Applications open for our May 2019 Warrior’s Way Bootcamp!

CK Martial Hearts is very pleased to announce the opening of applications for our May 2019 12-Day Warrior’s Way Kung Fu Bootcamp! Read on to find out what you can expect from our expanded 2019 program, and what you need to do to sign up and get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

UPDATE: As of March 18th, our May 2019 program is fully booked. Our next program this year is our September 20-Day program. Please see the program page for more details. Alternatively, contact us if you would like to be put on the contact list for when our 2020 applications open.

Our most complete package ever!

May 2019’s Bootcamp will be the 11th program CK Martial Hearts has held at the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China. We received excellent feedback from all the participants on our September 2018 program, and have used that to craft an even better experience for May 2019. As a result, we have put together what we believe is one of the most accessible, in-depth and varied training programs available in China today.

We will begin by welcoming all participants to join us for an arrival dinner in Beijing, at one of the city’s best vegetarian restaurants. The following two days will be spent visiting some of the most iconic locations in Beijing, including the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Accommodation, food and transportation in Beijing are all provided. We then leave Beijing on Friday night on an overnight train, returning on Sunday of the following week. Our time at the Shaolin Temple in May 2019 now also includes a presentation on the history of the Shaolin Temple, Buddhism and its connection with Shaolin kung fu as well as the chance to experience the Zen Music Ritual, something we have never included before.

The dates for our May program are Wednesday May 22nd to Sunday June 2nd.

This program is all-inclusive, starting with meeting participants in Beijing, then accompanying them down to the Shaolin Temple. While there, students will learn the Shaolin Tongbiquan form, plus a variety of fundamental Shaolin exercises supplementary applications and training techniques. This is complemented by Yang style taichi training every morning.

What exactly is included on the 12-day program?

On all our programs, you will get the opportunity to experience a variety of kung fu cultures, including kung fu foundations, Shaolin Tongbiquan forms, Yang Style taichi, applications and body strengthening exercises specific to Chinese martial arts and the Shaolin Temple.

During our time training at the Shaolin Temple, participants will stay at a hotel in Wangzhigou, a small village near the temple, and walking to the temple every day to study. Your guide will also lead warm ups, additional exercises and further study, both before and after your training with the temple’s warrior monks.

Our previous 9-day programs have been the most popular martial arts experiences we offer, and we expect the same level of interest in our updated 12-day program in 2019. Training 7 hours every day for a week, participants will learn the traditional Tongbiquan form from Shaolin warrior monks inside the temple, whilst also learning taichi and training strength, speed, stamina, impact conditioning and applications with the guide.

Our new 12-day program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in Beijing, in a centrally-located hostel dorm
  • Guided visits to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
  • 1 week of daily Shaolin Tongbiquan fist form classes inside the actual Shaolin Temple, with a genuine Shaolin Warrior Monk
  • 2 strike training classes at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, China’s largest martial arts academy
  • 1 week of Yang Style taichi classes
  • Daily cardio, strength, conditioning and technique application training
  • Guided tour of the Shaolin Temple
  • Guided tour to the Pagoda Forest, Chuzu Convent, Damo Cave and Wuru Peak
  • Short Shaolin kung fu performance at the Shaolin Wushu Exhibition Centre
  • Performance of the Zen Music Ritual in Dengfeng
  • A Shaolin kung fu uniform (1 x Feiyue shoes, 2 x kung fu pants, 2 x sleeveless Shaolin t-shirt and 1 x kung fu sash)
  • All transportation between Beijing and the Shaolin Temple (train and private minibus)
  • 1 week of accommodation in Wangzhigou, a rural village 10 minutes walk from the Shaolin Temple, in a hostel dorm*
  • Meals during the length of the program (breakfast, lunch and dinner)**
  • Full-time native-English speaking translator and guide with you for the duration of the program
  • Daily photos and videos taken of you during training by a CK team member
  • Certificate of participation

*A dorm is a room with several beds which may be occupied by other participants of our programs or other guests staying at the hostel at that time. If you’d like your own room, please request one on the application form.

**Excluding dinner on the second night in Beijing

Please see the program page for further details on everything offered during these programs.

How much do our programs cost?

Aside from the martial aspect of training, living in the Chinese rural environment during these programs, being exposed to the daily life and culture of the Shaolin Temple, having the opportunity to learn more about Chan Buddhism and really getting an inside look at what Shaolin martial arts really means, is what we, and our past participants, believe sets our programs apart.

For everything listed above, the price of our 2019 12-day program is 8888 RMB in total (approx. $1325/£1008) which is just 740 RMB a day! 

After an initial deposit payment of 20%, participants then have up until 1 month before the start of the program to pay the rest.

How do you apply for a place on our May 2019 Warrior’s Way Bootcamp at the Shaolin Temple?

To make an application for a place on our May 2019 program, simply visit our applications page, complete the form and submit. 

Once we receive your application, we will review your details and let you know whether your application has been successful, or whether more information is needed. If accepted, we will send you an invoice for a deposit of 20% of the total booking fee. The deposit must be paid within 3 days of receiving the invoice for your booking to be confirmed.

For payment, we offer several options.

1) Credit card

If you’d like to pay directly with your credit card, please contact us to make your application. Once we confirm your application has been successful, we will send you an invoice with a credit card payment link, through our PayPal account.

2) PayPal

If you have a PayPal account and would like to use that to pay for your booking, once we have confirmed your application, we will send you an invoice with our PayPal account link.

3) International bank transfer

For those of you who would like to pay directly, the invoice we send you after we confirm your application will also include our Hong Kong bank details, so that you can directly wire the payments.

4) Cash/WeChat/Alipay/bank deposit

Payment is accepted via cash, WeChat, Alipay or bank deposits for China residents. If you wish to pay us this way, please specify that when you make your application.

What have people said about our past programs?

Our programs at the Shaolin Temple are rated 5-Star on TripAdvisor. See what previous participants have said about what it’s like to experience the Shaolin Temple with us on our TripAdvisor page!

CK Martial Hearts is where it's at!

You get to learn the history of what and where you're practicing along with other sights you venture to; and you control how much you do, but expect to be pushed to your limits physically, mentally, and even emotionally. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a different kind of challenge and experience.

Mike. J, USA
Aug. 2016

CK Martial Hearts delivers and surpasses all its promises

Living and training on location was akin to stepping into a movie. The kindness and openness of the locals was heartwarming, their constant training a marvel, and access to the knowledge, spirituality, and discipline of the Warrior Monks in the Shaolin Temple, an inspiration.

Lorena. O, Spain
July 2016

It really teaches you to push yourself beyond your limits

Absolutely fantastic programme! Suitable for everyone; you can experience it at your own level of fitness and ability. I came to the programme with zero Martial Arts experience and had a wonderful though very challenging week. I can't recommend this enough!

James. M, Ireland
Sept. 2016

“Amazing experience!”

If you're looking for a physical and mental challenge, this is the place to go, regardless if you have previous experience with martial arts. I can honestly say that through the training, I know I am capable of much more than I allowed myself to believe previously.

David. B, USA
Aug. 2016

“Challenging, confronting, fun and amazing experience”

This not your normal day to day martial arts class. This is a once in a lifetime experience that will take you out of your comfort zone and push you to the limit while offering you a very rewarding challenge that’ll make you realize the limit is yourself.

Eduardo. F, USA
Oct. 2016

Thank you for creating this experience

Studying at the Shaolin Temple was to do each day what had only yesterday been impossible. To experience the achievement lying beyond fear and pain was life-changing. For those contemplating studying Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple with CK Martial Hearts: you can do this.

Jack. B, USA
Oct. 2015

Looking for a challenge, this is the place

The atmosphere of the monastery is very special, even if I could not appreciate so that at the beginning of the training.  I can say it was a great experience. I have learned a lot for me physically and mentally and can recommend it to anyone who wants to experience something special.

Michaela. V, Germany
Sept. 2015

Shaolin Temple Martial Arts Training

Most of the trainings was inside the Shaolin Temple. The Kung-fu classes were teach by a monk of the Shaolin Temple. If you want to improve or start in Kung-Fu, or you want to experience how is living in a real Kung-Fu Chinese school, this is the right place.

Gonzalo. G, Spain
July. 2015

An excellent life time experience!

I don't think you can find any company who can let you learn traditional Kung fu from the real monk and even training inside the temple itself. If you want to see how much you can push yourself and try something different, this is something you cannot miss when you visit china.

Ed. C, Hong Kong
Sept. 2015

An Amazing Experience

I knew nothing about Kung Fu and I spent an amazing morning doing Taichi with them. It felt amazing. Being trained out there is like being part of something bigger than you are. And I cannot thank enough AJ and Nic to make me discover this. This day determined that I want to pursue this quest.

Caroline. B, France
Oct. 2015

Hard to find, traditional Chinese Culture

Wow. Not only did the program give me access to an amazing and incredibly valuable experience studying the fundamentals of Chinese Gong Fu, but also to a rich cultural Chinese experience that is increasingly hard to find, especially at this place!

George. T, USA
Sept. 2015

10 Day Martial Arts "BOOT CAMP"

This course has been the single best thing that has ever happened to me. I have no past Kung Fu experience however in the 10 day course I learned so much not just about Kung Fu, I learned my body, my strengths and weaknesses, that my mind can definitely overcome my body.

Sam. G, UK
Oct. 2015

A truly transformative Experience

In any skills, one has to continue practicing for a long time in order to be capable at them, however this course gave us a really solid introduction and focus on how to keep developing our abilities. I will definitely come back to Shaolin with this program, and would recommend it to anyone.

Marc. G, USA
Sept. 2015

Ready to make your application?

If you’ve heard enough, and are ready to take the first step towards the most intense martial arts experience of your life, then head over to our application page now. Fill in the required information, being sure to read our Terms & Conditions. Once we receive your application, we’ll get back to you within 48 hours and let you know if you’ve been accepted to join us in May.

Need more information?

Have a question? Need to know more?

For an in-depth explanation of everything that’s involved in a Warrior’s Way Bootcamp, take a look at at the program page here

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