Testimonials

  • Devin Perry

    Nationality: 
    American
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    12 months (April, 2013 - April, 2014)
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kung Fu

    This academy differs from that of what I expected, however, it is with 
    upmost sincerity when I say it has bestowed an experience with such 
    immensity that I will never forget. In the minute duration of my 
    residing here, I have already constructed ever lasting bonds between 
    myself and that of the other foreigners, the various instructors, and 
    the children. It is something I would recommend to anyone who desires 
    the betterment of one's self mentally and physically. Ultimately, the 
    decision rests with you, but if you want to taste the life style that 
    very few people live, spend the miniscule amount of money it costs to 
    come here, and train. 

  • Limon De La Borbolla Eduardo

    Nationality: 
    Mexico
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    February 2013 for 2 months
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kungfu

    Excellent food, very friendly and polite staff that cares a lot about foreigners opinions, suggestions, and recommendations in order to improve quality and living conditions. Excellent experience to network and to get along with international personalities in a healthy environment. The location is simply spectacular where you can admire and enjoy the beautiful countryside surrounded by mountains, the amazing view of a huge valley with the advantage being up on a hill, and the advantage that you can start your training at any day of the year with no martial arts experience.

  • Stephen Wyka

    Nationality: 
    American
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    Januay 2012 for 6 months
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kungfu

    After 1.5 months here I am having a great time! I love the training, the shaolin training is tough but not too tough. It is a great balance of hard work and rest. The shifu really knows how to balance hard work and rest. He also knows his Kung Fu and can show it off at any time. Although having a translator present in the training hall is really helpful for learning the new techniques. The food is amazing, I am eating way better than I did at home/college. Each meal leaves me full and refreshed ready for another training session. The rooms and beds are better than I expected. They are large /spacious and feel comforting. You can decorate how you like which is nice, making it feel more like home. The bathrooms are nice and clean, washed twice a day. There is a washing machine but it cost 1 yuan for each piece of clothing which is not bad at all, it is actually really cheap compared to any washing machine in college. I personally wash my own clothes by hand which is fine and quite relaxing. The showers are nice and warm, especially with the new boilers. Overall I am more than satisfied with my stay here, everything is just great. The appearance and style fit the experience of learning Chinese Kung Fu. I never expected much, but got way more. I would be perfetly happy if nothing changed. I came for this type of environment, it teaches me self-disipline, patience, and gratitude. It makes me see how I have too much at home and how I don¡¯t need all of that to be happy. With the intenet being a little slow it teaches me to be patient and to not always be in a rush. I rather enjoy it, it gives me the time to do inner searching, read a good boook or several or find something else to do besides being locked down by a computer. The language class is great. I did not think I would be learning mandarin, but I am glad I am. The place is perfect for my experience here, I love the calm and tranquillity that I find in the simple thing

  • Jiri Bittner

    Nationality: 
    Czech
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    November 2012 for 6 months
    Training: 
    Baji and Winchun

    During my stay at the academy there were many improvements regarding training facilities, Internet room and connection, cooking with fresh vegetables, steamed vegetables and chicken, so that everyone's needs are satisfied. Shifu Lee is very attentive to his students and trains us with passion and commitment that makes us desire to learn more and more. Combination of Baji and Winchun is very enjoyable and beneficial for practical use. There is a big variety of training possibilities for trainees of different levels. During the time of my recovery from injury, Lee shifu very willingly treated me with acupuncture and cupping, for that I am very thankful. He is an ideal example of a great martial artist with admirable stamina and skills. I am very happy that I came to this place. It is a unique experience.

  • Ryan Donald Bayldon-Lumsden

    Nationality: 
    Australian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    Nov, 2012 to Feb, 2013
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kungfu

    The Siping Shaolin Martial arts Academy is a great place to train kung fu. Each of the sifus is very knowledgeable in their own style. They also individualise each class depending on what you want to learn. Training here also provides many great experiences such as travelling to do performances at various functions and events. The translators are fluent in English and are great for Chinese classes. They are always willing to help with any questions you may have. The academy has wifi and has just upgraded their computer room. The food is always great with lots of variety. The academy is a great place to train and it's possible to learn lots in a short space of time.

  • Michel Lamarche

    Nationality: 
    England
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1 year
    Training: 
    Shaolin Gong Fu

    Siping City Shaolin martial arts academy is an opportune place to learn. It is located atop a tall hill with a serene lake around its base and set at a reasonable distance from SiPing to make access no hassle and far away enough to keep away the distractions of city life and allow for tranquility. Also this makes the stars appear to shine that much brighter. Chinese classes are taught here, from a great teacher whose grasp of english is on par with most natives and shows considerable insight into the origin of misconceptions in lingual matters, making the learning process that much more fluid. Also the people here in china are hospitable, good natured and always ready to welcome a stranger. The only down side could be said to be that practically none of them speak english. As for the food; It will be a rice experience, with a quite diverse assortment of side dishes to accompany. To be honest its really quite wonderful but don't be under the misconception that it will be the food served inside your local chinese takeaway because its not. Now to the subject of desire: WuShu or martial arts. The masters here have a surplus of experience in their respective fields enabling the easy assessment of your skill. Once you have a grasp of the basics this will become important in deciding which respective martial art you choose to study; the path of your learning for the fastest progress. In my experience each day is filled with hard work and is rewarding being able to see the progress you make. I do recommend this place to anyone who wishes to learn, as it is what you give not what you get that will further you.

  • Olaf Nap

    Nationality: 
    The Netherlands
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    October 27, 2012
    Training: 
    Shaolin Kungfu

    At the moment of writing I am currently on the train from Siping back to Beijing. I just finished my one month stay at the Northern China Shao Lin Marshall Arts Academy today and I must admit I can hardly believe it, time went so fast! The day after my arrival the bell rang (as always) at 05:15 AM: this was the start of what would be a 4 week unforgettable experience full of new views and perspectives on both life in general and myself. Every day 7 hours of training was tough for me in the beginning but I got used to the discipline pretty fast and started to use the time during my breaks to study a Chinese a little bit, of which I also took class once a day; the combination of both physical and mental training worked very well for me. The discipline of the daily schedule has been good for me and was strengthened by the superb way the shifus have trained me and pushed me to train at my best every second. They truly love martial arts and it is hard not to fall in love with it (if you did not already) being around them and experiencing their dedication to it. I surely do now, even though it was all new to me. Being new to shao lin kung-fu, or martial arts in general however was not a problem at all, as all shifus took time for individual training. Also my fellow students tried to help wherever they could, this also made me feel welcome right away. Being part of a group of students coming from different cultures from all around the world, all having their own goals and beliefs has been wonderful and enriching. I will always cherish the time we spent together both at the academy during the weeks and the great fun we had in the weekends in Siping. Looking back on my stay I am very thankful for everything that was offered to me and I would have liked to stay much longer. The academy is a beautiful, unique and inspiring place in which everyone can follow their dreams and strive for their targets. I will come back to the academy for sure, whether it will be to visit my shifus, or to train again.

  • Jeffrey Charles Manuel Torres

    Nationality: 
    Candian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    October 4, 2012 for 6 weeks
    Training: 
    Tai ji Chuan

    I trained at the Siping City Martial Arts Academy for just 6 weeks in 2014 to learn Tai Chi, and found it worthwhile. The academy has great equipment and space for training indoors and out, good food, and a team of staff that treated me and the others very well, making sure that we have all our needs met. The masters are very competent, having had a lifetime of commitment to martial arts, and are able to demonstrate hundreds if not thousands of skills & techniques properly. There are translators to help when I had questions to ask about certain aspects of training like how to breath properly. I learned what I came here for, challenged myself, and enjoyed my time.

  • Sam Walsh

    Nationality: 
    Australian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    September 2, 2012 for 2 months
    Training: 
    Kungfu and Baji

    My two months spent living and training Martial Arts at the Siping Academy will forever be a memorable experience. This academy offered fundamental aspects for which I believe to be traits of a healthy male. Physical endurance was constantly challenged and overcome. Mental focus and clarity was found with the combination of placing the mind in control of the body. And the actual rest between training with meditation and the solitude of being nestled in the Northern China mountain scape. My purpose for coming here was to acknowledge and nurture two fields of personal development. One being a new physical endeavour, which was achieved by scoring well in two monthly tests of my chosen Art (Shao lin and BaJi), and the other being, space away from my country of Australia to allow movement to cultivate thoughts, to then journal and write a few projects. Fellow students aided in the enjoyment of the time here. Everyone arrived with different purposes and from a different land on Earth. All the moments lived here and at Siping City to recharge the batteries and enjoy relaxed time away from the academy, meant that upon reflection, I'll be returning in a few days with my intentions met, and a fond memory of the staff, students, the rambunctious and wonderful Shaolin boy's, my two Shifu's which gave much time and respect with patience to the task at hand, and the food, which gave plenty of sustenance between rigorous sessions.

  • Deane Searle

    Nationality: 
    England
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    August 1, 2012 for 3 months
    Training: 
    Shaolin Gungfu and Tai ji quan

    I planned to train kungfu in China since I was about 13 years old. Now, at 22, I'm extremely happy I chose this academy for my stay. Not knowing entirely what to expect, I arrived with an eager and open mind. I was quickly satisfied and instantly began enjoying the training. After my relatively short stay here, I've realised how much I've learned. This is due to the great skill and teaching methods of the masters. Aside from passing on their extensive knowledge of kungfu, I also found the masters to be amongst the nicest and funniest people I've ever met. That isn't to say the training isn't taxing though, whatever your current level, you will leave the academy fitter than the beginning. All sorts of training is utilized including doing stairs carrying buckets of water, calisthenics, weight machines, barbells and more. Add to that, the location is beautiful and serene: a truly fantastic area to train in, or simply admire. The food is also great, and the loddings spacious and comfortable. This all adds up to a pleasing and rewarding stay. I came here to broaden my skills in the martial arts in preperation for my eventual movie career. Also, Because learning kungfu in China has long been a dream. I predict that no matter how long you stay or who you are, you will leave the academy an improved person in some or many ways. But, perhaps most importantly, you will have fun and a truly, unforgettable experience.

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