Testimonials

  • Jeremy Charles Weinick

    Nationality: 
    American
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    2 months

    My stay here at the academy has been epic. The shifus herethough are absolutely amazing and their teachings were beyond my expectations. Shifu Li is the baji shifu and I have been learning from him and he is the best. He not only teaches you the form, but many applications of the same move. His strength and speed is inhuman and even morn impressive cause of his age. He has been doing it for 40 years so you know he is amazing at what he does. The new shaolin shifu is also outstanding and his > kong fu looks super human. If someone was to come here for shaolin he would make you better than even imagined you could. The sanda teacher is also quite great. His sanda looks great and he kicks harder than any man his size although I think his teachings are a little slow and I didn't take it for that reason. I only had a month left when he got here and didn't feel like I would get that much out of his class as others because of the speed. I do get his point in you can't learn sanda that fast but we did it a week of just foot work and would of liked to have hit more. Maybe correct vs more when doing sanda but the man is amazing. I think with a little longer of teaching that he will be an amazing teacher. The tai chi shifu is also amazing even though gone for the moment. His tai chi is second to none and his heath makes me a lot more apt to take tai chi when I get home. He works with you whether you are young and want to lose weight so he will push you hard or if you're older and need more rests he will do that too. The biggest plus to this place is the shifus. They are the thing that would make me want to come back. The translators are good here which is good cause the shifus speak almost no English. When I first got here the only translator was Lee. His english is in my opinion the best but they always have him do things so he was always busy but by the end we got a lot more translators with good english and this made classes a lot easier. I am really glad they were here. Like I said my stay here was really good and I love this place and the shifu's make me really want to come back. This is a martial arts academy, not the temple, so if you are coming here to train with monks in a temple I would not come but if you want to train with top notch shifus this is the place to train in.

  • Reynald Bozil

    Nationality: 
    American
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    12 months

     came to the shaolin academy on March 2014. I study baji from master Lee. He is 60 years old, and one of the best baji masters in China. I remembered what he told me when I told him that I wanted to learn baji. He said "I will teach you everything I know, but be serious, train hard, don't be lazy, and don't ever forget why you have come to China¡. I have learned a lot from master Lee in the past 4 months, and I am very happy to have a master like him. The academy is at a very good place, the view is very nice, very quiet and translator Li is very helpful. The food is ok, and the cook will cook any food you recommend.

     

  • Mike Novik

    Nationality: 
    Russian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1.5 months

    Siping Shaolin Martial Academy is a nice place to come if you want to study martial arts. Shifus at this place are good. I managed to study a lot in short terms. Chinese classes are also good if you are a beginner. The food here is good as for a temple. It gives you everything what you need for the day. The room has everything what a person needs to concentrate on studying and not to fall back because of something (like watching tv for example) there is an available internet room or free wi-fi if you need In the evenings you can do meditations with shifu. So I think it is a good place where you can come and study traditional martial arts.

  • Duc Huynh

    Nationality: 
    Canada
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    7 weeks
    Training: 
    Tai Chi and Baji

    Tai Chi and BajiI came to Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy on the end of Dec to mid of Feb. I came here as the man without any knowledge about martial art. I join the Shao Lin team for a week but I found out that my body wasn’t good for this type of hard training (I am in my 30s). I decided to join the Tai Chi and Baji teacher. He is amazing sifu. His Tai Chi is like slow moving water. His Baji is very powerful and fast. In only a short period of time I learn 2 Tai Chi form, 2 Baji form and 2 Qi Gong form (this is the very good form to practice in the morning). I left the school to go back to Canada with a lot of knowledge about the martial art but I still couldn’t say this is the best school to recommended to my friend or my family to come and learn martial art or not because I hadn’t no other school to compare with. After a month in Canada, I couldn’t stop myself to think about other martial art school to go to in China. I finally decided to go to WuDang Shan to check out one of the famous Taoist school. I supported to stay there for 3 weeks but I left early because I didn’t like the food there and the way they taught there. The food at the Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy was 10x better than Wudang School. The room at the Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy was leaner and bigger than Wudang. School. I stayed in Wudang School around 2 weeks and I learnt only 1 form (2 moves in one day). With the same amount of time, I could learnt at least 2 forms or more at the Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy (This is not applicable for everyone so if you can’t learn 2 form in 2 weeks please don’t claim on my statement here. This is only the comparison for myself. It’s not for everyone. You can maybe do 3 forms). Also it does very pollute at Wudang. I was barely seeing the blue sky. At the Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy, I can see the blue sky almost every day and a beautiful sky full of stars at night. The most important thing is it’s 2x more expensive while I was in Wudang. I left Wudang with a lot of disappointment and decided to travel around Asia for a few months then flew back to Canada. Suddenly my niece wanted to come to China to learn Shao Lin Martial Art for her summer. I first took her to the original place of Shao Lin in Henan for her to visit and if she liked it, we could stay there for her summer training. We stayed there for two days and we didn’t like it because it had too many tourists, too noisy, too pollute, the food wasn’t that good, the room was 2x smaller than the Siping School. I finally decided to take my niece back to Siping City Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy for her training. She loved the place so much. She liked all the sifu, all the Chinese kids, all the food, her big room, the people work at school and all training that she had. She told me if she doesn’t have school, she will stay here longer. She is in the Shao Lin team and I am still continuing with my Tai Chi and Baji now. We are both very happy with this place. So far all the school which I went to check out, this is the best school.

  • Erin Ellingson

    Nationality: 
    USA
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    4 Months
    Training: 
    Shaolin Wushu

    I signed up for a four-month stay and I am almost two months into my Shaolin Academy experience. I arrived anticipating a quiet and serene environment and intense physical training. The physical aspect of this experience has been the most impressive. I arrived with the almost no history of athletisism and I felt like I was jumping into the deep end of the pool. I couldn’t have pushed myself beyong what I though I was capable of were it not for the Shaoling Sifu and the Chinese students. The being said, The Shaolin sifu is patient and understanding of our individual experiences and works to make sure that we are getting the most from our training. Sifu is incredibly talented in shaolin kungfu. He has a great sense of humor but he doesnt hesitate to push when he knows you can give more. I have observed these qualities in the Taiji and San Da sifus as well.The academy is on top of a hill which overlooks a green and yellow valley of cornfields and red-roofed hamlets. For one looking to meditate or appreciate the still of the rolling hills of northern China, this is the place to come. I have often walked along the grounds of the Ancient Ye He castle and enjoyed sunsets, by the late. Ive been quite happy here, and its been a worthy way to spend three months. I have thinking of extended my stay for another month.

  • Leila Ghomi

    Nationality: 
    Iranian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1 year
    Training: 
    Shaolin Wushu

    It is not customary for a human being to enter a place without some expectations and some ideas about the place. I am almost willing to have none after deciding to join the martial arts academy. I hoped for improvements in myself, my body, and my deeds; and for that I trust the academy to introduce me to a life fit for doing so. The thing that struck me the most upon my arrival was the location of the place, high up in green lands with hundreds of shades of greens, wind, birds, and serenity. This alone seems to make thin training experience more satisfying. For me the master is the most important part of the journey. Once in the hands of a good master, all the other hardships of training can be overcome. A master should keep you going, a master should look at you and be able to see what you see and know what you feel. A master should help you teach yourself and transform yourself, and after training with my master I came to trust him unconditionally. The academy has provided us with a communal, friendly place with extra privacy in our rooms during down time. The “translators”, the people who help run the academy, are helpful and have all come to be good friends! The kids are friendly and also there is a lot to be learned by them. Though I have only been here for a short while, this experience so far has been to my benefit. It has given me a chance to see in myself the improvement I hoped for, both towards myself and my surroundings.

  • Tristan Koetsveld

    Nationality: 
    Netherlands
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1 year

    I have been a student here for 3 months so far. The academy did make a lot of improvements, like showers, free WIFI internet and delicious food. I have had a really good time here and I hope it will be better and better because I will be staying for a year.

  • Daniel Matic

    Nationality: 
    South Africa
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1 year
    Training: 
    Shaolin Wushu and San Da

    I have been at the siping shaolin martial arts academy for nearly 5 months I train sanda and physical conditioning is very good, my fitness is on another level and I am very happy with what I have achieved in this short period. The sanda sifu is very good in training us and uses a lot of variation in the training to keep it interesting. Coming to this academy and living with other people from around the world is a great experience. The academy itself is undergoing many changes. At the end of the day it is up to you to make the best out of your stay.

  • Sascha Matic

    Nationality: 
    South Africa
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    1 year
    Training: 
    Shaolin Wushu and San Da

    I came to the academy with no prior martial arts experience, but it wasn’t long before I had learned many great things from the different shifus here at the academy. The training is though and regardless of your fitness level you will feel strain in your muscles and bones. During my stay things have changed a lot at the academy (for the better) and the training is even more serious plus there is free internet and we can tell the chef what food we want to eat. If you expect all the luxuries you have at home you shouldn’t come to China to learn martial arts. You must be willing to make huge personal sacrifices, only this way you can make the best out of your stay. The academy has everything and more than you need to learn great martial arts skills plus the environment is perfect. The academy is located outside a rural farming village and the landscape is beautiful with no pollution or distractions. The winter is difficult because I am not used to the cold but I still enjoyed it, I can recommend coming anytime of the year.

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