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Yu Kung Fu Martial Arts Academy offers short and long term students a Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing) training program all year round at their club in Tengzhou, China. Students train for self defence, fitness and competition. If you are interested in competition, once you reach a high enough level, your coach can submit you into an amateur tournament. Professional competition is also possible and the academy has fighters currently competing in promotions in China. Sparring is not compulsory but highly recommended once students reach an intermediate level.
The student accommodation building is located within the school grounds. With double student bedrooms, a dining room, bathrooms with hot showers and western toilets, and common room with Wi-Fi, the accommodation offers comfort and peace outside of training hours.
To help everyone feel comfortable when they arrive, each student, no matter the length of their stay, will receive a student starter kit with everything they need to settle in such as toiletries, linen, water bottle, laundry powder, shower slippers.
Sanda, or Sanshou, is a Chinese kickboxing style martial art designed purely for its self-defense properties. It was developed in the Chinese military from traditional Kung Fu and modern combat practices to be a complete fighting style for their soldiers. Outside of the military, Sanda kickboxing fights have become an immensely popular national sport, with fights taking place almost everyday somewhere in the country.
Sanda’s combination of fighting techniques include wrestling, takedowns, punches, kicks, sweeps, and much more despite its western classification as kickboxing. In fact, the literal translation for Sanda is 'Free Fighting'.
Within training, Sanda or free-fighting is considered one of the two pillars of Chinese martial arts, the other being Taolu, forms, or routines. Even if a student does not wish to fight, learning the Sanda basics in tandem with their Shaolin training can provide a great increase in understanding of martial arts.
Mandarin fluency is not necessary as there is an English translator for every class. However, as the classes are only taught in Mandarin and English, fluency in at least one language will greatly improve your experience.
As of this moment, no prior martial arts experience is necessary for students applying for the standard martial arts course. It is worth noting that in the near future places within the school may be limited to experienced or long-term students only.
A student’s preparation before their arrival can be the difference between them reaching their goals and them barely understanding their potential. If you expect to undergo strict and difficult training whilst at the school then you should take the responsibility to ensure you spend time beforehand preparing mentally and physically. Even for those only interested in softer styles (Taiji, soft Qigong, and meditation), the benefits of such exercises are not without a level of hard work from the body and mind.
Students must also prepare their mind for the duration of training they are hoping to achieve. Solidify your goals and aspirations in your mind, begin to let go of your perceived limitations, and realize you must be humble, persistent , and able to laugh at your own mistakes. The mind frame a student enters the school with, as well as how realistic they are with themselves, will usually determine the length of their stay.
For those with previous martial arts training, it is advised you continue your own training with at least three to five sessions a week, and if your style does not naturally contain an acrobatic element, then attempt to become more comfortable with rolls, cartwheels, and explosive jumps.
All future students with no martial arts specific training are recommended to begin cardio (running, swimming), body-weight based strength training (push-ups, sit-ups), and stretching. Short sessions of rolling, cartwheels, handstand attempts, and explosive jumping will also greatly speed up your progress at the school.
Gongfu, or Kungfu, is in the western culture used purely to define Chinese martial arts, but in China, it has a wider meaning which takes in all aspects of life. A literal translation could be the "achievement of man", as its true meaning is the hard work and long hours that a practitioner dedicates to a task or skill. This is never truer than in the pursuit of martial arts mastery, where raw talent will only take you a short distance but dedication will constantly improve you.
Yu Kung Fu was started with the desire to guide and train the best martial artists, performers, and competitors. They believe that each student arrives already in possession of all their potential but that it takes a skilled teacher to unlock it all.
Founded only recently in the summer of 2017, the Tengzhou Shaolin Academy, Yu Kung Fu, was opened by Headmaster Yu ZhiChao to create a wushu school with a singular purpose: to guide, provide for, and create the best martial artists and athletes.
It is the dream of the headmaster and in turn, the school, that they should bring together a diverse team of students from across the world to expand their knowledge and fine-tune their technique; preparing them for competitions, performances, teaching, or just furthering personal experience.
Inside the school grounds, there are the facilities for students to train full-time in all available disciplines: Shaolin basics and forms, Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing), acrobatics, Taiji, Qigong, strength, and flexibility training. Gymnastics mats, boxing bags, speedballs, weights, body conditioning equipment, racks with all Shaolin weapons are just some of the resources available.
Master Yu ZhiChao is the 34th generation Shaolin monk of the Shaolin Temple and the member of the temple's international performance group. He is the founder and headmaster of Yu Kung Fu Martial Arts Academy. Headmaster Yu ZhiChao began full-time martial arts training at the age of eight. He then was accepted into the Songshan Shaolin Temple in Henan Province to begin his life-long journey as a Shaolin disciple. By 2014, he had achieved a sixth band rank within the Shaolin Temple, the level of master, and began to expand his teaching experience to foreign students.
The school is located in a small village outside Tengzhou City, Shandong Province. It stands on the very edge of the town with forests and open farming land extending for kilometers. The village itself is filled with a traditional Chinese community of friendly families and high-walled houses. The walls are covered in paintings and tiled murals depicting sacred mountains and waterfalls.
The school is only 45 minutes from the bustling Tengzhou City, which has all the amusements and supplies necessary for outside of training. There is also a shop within the school which can provide anything else a student will need for training, such as shoes, personal weapons, and clothes.
Three meals a day are provided in the dining room with coffee and tea served with breakfast. All dietary requirements can be met by the cook.
A small number of private classes are available throughout the week for 375 CNY an hour.
Exploring China during your visit is possible. The only condition is that you must advise the school of your travel plans beforehand.
Only a few minutes walk from the school are a few small restaurants, shops and a big lake for swimming. In the city of Tengzhou, there is any of the restaurants, activities, and sights you would find in a large Chinese city.
Beijing Capital International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$160 per person
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$160 per person
Please book your flights to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) or Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). Transfer from and to this airport is provided with a fee of 1100 CNY.
Arrive at any international airport and take the train to Tengzhou train station or Tengzhou East station. Yu Kungfu Martial Arts Academy will pick you up from Tengzhou station for free.
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