive and defensive. Some of these skills include dexterity training, pressure points, nerve manipulation, and much more. Also, most of these skills take two to six years to master. During your stay at Tianmeng, they will be teaching you the Shaolin basics, basic applications, and five steps (basic form), as well as the first form and a staff form.
When you become more advanced, you will have the option to learn a wider variety of fist and weapon forms, as well as traditional Shaolin forms and animal forms. You will also be taught the applications and practice what you have learned in a combat environment.
By practicing Shaolin, it can help you with memory, fitness, flexibility, coordination, as well as helping to make your mind peaceful, calm, and gain more self-confidence. Moreover, you will develop great self-defense techniques, combat ability, and become more aware of your surroundings.
Meihua Quan is an ancient style of Chinese boxing which existed as early as the Shang Dynasty (1600 B.C. to 1046 B.C.). For thousands of years, Meihua Quan had been practiced as a secret martial art in tightly knit organizations to maintain the internal unity. That preservation had brought fine traditions and outstanding skills to the Masters of the past.
Currently, Meihua Quan is characterized by a family-like atmosphere where practitioners of different level consistently help each other to improve on their levels. The study of Meihua Quan consists of two parts: the theoretic field and the martial field.
The theory is derived from ancient scriptures and documents which have been handed down from generation to generation. Meanwhile, the martial field of Meihua Quan develops the martial skills and teaches the theory of boxing. The martial skills consist of a framework (jia zi), footwork at eight directions (ba fang), duel-training boxing (cheng quan), winning boxing (yang quan), weapons, and Qi Gong.
Jia Zi is the routine for basic Kung fu training in Meihua Quan, it consists of stake stances and moving steps. These five stances are based on the theory of generation and restriction of the five elements metal, water, wood, fire, and earth respectively, along with Yin-Yang theory.
Meanwhile, the three kinds of moving steps are very useful footwork drills to develop the ability to leap, advance and retreat in all directions, to twist one's stance and upper body, as well as turning to the left or right. In practical use, the three methods enable the practitioner to move like the wind, stand like a nail, rapidly change from a high position to a low attacking position, and retreat quickly after attacking.
As for Ba Fang, it is a unique footwork to Meihua Quan. There are three types of ba fang, which are small, middle, and big. This kind of footwork enables the practitioner to move in every direction, advance or retreat, attack, and defend.
It is a set of movements for duel training, these movements are assigned to the eight directions of the four doors (si men), it is connected by moving steps and Ba fang steps. In Cheng Quan boxing, there are combat training routines similar to real fighting, including techniques such as grappling, punching, tumbling, sinking, rolling, and wrestling.
Through Cheng Quan training, the practitioner can learn to feel the strength of the opponent, transform the strength of the opponent, and estimate the depth of the strength of the opponent. In this way, the practitioner can gain a high sense of intuition.
Ying Quan is an actual spar. At this level, the two practitioners do not follow a set handwork or footwork but use rapid movements, interlocking footwork, and skillful handwork. In combat, defending is attacking, attacking is defending, and victory to failure is a matter of seconds.
Moreover, weapons for Meihua Quan includes not only the 18 kinds of traditional weapons and their complete routines, it also includes the practice of rare weapons. Weapons can be performed in a duel by two practitioners according to the four-door (Si men) and the eight directions. Their movements are unusual and are uniquely tied together with close-knit footwork.
Besides the practice of martial arts and weapons, Meihua Quan also includes special Qi Gong training methods known as Neidan (internal elixir) and Waidan (external elixir). Meihua Quan Qigong contains methods about nourishing and feeding on Qi, such as small circuit Qi Gong, eight section brocades, twelve section brocade, and changing tendon method.
Qi Gong also contains many methods on how to concentrate the attention, conduct Qi, regulate breathing, and clearing the mind of random thoughts. All are excellent methods to train the calmness, Qi, and the spirit.
In ancient times, Meihua Quan was practiced on the top of stakes that were driven into the ground. The stakes are divided into three levels corresponding to the practitioners level: low, middle, and high. The benefits of practicing over the stakes are numberless, it is about the balance of the body, deep sinking into the stances, increasing the strength and Qi of the whole body, as well as natural treating of pressure points on the feet and detox.
In the practice of Meihua Quan, when you reach the state of wholism then you have achieved success. The real art is invisible, this is the most advanced stage. If one arrives at the state of wholism, it means one has captured the real art. Today, Tianmeng wants to reveal the mysteries of Meihua Quan to the world, which could only develop and progress from it. From ancient times till now all practitioners of Meihua Quan are part of one family with high respect amongst each other, deep traditions, and endless inspiration.
The formula of wholism is the successful state of practice, it will help you built a real form. The real form contains real quintessence and spirit, the real quintessence conceals smoothly flowing of Qi. To make each movement coordinated with the real form, you must make the real form free with each movement. When it is well coordinated, each part of your body will become completely flexible.
Wing Chun is a Kung Fu style that focuses on close-range combat, protecting and attacking the center-line. It involves kicks, sweeps, strikes, punches, trapping, and control techniques. It is aimed at both defending and attacking at the same time. Control of oneself to ultimately control one's opponent is emphasized.
The creator of Wing Chun, Wu Mei Shi Tai, she was originally a master of Kung Fu and created this style to take advantage of other Shaolin styles. Wing Chun was named after her first student Yan Yong Chun, Wing Chun is now practiced by many people around the world. One of the most famous people was Bruce Lee.
Tai Chi is an internal martial art which incorporates Yin and Yang, two equal elements that complement each other and the five element theory. The movements are soft, gentle, and relaxed while still managing to remain strong and steady. Tai Chi forms have many defensive applications that use soft movements to defeat hard movements.
The study of Tai chi primarily involves three aspects, which are health, meditation, and martial arts. Tai Chi's health training concentrates on relieving the physical stress on the body and mind. It can help lower blood pressure and improve or cure many chronic illnesses.
Tai Chi's meditation training concentrates on teaching you to have a clear and peaceful mind, while still being aware of your surroundings. This can help with reducing stress and maintaining homeostasis. Tai Chi's martial art training concentrates on internal power and redirecting the opposing force for self-defense. The applications are challenging and takes a lot of time and practice to be able to use them correctly.
At Tianmeng Academy, the three most popular styles of Tai Chi are Yang, Chen, and Wu. During your stay, you will begin with learning Tai Chi basics and a short Tai Chi fist form. When you have become proficient in these movements, you will move onto more complex fist forms, as well as other sword and weapon forms.
While you are practicing Tai Chi, you should also try to keep a clear mind, breath naturally from your belly, keep your movements steady, and continual in a fluid motion. Remember to stay relaxed and make sure that your upper body and lower body are always working together.
It is a fast-paced combat system which trains and develops self-defense and fighting skills. Made up of four major areas, kicking, punching, grappling, and take-downs. It is not normally considered a style itself rather as one of the two components of Chinese martial arts training and often taught alongside with traditional Chinese styles. Originally created for the training of Chinese soldiers in hand to hand combat.
Over the years, Sanda has been adapted for modern soldiers and has become the major combat sport in China. Sanda's techniques, theory, and training methods are derived from traditional martial art styles.
During your stay at Tianmeng, beginners will be taught punching, kicking, drills, and fighting combinations. After you have mastered these, you will be taught more advanced techniques such as take-downs and sparring. Overall, you will be taught to have more control over your body and mind.
Qi Gong is split into two parts, the first part is internal, which also known as soft Qi Gong. The second part is external, which known as hard Qi Gong. Both involve three parts, breathing, posture (moving or still), and mental focus. When external and internal Qi Gong are used together, they can assist masters to achieve unbelievable things like balancing on sharp ends of spears or breaking marble with only a finger.
Internal or soft Qi Gong is practiced to improve your Qi, which is believed to make you healthier and energize your body and mind. Some of the health benefits these forms provide are improving your blood circulation, organ cleansing, and bone marrow cleansing. Generally, it helps to prevent sickness and promote life longevity.
External or hard Qi Gong is practiced to physically strengthen the body and help condition the bones, this helps in preparing your body for fights and withstanding force. You can condition every part of your body, hands, arms, head, legs, and fingertips. Some exercises used to achieve this are headstands, handstands on your fingertips, slapping your skin.
Qi Gong can also help with circulation and be hit or kicked all over your body among many more techniques. It is also believed that this routine helps you to be more immune to sickness as through conditioning your hit in many acupuncture points.
Ba Gua Zhang is a combination of attack and defensive moves while incorporating Neigong (internal Kung Fu). It uses palms instead of fists for the attack. The main characteristics are strikes, joint locking, throws, and distinctly evasive circular footwork. The evasive circular footwork in Bagua is one of its most distinctive characteristics and a very important aspect, it is used to confuse an opponent and is effective in fighting several attackers.
The custom of practicing Bagua Zhang is valuing strong spirit, courage, and personal loyalty. Weapons used in Bagua Zhang are mostly very distinctive being easily concealed, such as the crescent-shaped deer horn knives and scholar pens, as well as extremely large sword such as the Bagua sword and Bagua broadsword.
Tianmeng are proud to offer Baji as one of the disciplines at the academy. Baji is a powerful yet simple martial art that attacks from angles the opponent cannot see. Traditional Baji is about hitting your opponent where you are most afraid of being hit. Their stances are narrow while remaining low, it is a factor that allows them to pace, change their footing, and let outbursts of power.
The fundamentals of Baji is closing in, striking, shoving, checking, bashing, jolting, charging, striking, and grappling. Baji helps improve reflexes, stamina, balance, body strength, awareness of your surroundings, and much more.
Xing Yi is one of the three famous Nei Jia Quan (internal Kung Fu) in China. It emphasizes internal and external integration, begins with intent and ends with form. It requires an unobstructed flow of blood and Qi, as well as adherence to forms and principles. The body should always be in a relaxed state but still ready to spring into action and contracting the body when releasing power.
In order to produce penetrative power, striking, power, and speed should be focused in unison. The main stances and training methods of Xing Yi are San Ti Shi (three body alignment) and coordinating unity. The elbows must follow the knees, the hands follow the feet, and the shoulders follow the hips.
Wudang Kung Fu follows Taoist teachings, which believes in the preservation of life and living harmoniously with nature. During your stay at Tianmeng, beginners will be taught the basics of Wudang. Afterwards, you will learn many other fist forms. When you become more experienced, you can move on to weapon forms.
The stances and steps are close to the floor, using the steps to trace the outline of a snake. It is focusing on using your mind clear to stay balanced and centered, as well as taking or redirecting the opponents power to use it against them.
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 Hua - Expert in Shaolin Quan, Qigong, Wing Chun and Wudang Tai Chi Hua Shifu (with Buddhist name Shi Yan Chun) is born in Dengfeng, Henan province. That city is one of the most renowned spiritual centres of China and famous as “the heart of the Kung Fu”. The world famous Shaolin Monastery belongs to this area as well as many other temples, historic gates and others. Hua Shifu studied Shaolin Kung Fu, Zen and Buddhism for over 10 years at The Shaolin Temple since he was 7 years old. After many years of intensive and dedicated training, he acquired mastery in Shaolin Kung Fu Fist, Staf
Master Han Master Han was born in Puyang, Henan Province. He was born into a Shaolin Quan family and started to practice Shaolin Kung Fu with his father from the age of 6. At the age of 12 he went to the Shaolin Temple for further training. At the age of 17 years he followed the great Meihua Quan master Hanbai Guant to learn Kung Fu. He has a deep understanding of Meihua Quan theories and Meihua Poles training.
This training will be held at Tianmeng Academy. It is located at the foot of the beautiful Tianmeng Mountains, northwest of Linyi in Shandong Province of China. The academy is surrounded by two national parks, at Tianmeng Mountain and Zhidongshi Park is where the students will train regularly. The training location provides a peaceful and pleasant environment, which is an ideal environment for aspiring traditional Kung Fu students in China.
The academy offers healthy food based on traditional Chinese cuisine. This is based on rice, noodles or soup, eggs, meats and vegetables. Vegetable and meat are cooked separately. Hot meal is provided 3 times per day. Vegetarians, vegans, and muslim (request for halal food) will be catered for. Students are always welcomed to ask more food if it is not enough or buy extra food of their preference.
For breakfast, the academy offer 2 eggs for each student, stir fried rice, or noodles or pancake as main food; Salad; and chinese crops soup. For lunch, the academy offer 4 dishes (3 vegetable dishes and 1 meat dishes) for each table. The academy offer 2 vegetable dishes, 1 egg dish, 1 meat dish for dinner. Apart from dishes, the academy also offer rice, bread, noodles, or dumplings during lunch and dinner.
Besides martial arts, Tianmeng Academy also offers optional classes such as Mandarin, Chinese traditional medicine, Chinese culture, calligraphy, tea ceremony, as well as Buddhism and Taoism theory.
During the weekends, students are off from training. With permissions from the masters, students are allowed to go on a sightseeing adventure. You can also ask for some time off if you would like to travel to other nearby towns or a trip to the famous attractions during the holidays.
There are four holidays a year in China, which are Chinese New Year, Moon festival, Academy anniversary, and Christmas day. During the holidays or weekends, you may go on a trip to Linyi City or visit the local Karst Cave. The Karst Cave is known as the number one drifting cave of China, it is 40 kilometers away from the Academy.
Furthermore, you can also visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Qufu, Mengshan National Park, Mount Tai, and Linyi City. You can also visit the Zhidongshi Park that is located about one-kilometer from the academy, Zhidongshi Park is one of the famous places that students visit for fun and relaxation.
Moreover, you can also visit Shaolin Temple in Henan Province with your masters and be introduced to the venerable Shi Yong Xin Abbot or have the opportunity to be introduced to the great master of Plum Blossom fist Han Baiguang.
It is the capital of China, one of the world's truly imposing cities that has a 3,000-year history. The city has some of the famous attractions such as the Great Wall of China, Palace Museum (Forbidden City), Tianan Men Square, Temple of Heaven, Thirteen Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, Hutong Tour, and Lama Temple.
It is a famous city that has the third largest wholesale and retail market in China. The city has a variety of commodities with cheap prices. Moreover, it is also known for its modern and comfortable Linyi Airport that has many lines open connecting the city with the large and medium-sized cities of China.
The city located in the southwest of Shandong province and is known for being the hometown of Confucius. It is also known for having the UNESCO world heritage sites, Confucius (Kong) Family Mansion, Temple of Confucius, and Cemetery of Confucius.
One of the famous cities also located next to Tashan, the city is known for the following attractions and highlights that most students visit and try during their free time. You can visit the City God Temple, Nanjing Road, Maglev Train, Jin Mao Tower, Hairy Crabs, and rowing boat at the Water Village Tours.
Moreover, you can also visit the Tianmeng Mountain National Park. It is located in Tianmeng Mountain area, this park covers an area of 3338 hectares and has one of the most beautiful scenery in town. Tianmeng Mountain National Park is known for having many species of plants, special larches, and black pines imported from Japan, which has been preserved for ages. The park is also known for the variety of animals living in the park.
The city is known for the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
Linyi Shubuling Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Linyi Shubuling Airport (LYI). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy will pick you up from the airport. Moreover, there are also flights to Linyi from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou airports every day.
If you are arriving by train, the academy offers free round trip transfer from Linyi Train Station and Feixian Train Station. The academy can arrange one translator to pick students at the airport or the train stations. The following is train station information:
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