Sara Mirjam Bartfai
Training Period at the Academy: June 2012 for1 month
Training: Tai ji Qi gong and Mandarin language
I have stayed at the academy for a month, and I wish that I had the possibility to stay for longer. It is such a relaxing place, and I am so glad that I decided to come. On arrival I was first amazed by the beauty of the surrounding landscapes around us. It is so calming to see nothing but countryside and mountains around you standing on the courtyard in front of the academy-building. To wake up every morning for qi gong with ths view ahead of me as been a joy. My intentions on coming here were not, like for many other visitors, to llearn shaolin martial arts, but rather to study mandarin and focus on the soft schools of tai ji and qi gong. I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to adapt the schedule for my needs and wishes. My personal schedule has included qi gong every morning, private mandarin class after breakfast, and tai ji in the afternoon and in the evening. It has suited me perfectly. As a whole, my experience here has been wonderful, much thanks to the friendly atmosphere and people working here. Fantastic food, interesting fellow students and cute shaolin-master kids running around the academy has made it even better.
Dylan Howard Rose
Start :06/18/12 for one month
When I planned my trip to Northern China Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, my aims were to get as fit as humanly possible and to increase my knowledge of the Chinese language.
Upon my arrival at the academy I began to realise just how special a place it was. I had previously studied Thai Kickboxing in England and had never even begun to appreciate the effect that studying traditional Chinese martial arts in a place like this would have on me. After watching ‘The Karate Kid’ at the age of ten I realised that one day I wanted to travel to a place like this and immerse myself in the culture of authentic Oriental martial arts. Jumping in the deep end is the only way to learn to swim (or drown, but that obviously isn’t what I’m getting at here..). Immediately I fell in love with the lifestyle of the Academy and thoroughly enjoyed studying shaolin kung fu under experienced Masters who dedicate 100% of their effort into teaching to the highest quality.
After a couple of weeks I began to see that my primary aims were incredibly superficial compared to what I was experiencing. 7 hours a-day training as well as a Chinese lesson each afternoon saw this easily taken care of! In addition, training with Shifus who speak little English as well as weekend trips to nearby Si Ping City made me speak Chinese outside of the classroom in a real-life Chinese environment.
Training, - whether it consisted of long distance running, running up the 360 steps from the beautiful lake next to the academy to Ye He Castle with a bucket of water in each hand, sparring or practising kung fu forms – never failed to be a greatly enjoyable and educational experience. At the academy you are forced to find your physical limits and smash through them!
I was only able to come to the academy for one month this summer and immediately regretted this, I wish I could stay longer and as I write this in my room staring outside at the stunning countryside scenery that surrounds the academy, I am already planning my return next year, for a longer stay this time. The lifestyle, the experience and the group of friends I have made here have made my stay the invaluable experience that it has been.
It is an honour to say that I have studied here and if you love martial arts and are willing to learn and expand your horizons physically and mentally, this is the place to be. I am grateful for the experience and will definitely be returning to keep learning!
start:May 1, 2012
Australia - 5 Months
Before coming to the Siping City Shaolin Martial Arts Academy I never realized how much I actually loved Monday's. It's the day of the week when you’re not sore, bruised, tired or exhausted. By Friday, which is a long time away things have changed.
The weeks reward is however, slightly better. Knowing that you’ve accomplished five days of FULL ON Kung Fu training whether it be; cross country mountain runs, carrying buckets of water up never ending flights of stairs, made it that extra inch in the splits, landed your first backflip, run holding bricks between your grasp, bruised your forearms blue on steel poles, suspended yourself from trees doing crunches, maintained the perfect stance whilst standing on tree stumps. Anything is possible in a week and each week is a new pleasure.
To counteract the intense training regime you only have to look out over the picturesque landscape of mountainous terrain and growing cornfields to know it’s worth it. Life is surreal here. Waking up every morning and looking out just before sunrise when the clouds are getting their first touch of morning heat I can’t help reminiscing and always find myself humming the opening score to the lion king.
Being here is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Phillip Brandon Sanford
startdate : 6/01/2012period : 6 months,
United States of America
I will never forget the first time I heard about Shaolin Kung Fu. I was very young, and I saw a documentary about Shaolin monks and their art. I was instantly drawn to the elegance of their movements and their discipline. Now, nine years later, I can say that martial arts is my passion. It is a subject of study that you can continually burn yourself up on. It is an art, a means of war, and a lifestyle. It is a constant refining of the self. I decided I would follow my passion wherever it took me, and now I am on the other side of the world. Being able to come to China to study this ancient art is a prilivege the likes of which I cannot wholly express. I was never able to train in Chinese martial arts back home, and being here I am very impressed with the training and the quality of the Masters here. The academy and the surrounding area is truly beautiful; The circumstances here are right for learning Kung Fu.
Time period：2011.06.30 to 8,30
Siping Shaolin Martial Academy is a nice place to come if you want to study martial arts. Shifus at this place are good. I managed to study a lot in short terms. Chinese classes are also good if you are a beginner. The food here is good as for a temple. It gives you everything what you need for the day. The room has everything what a person needs to concentrate on studying and not to fall back because of something (watching tv) for example there is an available internet room or free wi-fi if you need In the evenings you can do meditations with shifu.
So I think it’s a good place where you can come and study traditional martial arts.
Tiem period：March 17, 2011 for one year
Like The Academy is located near the mountain.
Nice view, good location, now very good sifu, room is big and nice. Wireless internet very good. Food is ok.
Free internet room and wifi also free for students use.
Heated training hall about 1000 square metres. We have two and one for domestic students and one for foreign students.
Time：2011.03.17 for one year
I came to the shaolin academy on March 2011. I study baji from master lee. He is 60 years old, and one of the best baji master in China. I remembered what he told me when I told him that I wanted to learn baji. He said “ I will teach you everything I know, but be serious, train hard, don’t be lazy, and don’t ever forget why you come to China’.
I learn a lot from master lee in the past 4 months, and I’m very happy to have a master like him.
The academy is at a very good place, the view is very nice, very quiet and translator Li is very helpful.
The food is ok, and the cook will cook any food you recommend.
Jeremy Charles Weirick
My stay here at the academy has been epic when I first got here. I was a little disappointed when I saw no monks but after meeting the shifu’s I was quite happy I think that the website is a little misleading and makes it sound as if this is a monastery with monks everywhere when in fact this is just a martial arts academy which I wasn’t to mad cause that is what I came here for. I really think that they should change the website cause I feel they would get the same amount of people coming without people being disappointed when they got here. The shifus herethough are absolutely amazing and their teaching were beyond my expectations. Shifu li is the baji shifu and I have been learning from him and he is the best. He not only teaches you the form but many applications of the same move.
His strength and speed is unhuman and even morn impressive cause of his age. He has been doing it for 40 years so you know he is amazing at what he does. The new shaolin shifu is also outstanding and his kung fu looks super human. If someone was to come here for shaolin he would make you better than even imagined you could. The sanda teacher is also quite great. His sanda looks great and he kicks harder than any man his size although I think his teachings are a little slow. I only didn’t take it for that reason I only had a month left when he got here and didn’t feel like I would get that much out of his class as others cause of the speed. I do get his point in you can’t learn sanda that fast but we did it a week of just foot work and would of like I to hit the big more. Maybe correct vs more when doing sanda but the man is amazing. I think with a little longer of teaching that he will be an amazing teacher. The tai chi shifu is also amazing even though gone for the moment. His tai chi is second to none and his heath makes me a lot more apt to take tai chi when I get home. He works with you whether you are young and want to lose weight so he will push you hard or if you’re older and need more rests he will do that too. The biggest plus to this place is the shifu’s. They are the thing that would make me want to come back. The translators are good here which is good cause the shifu speak almost no English. When I first got here the only translator was Lee. Lee’s English is in my opinion the best but they always have him do thins so he was always busy which sucked but by the end we got a lot more translators with good English and made classes a lot easier. I am really glad they were here. Like I said my stay here was really good and I love this place and shifu’s make me really want to come back. If you are coming here to train with monks in a temple I would not come but if you want to train with top notch shifu’s this is the place to train in.
Jackson Patrick Wilson
My 2 month stay at the academy has been time that I have really enjoyed. The training and shifus are very good. I learned styles I have never heard of and found them very interesting. I spent most of my stay training baji, with sifu Li. He is an incredible teacher, an impressive martial artist, and an over all great person. The translators were all very helpful and made the language barrier a lot less of a problem. My only issue with the academy is the management. They advertise the school as something it is not. The website has really nothing to do with the school it is not a monk monastery. It is a kung fu academy. The emails to the school before arriving were basically just telling what you want to hear to get you to the school what they answer is not alwas true. If they changed the school’s website and general ways of getting students they would be much more respectable academy.