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Training Program Kung FU

Since I was a kid I always have wanted to go to Shaolin Temple. So I had the great oportunity to go... read more

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Reviewed 17 September 2015

I have practiced Chinese Martial Arts in China for around 6 or 7 years, thus coming into this program I had a fair amount of basics and understanding. So as soon as I found out there would be beginners in the course, I wasn't sure how good my training would be. I was also expecting Shaolin training to be touristy and washed up for foreigners, and to be void of any real Kung Fu, however I was incredibly surprised on all counts.

Training was very well individualized so that a beginner could learn well and build up their basics, whereas someone at a higher level could focus on perfecting their technique and on developing proper mechanics and execution.

One thing that left me speechless was our Shaolin Warrior Monk's understanding and ability to explain concepts to us. He focused a lot on developing of "Qi", on proper rhythm, breathing, and application. It was nothing short of amazing. His skills were also outstanding. In fact, it was his understanding of Qi (Chee) that really impressed me. Also his energetic attitude to teaching us properly with the hopes of passing around the true essence of Shaolin Kung Fu to us was remarkable. He hoped that if we trained all the exercises well and with the right focus, we could develop great Kung Fu on our own once we went back home.

We performed a lot of exercises for developing all sorts of stamina. Of course since it's such a short course, he was focusing on teaching us the proper technique and emphasizing points we should keep in mind once we go back home and continue training in these methods. We practiced Iron arm technique, which was strengthening forearms while striking a tree. The improvement from one week's time I had was very rewarding, and I could feel my arms getting stronger. We practiced iron fist, iron palm, grip strengthening exercises, a lot a lot a lot of stance work, we crawled down the mountain on our arms and legs, pushed big wooden logs, rolled cement cylinders, a lot of work with bricks, balancing on posts, etc etc.

Of course as in any skills, one has to continue practicing for a long time in order to be capable at them, however this course gave us a really solid introduction and focus on how to keep developing our abilities.

I will definitely come back to Shaolin with this program, and would recommend it to anyone.

Soon after getting back home, I felt a huge difference in my life. Back in the city I felt more grounded, more confident, and more aware of my surroundings. I also felt a certain calmness and more inner strength, which I am sure will carry through in all my life.

I highly recommend this!

Oh ya, one word of advice though: If you come to this program, I would recommend spending two weeks in advanced doing conditioning. The better in shape you are the more you can get from this course, and the more you can focus on learning instead of time spent trying to catch your breathe!

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Marc G
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Cultural-Keys, Owner at CK Martial Hearts (Shaolin Temple), responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2015

Marc,

Sincere thanks for your indepth review of our kungfu experience at the Shaolin Temple! It was the first time we had someone with your level of experience in martial arts join us inside the temple, so we are very happy to know that you got so much out of it!

As for training in advance, I would certainly say that the fitter participants are, the more they will get out of it, but that no matter what shape people are in, they would still benefit from a program like this, as you attest to.

We definitely look forward to having you back next year. I look forward to seeing how much you've worked on your Taichi! :)

Sincerest regards,

AJ

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Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

This is certainly an unforgettable experience for me.

Although I haven't done any martial art before in my life, I always respect Kung fu and Shaolin is the most famous and traditional kung fu place in the world.

It was hard work but certainly worth it. I don't think you can find any company who can let you learn traditional Kung fu from the real monk and even training inside the temple itself.

If you, like me, want to see how much you can push yourself and try something different, this is something you cannot miss when you visit china. I really had a great time.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank 633edc
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Cultural-Keys, Owner at CK Martial Hearts (Shaolin Temple), responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2015

Ed,

We are very glad to hear how much you enjoyed this program! It's good to know that it can be enjoyed by people with no experience, as much as well trained individuals. I sincerely hope you continue to practice what you learned, and I look forward to see you performing the form next time you're in Beijing!

Sincere regards,

AJ

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Reviewed 26 July 2015

I was in a 5 days martial arts training.

The place of most of the trainings was inside the Shaolin Temple, others in the forest around the Temple. The Kung-fu classes were teach by a monk of the Shaolin Temple. Also some Taichi early in the morning in the village near the temple teach by AJ. The course is organized based on the existing facilities of the local village, that means that you will experience how a local Chinese hostel is like, and how the local food of a very simple village is like. You will be in the middle of hundreds of young Chinese Kung-Fu students, that gives the village a sense of a big school. Every thing there is prepared to train Kung-Fu.

This was my first experience in Kung-Fu. Some considerations: The monk will treat you like a 7 years old child. So no matter how hard the training is, he will keep pushing you. Sometimes I think that he is being paid by some ex-chinese girlfriend, according to AJ (the organizer), he was the only that paid the monk. Do not worry about your level or your physical condition, the monk will make you feel your physical limits. And he is really creative thinking in different ways to make you improve your physical condition, especially in some areas of the temple partially under construction. I had the idea that Buddhist monks were some kind of naturalist or environment friendly guys, but when you have to heat 300 times the nice tree behind you, then you doubt about his considerations with the mother nature. The temperature in the area is around 35ºC, and you will have to drink around 3 litters of water a day. If you want to discover which other parts of your body exist and were there the hole life, this is the right place.

The hostel. The service is very friendly and speaks only Chinese. The rooms are quite simple, clean, and nearly no cabinet to place any thing. If you get the room in the last floor, this will help to improve your physical condition because there is no lift. Wifi, is working quite well there, (consider the Chinese firewall if you come from outside China, may be you will need a VPN).

Food. Frugality might be a good word to describe it. You better like rice, the grandma that cooks will never be listed in the Michelin guide, except for the soap of thursday. Any way you will be so tired that there is no need to think about what you eat or how it looks like. The first day grandma will give you a boll and a pair of chopsticks, that you have to keep, like the other hundreds of children in the schools near by already do. A couple of boiled eggs will be the luxury part of the daily breakfast, and if you were never before in a Chinese hotel/hostel, then the breakfast/lunch/dinner will be a real Chinese experience for you. Make as much exercise as possible so that you will eat whatever is prepared. The presentation of the food can only be improved, to say it in a polite way.

If you are lucky, the monks will invite you to the early morning religious exercise. Starts at 5 am. Also you will have the chance to have breakfast with them. Having the same breakfast as they have, then you will think that grandma's breakfast is just amazing.

AJ the organizer, will help with the translation if required, he has been living in China for a long time and has a long experience in Martial Arts. The organizers AJ and Nick will support you in case of any issue.

If you want to improve or start in Kung-Fu, or you want to experience how is living in a real Kung-Fu Chinese school, this is the right place. (For other expectations, please check Bali 5 stars resorts).

Date of experience: July 2015
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Cultural-Keys, Owner at CK Martial Hearts (Shaolin Temple), responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2015

Gonzalo,

Many thanks for your honest and descriptive review! We are very glad that you got a lot out of our Shaolin Temple program, and would recommend it to others looking to begin or improve their kung fu skills!

Thank you also for highlighting the simplicity of the Chinese food offered on this program. We have always believed that offering our participants the same food as the monks and locals is the best way to ensure the authenticity of the experience. But we will most definitely pass your feedback on to the cook and look for ways to offer greater variety in the future.

It was fantastic having you as one of our first participants, and we hope to see you on one of our advanced programs next year! :D

Kind regards,

AJ

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Reviewed 28 July 2019 via mobile
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 22 September 2015
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