Over the centuries of development in China, Kung Fu has become a large system containing various styles or sects. As more and China kung fu movies go abroad, more and more foreigners have known China Kung fu. They want to learn kung fu and like to play as the kung fu heroes. And many kung fu training centers or clubs have been established at home and abroad. It is recorded that there are over 300 distinct types of kung fu classes around the country. The kung fu schools in northern and southern China are quite different. Therefore it is hard to be simply introduced.
For people who want to learn real kung fu, a strong will and persistence is the precondition for learning. And then, one should follow a master or join a training school to learn systematically. The basic skills of legs, waist, shoulders, and stance training need to be practiced daily. Employing the solid foundation of the basic skills, one can choose from the various sects to learn specific routines of boxing, kicking and weapon skills, to improve the combat ability. Now I will take about the main kungfu schools in China for your conference.
- 1 Wushu Schools in China
- 2 Reviews of Shaolin kung fu school in china
- 3 How to choose the best kung fu schools in China?
Wushu Schools in China
When we Chinese say a “wushu school”, It’s different from the common national schools, most of the wushu or kung fu schools are private schools, they have their own time schedule and classes scheme. For Chinese young kids, there should offer the same basic academic lessons that the government asked. But for adults, there will be given some lessons about Buddhism and kung fu culture. And for foreigners, mandarin training and culture courses will supply to help the students learn and live better.
Tai Chi Schools in China
The most widely practiced and popular martial art in the world today, Taiji Quan is characterized by its slow and graceful motions and its combination of both hard and soft techniques. Taiji Quan comprises well-known styles including Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, and Wu (Hao), and is popular due to its health building and longevity benefits. Taiji Quan is defined by slow motions, coupled at times with explosive bursts of force, which require total harmony of motion and breath, concentration and coordination of the entire body and spirit in continuous practice.
Qigong School in China
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. There are many forms of qigong practiced throughout the world. Some of these forms involve breathing and meditation to promote spirituality and health while others are more vigorous and include martial arts exercises. Tai chi, a widely practiced mind-body exercise, is sometimes referred to as a form of qigong because it “cultivates, moves and helps manage Qi,” according to Wayne.
Wing Chun School in China
The history of Wing Chun is one that can be considered an intermixing of both fact and legend. The origin of Wing Chun lacks consistent records as martial arts practitioners were forced into hiding. There are two famous Wing Chun masters you may know from the movie: Yip Man, or Ip Man, who is a martial arts master best known for teaching the Wing Chun form. Kung Fu master and icon Bruce Lee was one of his students. That’s why Wing Chun is very known and has taught in most kung fu schools.
Shaolin Kung Fu School in China
The last one is Shaolin kung fu schools, as we know ‘all China kung fu root in Shaolin’, so Shaolin kung fu school is the most famous and numerous. The Shaolin kung fu now has 708 forms, include 552 Quangshu and weapon forms, 72 secret skills, and other unique kung fu skills like Qin Na, Ge do(combat), Xie gu(detach bone), Dian Xue(acupoint) and Qi gong. If you want to learn kung fu, find a best fit Shaolin kung fu school is easy, and you can still learn other kung fu styles in the same school.
Reviews of Shaolin kung fu school in china
There are thousands of Shaolin kung fu schools in China, these schools are located in different provinces, some have more than 10 thousand students and some only get dozens of students. Their training costs are various. It’s hard to give a list of each school, but I will choose some schools of different types to make a quick guide.
The first type is the comprehensive kung fu school.
1. They are located far from Shaolin temple, but their coaches have learned kung fu from Shaolin temple(these coaches are called: Shaolin monks), so they can teach Shaolin kung fu in the school.
2. These schools also have classes about Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Sanda, and so on. Mostly, these kung fu styles or classes are trained at a basic level, just to meet more students’ interests.
Below are two hot Shaolin kung fu school online:
Qufu Shaolin kung fu school in china
You may have seen lots video news about these school, as their website showed: there are photos and pics about Shaolin temple and monks; they have kung fu classes about Shaolin kung fu, Wing Chun, Sanda (Sanshou), Tai Chi, Qigong, Bagua, Xingyi and Baji Chuan. What I want to say is: the real Shaolin abbot will never go out to teach kung fu. But if you are curious about chinses kung fu and culture, you can go these schools to learn basic Shaolin kung fu. Anyway, Qufu City doesn’t have Shaolin temple, but it’s the hometown of Confucius.
Kunyu mountain Shaolin kung fu school
When you search online, you will see a lot of information about this school. It is located in the east of China, the Kunyu mountain range, it’s the birthplace of Taoism (Quan Zhen Religion). The main classes are traditional Shaolin kung fu, Wing Chun, Chi Kung (Qigong), Tai Chi, Wudang, Xingyi, Bagua, Baji, Mantis boxing and Sanda (Chinese kickboxing). They are in Taoism home town, so most of the classes like tai chi and Bagua are related to Taoism, if you want to learn some training methods to be healthier, it’s a nice try. Of course, the school has very beautiful scenery, collects monks from Shaolin temple and masters for other kung fu styles.
The second type is professional Shaolin kung fu school
These kung fu schools are located in Dengfeng city, Henan province, in Shaolin scenic spot. The coaches are real Shaolin monks and teach the kung fu they learn from Shaolin temple. The key classes are about Shaolin kung fu forms, you can choose one narrow form or style you like best, and learn systematic for a certain time.
Tagou Shaolin kung fu school
This is a professional Shaolin kung fu school, teach all Shaolin kungfu forms you want. You can learn the basic skills of legs, waist, shoulders, and stance training. And then forms about: staff, spear, broadsword, straight sword, various other weapons, combat, equipment, performance sparring, sparring with weapons, etc. Furthermore, the Buddhist Classes, Wushu Performance also offered, even have Chinese Language Course and Chinese Calligraphy for foreigners.
Except for the two types above, there still have lots of Shaolin kung fu schools near Shaolin temple. Some schools in small sizes have their special advantages in many fields. You can choose one that fits your needs best.
How to choose the best kung fu schools in China?
Find a kung fu school in China is easy, but choose the best-fit one needs some homework. There are several points to mention:
- Which kung fu style you like?
- What kung fu classes do they open?
- How many coaches and students they have?
- Food and accommodation.
- Weather and surroundings.
- Training cost and your budget.
- How long time you want to stay and when like to learn?
- Language learning.
- More courses you want to get? Buddhism, Calligraphy, and …
Let’s take a small school Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute as an example. The school is located in Dongfeng city, nearby Shaolin Temple, at the foot of Songshan mountain. The scenery is very beautiful and the traffic is convenient. People live there know Shaolin temple well, and most of them can tell you stories about the Shaolin and kung fu. There are four seasons, have a different experience when you training. Of course, for a short time course, you can choose one season you like to train.
This school have work with Zhengzhou University, teach in the Sports Institute, the building and training place have great condition, and the surrounding won’t let you down. For accommodation, they have air conditioner and wifi in rooms, you can choose a private room or 2 people, 4 person room. The food and accommodation won’t take much, under $2000 per whole year.
Usually, they have less than a hundred students. So every student and get enough training and guidance from the coach. They don’t have too many classes, but each class can be taught at a high level. Even the little kids can get good care both in training and daily life. If you are a foreigner, you can choose a short holiday course (like a month training course) to learn a Shaolin Quang form or handle one weapon for performance, or get basic kung fu training then you can practice when you back.
Generally speaking, the big size school have more classes to choose, and more students to teach, the talented people will shining brighter and get more concern. For team performance, more people training together have more chance and possibility. If you choose a small school, the total resource will be limited, but you can get more care and guide, and the people’s relationship will be warmer and more friendly.
Learn kung fu in China, just follow your heart. But if you want further tips, I’m glad to help.
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