Student Experiences (Luke Rolls)
Luke Rolls -England (Shaolin Class )
Luke Rolls (from England). July - October 2005.
I've had a really good time living and training here. I am very grateful to the masters for everything they have taught me; they are true teachers and I feel privileged to have been able to learn from them.
The school has a really nice atmosphere to it; outside class, the masters and students have a friendly relationship and can enjoy a laugh together. The place itself is beautiful, I've found it completely relaxing to live in the mountains and be so close to nature. The scenery here is amazing for walks and in the summer, you can even swim in the lakes. There is a small village nearby and it has a shop that seems to sell one of everything. Best of all are the fruit sellers by the road where you can buy fruit ridiculously cheaply, Mirko and I have often returned with more fruit than we know what to do with. Yantai city is a bus ride away and there you can get everything, and as a big city, it's quite a contrast from the calm of the countryside.
Training everyday is hard, intensive and it sharpens you up. Equally, it feels rewarding and worthwhile. Resting afterwards, you can feel really good. Living healthily becomes more important, particularly sleeping and eating well. The food here is nice, our cook does a good job. The accommodation is simple but fine with everything you need and the school is pretty helpful. You're looked after while you stay here and if you have some special requirement, they'll usually be able to sort it out.
As a place to study martial arts, I highly recommend the school and the masters. The masters have taught foreign students for a long time, they can speak some English (quite rare in China) and above all, they are dedicated to their teaching. They really take a caring interest in developing their students and through their kindness, they effortlessly invoke deep respect from their students.
Student Experiences (English Donna)
When I came to the school I had little experience in any form of martial arts, so I am a real beginner. I have learnt a great deal since I have been here and enjoyed every minute of it.
The training here can be very tense, but you only get out what you put into it so always try your hardest. If you come here focused on improving and learning then you can have a great time at this school and learn a lot. I truly recommend this school to anyone no matter what level you are currently at.
All the students here get along well together and have a great relationship with the masters in lessons and out, which makes the learning much better. Also I would like to thank all the masters for being so patient with the students and for making me so welcomed at the school and passing on their knowledge.
Student Experiences (Sagi Shrieber)
To Kunyu mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy: Master Su and all the stuff:
I have not been here for a long time, but for month of training that I have been here I must say that it was one of the best experiences that I had in my life. Ever since I was a little kid and started to learn martial arts. I dreamed of training kung fu in China with shao lin monks, but I never saw this for more than a dream. When the opportunity opened up for me to study in China (which was not long time ago), I looked for a school that can provide me with hard and serious but not exaggerated kung fu training. I came here with a wish to learn to learn real shao lin kung fu and improve my knowledge and skill in martial arts. And I must say that my wish has fulfilled above and beyond!
In only one month I learned well 3 forms of shao lin Gong fu, learned (and had time to improve) my basics of shao lin, finished my "Tai Chi 24 style", got very flexible (compared to how I came here) and in fitness. I have accomplished acrobatics that I never thought I could do, broke a brick, and developed a great basics for Mantis Boxing and Qi Gong. All those things in just 30 days of training! And my gratitude goes out to you!
Master Su -Thank you for everything that you have done for me, and thank you for opening up the world of Qi Gong and Tai Chi for me. I will keep practicing!
Thanks to the cook for all the great food and the hard work in fixing our problems all the time and of course making sure we always look forward for the meals! ^ ^
Thanks Master for the teaching of mantis boxing!
Thanks for the translator. Thanks for the whole hard work you have done to me.
Thanks to all of you! You have been great and kind to me. I learned a lot and mostlyfulfilled my dream!