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8 Months Martial Arts and Kung Fu Training with Weapons in Shandong, China

Kung Fu School in China

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.

Highlights

  • Daily Shaolin Kung Fu training with the masters
  • Study Tai Chi, Sanda, Qigong, Wing Chun, Bagua, and Baji
  • Learn China famous Meihua Quan Kung Fu and Meihua poles training
  • Free transfers from and to Linyi Shubuling Airport (LYI) or train station
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with vegetarian, vegan, and halal options
  • Single rooms with heater, fan, and air conditioning
  • A school certificate upon completion
  • 243 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


192 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), English

Airport transfer included:Shubuling Airport

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Accommodation

Single rooms

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.

During the summer, there are free fans and air-conditioning. During 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 and maintains the coziness and the comfort of students.

Make sure you inform Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy in advance of your trip to the academy so they can guarantee you an available room (especially during the summer months).

Amenities

  • Extra blankets and heaters for the winter season
  • Fans and air-conditioning for the summer season
  • Hot showers with toilet papers
  • Single room with one bed
  • Wardrobes, tables, and chairs
  • Washing machines
  • Wireless internet access

Facilities

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 TV 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.

Equipment

  • Dummies for Wing Chun training
  • Meihua poles with different heights
  • Wooden poles suitable for stretching and hard Qigong
  • Different types of weapons as staffs, swords, spears, training knives, Kwan Dao, Liang Jie gun, and others
  • Mats and suitable flooring surface at the gym for training acrobatics
  • Pads, gloves, and body protectors
  • Power training equipment
  • Sanda (boxing) bags

Tianmeng Shaolin Kung Fu Academy China Martial Arts Program

What is Chinese Kung Fu?

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, collaterals, and meridian points theory from Chinese traditional medicine.

What can you get from Chinese traditional Kung Fu in Tianmeng Academy?

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.

Training plan

This training will include Chinese Kung Fu theory (to a higher understanding of Chinese Kung Fu and culture), deep authentic traditional health care Qigong, hard Qigong, low and high Meihua Poles training, deep flexibility training, stability training, endurance training, deep forms, and weapons training.

Forms

Soft Qigong forms

Yi Jin Jing, Taiyi Wuxing Qigong.

Hard Qigong

Hard Qigong to break bricks in the air, break an iron bar, steel board, and big stone on bean curd (Toufu) without break the bean curd, etc.

Meditation training

Shaolin forms

3 or 4 intermediate traditional Shaolin fist forms from Da Luohan Fist, Drunk Fist, Mantis Fst, Shaolin Liuhe Fist, animal forms like Eagle Fist, Monkey Fist.

Tai Chi form

108 Taichi style, Taich straight Sword form, and applications.

Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing)

Deep training and deep counter-acting exercise and pair sparring.

Wing Chun

Biu Ji (Thrusting Fingers) and applications, Baat Jam Dao (Butterfly Swords), wooden dummy training.

Meihua Quan

Meihua Quan form three, Meihua form four.

Weapons

3 or 4 intermediate traditional Shaolin forms from chunqiu bid Broadsword, Shaolin Damo straight sword, Shaolin qiankun straight Sword, Shaolin standard Spear, soft weapon forms like Whip, double weapons like double straight Sword, double nice-section Whip. Three section Staff,

pair conditioning, conditioning on piles.

Forms / pattern: one opposed by many people sparring exercise, one against one with spears, double swords against one spear.

Qigong (Chi kung)

Wing Chun

Biu tze (Shooting fingers form) and applications, Baat Jam Dao (Butterfly Swords), wooden dummy training.

Deeper low and high Meihua Poles training

Advanced Xing Yi, Ba Gua, Ba Ji training

This level requires the shape of the hand to be correct, the moving of the body to be quick, the body acting as a whole, the eyes following the moving of the hand, steps moving accurately, spirit to be up, and strength to be released at curtain moment with speed.

Tai Chi

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, you are breathing 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, 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.

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 takedowns and sparring. Throughout, you will be taught to have more control over your body and mind.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong translates to 'life energy'. Qi Gong is split into two parts; internal also known as soft Qi Gong and external also 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, 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, and 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 being 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

Bagua Zhang is a combination of attack and defensive moves while incorporating Neigong (internal Kung Fu). It uses palms instead of fists for 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 helping fight 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 or extremely large, such as the Bagua sword and Bagua broadsword.

Ba Ji

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, a factor which allows them to pace, change their footing, and let outbursts of power.

Closing in, striking, shoving, checking, bashing, jolting, charging, striking, and grappling are all fundamentals of Baji. Baji helps improve reflexes, stamina, balance, body strength, awareness of your surroundings, and much more. Tianmeng are proud to offer Baji as one of the disciplines at the academy.

Xing Yi

Xing yi is one of the three famous Nei Jia Quan (internal Kung Fu) in China. It emphasizes internal and external integration; it begins with intent and ends with form. It requires an unobstructed flow of blood and Qi and adherence to forms and principles. 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 San Ti Shi (three body alignment), coordinating unity. The elbows must follow the knees, the hands the feet and the shoulders the hips.

Wu Dang

Wudang 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 Wudang. 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 is focusing on using your mind clear to stay balanced and centered, and taking or redirecting the opponent's power to use against them.

Training schedule 1

Monday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Tai Chi
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Basic training
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Review
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Forms or cleaning
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Wing Chun
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Ba Ji
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Meditation class
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Mandarin
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Tuesday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Qigong
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Basic training
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Forms and application
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Hard Qigong
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Power training
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Xing Yi
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Meditation class
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Mandarin or Chinese culture
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Wednesday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Tai Chi
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Basic training
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Forms and application
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Power streching
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Ba Gua
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Qin Na (grabbing)
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Meditation class
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Massage, calligraphy or tea ceremony
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Thursday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Qigong
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Basic training
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Group form training
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Forms and application
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Power training
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Hard Qigong
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Meditation class
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Kung Fu theory
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Friday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Tai Chi
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 11:40 Endurance training (mountain training)
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Review
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:50 Grading (twice a week)
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Rest
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Training schedule 2

Monday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Tai Chi
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Basic training
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Review
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Forms or cleaning
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Acrobatic
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 San Da
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Meditation class
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Mandarin
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Tuesday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Qigong
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Basic training
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Forms and application
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Hard Qigong
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Power training
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Mei Hua
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Meditation class
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Mandarin or Chinese culture
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Wednesday

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Tai Chi
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Basic training
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Forms and application
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Power streching
  • 11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Poles training
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 San Da
  • 17:15 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Meditation class
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 19:40 Massage, calligraphy or tea ceremony
  • 21:30 Sleeping time

Thursday and Friday are identical to schedule 1.

Instructors

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.

Location

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.

Features

Activities

  • Table tennis

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

During this training, you will be served three hot meals per day, seven days a week. Vegetarian, vegan, and halal food will be catered for. On special occasions such as festivals and birthdays, the masters and students will eat together. The cook is very flexible and has lots of years of experience in cooking.

The meals are carefully prepared, taking into consideration the need for energy and health maintenance while training in Kung Fu. The academy buys products locally and ensures that they are free of additives, enhancers, E-numbers, and pesticides. The academy prepares special meals for vegetarians and vegans. For students from Muslim countries, the academy gives special consideration as it is known how important it is for them to eat halal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Hallal
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)

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.

Places to visit

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.

What's included

  • All classes and training
  • A school certificate upon completion your training
  • 243 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with vegetarian, vegan, and halal options
  • Free pick up and drop off at Linyi Shubuling Airport (LYI) or Linyi train station or Feixian train station
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Miscellaneous expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 13% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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