Ten months From September 2010 to June 2011
I spent ten months to stay and I really like the Shaolin Kung fu training here. Its really hard, and also very varied so that every day we do something different. If you push yourself in the training, you will feel great in the end of the day, and you will feel that you really deserve your rest. During my stay here I trained Shaolin, which I think is amazing, because it is very dynamic and flashy. The hard physical training of Shaolin can be weighted up by the calm Qigong classes, where you learnt to calculate your limited energy. I have improved a lot and I have really enjoyed training here and I like to learn kung fu here. I was training with Master Rong, who I regard as a great friend and an amazing Shaolin kung fu master. He always has a smile on his face and he jokes around a lot, making the training really fun, but he also knows when to be serious. He has rushed me like no one has ever done, and inspired me to train harder than ever before, he is a very understanding person and he knows how to push each individual student to do their best. He is very good in acrobatics and therefore focuses more on it than the other masters. I feel very grateful and privileged to have been taught by him.
The translators are all really nice. Sometimes they don’t always understand what you say, but they make up for that with their kindness and willingness to help. They all make a great efforts in helping out as much as possible.
The daily life here is really enjoyable. Everybody is really nice and I felt at home almost instantly. I have made a lot of amazing friends here, from all over the world, each with unique trails and personality. And the best thing is that you can hang out with all these amazing people all the time.
The food here is really good, and varied from day to day. The surroundings here are beautiful and there is plenty to see if you want to explore outside of training. It’s a very calm and serene environment, where you can really focus on your kung fu training.