HIGHLIGHTS

Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is a medium sized and family friendly Shaolin Martial Arts School set in an isolated location. This relative isolation allows students to concentrate on their training and own self-development. One of the main benefits of this school are the small class sizes and the highly skilled yet approachable masters. 

Facilities: The school has both indoor and outdoor training facilities as well as free wifi internet and washing facilities.

Overview

The Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is located in Xingyi City in Northern Jiangsu Province. Headmaster Bao founded the school in 2009. Master Bao (Shi Xing Jian) is a 32nd generation Shaolin Warrior Monk. He has set up a fantastic place to train and live, where students can learn 7 different styles of Chinese martial arts. The main style is of course is Shaolin Kung Fu, nevertheless you can also learn Baji Quan, Tai Chi, Xingyi, Qigong, Sanda (Chinese kickboxing), Wing Chun and Bagua.

The academy is under the authorization of Xinyi Government and Xinyi Education Bureau and is also approved by the Jiangsu Provincial Education Department. This makes visa extensions at the school relatively easy and affordable. Master Bao runs the school together with his wife Lisa Guo.

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School Training

Students who attend this school benefit from small class sizes and five days a week training six hours per day. Kung fu styles such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanda (Chinese kickboxing) and Wing Chun as well as Tai Ji, Qi Gong, Baji, Bagua , Liangyi, and Xingyi are taught at the school. Training programs for students are individually adjusted depending on the students background, conditions and focus. 

Features

Include the chance to learn 8 Kung Fu Styles. A Max of 8 students per class size. And traditional training methods optimized for foreigners. 

Below in the Training Tab you can find some examples of training schedules. However, it should be noted that not every student will have the same aims, objectives or skill sets so times and progress as well as content may vary.

Optional Extra Classes

The Mandarin, Buddhism and Calligraphy classes offer students a basic introduction to the subjects. They are not geared towards achieving a qualification. With the Mandarin classes we advise all our students to bring or order a selection of basic Mandarin books to help provide the structure you will need to get the most out of your lessons.

Daily Life at the School

Live in places at the School are limited to 30 therefore we recommend you secure your place well in advance of your departure especially during peak seasons. We also advise students to budget for their daily water, personal spending, internet access and the cost of Chinese Visa extensions. 

The cost of visa extensions will vary according to nationality and length of stay and the type of visa you first arrive on Yes you can. It doesn’t matter what type of visa you obtained before coming to the Academy, the school can help you with all the required documents to get visa extensions. For most countries, the cost is only $35, but for U.S. passport holders it is $150. For students staying longer than 1 year an out of country trip will have to be made, normally to Hong Kong.

The School offers Free Wifi

In terms of personal spending, most students set budgets between $100-$300 usd per month depending on their length of stay. 

Getting to the School

• Xingyi Railway Station School pickup is free. 

• Xuzhou East Railway Station pickup 420 (CNY) 

• Xuzhou Guanyin Airport pickup 420 (CNY)

• Lianyungang Baitabu Airport pickup 345 (CNY)

School profile

  • China, Jiangsu
  • Martial Arts
  • Taichi Quan, Sanda, Shaolin Kung Fu, Baji Quan, Xingyi Quan
  • Spartan
  • 3 out of 5
  • Students under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • June, July, August
  • - Accommodation - Food - Tuition - 3 Meals per day - 6 Month Stay (Free Staff & Dao) - 12 Month Stay (Free Staff, Dao, Shaolin Training Suit) - Use of conditioning tools & weapons - Pickup from Xingyi Railway Station - Free Wifi Internet
  • - Chinese Visa - International & Domestic Travel - Internet Access - Insurance - Water

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Reviewed by Simon
Submitted on 11/09/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
9 / 10
Overall Rating
Training
90%
Facilities
80%
Food
80%
Environment
90%
Fun
90%

The experience at the Maling Academy was definitely intense and life changing. The school is located in the countryside and is surrounded by beautiful corn fields. Such a peaceful environment helped me reconnect with myself and review my choices and priorities in life. I met so many people and each one of them taught me valuable lessons about martial arts, resilience and mutual support. I’ve learnt that I can fall and get back up despite the pain and the bruises, and the importance of training body, mind and soul in equal measure. The guys I trained with were great fun and helped me every time I struggled with a new move or form. Peter in particular was such a sweet and patient sparring partner. Master Bao and Master Du are incredibly knowledgeable and understanding, and kindly allowed me to personalize my training based on my goals, which I truly appreciate. Lisa answered every question in a timely and professional manner and Mona was always willing to translate and help with flight and train tickets with a smile. I’m also grateful to Mama Bao, who cooks and does all the farm chores, her neighbors friend and the local farmers for showing me the true meaning of hard work, humility and generosity. I feel fitter, happier and more confident then ever, thank you all for this amazing journey.
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George sklavounos, 23, Australian
Submitted on 07/06/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
8 / 10
Overall Rating
Training
80%
Facilities
80%
Food
80%
Environment
90%
Fun
80%

I loved my time at Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. The training was rigorous and amazing, the masters are ridiculous feats of human engineering, and everyone was so nice and friendly that from the minute I arrived I felt instantly welcomed. Everything — from eating unlimited pizza in Xinyi on the weekends to feeling the last week’s power stretching on Monday morning to being amazed at the workout you can get from lifting two bricks – went above and beyond my expectations.
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Kevin Sa, 24, American
Submitted on 07/06/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
9 / 10
Overall Rating
Training
90%
Facilities
80%
Food
80%
Environment
90%
Fun
90%

I’ve had the great honor of staying almost a full year at the school. I was welcomed and shown both respect and understanding from students and staff as soon as I entered. Every student was new at one point, and the first two weeks are the typical transitioning period to adjust to the training. Academy members know this and actively assist new members to adapt to the environment. The school is somewhat like home with the added benefit of improving your martial arts skills under the guidance of amazing masters. Every movement the masters make in class demonstrates their prowess in martial arts and their years of experience. With the occasional help of the talented translators, the masters effectively communicate movements and concepts to the students. For example, I came to the school with some experience in taekwondo, and I thought I knew how to kick properly. Master Li and Master Du both improved my ability to perform multiple kinds of kicks in ways that I had not even considered prior to attending the academy. In truth, every movement I do now feels more polished than when I arrived. Having a basic understanding of Shaolin Kungfu can help any martial artist improve his/her own style. For those who do not have any experience in martial arts, this school is the perfect place to get introduced to the field. Every student I’ve met has been more than willing to help with any issue or question both in and outside of training. We’re a family here, and we all help each other learn and grow in our shared interest. The masters are very patient. They’re used to dealing with new students and many questions, so you can feel free to ask for clarification. The academy’s intended to help you enhance your skills as long as you’re willing to put in the effort to make it happen. I’ve lost roughly 28 kilograms (61 pounds) of weight during my stay at the school. The constant exercise and shift in diet can be great for improving overall health. For me in particular, that weight loss takes off so much strain from my knees. I dislocated my left knee a few years ago, and to be honest I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to survive here when I first looked at the old website back home. Despite that, I managed to join in the training and do pretty well. I can’t emphasis enough how much everyone at the academy supports each other. You’ll surprise yourself when you see progress relatively soon after arrival. If you have the time, give this school a chance. You won’t regret it.
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Valonda Theus, Special Educator, Age 56
Submitted on 03/23/2015 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
9 / 10
Overall Rating
Training
90%
Facilities
80%
Food
80%
Environment
90%
Fun
90%

Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is surrounded by an astonishing view of China’s countryside with remarkable scenery of farm life, lakes, and vegetation; which made everyday surreal in awakening to a new day of sunrises and sunsets, with the tranquility of peace and warmth as I begin my day with mediation and the adept knowledge and wisdom from the masters. This has been an amazing experience for me; I came to Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy to learn Qi-gong and to focus upon non-combative Martial Arts, without hesitation, I am leaving with so much more than what I expected. I have learned three different types of Qi-gong lessons; stretching; soft Qi-gong, and hard Qi-gong which radiated much energy flow. I also learned the beginning level of the basic forms, and different forms of Martial Arts. I was taught stretching, conditioning, stamina training, and mandarin, and my body is much more flexible from the daily stretching and I have an outstanding degree of energy; with an enormous development of my character within three weeks of being here at the school. China is a culture much different than from America, and the people are so kind and giving they show much love and a sincere desire to share their knowledge with integrity, discipline and outstanding skills. I feel so grateful to have had this experience it has build character in me that will last a lifetime. The food was excellent, the right combination to allow us to be in good health and to still train very hard.
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Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is a traditional Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, teaching students from around the world Chinese Kung Fu. This school is suitable for beginner to intermediate level students. Located in Jiangsu province, Maling Mountain area, near the city of Xuzhou, the academy provides students full room and board and an ideal location to study kung fu in a traditional quiet surrounding.


The Masters at the school are all 32nd Generation Shaolin Kung Fu Masters who have trained in the Shaolin Temple and they all have years of experience teaching western students Chinese Traditional Kung Fu. The Headmaster of this school is Bao Shifu.

The Location 
of the school near Xingyi city is within the famous Malingshan (Maling Mountain) Scenic Zone. The school itself is incredibly peaceful and isolated with a fantastic setup for both living and training. Xingyi is a small city by Chinese standards, with only about a million people living there. Around the academy there are some fantastic tourist sites, including the Huating Prehistoric Relics, left over from times before civilization. There are also beautiful lakes and mountains as well as an ancient town, just outside of Xingyi City.

Accommodation & Facilities
 are basic with shower and washing facilities and over all the school benefits from a excellent quiet location.




Master Shi Xing Jian (Master Bao) - Master Bao is the schools headmaster and he began his training at the Shaolin Temple when he was just 7 years old and remained until he was 19. Over the course of those 12 years he became a 32nd generation Shaolin Warrior Monk at the Temple, training under the internationally recognized Shi De Qian. Master Bao is well versed in a number of styles, having trained extensively in traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, a number of styles of Qigong, is exceptionally well trained in the Yi Jin Jing (the muscle and tendon changing classic) and has an in depth knowledge of Chinese medicine. Master Bao has performed with distinction in a number of national and international martial arts competitions.

Here are some of his achievements: 2001: Achieves first place in the National Traditional Fist and Weapons Competition. 2002: Wins first place in the traditional weapon form, tiger form and the eagle form categories at both the Henan Martial Arts Competition and the Henan Traditional Fist Competition. 2003: Wins an “honourable prize” in both the broadsword and soft weapon categories at the Invitational Marts Arts Competition, held in Anhui Province. 2003: Awarded the “Fist Warrior of Zhengzhou” at the “Martial Arts Championship Tournament”. Master Bao has been teaching traditional Shaolin Kung Fu for many years now, with a lot of experience teaching international students. He is now a national level first grade martial arts coach and continues to actively teach and improve. 


Master Du

Master Shi Xing Peng. A secular disciple of the Shaolin Temple, the national first-level sportsman and warrior. He was born in the birthplace of Yang-style Tai Chi, Yong Nian County, Han dan City in Hebei Province. Influenced by the family, when he was young he learned the traditional folk martial arts under his Grandfather who used to be a protection monk in Shaolin Temple, and a kung fu brother of One-figure Zen Master Hai Deng. He is skilled at traditional Shaolin fist forms, regulated fist forms, broadsword, straight sword, staff and spear. He is an outstanding master in terms of his skills, teaching ability and personality.



Short Term Training: 

One Month - You will learn the basics of Shaolin Kung Fu. This involves an introduction to Shaolin punching, kicking, sweeps and the fundamental stances as well as basic footwork and staff movements. Everyone will do the 5 step form, which is a short set of movements containing five fundamental stances of Shaolin Kung Fu. You will also optionally train in Tai Chi basics and will perhaps be able to learn a short Tai Chi form. The school lists the following as possible forms to be learned during this time - “Five Step Fist - Continuous Fist or Tongbei Fist - 24 Step Yang-Style Taiji (Yang Tai Chi)”. You will also train in Sanda (Chinese kickboxing), giving you a chance to put the rest of your training into combat situations. You have optional cultural classes, such as conversational Chinese Mandarin classes, as well as calligraphy and lessons in Buddhist theory.

3 Months - Your basics training will continue and your flexibility, strength, stamina and stability will improve a lot over this time. You will be able to learn some slightly more advanced forms in this time and your Sanda training will get more intense as your fitness builds up. The school lists the following forms as typical of being taught during this time: Xiao Hong Fist. Yin Shou Staff or Ying Yang Staff. Xiao Luo Han Fist. Jing Gang Fist. 42 Step Chen-Style Tai Ji or 56 Step Yang-Style Tai Ji. Your cultural studies will continue and you should learn enough Chinese to get by in very simple situations. During this period you can also train in hard Qigong, which involves conditioning your body and manipulating energy to be able to break objects.

Medium Term Training: 

6 Months - Over this period of time the school says that you should be able to learn around 6 fist (empty hand) forms, 4 weapon forms and 3 Tai Chi forms. You will be taught the applications for all of the forms you learn. Your Sanda training will get you to the point where you can be confident in combat and your takedown technique should be sound. The school lists the following forms: Da Hong Fist. Da Luo Han Fist. Canon Fist. Liu He Fist (Two-Person Form). Qi Mei Staff. Mei Hua Broadsword. Shaolin Straightsword or Shaolin Spear. Your cultural studies will continue and those dedicated to learning Chinese should be able to make good progress over this time. Continued training in hard Qigong should see you able to break a brick in two with your bare hands or over your head. You also have the option of training in esoteric arts such as “flying needles” and “two finger zen.

Long Term Training:

One Year - Over this time you will gain a great understanding of Shaolin Kung Fu’s history and theory and customs. You will learn and understand a great deal of traditional Shaolin methods of health preservation and Qigong, such as Ba Duan Jin and the Yi Jin Jing. Your basics training continues as always, with the impossible goal of perfection always in front of you. With the correct discipline you will be able to achieve fantastic levels of stamina, flexibility, strength and stability. You will be able to begin learning advanced Shaolin Kung Fu forms. The school lists the following forms as typical for this training period: Mantis Plum Blossom Fist. Drunken Fist. Tiger Fist. Monkey Fist. Spear or Chain-Whip. Three-Section Staff [and the] Double Hooks. Your Sanda training will continue and with dedication, you should be able to master the few techniques involved. You will be exposed to a number of the 72 secret skills of Shaolin Kung Fu and your hard Qigong training will reach the point where you can break an iron bar over your body or to use the throat to bend a spear. Over this time you will be able to learn a huge amount of Buddhist theory and Chinese and you should be able to write very nice calligraphy.

The following is a typical weekly training schedule.

 

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6:00 -7:00

Tai Chi and Qigong

7:10

Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00

Shaolin Basics

Acrobatics

Shaolin Basics

Moving Shaolin Qigong

Power Stretching

10:20 – 11:30

Traditional Forms

Applications

Traditional Forms

Conditioning Applications

Traditional forms

12:00

Lunch

14:20 – 15:50

Sanda: Pair Work

Shaolin: Takedowns

Sanda: Striking

Shaolin: Power Training

Shaolin: Stamina   Training

16:20 – 17:30

Xingyi / Baji

Bagua

Xingyi / Baji

Bagua

Calligraphy

18:00

Dinner

19:00 – 19:40

Chinese Mandarin

Chinese Mandarin

Chinese Mandarin

Buddhism Theory

Free Time

21:30

Bedtime

 

23:00

 

Bedtime

 

 
Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Application/Booking fee - $100

If you want to study at Maling Sholin Kung Fu Academy there is an application and booking fee of $100 USD for international and domestic students already in China. This should be paid prior to your arrival at the school. With StudyMartialArts.Org you can pay your application/booking fee via paypal or international bank transfer. The remainder of your fees must be paid direct to the school within 7 days of your arrival. If you wish to pay your full fee in advance of your arrival international bank transfer must be the method of payment used. Details provided on request.  

Please note that live in student places at Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy are limited and group class sizes are small to ensure a high standard of learning. We therefore recommend that you book well in advance of your departure especially during peak seasons.

We advise students to budget for their daily water, personal spending, internet access and the cost of Chinese Visa extensions. The cost of visa extensions will vary according to nationality and length of stay. Students who book for a year and pay in one lump sum make the most savings. 
School PricingUSD
Total
1 Month$ 790
$ 790
2 Months$ 760
$ 1,520
3 Months$ 730
$ 2,190
4 Months$ 700
$ 2,800
5 Months$ 670
$ 3,350
6 Months$ 640
$ 3,840
7 Months$ 610
$ 4,270
8 Months$ 580
$ 4,640
9 Months$ 550
$ 4,950
10 Months$ 520
$ 5,200
11 Months$ 490
$ 5,390
12 Months$ 460
$ 5,520
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