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Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy

(Adjacent to Ye He Ancient Castle, Jilin Province, northern China)

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tigrclaw.jpg Students who sincerely wish to learn the chinese martial arts are invited to come to our
Martial Arts Academy, located in northern China, to learn all levels of traditional shaolin martial arts from the disciples of the famous northern Song shan mountain temple protection monks.  If desired, students may optionally learn Wudang mountain area style Kung fu and Tai chi chuan (Tai ji quan), or slow Qi gong for health. Our academy hosts both male and female students age 6 and older, with or without experience in the martial arts.

In the year 2000, Shao lin masters from the south of China also joined with our academy to teach southern Shao lin kung fu to foreign students interested in their styles.  Here, and in the following pages, teachers may also be reffered to as protection monks, fighting monks, warrior monks, layman monks, masters, grandmasters, or sifus.

Younger children (minors) train alongside our domestic chinese students and participate in mandarin and formal education.  We have a baby-sitter or nurse to care for the needs of younger children and an on-site orthopedist as well.  Professional medical care is within a 15 minute drive from the academy.

  • Important: To prepare for training with us please read the Preparation Information.

    Please send enquiries regarding the academy to it's chief manager, Mr. Che (Shi Xing Kuo) who is a layman-disciple of the great grandmaster Shi De Qian, previous chief manager of the Song san mountain Temple (note: written Song shan temple below - either way is Ok). Mr. Che has been authorized by the Song Shan Temple authorities to invite the protection monks or their diciples to live and teach shaolin martial arts to foreign students who enroll at the Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy, located next to the Ye He ancient castle, which is located approximately 5 kilometers (or 3 miles) from the ancient Jai Lan Temple near Siping City, Jilin province, in the Chang Bai mountains of northern China.

    We received verification of Mr. Che's credentials from the last Fang zhang (first abbott) of the Song Shan mountain temple, Shi Yong Xin, who has re-confirmed Mr. Che as a shaolin layman monk during the mid-part of November, 1999.

    We also received the following information from Mr. Che about his sifu (who is now deceased, passing in 2008):

    • "About Shi De Qian:  He was in the Shao Lin Temple when he was 15 age of years, and stayed there to be a shao lin protection monk for 31 years, until 1992.

      Then he lived outside of the temple, as a Shao lin layman monk.

      Shao lin layman monks compare with the temple monks (who still live in the temple) the only difference is they can eat meat or drink beer and other foods and beverages, but the rest about them is the same.  So All shaolin temple monks who live outside of the temple are shao lin layman monks too.  They have a certificate which was issued by their sifu from shao lin temple, as I have.  Because we all trained in the Shao lin temple in previous years everybody is still permited (and proud to say) they are shao lin temple Wu Seng (fighting monks, or protection monks).

      Shi De Qian sifu is very highest skills in the shao lin temple and he still writes many shao lin kung fu books and his sifu Shi Shu Xi and also himself just do not mean to let some highest secret kung fu lose for it not easy to get and they don't want to see these secrets lost with the years going, as I did with recorder of kung fu forms not only for profit, but also in this meaning.  Shi Yang Ming (shao lin temple 34th generation) who is in the USA is still like this, and he has certificate from shao lin temple as I have".

      Note:  Shi De Qian was co-author, publisher, and contributed many treatises to the famous Encyclopedia Of Shaolin Kung Fu.

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      We asked Mr. Che to tell us where the term shaolin was derived from. Here is his answer: "Shao lin temple the name is given from Shao Shi sheng(mountain name).   the local people gave the name is shao lin temple.  In china there are many temples, but they are not famous as shao lin temple, from kung fu; such as Wu Dang Temple, Er Mei Temple, etc.."

      Many students have e-mailed Mr. Che requesting more information about what wu shu and kung fu mean to the shao lin. Here is his answer to one student:

      • "In chinese "wu shu" means martial arts such as practical boxing, formerly cultivated for self-defence, now a form of physical culture.  "Kung fu" means work, effort, time, in martial arts training.  In China we learn kung fu in wu shu school and we don't name it kung fu school.  That does not mean a student is to learn wu shu for demonstrations.

      • So from words directly translated, "wu" means martial arts.  "shu" means skills.  "gong fu"(kung fu) means you need to work hard on training to develop your skills.

      • Our academy teaches the traditional real chinese shaolin kung fu skills."

      In other words, what we understand Mr. Che to be saying is they teach real shaolin kung fu for personal protection and combat at the academy as well as the basics of how to perform the quans in the form of individual "exercise routines" like so many of the martial art schools do in the west, and now even in some parts of China.  The academy takes pride in teaching their students the traditional shao lin qi gong (the traditional kung fu).

      If you should have any questions regarding the authencity or expertise of those who are training students at the academy, be sure to send them to Mr. Che, prior to going to China to study their martial arts.  Realize also, the teachers at the academy may be wushu disciples from either active or retired shaolin monks now located next to the temple or living away from it somewhere else in China because the chinese government has not allowed shaolin monks to conduct martial arts gong fu training inside of the Song Shan mountain temple since 1979.

      Students at the Si Ping Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy study in modern facilities with a big training hall, and training is conducted outside in the clear air as well.  Every student agrees where the academy is located is the right environment to train in.  It is in the mountains near the home town of china's last queen, Chi Xi, and is the Qing dynasty home town.

      • A few people have expressed disbelief that the academy actually exists, or is licensed and approved by the chinese government.  Following are the details Mr. Che provided us of the office interested students can contact for confirmation: The government office in charge of the academy is the Jilin Province Education Department, and their phone number is 86 431 8905328 and the names of the department's officers are Wang Di, and Liu Jun.  Here is a link to a copy of the academy's license.

        Note: In the spring of 2014 Mr. Che was appointed Siping City Wushu Association Chairman, overseeing 3500 trainers, 60% whom are retired men and women training in Chen style, Yang style, Wu style and other taiji quan forms. The academy held an event in May 17, 2014 where two thousand students, age 6 to 89, performed in the event and Jilin province Sport department and Siping Sport Bureau officials joined in the ceremony. The academy will host the 10th international wushu (martial arts) championship on August 1st to the 3rd, and the Korea Wushu Association will send 260 competitors to jion in this championship and there are about 1000 chinese trainers who will join in as well, and the China Wushu Association vice chairman will take part in this event. Recently, from the local city of Shuangliao there are another 630 trainers who have joined the Siping City wushu association. The academy will be holding a celebration ceremony on May 25th.

        Click on image below to view a few photos of some students and teachers in the local performance on May 17, 2014.

        • Most of the teachers do not speak english, so the academy provides english translators during training times.  Mr. Che and some of the office staff speak english and most of the foreign students speak english, either as their primary or as their secondary lanaguage.

        • At any time, there are from 10 to 30 foreign students studying shaolin kungfu at the academy with from 3 to 6 monks to teach them taiji quan, qi gong, shaolin gong fu, wu dang gong fu, san da, etc.. The academy's yard is approximately thirty-thousand square meters, and there are ten-thousand square meters of living and training facilities on the mountain.

        • Following are a couple of videos showing students practicing a few training quans (forms) showing sword and body movements and some results for 2016 competition.  If you cannot view windows media videos (.wvm videos) on your android phone there is a free video player for android and other platforms called VLC.  You can see how to download the VLC Video Media Player here:

          Academy View

          Students Training

          Championship 2016

         Click to View Academy Application Form 

        Following are a photos of a few of the current monks who teach foreign students, along with their qualifications in the shaolin martial arts:

  • Li Shifu was born on July 19th, 1952 in Shanghai. Since he is extremely passionate about his practice, Master Li has not missed a day of training in over 50 years. He started learning Shaolin martial arts at age 8, studying under his master Feng Xui Chin until age 11 when he moved with his family to north eastern China. Although he did not have a master to train under for some time, he diligently continued the practice of his martial arts and developed his skill through solo practice and sparring with the other youth in the area. When he was 24 years old, he found a Baji Quan master to study under while he was working for the railroad. This master was Long shifu, an honoured master who taught at this academy in years past. After some time Long shifu became sick and could not teach for a while. So, he found his second Baji master: Wang shifu in 1982 and studied under him until 1992 when Master Wang introducd him to his next Baji master Chi Shifu. Both Masters Wang and Chi were students of the famous Huo Dian Ge, bodyguard to Pu Yi: the last emperor of China and also the martial arts instructor of the emperor and the imperial bodyguards. Hou Dian Ge was also the first of three Tu Di ( traditional disciple ) of an even more famous Baji master named Li Shu Wen, also known as "Spear God Li" whom was famous for his quote "I do not know what it is like to hit a man twice". Each of Li Shu Wens three Tu Di went on to become bodyguards for important heads of state. Asides from Huo Dian Ge, there was Li Chenwu; bodyguard to Chairman Mao Zedong and last but not least, there was the youngest of the three, Liu Yun Qiao; a secret agent to the Nationalist Kuomintang, instructor to Chiang Kai Sheks' bodyguards and bodyguard to the president of Taiwan. It is by the reputation and deeds of these great masters that Baji became known as the bodyguard style.

    Under the tutelage of such a fine martial lineage, Li shifu carries on a level of skill that is reflective of the many great masters before him. He is a kind and patient man, valuing hard work, good morals and dedication to ones practice, he will encourage you to always practice harder, most times with a wide smile and hearty laugh.

    In 2004 Master Li returned to Shanghai to study and master Wing Chun. Over the years, he has also studied and become proficient at Pi Gua, Xing Yi and tens of different weapons forms, even including the rake. Currently at the academy, Li shifu also teaches one of the legendary Qi Gong forms that originated in the Shaolin Temple: The Yi Jin Jing (Tendon Changing Exercize) which is known for building a flexible, strong and healthy body.

    Master Li is ranked a sixth level in the Chinese Duan Wei system, passing his exam in 1993. He won a championship in the City of Si Ping in 1998 representing Baji Quan, in the same year he attended a performance in Chang Chun representing the railway workers. Li shifu stresses the importance of the real life application of martial arts in his classes, many of the drills he teaches help to build skill and proficiency in traditional martial arts.

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    Jing Shifu was born on September 8th 1996 in Da Ye, Hubei province. At age 8 he started to train at the Shaolin Temple under Master Liu Kai He and continued to do so until the start of the Chinese new year 2015, when he decided to come and teach at our academy. Jing Shifu was inspired learn martial arts like many other young boys from watching action films and listening to the stories of great heroes, especially Jet Lis' character in the movie 'Shaolin Temple' and Batman. He admired these heroes sense of justice and responsibility and worked hard in his training to develop the character of a hero and ability to defend himself and his loved ones. The reason for this is because like much of China at the time when he was a boy, the area that he grew up in was under the influence of Triad Gangs in the 90s and early 2000s', this was a real threat until the Chinese government eventually eliminated that problem. Even now with China being a much safer place, Jing Shifu still believes that self defence is an essential skill for every one to have, while it may be extremely seldom that one may have to defend themselves or the ones they love, it is better to have this ability than not to. This, in a way is much like wearing a life jacket on a boat; The Chances of a boat you are in flipping over or sinking is next to none, but it is better to have that insurance just in case it does happen. While Jing Shiu trained at the Shaolin Temple, he chose to specialize in Sanda ( Chinese kickboxing ), the Shaolin Staff and the Long Knife. Because of his passion and skill for the practical use and application of the martial arts, Jing Shifu has taken the position of the academies Sanda Coach. In the years in which he trained, Jing Shifu only entered a couple competitions, but in the ones he did enter, he did exceptionally well. He won a Gold medal in a Henan provincial Sanda tournament and Silver in a national compass tournament. For those of you that are not familiar with what a compass tournament is; it is a tournament when many top schools assemble to compete against one another, these competitions are reserved for those with great talent. Another accomplishment that he was most proud of is when in 2008 at age 14 was granted the honour of performing for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics. Jing shifu is also quite proud of the accomplishments of his martial arts brothers as well, the most proud of which is his classmate/training partner that went on to win gold in the 56kg weight division for the Beijing Olympics when Sanda made its debut as a exhibition sport. Jing Shifu is currently a level 5 Duan Wei. When asked of what he thought was most important in training, Jing Shifu replied that he especially likes how the correct practice of martial arts will refine a person, enabling them to become more physically and mentally tough as well as more focused individual. Once a person gains this toughness and focus, they can apply the same mindset and principles to any part of their lives in order to enrich it further. .

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    Shifu Li Ten Ling was born on March 16th 1993 in the birthplace of Tai Ji ( Tai Chi ); Chen villiage (Chen Jia Gou), Henan Province, where he was raised. When he was a young boy, Li Shifu, was born with weak health and stature. Due to his poor health he was usually left out of the games that other children would play. His parents enrolled him in Tai Ji classes at age 6 to make friends since it is the most popular activity in the area. As an amazing stroke of luck, Li shifus' first and only master was to be the Legendary Wang Xi'an, who is currently one of the Four Kings of Tai Chi in China and considered the equal of the great Chen Zheng Lei. As Li Ten Ling Practiced, he slowly overcame his shyness and emerged from his shell. As he gained confidence, he discovered that he had quite the talent for Tai Ji and continued to work hard and develop his skill. Li shifu has entered many competitions over the last few years and has won many medals. The victories he could recall off the top of his head started at age 9 when he won a silver in national competition for Tai Ji 56 form in the adolescent group. In 2004 he won a gold medal in a national competition for the Long Fist and a silver in Tai Ji sword in addition to gold medals won in a 2008 for the 52kg division of Tuai Shiao (wrestling) and again in the same competition in 2009 for the 56kg division. Li Ten Ling was able to use the skill and focus that he developed through Tai Ji practice and put it into other endeavours as well. His leaping/tumbling and tricking skills are quite good. He also was the captain of his basketball team from the first year of jr. high, all the way through the last year of his sr. high school, it is safe to say that he can work his way around a court pretty well. While he is aware that he has done quite good in the skill that he has cultivated, Li Shifu realizes that he has so much further to go. Chen Tai ji can be mastered in 10 years of hard practice, but the path a martial artist takes is a long road that will truly never end, but what one learns along this path is well worth the effort. "I feel that self consciousness and realization within are very important", Li shifu exclaimed when he was asked what he felt was important about martial arts practice, "Tai Ji is important in developing this when it comes to how in depth one will journey into their practice." "There is an unlimited inner spirit to Tai Ji, I feel that I know the surface, but must always work to understand more, as should we all." Li Shifu continued, "Do not let this discourage you, for it may at first, just remember what all of your hard work in practice has achieved thus far and continue to walk along your path and discover new places."

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    Wang Biao Kai was born in the farming viliage of An Yang, Henan province, August 24th 1995.

    He was the only child in his family and untill age 8 lived with his parents in the village. It was at that time that Wang Baio Kais' parents knew that it was time for him to start his formal education, but with what sparse education that was available to the people in their area, they knew that if Wang Biao Kai was to become anything in life other than a farmer, they would have to send him away to a martial arts school in order to have a better chance at success and to achieve a better life than they had.

    So, in 2002 Wang shifu set out to Deng Feng to study at the worlds largest martial arts school and one of the top Shaolin training facilities around; Shaolin Tagou. This was a dream come true for Wang Shifu. He studied under Liu Hai Ke, the same master as our Sanda master, Jing shifu. Liu Hai Ke is a prominent Shaolin Master, son of the Great Liu Bai Shan. You may recognize the name Liu Bai Shan, this is because he was the master of our vice-headmaster and head Shaolin master; Sun Shifu.

    Wang Shifu won his first of many medals in 2009, which were a silver and bronze in different Talou categories and a gold in Sanda. He was also proud to be selected to perform in the 2008 Special Olympic opening ceremonies as well. He is currently a level 5 Duan Wei in Shaolin.

    When training at Shaolin Tagou, Wang shifu decided to specialize in Sanda, but is also well versed in empty handed and weapon forms as well as basic qi gong. When Wang Shifu arrived at our academy he was appointed to teach the children and young teenagers that study here, he pushes them along at a good rate, but also teaches them how to take care of their bodies and health and maintain good spirits.

    When asked what he felt that he liked most about training Shaolin martial arts, Wang shifu said that he enjoys the benefits to his health and resilience, the chance to practice connecting your mind and heart. He feels that these are the best aspects to train, since in martial arts training one must concentrate and not be affected by their surroundings if they are to make progress.

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    Shi Yan Liang Shao Lin temple 33th generation disciple.  He gained Silver plate of shao lin cudgel in China wu shu competition in 1998.  In 2001,He gained Shao lin broardsword routine forms Golden plate in china wu shu competition.  In 2008, he gained Golden plate of Shao lin Quan forms in China Wu shu competition.  He is expert in shao lin gong fu quan series forms and weapons.  Now he teaches in academy to be shao lin master and is also a National level martial arts referee.

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    Yao Zheng Jia,Taekwondo black belt 5th degree.  He learned Taekwondo 2002 to 2008 from Korean master in Da Lian Lioa, nian province.  He won Silver plate owner in Yan Bian Taekwondo championship in 2008, He gained Gold plate in JilIn province Tai kuang dao Championship in 2010.  Now, he teaches Taekwondo at the academy.

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    Shi Yan Long, Shao Lin temple 33th generation disciple.  He trained and learned in Shao lin temple from 2002 Shi fu is Shi Yong Xin the abbot of the Shao Lin temple and honor Shifu Shi Xing Kuo who is also Principal of our Academy. .  He gained San da Golden plate of He Nan province Martial arts circle alliance championship in 2005, and gained Sanda Golden plate 52KG South 5 provinces in 2011.  Now, he teaches San da and is head coach of martial arts at the academy.

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    Du shifu was born on November 11th, 1994 in the area of Si Ping. He started his training in this academy at age 8 as his parents wanted him to be strong, healthy and to have a chance for a better future. In the Late spring of 2013 he was granted a position as a master here has been doing so since.

    Over the years Du Shifu studied under many great masters like Zhang Xiao Gao and Long Shifu. When Du Shifu was asked of all the masters he studied under, which one he respected most, he replied that it would have to be Mr. Che. Over his time studying here Mr. Che has been the one who was around most consistently and shown him many things that he learned from when he trained at the Shaolin Temple.

    Du shifu has won medals in different competitions, but is most proud of the Gold plate that he won in a competition held in Si Ping. When he was in his early teens he went with the academy's performance team to put on displays in Viet Nam, India and Indonesia, as well as other countries.

    Presently, Du shifu is in change of the academys youngest students, his classes focus primarily on basics so the children can build a strong foundation to one day become excellent martial artists. Du shifu knows many forms and breaking skills (hard qi gong), but his speciality is the Shaolin Dao. He is currently a level 4 Duan Wei in Shaolin Martial arts.

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    Click on the following link to view some of the academy's training facilities

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    Due to it's simple accommodations, the academy cannot accept for training those persons with major illness or disabling older age infirmities, but they are welcome to come to the Academy to visit at any time.

    Note: The gentle movements of slow Qi gong (or Chi kung) and Tai Chi Chuan (or Tai jai or Tai ji quan) for centering and good health are taught at the academy, which are pleasant forms of exercise for all ages.

    • Also the famous combat form of Tai ji Chen is taught at the academy, which is an excellent martial arts form for women and elderly persons to learn and perform.

    Note:  Any student who has had a prior or recent physical injury and is still under the care of a physician or other doctor, before coming to the academy must provide a letter from and signed by the doctor stating the student is physically fit and he or she can perform martial arts training exercises.

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    SOME RULES AND CONDITIONS TO CONSIDER BEFORE GOING TO CHINA

    Note:  For any prospective students who have an "attitude":

    No person is welcome at the academy who:

    • is a show-off, or a bully or
    • is lazy and unwilling to clean up after themselves regarding their living quarters and/or personal hygiene, or
    • is unwilling to participate in early morning or other training, or
    • who lies, or who attempts to cover up for another student who has lied, or
    • is unfriendly or insolent to others (to students, teachers, or any other person), or presumes to be better than other students in any way, or who tries to create disharmony between others, for any reason.
    Note: If the academy manager feels for any reason an applicant or student does not meet the academy's requirements or learns of anything he feels would not be in accordance with the academy's rules or ways he may reject the applicant at any time; even if the applicant or student had earlier been accepted.  The academy is not responsible for any expenses an applicant may incur on their own behalf to prepare for training at the academy, before they actually attend the academy, or for any other reason.

    In order to keep the academy's environment positive for the serious students who go there to study, any student, without exception, who shows any of the above or other negative character traits, deemed as such by the academy's manager, will be dismissed from the academy immediately, and no refunds (of any nature) will be made to the student or whoever may have paid their tuition and/or other fees for them.

    Students may bring their laptop computer, but may not use it to view or communicate with hate sites, porn sites, or use it for online gambling, or use it commercially, or to send spam e-mail through listservers, or for hacking anyone's site . . . or for any other unsocial, immoral, or illegal use.  Abuse in this area could be cause for confiscating the computer, or dismissing the student from the academy, or both, and in some instances if the activity of the student is not allowed by the chinese government criminal charges with resulting severe penalties may ensue.

    Regarding male and female cohabitation, there is no cohabitation or sexual activity allowed at the academy; regardless of whether it's boy and girl friend, fiance, or spouse.

    Gambling, Drugs (including marijuana), tobacco, and alcohol, or visiting prostitutes in villages or towns when the student is away from the academy are prohibited. Breaking these rules will mean immediate dismissal from the academy and a forfeiture of 20% of the balance of fees paid by, or for, the student.

    No religious activities are allowed, other than personal prayer before or after training times so the student's training is not disrupted.

    Students are not allowed to have animals, birds, or other pets at the academy.

    By submission of the Application Form and by their attendance at the academy, each student agrees to the above rules or conditions.

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    The fighting / protection monks may instruct foreign students from beginning to higher levels of Shao lin arts, depending upon the student's ability, self-discipline, and willingness to learn.

    Many students ask how long (for how many years) they can stay at the academy.  The length of a student's stay at the academy depends upon how they get along with the teachers, the academy's staff, and with the other students, and how much sincere effort they put into their training. For those students training for the long-term, at the end of each year the monks teaching the students will decide if the student can continue to train the following year, depending upon the student's positive physical and mental growth, and their good character.

    Training is offered to foreign students year-round at the academy.  Because of the high ratio of teachers-to-students, most of the students who attend the academy express they feel lucky to have been given such high quality instruction without a lot of other students around; which was a great benefit to them because they received more personal attention from the masters who taught them than is normally the case. To see a few comments from students over the years, click here.

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    NOTE:  Many interested students send Mr. Che e-mail messages asking if they can come to China and work at the academy or nearby to pay for their training or for discounts, or ask for training or instructional videos for free.  There is NO employment for foreign students (because the chinese government does not allow it), and there is absolutely NO financial assistance available from the academy for any students, and there are NO discounts, free lessons or free instructional videos, regardless of the student's country of origin or financial condition.

    Before coming to the academy students must earn and save the money to pay for their training, tuition, and other all other needs such as clothing and toiletries (which includes toilet paper, soap, shampoo, razors, and other toiletries) while living and training at the academy.  Usually $100.USD per month is sufficient for other needs, including gifts to send back home.  Many students prefer to buy their clothing and toiletries in China due to the favorable rate of exchange, which is currently approximately 7 chinese yuan to 1 US dollar.

    The academy's rates and current fees for training are shown below.

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    The Shao Lin Song Shan mountain temple's lineage of masters and grandmasters follows:

    grandmaster Shi De Qian
    "At the time of this writing, the northern Shao Lin temple great grandmaster is Shi Yong Xin (pronounced Shur Yong Shin). Great grandmaster Shi Yong Xin is the current chief manager (Zhu Chi) of the Shao Lin Temple, and is soon to be the Fang zhang (first abbot) of Shao Lin since the late 32nd generation Shao Lin Temple monk Shi Xing Zheng (one of the four original monks who faithfully remained at the Shao Lin Temple during the 1970s Red Guards attack). The previous Fang zhang was the great grandmaster Shi De Yang. The Shao Lin grandmaster who visited the U.S., Shi De Qian is from our temple, and from our temple is another well- known grandmaster who participated in the Japan competition two years ago, the famous grandmaster Shi Xing Bo, and another of the grandmasters of our Shao Lin temple is the well-known Shi Yan Ming, who came to the U.S., and was second champion in the domestic big China Wu Shu meeting."


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    Academy Information

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    The cost (in U.S. dollars) of martial arts instruction follows:

  • a $150.USD non-refundable reservation fee, to reserve yourself a place at the academy on your desired starting date.

    • All fees, other than the student's reservation fee which is paid along with the application form, (i.e. administration fees, tuition, room and board) are to be paid in the Euro, or the China RMB, or in U.S. dollars, when the student arrives at the academy. The academy also has a POS machine that accepts visa and mastercard. The charge from bank is 0.8% for each transfer. We recommend students pay via bank tranfer to the academy's bank account before coming to the academy, or pay in cash when students arrive at the academy. We suggest students take extra care to keep their wallets and purses safely with them when travelling, or eating or staying in public places, etc..

      Students will need to secure a visa to enter into China, from the chinese embassy or consulate's office located nearest to the student.  Once a student applies for training and becomes accepted, they must pay their reservation fee, then secure a passport and send a copy of the passport to the academy's staff so the staff can purchase the required form to airmail to the student's home address so the student can show it to their nearest chinese consulate or embassy to secure their visa.  Here is a link to the Chinese Embassy Home Page that shows where Chinese Embassies are located around the world.

    • If you have any questions regarding payments, please Contact us prior to going to China.

    TOTAL FEES (Effective June 01, 2017)

    • NOTE:  If you feel you might not be accepted due to a physical condition or for some other reason, Email Mr. Che to find out, first, before submitting the Academy Application Form and paying the reservation fee.

  • One-time non-refundable Reservation Fee (paid along with submission of the Academy Application Form): $150.USD.

  • One-time Academy Administration Fee paid when the student arrives at the Academy: $150.USD.

  • Monthly Tuition Fee - paid when the student arrives at the Academy: $350.USD (includes meals, lodging, hot showers, training equipment such as mats, pads, etc.).

  • Discounted Annual Tuition Fee:  If paid up-front when a student arrives at the academy, the total Annual Tuition Fee will be $3,500. USD.

  • Academy escort service from Chang chun airport: $100.USD.  Escort from Siping train station to the academy is free.

    Note: Students attending the academy for longer than 6 months must purchase a major medical insurance policy to pay for major illness or injury the student may incur while in China and provide a copy of the policy to the academy when the student arrives at the academy. Students who cannot find temporary major medical coverage on their own before coming to China must purchase an annually-renewable accidental injury only policy when they arrive at the academy, issued by a China Life Insurance Company.  The premium is $100.USD.

    Note: Except for the the payments shown above, there are no other administrative, tuition, or other fees.  Of course, students are expected to pay for their personal needs like toiletries, use of academy washing machines, casual clothing, and gifts to send home, etc..

    Since no one can know the future state of the economy, the academy's rates are subject to change according to inflation and the cost of living in China.

    Refunds are not given to students who book for 1 month, or less.  If a student (training for more than one month) leaves the academy for any reason, they will be given a refund of their remaining payment.  Students can decide their length of stay after spending a few days of training at the academy before paying for the full desired training period.

  • Please Click Here to view student's comments about their training while at the academy.

    Access to the internet including WIFI access (within the academy's living quarters only) is free. Because the academy is located in the mountains, the internet is slow (because high-speed cable is not available). There is a 220-volt electrical outlet in each room so if your computer requires a 110-volt connection you will need to purchase a voltage converter.

  • Minimum payment is for one month of training (even if the student trains for a shorter period of time).

  • There is no montly-financing available for long-term students (the full year's payment for training must be paid up-front at the beginning of each year).

  • As of July 1, 2006 we are accepting students who wish to study the Mandarin language from formally-accredited language professors employed by the academy. Formal language certificate exams are given after 10 months of studying the mandarin language.

    Language students must have good character and adhere to the same rules and regulations as those studying the shaolin martial arts must adhere to (please see above).

    Students can study mandarin Monday through Friday full time, or study mandarin half of the time and shaolin martial arts the other half of the time. The split-course hours of language and martial arts studied part-time are as follows:

    • Mornings: 5:30 a.m. wake up for training in qi gong, and tai ji to 6:40 a.m.

    • From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - normal mandarin language class. Each lesson is for 45 minutes.

    • From 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. is self-study time to finish homework.

    • From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. options: gong fu training / or meditation / or public language class.

    LODGING

    • There are private rooms provided for foreign students.

    • Vegetarian diets are provided for those who do not wish to eat meat.

    • Please Click (Here to see living area and shower facilities).

    • A computer is available at the academy with access to the web, for the students to use.

    • One free uniform is provided by the academy to new students.

    • Please Click Here to see Computer Room and Dining Room.

    Note:  We strongly recommend all students apply at least 2 months prior to the date they desire to start training.  If the student is approved for training a letter of invitation and form JW202 will be processed and mailed to the student so they can secure their visa.  It normally takes from 3 to 6 weeks for the JW202 form to be processed and received by students in the mail, depending upon where they reside.

     Click to View Academy Application Form 

    Training at the academy includes instruction for new or beginning students of the martial arts, and advanced instruction is available for those who are already proficient in some forms or styles of the martial arts who seek additional or higher-level instruction.

    Students who have never studied martial arts before should not expect to perform intermediate or advanced kung fu or taiji in just two months.  However, they will be introduced to the basics of shao lin traditional qi kung, two short shao lin routine quans, and one routine weapon quan, one taiji routine quan, and should be able to grasp shao lin basic gong and learn whether shaolin kung fu is the right path for them to follow in the future, continuing training or returning at a later date to train for longer periods of time.

    Note:  New students who are saving in order to come to the academy have asked if there is anything they should study to prepare them for when they are at the academy.  The best thing is to prepare yourself physically; proper diet, sprinting and long distance running, swimming, tennis, hiking, biking, gymnastics, high diving, trampoline, jumping rope, ping pong, skating, etc. . . . aerobic movements, eye-hand coordination sports, and stamina training will help new students to learn martial arts faster and easier. Any sport or hobby that breaks down muscle tissue so you can rebuild it, stretches and tones your muscles, gives you better hand and eye coordination, improves your breathing, and is enjoyable to perform is good to do.

    Students who have already seriously trained in the martial arts for several years or more can expect to learn and to perform some of the more difficult kung fu movements and skills. Of course, to what degree each student will learn depends upon the student's physical and mental abilities, desire, and dedication to practice.

    • Don't worry about age holding you back because you are middle-age or elderly.  You can study slow relaxing movements of Tai ji quan (Tai chi chuan) or hard fast arts like fast qi gong (Chi kung) or weapons quans.  Training schedules and exercises are customized to fit to you according to your needs and abilities.

    Many new students ask how much they will learn in 2 months or 4 months or 1 years, etc.. Again, those who have prepared themselves physically and mentally will learn faster and absorb more than those who have done nothing. Asking Mr. Che what you can expect to learn is useless, because everyone learns at a different pace.  Usually, in three years a student can attain a 4th level degree following the classes.  In one year, if a new student follows instructions and trains hard they could attain a level of 1st or 2nd degree.

    • In Chinese Shaolin kung fu, the western belt-ranking system is disregarded.

    Longer training periods are available for those who find they want to advance their skills in higher levels of the martial arts . . . however, the decision is made by the monks at the end of each year regarding whether or not they will extend training periods according to the student's apparent skills, trustworthiness, dedication to practice, and interest shown.

    • Note:  Payment for everything is due within the first week of the student's arrival at the academy.

    • For short-term students, (3 months or less) - if any fees are refunded no refunds will be calculated per-day for tuition.  However, regarding food and accomodation, the charges will be calculated to the exact day and the resulting refund will be made available for the remaining paid-for period.

    • For students who are staying for one year or longer at the academy there is a one-week break in their training during the annual nationally-celebrated Spring Festival holiday which occurs from January 24th through January 30th in 2012.  There is no refund for the spring festival period. During the holiday period students can choose to stay at the academy and relax, or continue to practice what they have been taught, or return home for the holiday period, or travel, etc..

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    Shaolin monks demonstrating weapons

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    • Meditation: The quiet meditation room is open 24hrs a day for meditation. All students in this room must keep silent.  This room is open all of the time during the day and is heated.

  • Saturday and Sunday is free time for everyone at the academy except for the kitchen staff.

    Click for Daily Training Schedule
    (spring, summer, fall)

    Note: Monday and Friday during winter, all new students who have been attending the academy for less than one month wake up at 5:30 a.m. and go to the training hall for their qi gong practice, while other students may choose what they wish to do in the way of practice.

    Note: Saturday and Sunday all students are to return to the academy before 11 p.m..  Those wishing to stay overnight away from the academy need to be accompanied by at least one other student and must complete a sign-out form before leaving.  The academy cannot accept any responsibility for what may happen when students are away from the academy for personal reasons.  However, we try our best to help in whatever situation may arise.

    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: On these days lights out and quiet time is to be observed by 9:30 p.m. to prepare for training the next day and to respect other students and staff.

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    The following course instruction information is provided for new students studying at the academy - please excuse any misspellings by the webmaster:

    • (The First year) - Students at the academy learn Basic Gong (Kung), including weapons, wrestling ways, practical boxing skill and basic footwork way, Shao Lin big Hong chuangs and small Hong chuan, Tong bi and Palm chuang, small Ruo Han chuan, and other forms.  The Basic Gong instruction includes saber-routine skills, sword-routine skills, cudgel routine skills, and Shao Lin thirteen spears routine skills, etc.. The First year of training includes the following Shao lin quans (forms or chuans): Shao lin wu bu, lian huan, nan, Ba ji, Ba ji xiao jia (nei gong quan), Ba da zhao, liu da kai, zi mu (son and mom quan), mei hua, 7-star preying mantis, pi kua, pair of practical training, shao yang, liu he, Ba bu lian huan, Jing gan, Ruo han 1-9 routines, Da hong, Da tong, Xing yi long routine, Pi gua, five animal styles routines, Wu he, Xin yi ba, Pu quan, Gong zi fu hu, southern shaolin Nan mei, Ba duan ji, traditional Qi gong, 9-section iron whip basics, 2-section cudgels (er jie guan).

    • (The Second year ) - Students learn Big Ruo Han chuan, Pao chuan, Shao Lin cross attack chuan, Free chosen art chuan, Shao Lin Tai zhu long routine chuan, Gong li chuan, and other forms. Weapons are Shao Lin three-section cudgel, Da mo sword routine, Shao Lin Spring-Autumn saber routine, 9-section intermediate iron-whip routines, practice with other students (paired practice), and other weapons.

    • ( The Third year ) - Students learn the most sought-after skills or "essence" of Shao Lin martial art:  Boxing, the higher-skilled routines of chuan (form) and weapons such as one-hand-only subdue enemy, Hard Qi Gong (or Chi Kung), practical Boxing, Shao Lin xin, men seven star chuan, Shao Lin Yi jin jing nei internal gong, Shao Lin Buddist Monk's cudgel, Shao Lin stick, chain of rings, spears, and more.

    • Also in the Hard (external) qi gong department the students learn to strike nails into hardwood with the palms of the bare hands, Shao Lin Fire gong, Iron hands sand gong; advanced iron and sand palms, etc.. The practical boxing department teaches footwork. Chuan (form) work teaches blending of leg work and wrestling and combines them for practical use; i.e. "how to use Ti Chuan's elbow and knee hit; Shao Lin fast attack; Xin yi chuan" (building and directing power).

    • (The Fourth year and beyond ) - it will take the average student at least three to four years to attain a "middle degree" ranking in the Shao lin martial arts (this would be to attain a level of 3rd, 4th, or 5th degree).  9th degree is the highest possible level or rank a Shao lin master can attain.

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    Shaolin monks demonstrating different defenses against multiple attackers

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    CHINA CONTACT:

    Mr. Che, the manager of the China Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy can be reached by phone at one of the following numbers: 86 434 3560434 or 86 434 3560348 or by fax at:
    86 434 3263100 (dial 011 first if you live in the U.S.).  To E-Mail Mr. Che, please Click Here.

        You may also write to Mr. Che at the following postal address:

            Che wen long
            Manager
            Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy
            Ye He Ancient castle, Siping city, Jilin Province
            P R China
            Postal code:136523

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    New students do not need to have any "special" skills or previous knowledge of the martial arts. Beginners are welcome at the academy for training.  Each student has a different "wushu" level, and the Shao Lin temple protection monks are able to create training schedules for each student according to his or her own particular needs and current skills. Both male and female students are welcome to come to china to learn the Shao Lin martial arts.

    Additional Important Notes from the Academy's manager, Mr. Che:

    • We cannot assume liability for a student's personal possessions, their luggage, or it's contents.  Each student is advised to check their luggage thoroughly, to be sure everything is in order and packed correctly, so no gifts or other items accidentally get broken during the student's return trip home.

    • When sending letters or packages to students at the academy, use the postal service and not FedEx or other shippers.

    Some interested students do not have easy access to a computer, and have asked us to send information about the academy to them using postal mail.  All the information is here, on this web site. There is no other general information that Mr. Che has to mail.  For specific questions you may e-mail Mr. Che using the link below.

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    Thank you for visiting with us

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    "Culture Dragon"

    To E-mail a message to Che Wen Long,
    Please Click Here

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    July 2005 - The First International Wushu Meeting
    between South Korea and China Shaolin (Click Here)

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    October 2006 - The Second International Wushu Meeting
    between South Korea and China Shaolin (Click Here)

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    Invitation August 2007 - Third International Wushu Meeting
    between South Korea and China Shaolin (Click Here)

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    Shaolin Monks

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     Click to View Academy Application Form 

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     View advanced Hard Qi Gong Exercises 

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    View Message from Manager of Academy

     The Encyclopedia of Shaolin Martial Arts 

    China Shaolin Monks Group Performances

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