Testimonials

  • 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.
     

  • Ossi Timonen

    Age: 
    21
    Nationality: 
    Finland
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    One Year (Jan. 2014-Jan 2015)
    Training: 
    Baji Quan

     

    I'm now halfway through my 1-year period at the academy and I have learned a lot.

    This is a very good place to learn martial arts. All the masters are very skilled,

    especially Li Shifu. His skill-set is truly incredible and I feel privileged to learn martial arts from him. 

     

    Location of the academy is perfect, it's away from the city and very close to nature. It's quite peaceful here.

     

    The food is also way better than I expected. Overall I have been enjoying my time here and I have met a lot of good people from around the world.

    I highly recommend this place for anyone who is interested in learning martial arts.

     

  • Alysha Dowden

    Nationality: 
    USA
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1 year (August 2014-2015)
    Training: 
    Shaolin Quan, Baji Quan

    I came to this school nearly eleven months ago, intending to stay a year. Many people told me I was crazy for committing to a year without testing it out first. However, I have no regrets. I have met some incredible people and experienced many amazing things. If you let it, this place will push you to become stronger physically and mentally. I am training in Baji Quan. I could write several pages on how amazing Baji is and why I love it. However, Li Shifu is the main reason I like Baji Quan as much as I do. He is a great Shifu (Chinese word for master) and a great teacher. Li Shifu is passionate about training and I see that every day. He is incredibly knowledgeable and skilled. I am positive I haven’t even scratched the surface of what he could teach me.  

        An average day is very full. You have up to 8 hours of training every day. The training is what you make of it. If you come here ready to learn and try your best, you will learn a lot. Most of the classes starts with a warm-up run and stretching. Then you move on to the training usually it is forms or PT. In all the styles besides Sanda you will be learning various types of forms, and weapons. Everyday there are two free training sessions where you choose what you want to do, which many students use to weight train. 

        I am not going to say much about the food and accommodation because that is what other people mostly write about. Since I have been here the food has gotten better. The rooms are fine, and the view is beautiful. Transportation between the school and SiPing is simple and there are always people here to help you with anything you need. SiPing is not a beautiful city, but I like it. It has character and it is easy to get what you need if you know where to go. The street food is ominous looking but delicious (for the most part).  

        I highly recommend this place to anyone.

  • Tsion Gebrekidan Berhane Meskel

    Age: 
    32
    Nationality: 
    Ethiopian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    2 months (June 1st - July 31st, 2015 )
    Training: 
    Chen Tai Ji ( Tai Chi )

    What I found special about this place is the stuff.

    I was very impressed by my Tai Ji masters professionalism and how he understood my shorcomings and adjusted a personalized exercise plan for me.

    The acedemy is a wonderful place with beautiful surroundings, very good training instructors and polite people.

    This ia a place that I definitely want to come back to, mostly because of the stuff. 

  • Supawat Vitoorapakorn

    Age: 
    18
    Nationality: 
    Thai
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    One Month (June 15th - July 14th, 2015)
    Training: 
    Shaolin Gong Fu

    I am a high school student applying to colleges. It's a crazy time for me. Located far from many distractions, the Academy provided me the much needed isolation to think and reflect. Each training is tailored for and with the individual, so regardless of your fitness level, training is definitely not easy, but ultimately most rewarding. Along with strength and flexibility training, my coordination was also pushed by training Shaolin Gong-fu. After two weeks, I was able to preform and hold stances that were once impossible for me. For my one month here, I've learnt Shaolin from Wang Shifu, and also from the younger Chinese students. I've learnt Wing Chun from another foreign student, and also a little of Baji from hanging out with Li Shifu. Here, if you want to learn something, there's always a great teacher around. Most recommended, and I will definitely come back for more.

  • Martin "Hagen" Szalowski

    Nationality: 
    German
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    One year (2006-2007), 3 months (2013), 2 months (April-June 2015)
    Training: 
    Shaolin, Wing Chun, Chen Tai Ji

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    The academy is in a great Isolated place with few distractions. I've been here several times and will come back again. All the masters are devoted to their art.

    Good Food and room are provided. Thats really all that matters ! As long as you have Motivation it is a great School to Focus solely on Training.

  • Ricky Rose

    Nationality: 
    Britain
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    2 months (September 2013 to December, 2013)
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kung Fu

    The chef is awesome, he will cook up everything you want, with the 
    help from his hardworking family. The staff always has a smile on 
    their faces, which always puts a smile on mine. The academy's location 
    is second to none, From the balcony you see the mountain peaks as far 
    as the eye can see, as well as the castle, and the lake on the other 
    side. We have been studying Shaolin kungfu for 2 months in training 
    class and we learn so much in very little time. The key to this is you 
    have to be willing to do it. 

  • Daniel Jones

    Nationality: 
    United States
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    10 months (September 2013 to July, 2014)
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kung Fu

    The academy is located in a very beautiful area far away from the 
    noise of the city. The students, foreign and Chinese alike are all 
    very friendly and enjoyable to be around. You always experience 
    something new every week and the teachers are always in good spirits

  • Amy Chio

    Nationality: 
    Hong Kong (PRC)
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    3 weeks (June 23, 2013 to July 11, 2013)
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kung Fu

    It was a great experience coming to this gongfu academy during my 
    summer holidays. I got to know a lot of different nationalities of 
    people and learned how to make friends and have self-discipline. 
    Learning gongfu made me stronger and more confident of myself, it was 
    great. I would go to this academy again and I will recommend to my 
    friends. 

  • Danny Kelemen

    Nationality: 
    Canadian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1 month (July, 2013 - August, 2013)
    Training: 
    Wing Chun

    I arrived at the academy with no prior experience in martial arts. 
    When I came across those giant red doors, this is where it all began. 
    Although I stayed only for one month. I trained hard every day and I 
    am very happy with everything I have learned. I trained under Li 
    Shifu. He is an amazing teacher with a lot of experience. He starts 
    his training day while everyone is still sleeping. Even though I was 
    doing Wingchun, you can still ask your master to go on the 10-15 km 
    bucket runs in the afternoon and come back to training afterwards. 
    Shaolin groups do buckets and runs many times so you can go with them. 
    I suggest people who came here train hard and seriously because time 
    flies by very quickly and the masters will appreciate it if you train 
    hard. Last thing I want to say is that the food is really good at the 
    academy and if you want extra fruits. You can get them in the village 
    near the academy.

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