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The Yuntai Mountain International Culture and Martial Arts School was founded by Shi Yan Lin, also known as Xie Xu Yong, a master with over 10 experience in teaching to both Chinese and international students Shaolin Martial Arts. The school is located in the famous Yuntai geological park, which attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Facilities: Indoor and Outdoor training areas and class rooms.

Overview

The Yuntai Mountain International Culture and Martial Arts School was founded by Shi Yan Lin, a vastly experienced Shaolin Kung Fu master who teaches both Chinese and international students. The Martial Arts training at the school will primarily focus on the various Shaolin fists and weapons as well as Sanda and Taichi. In addition to the Martial Arts training the school also offers students the opportunity to study Chinese in combination with their martial arts training. The school itself is located in the famous Yuntai geological park, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. This area is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful place in Henan Province.

The school building formally a hotel has been converted into student accommodation, as a result the rooms are comfortable and comparatively of a high standard. The newly built training area and performance hall is five minute walk from the main accommodation area.

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Daily Life at the School

Located next to the Yuntai Mountains (close to Jiaozuo and near the Henan capital city of Zhengzhou), the school provides ideal conditions to study chinese martial arts in a traditional quiet surrounding, nevertheless still close to a modern city, where you can also get foreigner/imported products as well as visit the famous Shaolin Temple.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced martial artist, whether you want to stay for a month or a year this school can cater to you. For Language learning students it is the school we at StudyMartialArts.Org can actually recommend due to its relationship with Jiaozuo University and the quaility of its half training half language learning programme.

Monthly internet costs for students who have internet in their rooms is 150 (CNY) per month, however be warned the internet signal is not fast and if students wish to access Facebook, Google or other social networking sites they will need to purchase a VPN.

• Airport/ Railway/ Bus Pickup from Zhengzhou 400 (CNY) 

• For students who stay 1+ Months Pickup is free

School Training

Training at this school runs from Monday to Saturday, 6 days a week. Styles offered at the school focus on those associated with Shaolin Kung Fu as well as Sanda and Taichi. The masters can speak basic conversational English. This is of great benefit as instructions, explainations as well as principles of movements can be given without the use of a translators.

Language Learning Classes

The opportunity to add lanauge learning classes onto your stay at this school is one of its greatest benefits. These classes are properly run and taught and real language gains can be made in comparision to other schools where optional extra classes in Mandarin are only on the timetable as a means to suggest that they offer something extra for the same price.

School profile

  • China, Henan
  • Martial Arts, Culture, Chinese Language
  • Taichi Quan, Sanda, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wushu
  • Qigong
  • Buddhism
  • Spartan
  • 3 out of 5
  • Students under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian
  • July, August, September
  • - Accommodation - Food - Tuition - Use of conditioning tools & weapons
  • - Chinese Visa - International & Domestic Travel - Internet Access - Insurance - Water

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Simon from the UK
Submitted on 07/06/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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Great school and people, definetly recommend it! It can be bit restrictive but over all very good especially if you are looking to combine martial arts training with Chinese language learning.
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Mujahid (14 years old) from the UK
Submitted on 06/15/2015 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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I enjoyed my stay and training at Yuntai Shan School. The school shop was my favourite haunt, where I got my ice lollies and treats after training. I liked my Shifus and the other students at the school. The stair races after training were awesome ! Our Mandarin teacher was really good, and our Shifu really pushed us hard in our training. The shifus in the school are excellent. The atmosphere at the school was great, I made good friends, enjoyed the post training basketball matches with other students and table tennis matches. The mountain park was awesome! I learned some moves here that I was unable to learn at home, and am trying to keep up the morning training and power training now I am back home. Coming to Yuntai Shan School has changed they way I train, mainly for the better. The only thing is that I am sad that now I am home I cannot train the same way, or have the same friendships with other kung fu people that I had here. I didn't believe when I was here that I would miss the school and routine so much when I came home. I cant wait to return......
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Junaydes (8 yrs Old) From UK
Submitted on 06/15/2015 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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It was a lovely experience, I loved that we had to train first then eat later. My shifu was very nice, he helped me get my new Tong Zi Gong moves and stretched me a lot! I loved his mum and dad too, they had a great sense of humour. I hope we can go back again to see our friends and train harder. I loved this school and really, really miss it!
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Jayne Guven and Family from the UK
Submitted on 06/15/2015 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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We stayed at Yuntai Shan as a large family group of 6 in September 2014. My initial fears of being in China with young children were quickly allayed by the way the Shifus and staff at the school looked out for and after young people in their care. The training was exactly what we were looking for, traditional, hard core training. 5.40 am wake ups and approximately 7 hours a day training. When we booked our places we were looking for a school that could provide us with what we cannot have here at home. Proper training days, power training and power stretching. Somewhere to stretch the boys and improve their basics and strength.

The accommodation is very basic, as is the diet at the school. Seasonal vegetables, rice and buns/ Bread. Sometimes meat ( which we could not eat as it was not halal) I was relieved to see a halal food window in the cafeteria, the diet although basic was very adequate, and my son who does not put on weight or grow well here at home did both during our stay.

I had no worries regarding injuries or illness as the shifu was excellent in how he looked after the welfare of those in the school. People who were unwell were taken to the Doctor and those with injury allowed to rest. ( we had no training related injuries whilst here, which is a measure of how good the teachers are, especially as the power stretching really pushes you to your limits ) The discipline at the school was excellent, just what was needed. smile emoticon as was the scenery to be found 10 mins away from the school at the national park. Truly medicine for the soul. My sons asked me if they were in paradise, the beauty is so outstanding.

We couldn't get enough of the mountains whilst we were there. The other students were incredibly welcoming and patient, especially with my youngest son and daughter who can talk the hind leg of a donkey! Everyone supports new students, they waited for us on mountain runs ( I was incredibly slow! running definitely not my thing! ) so we didn't get lost, and took us to a small local restaurant where the food is amazing! We still keep in contact with some of our friends.

The only regret I have is that we didn't book to stay for longer. I think all western children should stay in China at a martial arts school for a while....do them the world of good!

The shifus were excellent both in training and pastoral care of their students. My children still argue over whose shifu was the best shifu, and my youngest son cried when he realised we were going home, he was inconsolable for quite a while, which for me was a true measure of the success of the school and atmosphere therein. We are hoping to return for a longer visit in the near future.

We left China with new skills, new friends and a new training schedule, one which the boys still keep up to till today. In short, if you are looking for a school in China that will train you well, push you to your limits, have great pastoral care, still allowing for some mountain park viewing and sight seeing and leave an imprint on your heart. It is this one.
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Yuntai Mountain Martial Arts School has a large number of masters as well as rooms, to cater for their Chinese and International Students. Accommodation is of a high standard offering students a TV, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Showers however are cold and hot water is available for students to wash using a basin.

Training at this school runs from Monday to Saturday, 6 days a week, making the training a little more intense than schools that train Monday to Friday. Styles offered at the school include Shaolin Kung Fu Styles, Sanda and Taichi. The masters can speak basic conversational English. This is of great benefit as instructions, explainations as well as principles of movements can be given without the use of a translators.

Chinese language courses are available through the schools partnership with Jiaozuo University. These courses can be specially tailored and intensive. This, makes the school a very real prospect for serious Chinese language learners. This close relationship between the martial arts school and the university means that long term student visas can be obtained for international students of the school.

Overall the school provides high quality Shaolin martial arts training and language learning in a beautiful rural setting. 








 

Master Shi Yan Lin was born in Zou Cheng city, Shandong province. The three-section staff and the pudao are two weapons he specializes in. Shi Yan Lin studied at Songshan shao lin si kungfu school focusing on science and kungfu theory. "Hard training and endurance are the way to learn real kungfu". Shi Yan Lin speaks English well and is enthusiastic about self development. Since 1996 he has been teaching kungfu. He has also devoted three years of researches to kungfu theory and Buddhism.

Master Shi Heng Jin (Wang Jin Long) specializes in Shaolin traditional forms: Shaolin Tiger, Shaolin Sword, Iron Chi Kung and has the following achievements. 2010: Teaching Kung Fu and Chin Na at the Belgian Royal Military Academy; 2006 - 2007: Private lessons teaching Kung Fu and Chin Na to Snoop Dogg; 2003 - today: Teaching Kung Fu at Kung Fu Schools in The United Arab Emirates and Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Germany, Luxemburg); 2001 - today: Attained the status of Shaolin Monk, 34th generation Shaolin Kung Fu: Shi Heng Jin; 1997 - today: Training Shaolin Kung Fu;

Master Yale Yuan, was born in Ruzhou City of Henan Province. He began training kung fu in 1999 at Shaolin Temple.In 2001, Master Yale Yuan transferred to Shaolin Temple Martial Arts School and graduated in 2002. From 2003 to 2005, he participated in numerous competitions and performances as a member of the Shaolin Si Wuseng Performance Team. Specializing in pudao, dao, zui gun, and zimuyue, he took part in notable events such as "henan TV wuling feng", "dongfang shanshow" and "shaolin wushu zhixiang dasai". Master Yale Yuan became a shifu in 2005 and first took on foreign students in 2006. His students have placed in major competitions such as "Second World Shaolin traditional Competition" and "Third world Shaolin traditional Competition" in Zhengzhou. They have also gone on to open their own schools in their home countries and to compete and perform internationally. Master Yale Yuan has excelent english allowing him to communicate very well with the students, making sure the context of the exercises are well understood. Master Yale Yuan hopes that his students both enjoy kung fu and go on to share it with others.

Master Shi Yanbo, was born in Zoucheng City of Shandong Province. He began training kung fu in 1998 at Shaolin Temple. He graduated in 2002 and continued training there for another year. In 2002, Master Shi Yanbo also acted in the movie "meng duan tianguo". Master Shi Yanbo became a shifu in 2004 and first taught at Shaolin Si Quanfa Xueyuan, specializing in traditional forms and weapons. He has been recognized as one of the best coaches in Dengfeng City and Henan Province. Additionally, his excellent teaching has earned him several awards. Master Shi Yanbo has also travelled abroad to perform, teach and accompany his students. His efforts have garnered high praise and positive reviews.

Master Dong Xie Born in Shandong Province Zoucheng, China; 1998-2010 Training Kung Fu in Shaolin Temple Henan Province; 2007-2009 Training Tai Chi; 2nd Place in China Tai Chi Competition; 2009-Today Teaching Tai Chi at Yuntai Mountain International Culture and Martial Arts School in 2010;

Master Wang Yuan Fang Born in Henan Xinxiang Yuanyang China; Training professional Kung Fu since 2002, specializes at toad work, several scorpion boxing, nine-section, whip, 3 section nunchuck, shaolin traditional repertoire; 1st Place in 2009 competition, "Zhengzhou Boxing Championship 2009"; 1st Place - "International Shaolin WuShuJie Traditional Instruments Championship" 2010;

Master Fan Kui, was born in October, 1986, in Ximei village, Henan Province, he began to learn Wushu from his father at the age of seven. He studied at Chenjiagou and learnt Taiji Boxing from master Chen Mengsong , the 11th generation of the Chen Family. In 2002, he became a student of the master Zhu Laohu, the 10th generation of Chen’s Boxing, whose Taiji Boxing skill originates from the Taiji master Wang Yan. He can teach the first old style, the second old style, the 56-form competing style, Single Sword, Double Sword, Single Broad-sword, Double Broad-sword, Long Spear, and Spring & Autumn Broad-sword and is especially good at Taiji Tunshou and Taiji Sanshou.


Achievements: 


2002: won the sixth in 56-form in the first national Taiji competition in Jiaozuo. 
2004: won the fifth in 75kg-level competition of Taiji Tunshou in Ma an-shan, Anhui Province. 
2004: won the gold medal in traditional style in the national competition held by Anhui Province. 2005: won the third in the 70kg level in Taiji Tunshou in Chenjiagou. 
2006: won the gold medal in traditional style and the third in 75kg level in Henan Province. 
2007: won the championship in 80kg of Taiji Tunshou in Hongkong. 
2008: Elected one of the sixteen conteststants in Chen’s Taiji Boxing competition “Wulin Dahui” held by CCTV. 


Master Xu Jie, started Sanda training at Shaolin Kungfu School in Xuchang City 2004---2006 went to Xuchang City Sports School to have professional and high quality training, 2006---2008 Went to one of the most famous Sanda Training Base named “Beijing Aoyu Sanda Club” located in Beijing. He is a  champion in weight class 65KG of the “Shanxi Province Sanda Competition” in May 2007. October 2007 became champion in weight class 70KG of “The International Sanda competition” in Hebei Province. In 2008 received 2nd prize from “Wushu Guanxiao Jiaoliu Sai” in Zhengzhou. September 2009 he received an invitation letter from “Shanxi Sports University” to study and train until June 2013. In June he graduated and started to teach in “Yuntai Shan International Culture and Martial Arts School” in August 2013. Master Xu speaks English to better communicate with the foreign students.




 

Training equipment is provided for all classes, if necessary. For Sanda (Shaolin kickboxing) pads, gloves and guards are used as are basic weapons for Shaolin form classes. There are training mats used for acrobatics / jumps, take-downs and sparring.

Mastering the basics in Shaolin is key to being able to perform more advanced forms or for having good technique in Sanda. Emphasis is given in training to basics by masters in accordance with traditional training. The practicing of basic kicks, punches and stances increases strength, agility, speed and technique. This progress translates in the traditional Shaolin forms.

Training is intensive so it is recommended for students to prepare before coming to train. Stamina exercise such as running, swimming or doing sports are good ways to increase fitness levels. Flexibility can be an important mediator of progress so doing stretching or yoga will benefit ability level. For improving strength, a form of functional training such as weights, physioball-type exercise or sprinting would be effective. Life at School

Teaching plans

Teaching plans for Shaolin Kung Fu practice entails three levels. The primary is form and appearance. The intermediate level is `integration of mind and fist`, transforming the tangible into the intangible, turning the law into the lawless, obeying no rules, having no movement to follow and controlling the enemy from the intangible. The highest level of aspect is to guide all with heart and fight with the heart. Teaching plans are based on these principles.

SEVERAL WEEKS TO 1 MONTH

Basic knowledge of Shaolin Kung Fu; Shaolin Kung Fu customs; fundamental kicks, steps and sweeps, punches, palms, hand shapes. Flexibility training, stability training, endurance training and traditional Shaolin Introductory fist forms like five step form, continuance form or Tongbei form and their applications; Simple weapon forms like staff, broadsword etc; basic Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing) and Tai Chi if chosen. In this time, you can manage to get a general idea of what Shaolin Kung Fu like, and learn the methods to practice Shaolin Kung Fu.

2-6 MONTHS

Shaolin Kungfu theory (to reach a more complete understanding of Shaolin Kungfu); Shaolin Kungfu customs; authentic Shaolin health care Qigong, Yi Jin Jing; flexibility training; stability training; endurance training. 3-4 traditional Shaolin fist forms like Xiaohong fist, Dahong fist, luohan fist, seven star fist, Shaolin fist, Changhuxinyimen fist etc. 3-4 traditional Shaolin weapon forms, such as yinshou staff, eyebrown stick, Shaolin single broadsword, Shaolin three section staff, Shaolin 9-Section, etc; traditional Shaolin forms applications and pair forms; conditioning on every part of your body; Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing); counter-acting exercise and pair sparring; Tai Chi Sword (if Tai Chi classes chosen). These abilities require: agility of the movement steps, strength and speed of kicks and punches, accuracy of single moves, coordination of your body and the strength, speed and sprit of Shaolin Kungfu. Life at School

7-12 MONTHS

Shaolin Kungfu theory (to a higher understanding of Shaolin Kung Fu); Shaolin Kungfu customs; authentic Shaolin health care Qigong and Yi Jin Jing; flexibility training; stability training; endurance training; 5-6 intermediate traditional Shaolin fist forms like Da huohan fist, mantis palm-blossom fist, pao fist, simple animal forms like eagle style, leopard style, Shaolin liuhe fist; 3-4 intermediate traditional Shaolin forms like Damo staff, southern staff, southern broadsword, Shaolin standard broadsword, Shaolin Damo straight sword, shaolin standard straight sword, palm-blossom straight sword, Shaolin standard spear, etc. Hard Qigong (Chi kung) to break an iron bar, etc; This level requires the shape of the hand to be correct, the moving of the body to be quick, the body acting as a whole, the eyes following the moving of the hand, steps moving accurately, spirit to be up and strength to be released at curtain moment with speed.

OVER 1 YEAR - 3 YEARS

Shaolin Kung Fu theory (to a higher understanding of Shaolin Kung Fu); Shaolin Kung Fu customs; authentic Shaolin health care Qigong and Yi Jin Jing; flexibility training; stability training; endurance training; advanced traditional Shaolin forms selected from the famous Shaolin 18 kind of weapons, Shaolin Press on medical points, jumping Kungfu. Here are some of the forms: Liuhe staff pair form, double swords against spear, three section staff against spear, drunken forms, tiger forms, crane forms, monkey forms, taizu long fist, drunken staff, seven star broadsword, Shaolin palm blossom sword, Shaolin palm blossom straight sword, Damo straight sword, Shaolin spear, Shaolin rope dart, drunken straight sword, double hooks, double broad swords, etc. Shaolin Kung Fu is like a vast ocean; the learning is endless. Life at School With the optional class, you can choose it on your own and your master will help you to choose something related to your previous practice. Forms at this level need repeated practice, perhaps thousands of times to reach the highest levels of Shaolin Kung Fu. The normal training programme runs from 5:40am to 5:00pm.



Mandarin Programme & Half Training Half Language Learning programme. 


Time 

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Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Saturday 

Sunday 

9:10 – 9:55

Reading

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Speaking

Reading

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10:00 – 10:45

Reading

Writing / Grammar

Listening Comprehension

Speaking

Reading

Writing / Grammar

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10:50 – 11:45

Self Study

Speaking

Speaking

Reading

Listening Comprehension

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14:15 – 15:00

Rest

Speaking

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Rest

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15:05 – 15:40

Writing / Grammar

Speaking

Reading

Writing / Grammar

Speaking

Rest

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15:55 – 16:40

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Self Study

Writing / Grammar

Self Study

Writing / Grammar

Self Study

Rest



Time 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Saturday 

Sunday 

5:40 – 7:10

Training

Training

Training

Training

Training

Training

Rest

9:20 – 11:30

Training

Training

Training

Washing

Training

Training

Rest

14:15 – 15:00

Rest

Speaking

Rest

Writing / Grammar

Rest

Rest

Rest

15:05 – 15:40

Writing / Grammar

Speaking

Writing / Grammar

Writing / Grammar

Speaking

Rest

Rest

15:55 – 16:40

Writing / Grammar

Self Study

Speaking

Self Study

Speaking

Self Study

Rest



YunTai Mountain International Culture & Martial Arts School

Application/Booking fee - $100

If you want to study at Yuntai Martial Arts School there is a Non-refundable application and booking fee of $100 USD for international students (This fee secures your place and also covers your pick up). 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 and we will provide you the bank details on request.  

Please note that this school has a minimum stay of 1 month and live in student places for international students are limited. 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.
School PricingUSD
Total
1 Month$ 490
$ 490
2 Months$ 490
$ 980
3 Months$ 490
$ 1,470
4 Months$ 490
$ 1,960
5 Months$ 490
$ 2,450
6 Months$ 470
$ 2,820
7 Months$ 470
$ 3,290
8 Months$ 470
$ 3,760
9 Months$ 470
$ 4,230
10 Months$ 470
$ 4,700
11 Months$ 470
$ 5,170
12 Months$ 460
$ 5,520
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3 Months
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24+ MONTHS
$450 Per Month
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1st year2nd year3rd year4th year5th year
$5,520$5,400$5,000$4,600$4,200


ADDITONAL COSTS:

- Airport/ Railway/ Bus pick up from Zhengzhou - 400 (CNY)

- Pick up from Zhengzhou is free - 1+Months

- Internet Access - 150 (CNY)

- Personal Spending 

- Visa Extensions


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