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Song Mountain Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Martial Arts Training in China

Songshan Shaolin Temple is one of the best kung fu school in China for foreigners to explore martial arts. All traditional Shaolin kung fu styles can be learnt as much as you can, including traditional Shaolin, Shaolin philosophy, Chinese kickboxing, chi na, tai chi, healing chi kung, ba duan jin, yi jin jing, wu qin xi, meditation, and more. The masters of the school are Shaolin warrior monks trained from an early age inside the original Shaolin Temple. They have rich experience teaching kung fu to international students.

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  • A school certificate upon completion
  • Daily Shaolin kung fu training with the masters
  • Study tai chi, sanda, qigong, wing chun, bagua, and baji
  • Optimized training in small groups and all levels are welcome
  • Personal training by authentic kung fu masters optimized for foreigners
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with vegetarian, vegan, and halal options
  • 29 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

29 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin)
Airport transfer available:
Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (US$ 60 per person)
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Equipped with both an electric fan and a heater, Songshan Shaolin Temple can guarantee a good life summer and winter. Furthermore the rooms are all furnished with two single beds and wardrobes as well as a table and a chair. Extra blankets are given to students in the winter and fans in the summer.

There is also electricity in rooms and a computer with internet in the office that can be used by students. General living conditions in China will, to some extent, be a reflection that a country is still developing, so students should be aware of this difference if coming from a western country.

However, the school aims to provide the students with a good standard of accommodation to live in. The school will try to accommodate students as much as possible.


Chinese martial arts

When talking about kung fu and Chinese martial arts, many words and ideas will come out. Is it real magic like Bruce Lee did? What benefits can you get from kung fu? Is kung fu really good for your health? Descriptions of Chinese martial arts can be traced to the Xia Dynasty (夏朝) which existed more than 4000 years ago.

Their origin is attributed to self-defense needs, hunting activities and military training in ancient China. Hand-to-hand combat and weapons practice were important components in the training of Chinese soldiers.

From this beginning, Chinese martial arts proceeded to incorporate different philosophies and ideas into its practice - expanding its purpose from self-defense to health maintenance and finally as method of self-cultivation. Chinese martial arts are now an integral element of Chinese culture.

Martial arts in China has developed over several thousands of years, and were born out of the necessity for people to defend themselves. Archaeological research reveals that the Chinese people from the Stone Age already knew martial arts and had large collections of weapons such as axes, spears and swords made from stone or bones.

According to legend, Chinese martial arts originated during the semi-mythical Xia Dynasty (夏朝) more than 4,000 years ago. It is said the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi) (legendary date of ascension 2698 BCE) introduced the earliest fighting systems to China.

The Yellow Emperor is described as a famous general who, before becoming China's leader, wrote lengthy treatises on medicine, astrology, and the martial arts. One of his main opponents was Chi You (蚩尤) who was credited as the creator of jiao di, a forerunner to the modern art of Chinese wrestling.

These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, Examples of such traits include Shaolin kung fu (少林拳) physical exercises involving Five Animals (五形) mimicry, or training methods inspired by old Chinese philosophies, religions, and legends.

Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal (内家拳; neijiaquan), while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called "external" (外家拳; waijiaquan).

Chinese martial arts really good for your health

Martial arts is a very traditional exercises and forms to strengthens the body and the mind. By various types of training and practicing, different parts of your body will be waken up. You can control youe body in a better way. When you learn kung fu, you will find that the practice is more than just kicking and punching time and time again.

As you do the practice, you can get a further understanding of the basics, the principles, the forms, the exercises, the applications, and all the understanding will make you know yourself in a new way. As stated previously kung fu is originally a fighting art for defense.

Each movement in kung fu is practical and can be used to defend against an attack. If you develop coordination and confidence, then you develop awareness. These aspects are essential when facing any situation. Of course the punches, kicks, joint locks, and throws are also helpful for girls to protect themselves.

Martial arts definition

Although being a fighting style, kung fu advocates virtue and peace, not aggression or violence. This has been the common value upheld by martial artists from generation to generation. With a number of movement sets, boxing styles, weapon skills and some fighting stunts, kung fu keeps its original function of self-defense.

Now its value in body-building and fitness is also highly appreciated. Nowadays, more and more people like try kung fu exercises, and take it as a fashion workouts. Kung Fu training is more than just techniques, there have real reasons that some kung fu training is good for keep fit and body healthy.

When people think about kung fu, they might picture high kicks or acrobatic forms but that is only one aspect of what kung fu is.

The most outstanding and influential types of martial arts list

China has a long history of martial arts traditions that includes hundreds of different styles. Over the past two thousand years, many distinctive styles have been developed, each with its own set of techniques and ideas.

  • Shaolin kung fu: a combination of zen buddhism, Chinese metaphysics, and kung fu
  • Sanda: free style Chinese hand-to-hand self defense and combat sport kung fu
  • Wing chun: most popular, strong, and direct from of kung fu invented by a woman Yim Wing Chun
  • Tai chi chuan: stimulate the “qi” circulation in patterns, related to the nervous system and heart
  • Qi gong: this discipline can preserve health and can help with illnesses
  • Meditation: a range of techniques to promote relaxation and build internal energy (qi)
  • Qin na: useful in real fighting. It uses fingers, hands, wrists, shoulders and full body to control opponent
  • Ba gua zhang: modular styles (move in circle) combines qi gong with other martial arts
  • Xing yi quan: invented for the battlefield simple movements creating endless possibilities
  • Praying mantis: self defense technique, hands, and dropping forefingers strike an attachers vital points


Learning martial arts full-time will be full time and of high quality. The full time nature of the course means that you will be learning all day. Compared to taking the odd class once or twice a week at home, you will develop your skills at a completely different level!

The full time training allows you to spend time dedicated to each aspect of the physical skills that you require as a martial artist: coordination, speed, agility, strength and stamina. During the week, there are breaks in the day between training sessions.

Students often take advantage of this time for resting or do some personal things, such as meditating, reading, going for a walk or listening to music etc. At times, they can play chess by themselves or with the teachers.


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During this training, you will stay at the Songshan Shaolin Temple.


Care is also given when preparing the food for students. Songshan Shaolin Temple will try their best to make you enjoy the meals and give you the energy you need to train. All meals have vegetarian options. Generally there are about four to seven plates of different foods to choose from during meals, with only two or four of them containing meat. Any special dietary concerns should be communicated to the Songshan Shaolin Temple before arrival to better accommodate students.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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

What's included

  • All training classes, more than six hours a day, five times a week
  • Free use of all training facilities and free Wi-Fi internet
  • Full room and board with three meals a day the whole week
  • Optional classes (e.g. Mandarin, massage, theory, etc.)
  • Certificate of achievements and weapon certificate
  • Free use of heaters, automatic washing machine, oven, fridge, etc
  • Hot shower and western toilets
  • Wushu performance and competition (if available)
  • 29 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Extra snacks
  • Drop off at Tengzhou train station
  • Training shoes
  • Towel
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Songshan Shaolin Temple recommend you to travel either over Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou. From there, there are three ways how you can get to the school. Please contact Songshan Shaolin Temple for more information.

Arrival by train

There are many trains from Beijing to Zhengzhou. You’d better take a fast train. In this way, time will be saved and you will not feel boring.

Airport: Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport Airport transfer available: Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (US$ 60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 19% 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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