Testimonials

  • Kwinton David Smith

    Age: 
    21
    Nationality: 
    America
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    One year
    Training: 
    Win chun, Taiji quan forms, Baji quan forms

      I’ve trained in martial arts for about 8 years now, in a Karate school for 6 and independently training in MMA for 2. Karate opened my eyes to the complexity and richness that is Martial Arts, as any should contain richness of culture, history, effectiveness, and teachings. That being said, I have come to understand the Chinese Wushu at Si Ping Martial Arts Academy to be no different. This was made apparent within a day of my arrival. While I may be experienced in the world of Martial Arts, I would confidently recommend this school to not only those adept like myself, but to beginners who are interested in starting. Sure, some classes appear to be more difficult than others, but the teachers will work with you and are great at their job. There’s a lot to learn here, from the soft and meditative movements of Tai Chi, the effective protective movements of Wing Chun, and the absolutely beautiful movements of Shao Lin, just to name a few. I often find myself marveling at other student’s training as the arts here are pleasing to watch. There has never been a dull moment in class, as many classes take place within the vicinity of each other, allowing you to absorb a vast amount of information within a class period. It takes determination for anyone to learn a Martial Art, but here, with the rich culture and beautiful landscape provided, you will find it to be less difficult and more fun and enlightening than most other experiences offered. The academy itself is gorgeous and is located on land with a sensational view of the sunrise and is located next to a lovely restaurant and some shrines that everyone needs to visit at least once. I’ve attended a lot of Martial Art schools in my time and this one will become one of my more recommended to others. -Kwinton Smith

  • Samar

    Nationality: 
    Indian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    April 2016 to April 2017
    Training: 
    Shao lin series gong fu

    My name is Raj and my brother is Samar we are indian boys who came to the Siping City Martial Arts Academy 3 months ago for the second times and we can say some good things that I liked till the moment. The people are nice, the rooms are really big and we have a desk and an armchair to put our clothes. The food is really good, we are very happy with the dishes that I have eaten by the moment. The training is good, you can choose between shaolin, sanda, taekwondo or ban ji and concentrate training on it every day.  There is a man, Franky, who is here to help us foreigner by translating chinese and helping us with our needs. By the moment we are happy.

  • Manudin Khan

    Age: 
    21
    Nationality: 
    Indian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    April 2016 to April 2018
    Training: 
    Shao lin, Ba ji quan series forms, San da

    My name is Raj and my brother is Samar we are indian boys who came to the Siping City Martial Arts Academy 3 months ago for the second times and we can say some good things that I liked till the moment. The people are nice, the rooms are really big and we have a desk and an armchair to put our clothes. The food is really good, we are very happy with the dishes that I have eaten by the moment. The training is good, you can choose between shaolin, sanda, taekwondo or ban ji and concentrate training on it every day.  There is a man, Franky, who is here to help us foreigner by translating chinese and helping us with our needs. By the moment we are happy.

  • Rodriguez Romero Irene

    Age: 
    23
    Nationality: 
    Spanish
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    September 2016 to December 2016
    Training: 
    Wing chun, shao lin ,San da

    Name:Rodriguez Romero Irene                  

    Nationality:Spanish                 

    Period of stay: September 2016 to December 2016

    I am a spanish girl who came to the Siping City Martial Arts Academy last week, and even if I have only been a week in the academy, I can say some good things that I liked till the moment. The people are nice, the rooms are really big and we have a desk and an armchair to put our clothes. The food is really good, I am very happy with the dishes that I have eaten by the moment. The training is good, you can choose between shaolin, sanda, taekwondo or ban ji and concentrate training on it every day. The first days the training is being hard and I have pain in my legs, and it is admirable how the kids train every day and the things that they are able to do. There is a man, Franky, who is here to help us foreigner by translating chinese and helping us with our needs. By the moment I am happy, and I expect good things of my stay here.

  • Enrique de la Cruz Martín

    Age: 
    26
    Nationality: 
    Spainish
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    Jun 6th - Sept 26th, 2016
    Training: 
    Wing chun, Taiji Chen style forms, Sanda

    In the top right corner of China lies the recondite town of Yehe. And if you dare adventure yourself into the castle on top of the mountain you shall find the place that you are looking for.

    In the short three months that I have been here I have been able to grasp the surface of the Chinese culture. I have been able to learn to enjoy life from a different perspective.

    Don’t get me wrong this is a martial arts school and if what you are looking for is physical extenuation then you will find just that. All throughout the week there is but time to train, eat and rest. The weekends are at your disposal to do as you please, might that be stay in bed or go to the nearby city.

    I came to this school with the intention of learning about Chinese martial arts and to further improve my Chinese and I leave with a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

    You can choose to learn one of the many disciplines offered and all of the teachers are dedicated and more than willing to help you out or to adapt the exercises to you in the case that you may need it. No matter what you choose to learn you will learn a lot and be amazed by the amazing feats that the little Chinese kids are able to perform.
    I would most definitely recommend this place to anyone that is in love with Chinese martial arts and that wants to surround themselves in them. The place is in the middle of nature and is far enough from the daily routines so that you can breathe deep and relax. Whatever your reason for coming here this place has a big potential

  • Nicola Nicos

    Age: 
    34
    Nationality: 
    England
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    July 17, 2015 to July 16, 2017
    Training: 
    San da, Wing Chun

      I‘ve been at the academy four months, and since I arrived all students and staffs are very friendly instead of being serious to me. So I can have fun as well as train hard the kids like to learn English and they also help you with your Chinese. I have a lot more to learn. Christmas feels like Christmas with the snow. The rooms are really warm and suitable. There are great views and when it is hot outside, we go down to the lake and meditate. Plenty of places for pictures all the locals are good people, nice and friendly. Food is great and various most days. The nearest town is quiet while the city is fantastic. What a great experience being in this academy!  

  • Ross Everitt

    Age: 
    23
    Nationality: 
    English
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    One Month ( July 2015 )
    Training: 
    Wing Chun

    A pleasant academy situated in a sightly part of rural China and staffed by friendly, helpful people. While I was only here for one month, I was able to learn all of the Wing Chun forms and my experience here has given me the knowledge and motivation to continue practicing back home.

    I highly recommend coming here if you are looking to experience a different lifestyle for a length of time with some like-minded people.

  • Matthew Smedley

    Age: 
    22
    Nationality: 
    English
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    One month ( July 2015 )
    Training: 
    Baji Quan

    My only regret about my month at this academy is that I only attended for one month. No ammount of time here would be too much, but you cuold easily spend too little. If you think one month, or three, or a year is "enough", I am sure you could spend a decade here and be learning something new each day. That is the depth of the Shifus' knowledge and experience.

    I chose to study Baji QUan under Li Shifu. He speaks no english and can teach entirely through demonstration. He teaches more to those who wish to learn and can give you a complete understanding rather than just showing you the motion. Li Shifu will also tailor his teaching to your ability level, length of stay and is always available and willing to teach.

    The grounds are fantastic, the accomodation is fine and the food is excellent.

  • Kevin Muller

    Age: 
    24
    Nationality: 
    Swiss
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    3 months (May-August 2015)
    Training: 
    Shaolin Gong Fu, Wing Chun

    I'm a graduate student who wanted to do something crazy and different before starting my PhD so I came in this academy. After 2 months, I'm very happy to make this choice even if I had nearly no experience in martial art and I wasn't used to do sport on a daily basis.

    Since I didn't know which martial art I wanted to do, Sun shifu proposed me to do Shaolin, so I started Shaolin. Sadly, it was too difficult for my untrained legs so Sun shifu taught me Sanda... I didn't like it so I did Wing Chun for 1 month with Li shifu. I have to say that he's very experienced and motivating. After this period, I was strong enough to start Shaolin again. In short, the training can be adapted to your skill level and strength and it's easy to switch between martial arts.

    About the other aspects of the academy, the place is really nice, people are very friendly and the weather isn't an issue for the trainings. The meals were improved greatly recently so, now, they are very tasty.

  • Luke Mladek

    Age: 
    24
    Nationality: 
    USA
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    3 months (June-August 2015)
    Training: 
    Baji Quan

    This is my Second time staying at SiPing Shaolin Martial Arts Academy.
    I stayed for about 4 or 5 months in 2013.
    My primary reason for returning was to be able to practice BaJi Quan
    with Li ShiFu again as he is one of the most knowledgeable and capable
    Martial Arts instructors I have every met or studied under. For a man
    his age he is quite fit, but more importantly is insanely fast and
    very powerful. He has and can demonstrate a deep understanding of
    every movement in every form. He requires his students understand each
    movement as well before proceeding on. Also at any time he is more
    than willing to show you the practical applications of the movements
    as well as situational variations of the move depending on what your
    opponent does.
    BaJi Quan is a particularly rare style to find and it's especially
    hard to find a good instructor. I looked in New York for a while after
    my first stay but didn't like the styles of BaJi I saw. It is a good
    combination of Internal and external practice and has many practical
    applications for in close fighting as it utilizes both strikes(mostly
    to vitals) and take downs.
    Li ShiFu also teaches Yong Chun Quan (Win Chun) and is extremely
    proficient in that as well as combining the 2 styles.
    You can tell that he genuinely cares about each and every one of his
    students, their progress, understanding and general well being.
    I've studied Martial Arts for a majority of my life (Traditional Tae
    Kwon Do, Karate-Do, Judo, and Boxing) and this school is a GREAT place
    to come and study traditional martial arts. It offers some excellent
    masters and a variety of other styles to study as well. Currently the
    Shaolin, Sanda, and Tai Qi Instructors are all very young but
    extremely knowledgeable and have had excellent teachers as you can see
    by their physical prowess and forms. They have great enthusiasm and
    really care about this school and it's students.
    If you like training hard for many hours a day this is definitely the
    place for you. I'f you've never practiced before or aren't in the best
    of shape that's ok don't be discouraged you can work up to it little
    by little and go at your own pace. So long as you are willing to push
    yourself you will definitely see improvement.
    Obviously the more effort you put in the more results you can expect.
    You can just skate by doing the bare minimum of required classes for
    students and conditioning but you won't learn as much as one who makes
    an effort to attend every class and work hard during them(Just like
    any other martial arts school or MMA gym).
    Much to the same if you plan on staying here a long time you can
    expect great results. If you only have a little time to spend don't
    worry! You can still make the most of it and, work hard learn what you
    can and continue your practice back home. Either way I'd highly
    recommend this place to anyone who has never practiced before, or may
    be already extremely proficient in one style or another and seeks to
    learn more/something new.
    Lastly I'd briefly like to talk about the environment. The food here
    is AMAZING the chef is accommodating to anyone's dietary restrictions
    and makes DELICIOUS traditional Chinese dishes. The rooms are nice and
    the school/grounds are beautiful. The outside environment is breath
    taking postcard type scenery. It's green beautiful mountains and clean
    air (that's something many school in China can't say) make this an
    ideal place just to get away for a while let alone practice martial
    arts. The nearest city (SiPing) is about an hour and a half by bus and
    is a fun place to visit on weekends. It's also very inexpensive
    compared to some of the other cities in China.
    This place really is a hidden treasure. Sadly there are fewer students
    here than when I was here in 2013 but I'm hoping by giving this
    testimonial to help change that.
    Please don't over-look this place when considering training Martial
    Arts in China I highly recommend it to anyone.
     

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