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 Xinyiba
You may have read our presentation of Xinyiba, and understand that Xinyiba consists of Skills and principles, and not of forms. Some of those are taught openly, to all interested students, but others are kept for the more trusted and dedicated students.
These skills are taught alongside Shaolin Kung Fu, so that you are given a frame where you can express them. (It would work with other styles' forms as well)
There are several Xinyiba exercises that we teach to all interested students. Master Hu is willing to take it a step further and teach some of the more advanced and secret elements, once he sees that a student has been practicing those fundamental exercises and other skills and principles he'd been taught diligently and seriously over a few months.
Dedication is all it takes.
Our school in China offers 4 main classes:
- Traditional Kung Fu 1 (beginners) led by coach Zhang
- Traditional Kung Fu 2 (intermediate) led by coach Zhao
- Traditional Kung Fu 3 (advanced) led by coach Yang
- Sanda - Chinese Kickboxing (all levels) led by coach Li
The standard monthly fee is 4000 RMB (about 600 USD). That includes the dormitory fees, tuition, meals & drinking water, electricity, etc. There are no additional fees.
The teachers are very proficient in their respective areas, and have been training under master Hu for at least a decade. Even the Sanda class incorporates a lot of traditional training, thanks to master Hu's teachings.
Westerners are welcome to join any of those, 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.
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...)
Hu Zhengsheng teaching foreign students a basic drill of traditional Shaolin Boxing
This document certifies the authenticity of our lineage, and holds the official stamp of the Shaolin Temple.
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, but we often send students train inside the fields or forests surrounding the school, to help them focus.
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