At CK Martial Hearts, we always aim to make our programs as accessible and affordable to as many people as possible, while at the same time maintaining the quality and content that we have become known for. While other schools’ prices will just include the cost of training, with everything else being extra, at CK Martial Hearts, the price you pay is for everything, all-inclusive.
But what exactly does all-inclusive mean? What is included in the price you pay? Read on to find out exactly what you get, and why this is the best value traditional martial arts experience available in China today!
Included – Transportation
For our Warrior’s Way Bootcamps, we board an overnight train on the first Friday night, travelling 8 hours to the city of Henan in Zhengzhou. After breakfast, we then take a bus all the way to the Shaolin Scenic Area, inside which the Shaolin Temple is located. Finally, a shuttle bus takes us to Wangzhigou, the small village 5 minutes from the Shaolin Temple, where our accommodation is.
When we leave, we take the journey in reverse. From Zhengzhou North Railway station, we take an express train back to Beijing, arriving 3 hours later, at 8pm on the Sunday evening.
While in Beijing, when visiting the attractions we have organised, we will be using private minibus.
Included – Accommodation
During our time at the Shaolin Temple, we stay in Wangzhigou Village, a small rural community 5 minutes walk from the Shaolin Temple, at the Shaolin Tourism Resort. Wangzhigou is a very rural village, but the hotel we stay at offers the best accomodation available in the area.
In Beijing, for the nights before we travel to the Shaolin Temple, you will stay at Downtown Backpackers, a hostel located in the centre of the city, on the historic Nanluoguxiang. The area is well regarded for it’s convenient location and access to some of Beijing’s most scenic sites.
In both locations, participants stay in shared dorms, or can book private rooms separately if they prefer more privacy. The hostels are very comfortable and secure, and will provide you with the necessary environment to ensure you can just focus on doing what you came on our program to do!
Included – Training clothes
When training at the Shaolin Temple, it is necessary to make sure you are always dressed appropriately for all your classes. Our uniform includes 2 Shaolin sleeveless t-shirts, two pairs of training pants, a kung fu sash and pair of Feiyue training shoes (the shoes most commonly worn by the Shaolin warrior monks). Providing these clothes means that again, that’s one less thing to worry about when preparing for our programs.
Included – Support
Participants on our programs will be accompanied by two native-English speaking guides, who will serve as both as your translators, coaches and guides. Whatever problems you encounter during your time on the program, one of the two guides will be there to get things sorted and make sure you are comfortable and focused again as soon as possible. One of these guides will also be your supplementary coach, teaching the morning tachi class, as well as the classes before and after your sessions with the warrior monk.
Throughout the program, your guides will also take daily photos and video of your training activities. These will be shared with you at the end of each day via WeChat. And at the end of the course, on Saturday afternoon, your guide will also give you the opportunity to have photos taken in a variety of iconic locations around the temple, in some of the postures you have learnt during the week. All these photos and videos will then be sent to you via Google Drive within 2 weeks of the end of the course.
Note: If you do not wish for any photos or videos to be taken of you during the program, please let us know during your application.
Included – Extra curricular activities
The addition of 2 days in Beijing to our 2019 12-Day Warrior’s Way Bootcamp allows participants to not only adjust to the potential differences in time, food and culture, but to also see some of Beijing’s most iconic locations. In total, 3 places will be visited: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
While at Shaolin, most of your time on this program will be spent training in the temple. We have however included several activities to offer a break from the intense workouts you’ll be put through each day. On the afternoon of your arrival at the temple, you will take a guided tour introducing its long history. This will be followed by a visit to the Kungfu Performance Hall, where you can see a brief kung fu acrobatics show.
On Sunday morning, you will then visit the Pagoda Forest, where abbots and senior monks have been interred for the past 1500 years, Chuzu Convent, an active Buddhist nunnery and then Damo Cave, where legend says the founder of Chan Buddhism, Bodhidharma, sat in meditation for 9 years. On the second Sunday, you guide will also accompany you to Erzu, another convent situated on the mountain range opposite the Shaolin Temple, offering spectacular views over the entire Shaolin Scenic Area.
Included – Training
Obviously the core component of our programs is the kung fu training. And our Warrior’s Way Bootcamp has plenty of it. During the program, every morning from Sunday to Sunday the day will start with a 1-hour Taichi warm up. Participants will learn the Yang Style 24 step form, which is the perfect way to get your day started. Cardio warmups, stretching and breathing exercises are also taught and practiced.
Throughout the rest of the day, Shaolin kung fu will be practiced inside the temple, with three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. During these classes, the Shaolin warrior monk will teach the jibengong (essential exercises) movements and the Tongbiquan form. This form is a classic example of Shaolin kung fu. Besides training with the monk, you will also get supplementary training with your guide, who will teach the ‘5 Concepts of Chinese Kung Fu‘, which are Speed, Accuracy, Power, Hardness and Intent. These concepts, together with the jibengong and Tongbiquan form, make up a full program of immersive kung fu training.
Finally, twice during the program we will go to Tagou Martial Arts Academy, one of China’s largest martial arts schools. Here, an expert Sanda (Chinese kickboxing) instructor will teach you the modern application of traditional Shaolin kung fu, focusing on strikes, blocks and takedowns, rounding out your complete kung fu training experience.
In summary, this program includes:
- 2-nights accomodation 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 class 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
- Opportunity to enjoy a short Shaolin kung fu performance at the Shaolin Wushu Exhibition Centre
- Opportunity to enjoy a performance of the Zen Music Ritual in Dengfeng
- A Shaolin kung fu uniform (Feiyue shoes, kung fu pants, sleeveless Shaolin t-shirt and belt)
- 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∗
- All 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
The total cost of this 12-day program, including everything listed above, is just 657 RMB a day, 7888 RMB in total (approx. $1148/£878).
If you would like to sign up for this program, applications are now open. You can apply by filling in an application form here. Alternatively, if you had any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help in any way we can.
Thanks for reading. We look forward to training with you soon!