Erin Ellingson

Training Period at the Academy: 
4 Months
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.