In this 4 Week Training Intensive, attendees will participate in a daily combination of Wing Chun focused training as well as Kung Fu fundamental training and Chinese Cultural Curriculum, which enhance the overall results of the Intensive. Under the world-renowned instruction of Head Master Shifu Shi Yanjun, attendees will learn and explore the unique aspects of the style and how it compares to other styles.
Wing Chun was originally developed as a practical self-defense style that did not require immediate development of strength; focusing more so on the Yin and Yang aspects of using and directing the energy of an opponent advantageously.
We welcome people of all ages and skill levels interested in advancing their skills and knowledge of this popular style. Those who complete the program will also receive an Official Certificate of Completion in Wing Chun.
Along with basic Forms, Techniques and Applications of the Wing Chun style, participants will train in aspects unique to the Shaolin Warrior Training Center’s intensive regimen.
Daily Fundamental Kung Fu training is a core component of ALL WARRIOR INTENSIVES. This component ensures that trainees of different skill levels can meet the physical demands of the style-specific training. Students will learn supporting skills and techniques to enhance and further their Intensive Training.
During fundamentals training, students will learn forms from complimentary styles (as decided by Headmaster, Shifu Shi Yanjun) that serve as a foundation for all training as well as reinforce the techniques and applications taught in focused training. This also ensures that all trainees have the necessary strength, conditioning, and dexterity expected for Intensive training and allows Shaolin Warrior Training Center (SWTC) to maintain a safe training environment for all participants.
Fundamental Kung Fu training is mandatory for all participants in a Warrior Intensive Program, and trainees must demonstrate ability and understanding in both fundamental training and focused training in order to receive an Official Certificate of Completion.
To have the most successful and beneficial stay (and training), retreat attendees are also provided classes in Chinese Culture. At the Shaolin Warrior Training Center, it is our belief that the growth of the mind and body must go hand in hand. Through courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine, tea ceremony, Mandarin, and calligraphy, trainees will learn how their mindset, nutrition and the connection between mental and physical health act harmoniously.
Training at the Temple is never a kick and punch factory or an army style bootcamp. It is a training experience that enriches students holistically.
You can choose between our shared monk rooms and single monk rooms.
Shared Monk Rooms will be separated by male and female students. You will not be permitted inside the shared room of the opposite sex.
Single Monk Rooms. These rooms have limited availability, so if you wish to secure your spot in one of these rooms, you’ll need to book well in advance of your stay. Single Monk Rooms are non-refundable, non-transferable and can not be rescheduled once booked and reserved. No Exceptions.
During your stay, you will also have access to WiFi, a laundry area, two automatic washing machines, and a shared washing facility.
Items such as: bedding, towels, and linens are included in your registration fee. You’ll be responsible for providing your own toiletries, washing powders, extra blankets, etc.
Alternative Accommodations are available via local hotel at your own additional cost. The hotel is in close proximity (about 3 minutes walking distance) to the temple. Please, inform us at time of booking if you are interested in hotel accommodations.
All meals will be served in the dining hall with the Shaolin monks. You will be expected to follow their eating habits and etiquette. Meals will occur at set times each day; 7am, 12am, and 6pm. The monks do not talk during meal times, and students will be expected to follow the same observations.
All meals are vegetarian, and can be adapted to different dietary needs and expectations. Please, inform us of any dietary restrictions and requirements at time of booking.
We are the only training center that operates within the walls of an active Chinese Temple. You’ll train, eat, sleep, and meditate alongside the Shaolin Temple monks. Comprised of 4 Temples, some of the architecture in the complex is over a thousand years old. During your stay we encourage you to explore the temple grounds (respectfully of course) and participate in the optional Buddhist activities.
The Temple complex is located in the city of Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring. Located at the edge of the Lake Dian, Kunming enjoys wonderful weather year round, as its name suggests. The city is surrounded by other local temples, limestone landscapes and lakes.
Take the opportunity on your Free Days to venture off temple grounds and visit the sights of this gorgeous city.
During your stay, you’ll train, sleep, eat and generally live like a monk. This will include learning and upholding the Temple’s religious and cultural practices (at least while on Temple grounds and while in your uniform or tshirt). Don’t worry! Retreat attendees will receive a packet with guidance on this, and our staff will be there to remind you. It’s a very integral part of the overall experience of any stay at the Temple.
You’ll learn things like bowing and greeting protocols toward the monks and each other, taking respectful postures in the vicinity of Buddha (and other statues), dining etiquette, and more. You’ll also be taught the importance and meaning of presenting yourself modestly on Temple grounds (in dress and action) and how your Temple garment (the provided gray uniform) encourages self-worth, sameness and connection between you and other guests of the Temple. Finally, you’ll learn why residents and guests of the Temple do not partake in alcohol, meat, cigarettes, sexual acts, or public displays of affection within the complex (or outside in uniform or temple tshirt).
Through adhering to these practices first-hand for the duration of your retreat, you’ll come to understand their healing and purifying benefits, the value of mutually respecting your body and those of others, and the discipline the Temple monks have committed themselves to for centuries.
Following these rules may be challenging for our foreign visitors, but be assured they are part of the journey. And though it may be different from what you’re used to, they play a large part in the growth you’ll be experiencing physically, mentally and spiritually on the retreat. These practices are centered in staying healthy, diligent and respectful of humanity – including yourself.
Even after you leave China, you’ll forever live in the temple of your body and mind. We hope this ideal is something you’ll take with you no matter how far your journey home.
Through adhering to these practices first hand for the duration of your retreat, you’ll come to understand their healing and purifying benefits, the value of mutually respecting your body and those of others, and the discipline the Temple monks have committed themselves to for centuries.
Shaolin Warrior Training Center Retreats are paid in two parts:
“This month was for me like previous time, an awesome experience in Martial Arts. I learned a lot from Shifu Shi Yanjun and not only forms and movements but a real feeling when I’m practicing Kung Fu. I think this is priceless. I’m sure I’ll come back here, to live my dream for this time in the greatest place to study Kung Fu – Shaolin Temple.” – Arnaud C.
Join us for this 4 Week Training Program in Wing Chun.
In this one-of-a-kind Travel and Training Retreat, you’ll experience a multifaceted approach to learning Wing Chun. This style is popularized in main stream movies, such as the recent “Ip Man” franchise, practiced by some of the biggest names in the martial arts community – like Bruce Lee, and famous for the ‘one-inch punch’.
Regular Price $1500
Do I need a VISA?
Yes, travel to China requires a VISA, unless traveling from exempt countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
What Visa do I need?
For Intensive Retreats, you will need a 30 day Tourist visa L type.
Do I need an invitation Letter?
Yes. The Temple will issue you a formal tourism invitation letter upon Booking and receiving your non-refundable deposit.
How do I get to the Temple?
There will be organized a pick up from the airport at 3 pm on Sunday, the day before the retreat will start.
What Airport should I arrange travel to?
Kunming Changshui International Airport
Can I arrive by Train or Bus?
Those traveling from neighboring countries can travel by train or bus, but are responsible for their transport to the temple from their respective bus terminals or train stations.
Do I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend buying comprehensive travel insurance prior to your retreat.
I see meals are vegetarian, can I bring my own meat-based foods?
No. We live inside a Buddhist Temple where the monks maintain a 100% vegetarian diet. Meat products are strictly prohibited on the Temple grounds.
Can you accommodate food allergies, intolerance and/or sensitivities?
Yes, we can accommodate some food restrictions. Please inform us of your special circumstances in advance so we can verify if your particular request can be accommodated.
We can usually accommodate most types of dietary requirements. Please submit an inquiry here for official confirmation.
How do I sign up?
Click the sign-up button. 🙂
What if I have a question?
Send us an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if I get sick/injured?
A translator can accompany you to a local medical facility or hospital. For minor injuries or ailments, the temple can provide basic aid and recovery information.
Does the Temple provide us medicine?
The Temple does not provide specialized medical support. For medical issues, we advise consulting a specialist.
Does the Temple cover me for medical expenses?
The Temple does not cover medical expenses. You are strongly advised to buy comprehensive travel and medical insurance before the retreat begins. You are solely responsible for medical expenses incurred during the retreat.
Can I use the internet?
In China, there are internet restrictions. If you wish to visit websites such as Google, Facebook, YouTube purchase VPN software, install and test it prior to traveling to China. Yes, VPN software is also required to access these sites on mobile, but most services provide for both laptop and mobile platforms.
Can I take photos inside the Temple during my stay?
Yes, you can. You are not restricted from taking photos during your time at the temple. Photos will be taken by staff during training and will be shared at departure.
What happens if I book and then can’t go?
Your 50% deposit is non-refundable and will serve as your cancellation fee. If you cancel more than 60 days prior to the start date of the retreat, you can be partially refunded for the remainder of your payments. Cancellation after 60 days, unfortunately is a forfeiture of all funds paid. However, you are welcome to transfer your balance to sign up for a retreat (held within a year of cancellation) that you ARE able to attend. The full details of payments and cancellation can be found in the terms and conditions of our retreats.
Do I need to speak Mandarin?
You are not required to speak Mandarin. The group will have an assigned translator on site.
What is the weather like?
Kunming is known as a city of perpetual spring, and generally has mild temperatures year round. However, we encourage all attendees to check weather conditions online closer to the date of the retreat in order to get a more accurate idea of what it will be like during the retreat. This is especially recommended for those who are very sensitive to temperature/weather conditions or are traveling from countries with drastically different conditions.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring a Bathing suit, Shower slippers, Toiletries, a Water bottle (for daily use), any Prescription Medicines, Medicine for flu/stomach issues, Sun protection, Mosquitoes protection, Umbrella.