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Kickboxing and Self-defense Training

Yu Kung Fu Martial Arts Academy offers short and long term students a sanda (Chinese kickboxing) training program at their club in Tengzhou, China. Students train for self defense, fitness and competition. 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.

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  • 6 hours of guided classes
  • Kickboxing basics and cardio training
  • Yu Kung Fu certificate upon completion
  • Full access to all training equipment
  • Local train station pick up
  • 60 nights accommodation
  • 3 full meals a day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


45 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin)
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Beijing Capital International Airport (US$173 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (US$173 per person)
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  • Gym
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

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 (Kickboxing)

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.

Practical self-defense

Self defense must be fast, natural and efficient to be effective in a real life scenario. A simple strike done well can finish a fight or give you the space to escape your opponent.

Sanda utilises the straightforward striking of kickboxing, combined with traditional wrestling (shuai jiao) and takedowns. After the student has a firm understanding of the basic strikes and takedowns, they progress onto complicated combinations, movements and evasion. Finally, to build confidence and real world practice, students can choose to take part in light, or hard, sparring sessions.


  • Kickboxing basics
  • Cardio training
  • Strength training
  • Technical sparring
  • Pad and bag drills
  • Flexibility and stretching


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.

Level of 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.

Student preparation

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.

Skill level

Beginners level

Gongfu, or Kung Fu, 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.

What you will get

  • Reach master level and be officially graded and recognized by the Shaolin temple
  • International level teacher
  • High-grade professional competitions
  • Martial arts stunts and fight choreography

Yu Kung Fu Martial Arts Academy

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.


Yu ZhiChao


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.


  • Tengzhou City - 45 minutes
  • Weishan Lake - 5 Kms away
  • JingHe park, Tengzhou
  • Tengzhou museum



  • Gym


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Take private classes

A small number of private classes are available throughout the week for 375 CNY an hour.

Explore China

Exploring China during your visit is possible. The only condition is that you must advise the school of your travel plans beforehand.

Other activities

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.

What's included

  • 3 full meals a day
  • 6 hours of guided classes five days a week
  • 24-hour free Wi-Fi
  • 60 nights accommodation
  • Free student starter pack
  • Full access to all training equipment
  • Local train station pick up
  • Use of school bicycles
  • Use of washing machines
  • Yu Kung Fu certificate upon completion

What's not included

  • Travel to and within China
  • Visa application fees
  • Train station drop off
  • Extra snacks and drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by train

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.

Airport: Beijing Capital International Airport Airport transfer available: Beijing Capital International Airport (US$173 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Shanghai Pudong International Airport Airport transfer available: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (US$173 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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