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Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy

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

tigrclaw.jpg Students who sincerely wish to learn the chinese martial arts are invited to come to northern China and learn all levels of traditional shaolin martial arts from 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.

In the year 2000, Shao lin masters from the south of China also joined with the 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.

Our academy hosts both male and female students age 6 and older, with or without experience in the martial arts.

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.

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's office is located next to the Song Shan mountain temple, since no Shao lin monks have been allowed to teach students inside of the Song shan temple for the past couple of decades), in accordance with the government's rules.

  • "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 is co-author, publisher, and has contributed many treatises to the famous Encyclopedia Of Shaolin Kung Fu.

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.

  • 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 around 50 foreign students studying shaolin kungfu at the academy with from 5 to 8 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.

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.




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

No person is welcome at the academy who:

  • is a show-off, or a bully
  • 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, and attendance at the academy, each student agrees to the above rules or conditions.

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.


Note:  In April, 2007 we received the following update from Mr. Che regarding the monks who are currently teaching at the academy (there are nine levels of ranking in the shaolin system, and above this is the level of grandmaster):

The first fighting monk is Shi De Lin, 31st generation disciple of sifu Lin Jin Rong.  Shi De Lin was born in 1952 and training in Shao Lin temple starting in 1959, for 20 years.  Head of Shao lin temple fighting monks team from 1975 for 5 years.  He has extensive training in Ba Ji and Tai jin, is ninth degree level in chinese gong fu and still very active, continuing to train himself.

A second fighting monk is Shi De Hu, born in 1947, 31st generation disciple of sifu Hu Pei Run. He is one of first monks involved in creating the new temple after shao lin temple was damaged.   He is ninth degree level.  Awards include gold plate winner of chinese gong fu in Hong Kong World gong fu competition.  His life has been filled with mystery and diversity.

A third fighting monk is Shi Xing Zhang, born in 1981, 32nd generation disciple of Zhang Jian Lin.  Shi Xing Zhang is 8th degree level in shao lin gong fu. He is expert in animal styles, and light body gong fu. His jumps are very powerful.  Awards include gold plate winner in 1998 and 2001 Shao lin gong fu forms competition.

A fourth fighting monk is Shi Xing Zi, born in 1975, 32nd generation disciple of Zhang Gao Zi. Shi Xing Zi is 8th level degree and was trained in shao lin temple when the temple still had a permit to teach.  He is a very proficient master.  Awards include gold plate winner in 1991 and 1992 China Wu shu competition.

A fifth fighting monk is Shi Xing He, born in 1974, 32nd generation disciple of He Xiao Lei. Shi Xing He is San da (San shou) master.  Awards include He was golden plate owner at China national gong fu competition sort of San Da in 1994.  He is level 8th degree. He does not like to talk much but he is very kind and pushes his disciples to focus their minds on their training.

A sixth fighting monk is Shi Xing Xiao, born in 1975, 8th level degree, disciple of Xiao Zuo. Awards include gold plate winner in 1994 national gong fu competition in forms and weapons. He has great strength and stamina.

A seventh fighting monk is Shi Xing Peng, born in 1981, 32nd generation, disciple of Li Shuai Peng.  Awards include gold plate winner Chinese wu shu competion 2001 and 2002 forms and weapons.

The eighth fighting monk is grandmaster Lu xiao zhou, age 55, training in Tai ji Quan for 35 years who gained championship from 2001-2006 in China wushu competition.

Note: Each sifu teaches exactly like family style and everybody likes the personal attention very much.

Layman Monks Shi De Yuan, left, and Shi Yang Gang, right<br>demonstrating Wudang form movements

Every student who has attended the academy so far has expressed their deep appreciation for each of the Shaolin teachers regarding their fighting skills and training expertise.

Temple Protection Monks

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.

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."

Academy Information

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

The first step is to submit the academy's secure online application form and pay the $150. non-refundable reservation fee to reserve yourself a place at the academy (see application form for instructions on how to pay).

  • All other fees (administration, tuition, room and board) are to be paid in U.S. dollars when the student arrives at the academy, either by Travelers Checks or in cash. These fees may also be paid prior to the student's arrival at the academy by bank wire transfer to the academy's bank account in China.  For financial security, we suggest students carry Travelers Checks during their travel abroad instead of carrying cash.

    We also suggest that 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.


  • One-time non-refundable Reservation Fee (paid along with submission of the online application form): $150.

    • 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 application and paying the reservation fee.

  • One-time Academy Administration Fee paid when the student arrives at the Academy: $360.

  • Monthly Tuition Fee - paid when the student arrives at the Academy: $300.

  • Monthly Room &;  Board - includes meals and lodging - paid when the student arrives at the Academy: $270.

  • Students attending the academy for 6 months or longer 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..

  • Personal escort to meet students at the Chang Chun airport and return to Chang Chun airport by bus or by train is $100. each way, paid when the student arrives at the academy. Note: Students can save the escort charge by taking the train or bus from Siping City to the academy alone without an escort from the academy. For those who wish to take the train to Siping from Beijing, the train ride to Siping City is approximately 11 hours, to the north of Beijing.

    The academy's rates are subject to change according to inflation and the cost of living in China.

  • Minimum payment is for one month of training , even if the student wants to train for a shorter period of time.

  • Note: There is a discount for students who enroll for one year or longer and pay the fees annually, up-front.

    • Starting February 25, 2009 The total cost if paid up-front annually (including the reservation fee, one-way escort fee, administration fee, annual tuition fee, and the annual room and board fee) is as follows: $4,900. USD for the first year, $4,350. for the second year, $3,850. for the third year, $3,350. for the fourth year, and $3,050. the fifth year and each year thereafter. Of course over the years these annual rates are subject to change according to normal inflation, and the cost of living in China.

      Note:  If you do not bring a copy of a temporary major medical insurance policy to the academy with you, add $90. to the annual fee for the accidental injury policy provided through the academy, issued by the China Life Insurance Company.

  • 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).

  • Note: If a student leaves earlier than the term they paid for, for any reason other than medically-confirmed ill health or a death in the student's immediate family, 60% of the unused pro-rata balance of fees paid to the end of the term period will be deemed as earned (non-refundable).

  • 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.


    • There are 2 to 4 students per room (private rooms for individuals are not available).

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

    • Please Click (Here to see room).

    • 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 submit their application at least 2 months prior to the date they desire to start training.  If the application is approved 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.


    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 2009.  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..

    Academy Staff Working Hours:

    • The academy staff working hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Students are expected to respect these hours because it is impossible to be working 24-hours a day we must clearly define these hours for the staff.  The Internet room is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, closed on Saturday, open on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..  Students can also use their laptops to access to internet, and pay the rate of about 40-cents USD per hour.

    • Schedules for asking questions of masters and translators, etc. are as follows:

      • Shi fu/masters: Tuesday and Thursday 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. to 5 p.m. during winter) in the training hall, and at any time during normal class hours (there is no training in the training hall during this period).

      • 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.

  • 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.



  • Tel: 0571-88165697

  • 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.