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Tianmeng teaches 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. Tianmeng also offers optional classes such as Mandarin, Chinese traditional medicine, Chinese culture, calligraphy, tea ceremony, as well as Buddhism and Taoism theory. 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.
Chinese Kung Fu is a holistic and holographic training, rather than just physical training. Kung Fu combines external and internal training. One famous Chinese Kung Fu proverb says, “You can get strong tendons, bones and muscles from external training, and obtain strong Chi (internal energy) from internal training.”
Chinese Traditional Kung Fu has no written Scriptures, but follows nature, with a history going back 5000 years, composed of the specific forms and unique training methods. Kung Fu is a very important part of Chinese Traditional Culture. It is based on Yin and Yang, Five Elements Theory (Lungs pertain to Metal, Kidneys pertain to Water, the Liver pertains to Wood, the Heart pertains to Fire, and the Spleen pertains to Earth), and the Book of Change (I Ching). Kung Fu also absorbs the essences from Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, getting meridians and collaterals and meridian points theory from Chinese Traditional Medicine.
Chinese Traditional Kung Fu is a Magical Box. From this box, you can get what you want, including a healthy body, good sleep, longevity, graceful body shape (not fat or thin), optimistic mood, broad mind, strength, speed, flexibility, coordination, responsiveness, integrity, magical fighting and combat abilities, strong self-defense, a strong will, extraordinary courage, the ability to adapt to different environments, independence, and the ability to cooperate with others. Inspiring thinking, wisdom, strong learning ability, and high working efficiency learned in Traditional Kung Fu Training can make you succeed in your career more easily. You will have more time to enjoy your life, with great relationships with family and other people, and you will achieve a great sense of happiness in helping others.
Tianmeng Academy facilities include a single room for each student. The academy respects everyone's privacy and a need for a proper rest beside the training. The bathrooms have male and female separation. Each one consists of western toilets, private shower, cabins, and washing machines. There is permanently hot water for the convenience of the students along with wireless Internet access.
During the summer, there are free fans and air-conditioning. During the winter, there are heaters as well as electric blankets. The academy has a capacity of not more than 40 students that keep the academy in a family like atmosphere. This site also maintains the coziness and the comfort of the students.
The dining room is open all day and it is a place where you can also relax, play pool, table tennis, basketball, and football, or use the television and DVD player in your free time. The Academy also has a classroom which could be used for quieter activities such as reading and studying. Tianmeng Academy offers two training salons for indoor use as well as outdoor training space.
The training schedule covers the internal and external 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. The schedule below is the standard program of training at Tianmeng Academy. It differs slightly from season to season. The Kung Fu styles included in the schedules are Shaolin, Wing Chun, Meihua Quan, Sanda or Chinese kickboxing, Tai Chi, hard and soft Qi Gong, Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi, Ba Ji, Wudang, and Mantis. If discussed in advance with the Masters, the training schedule can be tuned according to the individual health conditions of the student.
You are free to join the program anytime. There are no fixed starting dates for the course. You can either arrive during the week or the weekends. You will follow the timetable presented on the website until you inform what you would prefer to study. When you express your personal aim in training, your timetable will change.
During the program, students must abide all the following Tianmeng Academy rules and regulations.
Please take notice 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.
Students are allowed to take vacations for travels or a break after consulting with the management of the academy. Students stay does not get extended by the time spent away from the school.
Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy offers Mandarin classes as an optional class. When traveling in China, it is suggested that you bring a guide or a translation book in Chinese Mandarin language. The best way to prepare yourself is to relax your mind and body.
Some physical exercises such as running (two kilometers a day or so), cycling, swimming, push-ups, and sit-ups can also help as well as a healthy diet. Any sports that build up muscles and increase your stamina are recommended.
Students who are healthy mentally and physically and love Shaolin Kung Fu, regardless of age, gender, and religion, are all welcome. It is not necessary to have previously studied martial arts in order to come and train. Many students of the Academy have started training from this position. -Curriculum
The main part of the program involves a combination of forms and techniques in styles like Shaolin Quan, Meihua Quan, Wing Chun, Sanda (Chinese kickboxing), Hard Qi Gong, Mantis, and others. Forms are not only practiced as form alone but also being trained together with the actual applications and methods to overcome an opponent in a real situation.
The Sanda curriculum ranges from basic kicks and punches, to pad training, takedowns, and sparring. Power training and hard Qi Gong are aimed to improve the body strength, resistance and the overall physical condition of the students. Power training includes weight lifting, legs, back, biceps, chest, triceps, sit-ups, push-ups, etc. Hard Qi Gong training includes body conditioning, break bricks with hand, elbow, knee, head, and it also includes practicing iron body, such as iron hands, iron head, and others.
During this training, you can expect to work on the external styles of Kung Fu such as
For thousands of years the Chinese ancestors have discovered a secret of the long and healthy life they passed down the knowledge from masters to disciples. 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.
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This plan is a rough guide to what you will learn while training Shaolin during your program. Other Kung Fu styles such as Wing Chun, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Meihua Quan, Bagua, Xingyi, and Baji have a similar plan. The masters will push you to help you reach your full potential, but ultimately it will depend on you, your initial skill, your dedication, effort, and willingness to challenge yourself both physically and mentally.
It is believed at Tianmeng Academy that you must have a strong foundation to support your martial arts training. So the masters will write an individual training plan within your timetable where they will consider your skills, strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and goals. Once you have a good foundation of basics and skill, you can have more input into your training plan, for example choosing weapons and forms you would like to learn.
All of the masters of Tianmeng Mountain Academy are dedicated to teach and nurture the potentials of their students. All training given is tailored according to individual and specific needs of a student. The academy aims also to help each student achieve their goals and exceed their expectations.
The academy is famous for the unique training methods with Meihua poles, which have been a secret in the past. Training in between and on the different heights of Meihua Poles, can give students maximum results, achieve Kung Fu training much faster and save a lot of time and money. Training in the Meihua poles mainly practices the skills of moving quickly, attacking and defending swiftly, getting close to your opponent and attacking effectively, and much more.
The essentials of the training are to be always alert in advance to avoid the confrontation of factual offense and to make full use of the environment and to train students moving in stable acting routes and angles with a high alertness. This in result will have the students always in a favorable position in actual fighting. Training on the Meihua poles also aims at reinforcing the flexibility from varied angles of different postures and movements in combat. In the process of training one's eyes, hands, stances, and body movements, high level of alertness and acuteness are achieved.
Students have a variety of classes in the evening, such as the cultural history of martial arts, traditional Kung Fu theories, Mandarin, Chinese culture, Chinese traditional medicine (acupuncture, massage, the Gua Sha treatment), calligraphy, Chinese musical instruments, tea ceremony, and Buddhism and Taoism theory. -Martial arts -Shaolin Kung Fu %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 and nerve manipulation, and much more. Most of these skills take from two to six years to master.
During your stay at Tianmeng, you will begin by being taught the Shaolin basics, basic applications and five steps or basic form. Afterward, you will learn a fist form and a staff form. When you become more advanced, you will have the option to learn a wide variety of fist and weapon forms, as well as traditional Shaolin forms and animal forms.
You will also be taught 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. You will develop great self-defense techniques, combat ability, and become more aware of your surroundings. -Meihua Quan (Plum blossom fist)
Meihua Quan is an ancient style of Chinese boxing which existed as early as the Shang Dynasty (1600 B.C. - 1046 B.C.). For thousands of years, Meihua Quan had been practiced as a secret martial art in tightly knit organizations, maintaining the internal unity. That preservation has 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 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 framework or Jia Zi, footwork at eight directions or Ba Fang, duel-training boxing or Cheng Quan, winning boxing or Yang Quan, weapons, and Qi Gong. -Jia Zi
Jia Zi is the routine for basic Kung fu training in Meihua Quan and 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, to turn to the left or right, etc. 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.
Ba Fang Ba Fang is footwork unique to Meihua Quan. There are three types of Ba Fang, small, middle, and big. This kind of footwork enables the practitioner to move in every direction, advance or retreat, attack, or defend.
Cheng Quan Cheng Quan or duel and training boxing is a set of movements for duel training. These movements are assigned to the eight directions of the four doors or Si Men and are 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 grabbing, 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 Ying Quan or winning boxing is an actual spar. At this level, the two practitioners do not follow 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.
Meihua Quan includes not only the 18 kinds of traditional weapons and their complete routines but also the practice of rare weapons. Weapons can be used in a duel by two practitioners according to the four door or 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 or internal elixir and Waidan or external elixir. Meihua Quan Qi Gong contains methods about nourishing and feeding on Qi, such as a small Qi Gong circuit, eight section brocades, twelve section brocade, changing tendon method, etcetera. It 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 practitioner's level, low, middle, and high. The benefits of practicing over the stakes are numberless but some are the balance of the body, deep sinking into the stances, increasing the strength and Qi of the whole body, natural treating of pressure points on the feet, detox, etc.
In the practice of Meihua Quan, when you reach the state of wholism, you have achieved success. The real art is invisible. If one arrives at the state of wholism, it means one has captured the real art. This is the most advanced stage.
Nowadays, Tianmeng wants to reveal the mysteries of Meihua Quan to the world, which could only develop and progress from it. From ancient times until now, all practitioners of Meihua Quan were part of one family characterized by a high respect amongst each other, deep traditions, and endless inspiration. %The formula to wholism is the successful state of practice, it will help you built a real form. The real form contains real quintessence and spirit and real quintessence conceals smoothly flowing Qi. To make each movement coordinated with the real form, you must make the real form free with each movement. When they are 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 'centreline'. 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.
Wu Mei Shi Tai, the creator of Wing Chun 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 and is now practiced by many people around the world. One of the most famous practitioners 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: 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 take a lot of time and practice to be able to use them correctly. At Tianmeng, the three most popular styles of Tai Chi; Yang, Chen, and Wu are taught.
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 and later learn other sword and weapon forms.
While you are practicing Tai Chi you should try to keep a clear mind, let your breathing come naturally from your belly, and 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. -San Da %Sanda or Chinese kickboxing is a fast-paced combat system which trains and develops self-defense and fighting skills. It is made up of four major areas, kicking, punching, grappling, and takedowns. It is not normally considered a style itself rather as one of the two components of Chinese martial arts training and is often taught alongside traditional Chinese styles.
Sanda was originally created to train 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 takedowns and sparring. Throughout, you will be taught to have more control over your body and mind.
Qi Gong translates to "life energy". Qi Gong is split into two parts, the internal part also known as soft Qi Gong and the external part also known as hard Qi Gong. Both involve three aspects, 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 the improvement of your blood circulation, organ cleansing, bone marrow cleansing, and generally helping to prevent sickness and promote life longevity. %External or hard Qi Gong is practiced to physically strengthen the body and help condition the bones. In result, this helps in preparing your body for fights and withstanding force. You can condition every part of your body, hands, arms, head, legs, fingertips, etc. Some exercises used to achieve this are headstands, handstands on your fingertips, slapping your skin, which 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 you hit many acupuncture points.
Ba Gua Zhang is a combination of attack and defensive moves while incorporating Neigong or internal Kung Fu. It uses palms instead of fists for an attack. The main characteristics are strikes, joint locking, throws, and distinctly evasive circular footwork.
The evasive circular footwork in Ba Gua is one of its most distinctive characteristics and a very important aspect. It is used to confuse an opponent and is effective in helping fight several attackers. The custom of practicing Bagua Zhang is valuing strong spirit, courage, and personal loyalty. Weapons used in Ba Gua Zhang are mostly very distinctive being easily concealed, such as the crescent-shaped deer horn knives and scholar pens or extremely large, such as the Ba Gua sword and Ba Gua broadsword.
Ba Ji is a powerful yet simple martial art that attacks from angles the opponent cannot see. Traditional Ba Ji is about hitting your opponent where you are most afraid of being hit. Their stances are narrow while remaining low, a factor which allows them to pace, change their footing, and let bursts of power out. Closing in, striking, shoving, checking, bashing, jolting, charging, striking, and grappling are all fundamentals of Ba Ji. %Baji helps to improve reflexes, stamina, balance, body strength, awareness of your surroundings, and much more. Tianmeng is proud to offer Ba Ji as one of the disciplines at the academy.
Xing Yi is one of the three famous Nei Jia Quan or internal Kung Fu in China. It emphasizes internal and external integration. Xing Yi begins with intent and ends with form. It requires an unobstructed flow of blood and Qi and adherence to forms and principles. %In Xing Yi, the body should always be in a relaxed state but still ready to spring into action, contracting the body when releasing power. Striking, power, and speed should be focused in unison to produce penetrative power. The main stances and training methods of Xing Yi are the San Ti Shi or the three body alignment, coordinating unity. The elbows must follow the knees, the hands the feet, and the shoulders the hips.
Wu Dang Kung Fu follows Taoist teachings, which believe in the preservation of life and living harmoniously with nature. During your stay at Tianmeng, beginners will be taught the basics of Wu Dang. Afterward, you will learn many fist forms and when you are 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 consists of focusing on using your mind clear to stay balanced and centered and taking or redirecting the opponents power to use it against them.
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 or "plum blossom" which has 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 or Chinese kickboxing, Wing Chun, Tai Ji, Qigong, Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan, Ba Ji, Qinna, Mantis, meditation, and others. As an addition, the Academy offers classes about Chinese Culture, Martial Arts theory, Mandarin, Chinese Traditional Medicine, calligraphy, and others.
All masters are authentic Shaolin masters from the Shaolin Temple. They have rich experiences in teaching international students and are dedicated to teaching their students and opening their individual potential. %The mission of the Academy is to harmonize the Three Treasures, essence, energy or Chi, and spirit in each student’s life. Tianmeng Academy believes that the journey to Kung Fu Mastery will empower each student’s wellness, lifestyle, healthcare, and longevity.
Tianmeng Academy 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, the Tianmeng Mountain and Zhidongshi Park, where the students train regularly. The training location provides a peaceful and pleasant environment, which is an ideal environment for aspiring traditional Kung Fu students in China.
During this training, you will be served three daily delicious and locally sourced meals. Also, the academy prepares special meals for vegetarians and vegans. For students from Muslim countries, the academy gives special consideration as it is important for them to consume only halal food. The academy's chef is very flexible and he has many years of experience in cooking, he is also well trained to prepare delicious and nutritious meals. All the meals are carefully prepared and taking into consideration of the need for energy and health maintenance while training in Kung Fu. The academy buys products locally and ensures that they are free from additives, enhancers, e-numbers. They will also make sure the fruits and vegetables are pesticides free. On special occasions such as festivals and birthdays, the masters and students will be having a meal together.
During the weekends, students are off from training. With permissions from their masters, students are allowed to go out of academy to go on a sightseeing adventure. Students can also ask for some time off, if they would like to travel on other nearby towns and attractions. Students may also go on a trip to the famous attractions during the holidays. There are four holidays a year in China: Chinese New Year, Moon festival, Academy anniversary, and Christmas day.
During holidays or weekends students may go on a trip to Linyi City, Local Karst Cave (No.1 Drifting Cave of China which is 40 kilometers away from the Academy), the UNESCO World Heritage City of Qufu (100 kilometers), Mengshan National Park (20 kilometers), Mount Tai (120 kilometers), and Linyi City (80 kilometers). They have the opportunity to visit Shaolin Temple in Henan Province with their 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.
Beijing (Peking) City: Beijing, which is the capital of China, is one of the worlds truly imposing cities that has a 3,000-year history. It is also the location of some of the famous attractions i.e. Great Wall of China, Palace Museum (Forbidden City), Tianan Men Square, Temple of Heaven, Thirteen Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, Hutong Tour, and Lama Temple.
Linyi City: Linyi City is a famous city that has the third largest wholesale and retail market in China. It has a variety of commodities with cheap prices. 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.
Qufu City: Qufu is 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.
Shanghai City: One of the famous cities also located next to Tashan is known for the following attractions and highlights that most students visit and try during their free time: City God Temple, Nanjing Road, Maglev Train, Jin Mao Tower, Hairy Crabs, and Rowing Boat - Water Village Tours.
Tianmeng Mountain National Park: Located in Tianmeng Mountain area, this park covers an area of 3338 hectares. It 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.
Xian City: Xian City is known for the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Emperor Qin Shihuangs Mausoleum attractions.
Zhidongshi Park: Located about 1 kilometers from the school, Zhidongshi Park is one of the famous places that students visit for fun and relaxation.
Please book your flight to arrive at Linyi Shubuling Airport (LYI). You may need to take a flight to Linyi Shubuling Airport (LYI) from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), or Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy will pick you up from the airport. -Arrival by train %You may arrive by train to the Linyi Train Station or the Feixian Train Station. Transfer from and to the respective train stations is included. Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy will pick you up from the station previously informed.
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