Training at our school in Henan province, China
It is possible for everybody to come directly to our school, the Shaolin Temple Traditional Wushu Institute, and learn martial arts from qualified teachers, step by step.
The motivated and dedicated students are taught privately by master Hu several times a week, as he checks on your progress and teaches you how to develop internal skills.
More informations below!
Sometimes, people have just too many responsibilities at home, or simply not enough money or time, to come to our school in China. That's why we decided to organize seminars in the home countries of some of our students, including Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, etc. More informations here
Are you somewhere else, but would still like to host a seminar or event with master Hu, and/or his disciples? Contact us here!
About learning Shaolin Kung Fu and Xinyiba
You may have read our presentation of Xinyiba, and understand that Xinyiba consists of Skills and principles, and not of forms. These skills are taught and built with a clear step-by-step approach, and cannot be taught all at once. That is why it is preferable to come to the school for longer than just 1 or 2 weeks, ideally 1 or 2 months. That will allow you to build a solid basis and understand the fundamental principles, and to get enough material to practice in depth once you are back at home.
These skills are taught alongside Shaolin Kung Fu forms, so that you are given a frame where you can express them. (It would work with other styles' forms as well).
We recommend that beginners and practitioners new to our style start with Xiao Hong Quan, as many of the skills and principles are built into that form with utmost clarity. But you are of course free to choose a form - or more, depending on the length of your stay.
Our school in China offers 4 main Kung Fu classes:
- Traditional Kung Fu 1&2 (beginners & young children) led by coach Zhang and Meng
- Traditional Kung Fu 3 (intermediate & advanced, includes acrobatics and modern forms) led by coach Zhao
- Traditional Kung Fu 4 (small group of advanced students and foreign disciples) led by coach Yang, and frequently supervised by master Hu himself
- Sanda - Chinese Kickboxing (all levels) led by coach Li
The standard monthly fee is 6000 RMB (about 890 USD). That includes the dormitory fees, tuition, meals & drinking water, electricity, etc. There are no additional charges.
The teachers are very proficient in their respective areas and have been training Kung Fu under Master Hu for at least a decade. Even the Sanda class incorporates a lot of traditional Kung Fu training, thanks to Master Hu's teachings.
Westerners are welcome to join any of those listed above or to receive private training from an advanced student. Occasionally, when we have many foreigners interested in the same type of training, we make a group apart for them with a coach with good English skills.
Master Hu spends a lot of time teaching, and often (almost every day) takes over the supervision of the advanced traditional Kung Fu class for a few hours, and from time to time the Sanda class. In addition, occasionally he will invite foreign students for tea ceremonies or dinners out in the city.
Kung Fu Training schedule
On a regular day’s training is from 5:40 am until 5.20 pm and a more casual Kung Fu training in the evening, with regular breaks in between. Students are expected to follow the training schedule, missing classes or showing up late is disrespect to the teachers.
05:40 - 06:00 - Session 1 - Early morning training (running, stretching and flexibility exercises)
Break: breakfast, and washing
08:00 - 10:00 Session 2 - running, stretching, basics kicks and drills
Break: free time, lunch, powernap
14:00 - 17:20 Session 3 - warming up, stretching, skill and Kung Fu forms
Break: dinner and free time
19:00 - 21:00 Session 4 - casual training (is optional) skill and Kung Fu forms
Training is from Monday to Saturday (Sunday is off). The training schedule can be be adjusted from time to time, such as in winter.
Duration of your Kung Fu program
Students are free to come train with us for as long as they would like, from a couple of days up to several years (note that visa renewals abroad are currently required for long term stays over 6 months), depending on your personal preferences. Most students stay for one, two or three months, most commonly during spring or summertime. Occasionally, students come for a week or two to enjoy the traditional Shaolin Kung Fu experience.
Preparation for your Kung Fu training
You do not have to prepare for your training here China. Although any previous Kung Fu or other martial arts experience is welcome, but not required. If you are going to prepare yourself we advise you to work on basic physical condition and flexibility.
Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu
Our school teaches traditional Shaolin Kung Fu which originates from Master Hu’s time at the Shaolin temple under master Zhang Guangjun and most importantly his training under folk Shaolin master Yang Guiwu, an inheritor of the lineage of Wu Gulun and Ji Long.
Nowadays, most other schools teach modernized performance Kung Fu. Our training includes a lot of basic skill practices (Gongfa) and fighting techniques. With this training, you will develop a strong body and powerful intent, self-discipline and the right foundation for mastering Shaolin Kung Fu techniques and principles.
Besides the traditional Shaolin Wugong training, the school offers the opportunity to train with sanda students and teachers, and to regularly test one's fighting abilities against them. We consider this to be an important part of martial arts training. However, nobody is forced into this kind of training. Different people have different goals. Some students want to learn how to fight (Wugong), some want to learn forms (Taolu), some want to learn health preserving techniques (Yangsheng), and others want to build up internal skill (Neigong).
You can request to train with the Chinese students, or to get private lessons. Whatever you decide, remember that we focus on traditional skills, and this involves a lot of basics - for example stance training, basic kicks repetitions, focus and intent training, etc.
If you've made your decision to join us, we will be here to help you at every step of the way (Invitation letters, room reservations, arrival preparations, etc …)
1 . Transports
- Buy a roundtrip ticket from your home country to Beijing/Shanghai and from there to Zhengzhou
- You can also take the train from Beijing/Shanghai to Zhengzhou
- We can send someone to pick you up with the taxi if you wish, but there are also buses going from Zhengzhou to Dengfeng
2 . Visa
- Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the time you spend in China.
- Get a visa at your closest Chinese embassy - there should be one in most bigger cities. You can also do this via a travel or visa agency.
- Chinese tourist visas (L), the easiest option, can be made for a maximum 3 months duration.
- Short term study visas (X2) can be made for a maximum 6 months duration.
- For this visa, you will need an invitation letter from a person or institution in China - or a hotel reservation (we will make this invitation for you), your passport, and a completely filled out visa application form.
- The embassy might also require a photocopy of your passport, the plane ticket or it's order confirmation, or other documents.
3 . Insurance
- Make sure subscribe to a complete medical insurance that will cover the possible accidents, injuries and sicknesses during your travel & training.
- The insurance should cover the fees of health itself (hospital, medicine, etc.) as well as repatriation - the way back home in case of an emergency.
- Verify whether these are not already covered by your actual insurance.
4 . Formalities at the school
- The payment can be done as soon as you arrive, and monthly, in case you stay longer.
- Take 2 or more ID size photos for the arrival & registration forms which you'll have to fill out on your first day here.
- You may ask for a certificate (make sure you do so a few days before leaving - not too late)
5 . Others
- Our seasonal temperatures can be quite extreme. While you can buy anything in town, it is advised to take enough clothes especially if you come during winter.
- Take some basic medications - for example muscle pain ointments, disinfectants, bandages, etc. (you never know...)
- Take at least 2 different credit / debit cards, and make sure to contact your bank beforehand and ask them to unblock the cards in China.
Master Hu Zhengsheng teaching disciples from the UK a basic drill of traditional Shaolin Boxing
This document certifies the authenticity of our lineage, and holds the official stamp of the Shaolin Temple. Of the many Kung Fu Schools in Dengfeng, only few own such a certificate.
OUR TRAINING AREA
We provide a very peaceful setting, where you can dedicate all of your time to training. This picture shows the main training area, and much of the surrounding land which can be seen here belongs to the school. We often send students to train inside the fields or forests surrounding the school , to help them focus. Many hectares of land belong to our Kung fu School. Parts of the school's territory are used to grow our food, others are used for training, but most of it is left to itself.
Everything is provided by the school. We use traditional tools such as stone locks or old grinding wheels for training. We have a small shop inside the school where you can get training clothes, should you want them.
Luckily, town isn't far away, and martial arts shops are abundant there, in case you need anything special