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The Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu Academy was founded in 1996 by Master Wu Nanfang to teach and promote the original Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu and the Chanwuyi culture and medicine -- thus continuing to preserve and foster the traditions of his family. The Academy is a small, family-run school located in the foothills of Song Mountain, near the Shaolin Temple, in Dengfeng, Henan Province.

Facilities: Primarily training takes place outside in the traditional way.

Overview

The Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu Academy offers both International and Chinese very rare traditional style of Shaolin Martial Arts. The Academy is small and family run. Students are taught according to their own level of skill and at their own pace. Training is focussed but relaxed and there are frequent rest periods. The training emphasis is on correct breathing and strengthening qi energy in the ‘dan tine'.

Students who attend this school train from Monday to Friday as well as early morning Saturday. Meditation plays a large part in the training at the school. Please note: the school is normally closed for the winter and Chinese New Year break from mid-December to 20th February 2014.

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School Training

Training takes place 6 days per week Monday to Saturday morning. Less emphasis is on atheltic exercises. Instead the cultivation of Qi, proper breathing techniques and meditation. The head instructor of this school is Master Wu NanFang a student of Master Zhang Qing He the 3rd generation Master of the Orthodox Shaolin Wugong of Wu Gu Lun.

Features

Key features of this school are its traditional training methods that adhere to Shaolin of old. The Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is dedicated to the teaching of traditional internal and external Shaolin Kung Fu as well as its traditions. As a result this school is not the same as other international martial arts schools teaching Shaolin Kung Fu. The focus at this school is on Chan Buddhism, meditation, combat skill practice, and adherance to a strict healthy diet. 

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. Please note for the Mandarin classes support can be given by those at the school but generally it should be considered self study practice. 

Daily Life at the School

The School is relatively small and rurally located. The surrounding area is beautiful and inspires dedication to training and meditation. While the accommodation is very basic. Student should expect to share with other students in dormintory accommodation. Food at the school is home-cooked and 3 vegetarian meals are provided each day according to the ChanWuYi system which does not include hot spicy foods, garlic or onions. The food is sometimes bland but at all times healthy. The purpose of the diet is to allow the body to optimise its resources for efficient training.

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. Monthly internet costs for students who wish to have internet in their rooms is 160 (CNY) per month.

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  • China, Henan
  • Spiritual Arts, Martial Arts, Culture
  • Shaolin Kung Fu
  • Buddhism
  • Spartan
  • 4 out of 5
  • Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian
  • June, July, August
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Alexander comes from St Petersburg in Russia.
Submitted on 02/04/2015 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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Alexander comes from St Petersburg in Russia. He trained at the Shaolin Temple for 6 years and then met Master Wu Nanfang and started to train in Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu. He is dedicated to this form of kung fu, teaches simple forms in Russia and visits China regularly, with his son and other students, for more training.

About ten years ago, a Chinese man said to me: "If you want to learn Shaolin kung fu you should go to the Shaolin Temple in China.” I did as he said and for six years I tried to learn Shaolin kung fu where there wasn’t any.

One day I bought a DVD with a lecture on Shaolin kung fu. Arriving home in Russia, I watched this movie and for the first time I saw a man who talked about what I have long suspected, but could not find in Shaolin. This man’s name was Master Wu Nanfang. I made a firm decision to go and find him. A friend took me to the ChanWuYi Academy. The first thing I noticed was the very calm and friendly students.

This was very different from schools in Dengfeng which I visited earlier. They were very hospitable and friendly. Finally I met the Master. He was a very charismatic person with sincere eyes. He offered me tea and we talked for about an hour. I was struck by his masterful use of internal energy. I soon learned what a unique person with my fate had brought me to. Master Wu Nanfang’s family history has been intertwined with the history of the Shaolin Temple for the last two centuries.

The Master trains foreign and Chinese students in the same way; he makes no distinction between them. He personally supervises the training of each student. The kung fu which he teaches is suitable for people of all ages. He lives what he talks about. He truly embodies the ancient tradition and culture of the Shaolin Temple. It is a great good fortune to meet such a person and an even greater good fortune to learn from him.
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Adrian Feer from Switzerland
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Adrian Feer is a physical education teacher at a high school in Switzerland and has a BA degree in Exercise and Health Sciences. When he was 7 years old he started practising Asian martial arts and he currently teaches several Karate-Do and Taiji classes. He has visited the Shaolin Wugulun Kungfu Academy three times (and will return for a fourth time this summer) and would like to continue practicing and living these fascinating and all-encompassing teachings of traditional Shaolin Kung fu.

He writes:

“Since I hold old traditions and cultures with profound teachings in high esteem, the Wugulun Academy appeals to me. It is here that I have the possibility to study authentic kung fu according to old traditions. I especially like practicing in small groups and appreciate the personal contact with Master Wu Nanfang as well as living amicably together with other students at the school. Experiencing the inner change brought about by the meditative trainings, the plain lifestyle and healthy eating is extremely valuable to me. You become very calm, serene and free inwardly.

The training involves the extensive practice of a good base or foundation on which to build over time. I am fascinated by the way we learn to move. I can discover the same principles as in other traditional styles which I have been practicing for years and am aware of a very intense and conscious feeling during my trainings. The workout process is constructive and slow. Most probably this does not correspond to the expectations or visions of our fast-paced, modern society. However, I believe that this method of training is essential for a better understanding of the real martial arts. I appreciate the efforts and the idealism of Masters Wu Nanfang and Shi Dejian to keep this tradition and culture alive – contrary to other practices current at this time – and I am grateful for the opportunity to study at this place.”
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Micha Busch from Holland
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Micha comes from The Netherlands and has a degree in Physical Exercise and Health Sciences. He has been a student at The Wugulun Kung fu Academy since November 2009. He writes: I came to China several times before to look for Shaolin kung fu. However, like many people with this same intention, I ended up at a ‘wushu’ school and was disappointed with the training which they told me was Shaolin martial arts.

So when I found the ChanWuYi Academy I was very happy to learn that the thing I was initially looking for had not completely died out yet. So far the training has been very rewarding. When I came to the Academy I was mainly looking for some kind of physical improvement. I was used to hard physical training before and I often became a little frustrated because the progress at the ChanWuYi Academy seemed very slow. I had the idea that I already knew quite a bit about martial arts from my previous training, but this attitude made it harder for me to understand the training here.

After I let go of this idea and accepted that it will take an open heart and a long period of time to develop this kungfu, things became more easy. Right now I have been here for one year and I feel I have learned a lot of new things about myself and about life. Even though the way of living here is very simple and can be monotonous sometimes, I have never felt more happy and at peace.
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The Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is dedicated to the teaching of traditional internal and external Shaolin Kung Fu as well as its traditions. As a result this school is not the same as other international martial arts schools teaching Shaolin Kung Fu. The focus at this school is on Chan Buddhism, meditation, combat skill practice, and a strict healthy diet.

Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu is a little known yet significant form of kung fu now overshadowed by the more popular sports-and-performance oriented Shaolin wushu. Recently, however, there has been a rekindling of interest in this original kung fu form and a slowly growing group of Chinese and Western students have come to the Wugulun Kung fu Academy to learn these ancient skills.

Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu is based on the holistic philosophy of living, ChanWuYi. It is a practice focussed on the development of optimum health and fitness through the use of appropriate movements, breath control and healing arts — and the creation of an internal state of meditation and a compassionate heart. It is also an effective and highly skilled combat art.

Wugulun Kung fu is significant for all those who are interested in kung fu as it is the origin of the modern better-known wushu. The forms, developed hundreds of years ago, are slow, graceful, incredibly intricate and meditative -- yet deadly when used in fighting.

The practice of Chan Wu Yi (Buddhist Kungfu Medicine) is central to the teaching in this school and the Shaolin tradition. It is a way of life in which the heart, body and chi are in total harmony with each other and with nature. The principles of Buddhism are adhered to but the practice is not Buddhist: it is a practice that has been developed for over a thousand years by monks at the Shaolin Temple in China and it is this element that is rarely taught in other Shaolin International Martial Arts Schools.  

The School is relatively small and rurally located. The surrounding area is beautiful and inspires dedication to training and meditation. While the accommodation is very basic. Student should expect to share with other students in dormintory accommodation. Food at the school is home-cooked and 3 vegetarian meals are provided each day according to the ChanWuYi system which does not include hot spicy foods, garlic or onions. The food is sometimes bland but at all times healthy. The purpose of the diet is to allow the body to optimise its resources for efficient training.

Training takes place 6 days per week Monday to Saturday morning. Less emphasis is on atheltic exercises. Instead the cultivation of Qi, proper breathing techniques and meditation. The head instructor of this school is Master Wu NanFang a student of Master Zhang Qing He the 3rd generation Master of the Orthodox Shaolin Wugong of Wu Gu Lun.

 

 

Master Wu Nanfang is the great, great grandson of Master Wu Gulun. He was born and brought up in Bai Yu Gou, the village of his ancestors. From an early age he studied Wugulun Kung fu -- firstly with his great grandfather, the second Grandmaster, Wu Shanlin, and, after he died, with his granduncles, Wu You De and Qiao Hei Bao and lastly Zhang Qing He. Master Wu Nanfang has thus inherited the original Shaolin culture and traditions – Gu-Lun Sect that include Buddism, the original Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu, Medicine, and the secrets of XinYiBa -- which have been passed down through the generations of the Wu family lineage.

Sadly Master Wu Nanfang’s father died when the Master was a young child so, as the only son of the family, he took on the role of caring for his mother and sisters and later his own family. Never for a minute, however, did he forget his heritage and he continued to practise Wugulun Kung fu at every available opportunity.

He tells the touching story of how he would visit Master Zhang Qing He, who was a doctor, to study kung fu with him. He would practise quietly by himself while the Master was attending to patients and then, in short intervals between patients, he would quickly have a lesson. With the Master he discussed the lack of time available to him to practise and learned a valuable lesson: Zhang Qing He told him that everything he did, every minute of each day, was an opportunity to practise – even riding his bicycle back home!

Master Wu Nanfang travelled in Henan teaching his Wugulun Kung fu to many students but in about 1988 he needed to return to his home to take care of his family. Many of his students followed him there and he continued to work and teach in the area.

In 1990 Master Zhang Qing He requested him to come to the Shaolin Temple and introduce Dejian to him. Dejian, Wu Nanfang’s elder brother (Because they are fellow students of the same master they refer to each other as ’brother.). This was an important event for two reasons: Master Wu Nanfang became a Buddhist disciple of the then Shaolin Abbot, Master Suxi, who gave him his Buddhist name of She Defang, and he met Dejian for the first time, thus beginning a friendship that exists to this day.

As time went on, Master Wu Nanfang and Master Shi Dejian became increasingly frustrated with the noise and chaos of the Temple and its focus on tourism, financial gain and the promotion of the ‘wushu’ style of Kung fu with its obvious money-making potential. They could no longer find a quiet space to practise or teach.

In 2003 they both left. Master Dejian went to San Huang Zhai, then just a tiny temple inhabited by two nuns and, with the nuns’ happy agreement, embarked on an ambitious project to build a large monastery and healing centre there to further the traditions of ChanWuYi, with an emphasis on herbal medicines and healing. Master Wu Nanfang had already opened his school at the foot of the mountain to teach ChanWuYi and Wugulun Kung fu and to continue to pass on his family’s heritage.

Both Masters, in their different ways, are dedicated to the teaching, preservation and promotion of the ancient Shaolin traditions of ChanWuYi and Wugulun Kung fu. In the past few years, due in part to greater internet coverage, in part to word of , and possibly in part to the BBC documentary ‘Extreme Pilgrim’, more and more people, both western and Chinese, are finding their way to Song Mountain to experience for themselves the origins of the Shaolin Kung fu tradition.

 

Training Chan Wu Yi (Buddhist Kungfu Medicine) is central to the Shaolin tradition and what you will learn at this school. Chan Qu Yi is a way of life in which the heart, body and chi are in total harmony with each other and with nature. The principles of Buddhism are adhered to but the practice is not Buddhist: it is a practice that has been developed for over a thousand years by monks at the Shaolin Temple in China.

The elements of Chan, Wu and Yi should always function as one ‘whole’— they cannot be divided into separate parts.

Chan is the training of the spiritual heart to be compassionate, calm, peaceful and aware in everyday life. The student should follow the path of the Buddha; have a caring heart; constantly watch his own faults; be happy in helping others; feel others’ pain as if it is his own; help them to confront their difficulties and to live happily; be constantly aware of love in the surrounding world.

Wu is the natural movement of the external body -- what we know as Kung Fu -- which is aimed at creating a healthy body and a strong chi. The understanding and mastering of Chan is the essential basis from which to practice these movements because, for the movements to be relaxed, flowing and natural, they must start from a compassionate, peaceful heart. So, for example, to try to practice Wu from the space of anger is dangerous both for the student and the people around him. The student should learn the ways to move naturally by constant practice until he masters them. This will take time.

Wu involves a number of theoretical concepts about the movements that the student initially has to be aware of but which, once mastered, become spontaneous and automatic.

The basic concept is SanJie -- 3 parts of the body. SanJie involves external movements which move simultaneously but have different functions: first, the upper section -- arms, hands and head – which starts the movement; second, the middle section-- waist and belly – which follows through on the previous movement; third, the lower, root, section -- hips, legs, knees and feet – which grounds the body.

The relationship between the three sections has its own unique function. For example, when a movement is performed from one of the three sections, the other two sections must be in harmony in order to generate the power from the movement performed. This means any movements must be supported by the power generated from the whole body.

Combining the power of the three sections is the basic step towards mastering the highest level of Kung Fu. It is therefore very important for practitioners to understand SanJie.

SiShao – reaching the four extremities – is another concept, a further step, in creating a greater power. When the power in the whole body is very strong these extremities have such power that, symbolically, in the case of the teeth -- the ends of bone -- something as hard as metal can be cut; in the case of the nails – the ends of the tendons – there can be a penetration to the bone; in the case of the hair – the end of the blood system – a hat could be lifted off the head; and in the case of the tongue -- the ends of the muscular system – the muscles are fully tensed and primed for whatever action is necessary.

To try to explain this in ‘layman’s’ terms one can consider the phenomenon of anger. When a person is extremely angry he is generating so much energy that he can destroy, maim, kill. His eyes bulge, his teeth are clenched, his lips are compressed, his muscles are bunched and he emits grunts or growls of anger which come from deep inside. He is full of power but has no awareness of what he is doing. The movements in wu simulate the energy and movements of anger, without the emotion and with total awareness of the power. The outward appearance of the harnessing of this internal energy shows in the characteristic compressed lips (so the chi does not escape), the bulging eyes, the particular body stance and the vocal grunts which happen as the chi arises from the dentian or hara. In this way the power of the chi is, in the case of the student, increased, or, in the case of the master, maintained or utilised. (In drawings, the great Master, Bodhidharma, is often depicted as angry or ferocious. He wasn’t. Simply the ancient artists understood the phenomenon of wu and so were depicting him in a typical Gong Fu pose of chi energy and power.)

When considering Yi, the five elements – metal (lung, nose), wood (liver, eyes), water (kidney, ears), fire (heart, tongue), earth (spleen, mouth) -- which are the basis of Chinese philosophy should be kept in mind. Yi is the practice of creating health and strength in the internal organs. Yi has two aspects: keeping oneself healthy and imparting this understanding to others so they can also be healthy In order to keep ourselves healthy we must know the relationships between the internal organs and the meridians through which vital energy – chi -- circulates and along which the acupuncture points are distributed. The importance of chi should be understood.

Chi includes two points: the innate chi energy found in the kidneys and the acquired energy that comes from ‘grains’ -- fresh food -- from the earth. Chi comes from the integration of these two sources. It takes constant intensive practice to develop and maintain the chi energy. Diet is all-important. The Shaolin style of vegetarian food has been developed over many years. The food should be light, not oily or greasy, and not strongly flavoured or spicy. This kind of diet reduces the inner heat of the body which allows the chi to flow more smoothly and efficiently. Aperture (Qiao) therapy is also important. The smooth flow of essential elements though the 9 apertures of the body keep the internal organs -- which play an essential role in the body’s metabolism -- healthy and strong. Using chantong herbal medicine improves the functioning of the 9 apertures. Another way to conserve one’s vital powers and maintain good health is by the practice of ‘internal’ Gong Fu. This is extremely difficult to explain but it involves working on the breath until breathing becomes as natural as that of a new-born baby – breathing deeply from the belly (the Chinese dentian or Japanese hara) rather than from the lungs and diaphragm. Few people breathe at anywhere near their full capacity; normal breathing is shallow and inadequate. With ‘right’ breathing the organs and nerves of the body are filled with oxygen and nutrients, thus reaching their potential power to function at an optimum, unknown level. The immune system is also strengthened. In addition, the person falls into a state of deep relaxation suffused with feelings of being deeply at ease and full of silent joy – a state of deep meditation.

Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu should perfectly integrate all three parts: Chan, Wu and Yi. Here a mention should be made of XinYiBa which is the highest level and ultimate form of this kind of Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu.

Important Training information
As a result of the depth of the training offered and the stages of development honed over thousands of years of both practice and knowledge. Students should if they want to get the best out of the training submit to it completely and adhere to Master Wu's personalised training plans. Below is a typical training schedule.

The training steps you will be taught:

1) Zhuang Gong: standing exercises to develop rooting, correct body posture and to build up Qi.
2) Pan Gen: basic exercises to learn how to move from one stance to another and to develop Shen Fa -- the way to create power from turning the body. 3) Movement and stepping exercises: to learn about spacing and distancing, timing, and anticipating your opponent’s movements.
4) Advanced training: very good for both health and fighting skills.

TYPICAL TRAINING SCHEDULE:

- 5.30-6.30 training (in summer this session will start at 4.30 am due to increasing temperatures. The training area is outside)
- 7.00-8.00 breakfast
- 8.30-11.30 training
- 12.00-2.30 lunch and rest

- 2.30-5.30 training
- 6.00-dinner

Students should be quietly in their rooms by 9.00 pm.

Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu Academy

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If you want to study at the Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu Academy there is a non-refundable 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 and we will provide you the bank details on request.  
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4 Months¥ 16,800$2,735
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