Northern Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Academy was founded in the Summer of 2012 by the Shaolin Temple as an authorised training school for international kung fu students. The School is approved by the Chinese Ministry of Sports Education and is located within the vacinity of the Northern Ming Dynasty Shaolin Temple on the outskirts of Handan City in Hebei province. Set in a picturesque environment and approved by the Shaolin Temple as well as the Chinese Ministry of Sport the school has a good foundation from which to build its reputation.  

Facilities: Indoor and outdoor training facilities, mats, pads, training weapons, cleaning and washing facilities.


The Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is uniquely aligned to the Shaolin Temple by the Shalin Temples International Liaison Department which is staffed by former students who studied at the Songshan Shaolin Temple. The school as a result is an authorized Shaolin Temple training facility. The School welcomes international martial arts students and adventure travelers who wish to learn Shaolin Traditional Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Sanda (Chinese kick boxing), Qin Na, Tai Chi Qigong, Ba Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, Bagua, meditation, medical pressure points, Shaolin 72 skills, iron shirt qigong, iron palm and other Chinese martial arts and Shaolin Kung Fu.

Students who attend this school also have the opportunity to pass optional Mandarin Chinese, calligraphy, Buddhism, courses as well as massage and traditional tea ceremony classes so that they better understand the Chan Buddhist culture.

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  • China, Hebei
  • Martial Arts, Culture, Chinese Language
  • Taichi Quan, Sanda, Shaolin Kung Fu, Baji Quan, Qigong, Wushu, Northern Praying Mantis, Qinna
  • Qigong
  • Buddhism
  • - Accommodation - Food - Tuition - Use of conditioning tools & weapons - Pick up from Hanban
  • - Chinese Visa - International & Domestic Travel - Internet Access - Insurance - Water

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3 Weeks Training at the School
Submitted on 12/04/2017 by Guido Paech | Yes, I would recommend this experience
8 / 10
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I decided to apply for a three weeks training at Northern Shaolin Kungfu School in December. Without any experience in martial arts, l arrived with little expectations regarding the progress. Master Xu, Master Guo and Mrs. Wu Xia did change my mind during my stay.The first week was very hard for me, but a first class training provided by my masters brought me up to that magic point of no return when you start wanting more. During training both masters always kept an eye on my individual status and were able to adjust session goals accordingly. Due to this individual and intensive training, I was able to manage four different Kung Fu forms up to twenty steps and several basics,e.g. Sanda steps. This is much more than I would ever expect. I also raised my fitness level and body strength as the result of an ongoing power training. Further more, l felt always welcome and treated like an old friend, of course, it is never easy to adapt a different lifestyle but Master Xu, Master Guo and Mrs. Wu Xia made me feel like home. I want to say, thank you: for everything, and I hope that many students will share the same experiences at the Northern Shaolin Kungfu Academy.
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The Academy was set up to teach international martial arts students Shaolin Kung Fu and other Chinese Martial Arts. The school teaches Sanda (Sanshou), Qigong, Wudang Kung fu, Qinna, Tai Chi, Xingyi, Bagua, Baji, Wing Chun, and Northern Preying Mantis.

The Masters teaching at this kung fu academy are all authentic Shaolin monks from Songshan Shaolin Temple and at the academy students will experience the life of a Shaolin monk. The masters teaching at the school are experienced in teaching international students in China and abroad and they are dedicated to the teaching of their students and individually nurturing their potential.

Students who visit this academy often return for further training. This is partly because of the student, master relationship that is formed during their stay and for many this martial arts journey will be one of their best life experiences and something they can look back on fondly.  

This academy is a unique place to learn Kungfu in the Shaolin tradition. Located in a peaceful environment a atmosphere that is welcoming and friendly is fostered for students to study in. The Academy accommodates students who are interested in long term and short terms stays.

In addition to Kung Fu training , students are also able to attend a variety of classes that are included in the all in one price. These classes include introductions to: The Cultural & History of Martial Arts, Traditional Kung Fu Theories, Mandarin, Chinese Traditional Medicine (Acupuncture, Massage) Calligraphy, and Chinese Culture .

The academy is staffed by an outstanding and well-qualified teaching group that is supported by the Shaolin Temple's abbot Shi Yongxin and his new campus master plan under the guidance of Shi Yan Hao and his staff. The purpose of this plan the site into one of the very best international Shaolin Kung Fu Academies in China that promotes Shaolin Zen Culture interationally.

Shi Yan Hao (Master Xu) also came from a strong background in martial arts, and his grandfather started his training from a very young age. At the age of seven he started training in traditional martial arts in earnest as well as tai chi and boxing. Master Xu has reached his 6th Duan in Chinese Martial Arts and is considerred a National Master sportsman. By age twelve he was studying full time in the Shaolin temple. Here he gained proficiency in traditional Shaolin kung fu fighting skills, sanda, Shaolin boxing and fighting skills, Qi Gong, wudang kungfu, qinna, Bagua, traditional forms such as Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing, Shaolin Luohan, Tong Bei Quan, to name a few. His weapon forms include: drunken sword, Shaolin Pudao, Shaolin Spear, Shaolin gun, whip, broadsword, three section, double spear, straight sword and many, many more!

One of Master Xu favourites however such as his drunken sword, pu dao (a large metal staff with a large clever like blade at the top), double spears and the whip. Because of the international fame of the Shaolin temple it receives a multitude of requests from film companies who wish to film in the area and use the students and the school masters as extras or casts members. Master Xu has participated in some films, most notably 鸿门宴 (the English title is listed as 'White Vengence). He has participated in martial arts competitions and large scale performances obtaining excellent results in the General Assembly Shaolin Boxing Tournament in Dengfeng (the home of the Shaolin temple) as well as traditional routine competitions, the Sanshou Exchange Games, a performance at the highly acclaimed Shanghai Expo and many performances at the Shaolin Temple stage grounds. He spent some time in Zhengzhou to participate on traditional routine form and undertook Buddhist theory at the Shaolin temple during his time there. Because of the accomplishments throughout his training and his undoubtable skill, Master Xu has received a commendation from the temple's abbot and the head masters.

In 2010 he began to teach martial arts, namely to foreign students and has quickly built up a large range of experience. His training uses a no-nonsense approach, keeping students on their toes with many different teaching methods to help increase their abilities in all areas of kung fu. A great teacher with a friendly personality and an open outlook. When he takes on new students, he quickly gains them as friends.

Shi Yan Hu (Master Zhou) is the 34th generition of Shaolin warrior monk. He loved Wushu from childhood and began the training since he was 8 years old. He has enthusiasm for training and works hard on it. He starts with Tong Zigong(Incredible Kids Kungfu) which needs to be trained in a very young age to keep the body flexible enough. He is very skillful at traditional shaolin fist, boxing and Pictographic boxing like eagle, dragon, tiger, mantis , etc. Meanwhile, he is also proficient in different weapons like straight&board sword, staff, spear, double whip, crescent shovel and so on. During his Wushu training , master zhou has received many invitations from movie companies. He performed in many movies , stage plays and competitions in which he won many titles. For example, the 1st place both in Shaolin Fist and Spear in 2003 Dengfeng competition; the 2nd place in Fist, Staff and Sparring in 2004 Invitational Tournament of Hebei province. In 2006 Shaolin Temple traditional Warrior Competition, he won the 1st place in Drunken Straight Sword , the Grand Prize in Five Spears Attack Form , the honorable tittle of “ First Shaolin Warrior Monk ”.   

He has been teaching foreigners Wushu for many years. There is discipline in his class which can encourage the students to improve faster. As a strick master he always makes his students break the limit to achieve their goals.

Shi Yan Huai (Master Qin) is Shaolin 34th generation monk, martial art since I was 9, during the martial art training hard, never talk too much, only training, seems to be one of the robot have been turning, and training. His training and performance.China (2013 CCTV, CCTV children's Cheng Shichun late dengfeng Shaolin hero, Ying-Yang, pingdingshan, dengfeng, Luoyang, West Lake, and so on). He has also completed a number of international performance tours to the following countries (Turkey, Antalya, Russia, Moscow, Singapore.

He has extensive experience in teaching foreign students, has his personal supply, so as to foster the students ' physical fitness and personal limits, help students to achieve the desired objectives.

Shi Yan Rui (Master Rui) born at a noble family well-known as martial arts,is the 34th monk of Shaolin.He began to practise taijiquan and neijaiquan as a child,and he went to the Shaolin Monastery for further study at 13,which is the beginning of career of learning martial arts. He was very assiduous and diligent during his training and you could hardly see a trace o f weariness shown in his face. It seemed that he was always full of vitality.

He had participated in many competitions and perfomances during his training. In 2006, he won the second award on Tiger Fist and Apear in the competition of Shaolin Fist.He also took part in the large-scale performances and national tours with his Kungfu figure being left in many places,such as Beijing,hong kong ,Macao ,Thailand,Tianjing ,and provinces of Hubei,Guangdong,Fujian,Hebei,Guangxi, Zhejiang,and Henan. In 2009, his career of learning martial arts was over, and he began to become a coach. It is as rigorous as his former training when he teachs his students, thus he is a good master paying much attention to his students.


School Training is greared toward teaching Shaolin Martial Arts.  

Du Shifu - Taichi, Qigong, Baguazhang, Xingyi Quan, Shaolin Weapons, Animal and Drunken forms: Du Shifu personally teaches each of his students in a way that allows them to progress steadily. He has years of experience teaching westerners.  

Master Xu - SandaShaolin Kung Fu, Qigong, Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, Shaolin Luohan, Tong Bei Quan, Pu Dao, Whip, Drunken Sword, Double Spears: Master Xu specializes teaching in Shaolin Weapons forms, Sanda and Shaoin qigong.

Master Zhou - Tong Zigong, Eagle fist, Mantis fist, Dragon fist, Tiger fist, Straight and broadsword, Double whip, Cresent shovel and spear: Master Zhou specializes in Drunken Straight sword, and the Five Spears Attach form. As a Master, Zhou Shifu is strict with his students and pushes them to achieve.

Master Qin - Shaolin fist forms, Animal forms and Weapons: Master Qin is fanatical about his training and studying Shaolin kung fu. 

Master Rui - Shaolin fist forms, Animal forms, Taichi and Neijiaquan: Master Rui specializes in Tiger forms and Spear forms.

Typical Training Schedule:
• 6:00-7:00am - Qigong/Taichi/Meditation
• 7:00am - Breakfast 
• 8:30-10:00am - Jumps and Rolls/Shaolin Basics/Forms/Qigong/Power Stretching
• 10:20-11:30am - Traditional Forms/Weapons/Qinna applications/Take downs/Conditioning
• 12:00pm - Lunch 
• 2:30-4:00pm - Sanda/Power Training/Wudang/Distance Running
• 4:20-5:30pm - Mantis/Baji/Martial Arts Theory/Wuchun/Xingyi/Bagua/Distance Running
• 6:00pm - Dinner
• 7:00-8:00pm - Mandarin/Calligraphy
Optional Evening Classes: 
• Mandarin Classes
• Calligraphy Classes

The Mandarin, Calligraphy classes offer students a basic introduction to the subjects. They are not geared towards acheiving 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.
Northern Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Academy

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School PricingUSD
1 Month$ 760
$ 760
2 Months$ 730
$ 1,460
3 Months$ 700
$ 2,100
4 Months$ 690
$ 2,760
5 Months$ 660
$ 3,300
6 Months$ 610
$ 3,660
7 Months$ 580
$ 4,060
8 Months$ 550
$ 4,400
9 Months$ 520
$ 4,680
10 Months$ 490
$ 4,900
11 Months$ 460
$ 5,060
12 Months$ 430
$ 5,160
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