Category Archives: testimonials

Elchanan Lewis Shaolin&wing chun

Elchanan Lewis, male, 29, Israel. 8 months Shaolin&wingchun program.  Email:                 I stayed at the maling shaolin kung fu academy for 8 months. i had been training shaolin back home for a few years but only a few evening classes a week, and it definitely does not compare to full time ’round the … Continue reading Elchanan Lewis Shaolin&wing chun

Dallas EL-Hage, Shaolin&Taiji.

Dallas EL-Hage, male, 26. South African. 1 month Shaolin&taiji program.                                                                                                    … Continue reading Dallas EL-Hage, Shaolin&Taiji.

Lisbeth Killer, Qigong&taiji.

Lisbeth Killer, female, 37, USA, 3 weeks tai chi&meditation.    My first thought is that three weeks is no where near long enough!  It was far too short of time for a stay.  This is what I expected going into the program as I read the training plan online which clearly states it takes a minimum of … Continue reading Lisbeth Killer, Qigong&taiji.

Emma Lunde, Shaolin.

Emma Lunde, 18, Norwegian, Female, 3 months Shaolin program.   Before I came to the school I had no prior experience with martial arts, let alone kung fu. In fact, everyone I know was surprised to hear that I, a shy ballerina-girl, was going all the way from Norway to China to learn martial arts. I even … Continue reading Emma Lunde, Shaolin.

Jauffrey Poubil, Shaolin&sanda.

Jauffrey Poubil, 27, Netherlands, 2 years Shaolin&sanda program. Email:   A lot of people asked me about my time here. Especially new students. Well this is how I experienced it. I just finished my 2 year stay here at the Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy. When I came here I didn’t had any martial arts experience … Continue reading Jauffrey Poubil, Shaolin&sanda.

Morten Pedersen, Shaolin&sanda

Morten Pedersen, male, Denmark, 1 year Shaolin&sanda program. Email:   The feelings inside me right now is maybe the hardest to describe in the world. We just stood there waiting, the guys around me played: every step I take, every move I make, I be missing you. I had a small speech prepared, but I just … Continue reading Morten Pedersen, Shaolin&sanda

Wiljan Hendrikx, Shaolin.

Wiljan Hendrikx, 26,male, Netherlands.  My one month stay at Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy was an intense but very rewarding and inspiring experience. Leaving the hassle of daily life behind me and going ‘back-to-basic’ helped me to get to know myself on a different level. The physical and mental challenge of practicing Kung Fu through … Continue reading Wiljan Hendrikx, Shaolin.

Gregory Nichols, Tai chi&wing chun.

Gregory Nichols, 30, male, England, 10 months Shaolin&wing chun. Email:   The academy was a place that I was initially going to have a break, calm my mind and focus on only training, I was not to know it was going to become so much more to me! It was a place I learnt … Continue reading Gregory Nichols, Tai chi&wing chun.

Matthew Harvey, 24, male, England

On my first day at Maling Kung Fu Academy I was a bag of nerves not exactly sure what to expect, however the nerves soon subsided from all the welcoming faces, both masters and students. My time here has been an out of this world experience, I’ve learned a lot more about myself through vigorous … Continue reading Matthew Harvey, 24, male, England

Michael Durojaiye, England

I would like to say that the school has taught me a lot, like: – being positive – peace of mind – working as a team – strong mind – pushing myself It has been a journey, first aim was to drop my weight, which Master Du helped me with. My sanda got better, which … Continue reading Michael Durojaiye, England

Kevin Sa, 24, America

I’ve had the great honor of staying almost a full year at the school. I was welcomed and shown both respect and understanding from students and staff as soon as I entered. Every student was new at one point, and the first two weeks are the typical transitioning period to adjust to the training. Academy … Continue reading Kevin Sa, 24, America

Simona Ancona, 42, Irish/Italian

The experience at the Maling Academy was definitely intense and life changing. The school is located in the countryside and is surrounded by beautiful corn fields. Such a peaceful environment helped me reconnect with myself and review my choices and priorities in life. I met so many people and each one of them taught me … Continue reading Simona Ancona, 42, Irish/Italian

George Sklavounos, Shaolin&sanda.

George Sklavounos, 23, male, Australia, two months Shaolin&sanda. I loved my time at Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. The training was rigorous and amazing, the masters are ridiculous feats of human engineering, and everyone was so nice and friendly that from the minute I arrived I felt instantly welcomed. Everything — from eating unlimited pizza … Continue reading George Sklavounos, Shaolin&sanda.

Antoine Lagasse, 34, Belguim.

As a returning student, i was glad to see that the school spirit is still there – friendly school staff, always open to help – friendly students, carrying about each other – passionate and highly knowledgeable masters – intense training schedule – flexibility during the training session to adapt the training level to each person/group … Continue reading Antoine Lagasse, 34, Belguim.

Louise Dixon, tai chi&meditation.

Louise Dixon, 47, female, British, April 2014.  I had no idea what to expect going to the Maling Kung Fu Academy and so I thought it was important to write a student experience not only for you readers but also to show how grateful I am to everyone at the academy. I’m a 47 year old … Continue reading Louise Dixon, tai chi&meditation.

Wayne Mulei, 2 months Shaolin&taiji.

Wayne  Mulei, 36, American, Male, May 2015—July 2015. Email:    My interest in the Maling school started with the website, student reviews, and videos on Youtube. However, my decision to actually come to this school was greatly assisted through the email correspondence with Lisa. Her emails were very encouraging to me. She answered any and all questions I … Continue reading Wayne Mulei, 2 months Shaolin&taiji.

Avi Karia, 1 year Shaolin&wing chun.

Avi Karia, 26, male, England, one year Shaolin&sanda&wing chun&baji program.       First of all, if you are reading this, then you have already made the first steps in getting to China and studying martial arts. I thoroughly recommend that you do, and I promise you will not regret it! For me it was the best … Continue reading Avi Karia, 1 year Shaolin&wing chun.

Leifennie Ang, 22, Malaysia

Going to China to train in Malingshan was a spontaneous decision. I spent a good amount of time researching on other schools and decided on Malingshan due to the value of the training. I have never enjoyed going to the gym or working out but since I have made it a habit, I continued to … Continue reading Leifennie Ang, 22, Malaysia

Fouche Burgers, Shaolin&qigong.

Fouche Burgers, 22, male, South Africa, 3 months Shaolin&acrobatics. I wold like to start by thanking my master for being an amazing teacher. Even with a language barrier master Lee managed to be the best marshal arts teacher I ever had.  I found master Lee to be very patient with his students even wen he … Continue reading Fouche Burgers, Shaolin&qigong.

Sabrina Bröckel, 6 months Shaolin.

German, female,18, 6 months Shaolin&qigong.    I want to thank all of you so much for everything you did for me. I learned a lot from every single person at Maling Shan Acadamy – both staff and students. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you. I really didn’t think spending half a … Continue reading Sabrina Bröckel, 6 months Shaolin.

Valonda Theus, taiji&qigong.

Valonda Theus, 56, female, America. Email:      Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is surrounded by an astonishing view of China’s countryside with remarkable scenery of farm life, lakes, and vegetation; which made everyday surreal in awakening to a new day of sunrises and sunsets, with the tranquility of peace and warmth as I begin my … Continue reading Valonda Theus, taiji&qigong.

Abudy Malak, 1 year Shaolin.

Abudy Malak,Lebanese, male, 33, July 2013-June 2014 (One year) / Email: / Facebook:       If you’re reading this section, that means you’ve already found your next potential destination but still want to dig deeper. I myself have read many of those testimonials and have found them to be extremely helpful. I hope my experience detailed below can do … Continue reading Abudy Malak, 1 year Shaolin.

Terya Sarrucco, Shaolin&baji.

Terya Sarrucco, 29, female, Netherlands.      When I first told people that I was going to a Shaolin Kungfu academy in China for a month, I got either one of two responses: 1. “But… Why??” (imagine highly bewildered raised eyebrows with this) or 2. “That sounds awesome, I wish I could go too!’. … Continue reading Terya Sarrucco, Shaolin&baji.

Davina Goh, 31, female, Malaysia

I spent 8 months training at Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy, from August 2013 to April 2014. It was the hardest thing I have ever physically and mentally accomplished, and I’m really glad I put myself through it.The first two months were the hardest, having no martial arts background whatsoever prior to my arrival. I kept … Continue reading Davina Goh, 31, female, Malaysia

Simon Featherston, 44, England

Hello, my name is Simon Featherston I am from England I live in Manchester, I am 44 years old and I trained at Maling Shaolin Academy for one year from January 2013 to January 2014. When I arrived at the academy I was a typical 44 years old English male by that I mean a … Continue reading Simon Featherston, 44, England

Bas van der laan, 6 months Shaolin.

Bas van der laan, 27,male,Netherlands, 6 months Shaolin&sanda program. Email:     It was my first time abroad, and I wanted to start my adventures from one place, just to get used to the Asian culture… and learn KUNGFU!!! I already had some experience with martial arts, but except for the kungfu movies and my dreams as a … Continue reading Bas van der laan, 6 months Shaolin.

Justine Alcaraz, 21, France

When I decided to go to this school, I did not know what was going to happen.. I was really interested in trying this challenge and really scared too. I had never done martial arts. For me, Kung Fu was a child’dream.. it was just possible in the movies! But, I was wrong. I saw … Continue reading Justine Alcaraz, 21, France

Roni Hasid, 24, Israel

I’ve trained martial arts, including kung fu, taekwondo and kick-box, for 2-3 years before coming to China, and I honestly thought I had a good amount of basic knowledge. But I soon realized there is no comparison. One month of training here is sometimes the equivalent of a whole year of training back at home. … Continue reading Roni Hasid, 24, Israel

Vikrant Singh, 19, India

My experience in Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy was really pleasant, enjoyable and not to forget tough ( training ). Out of the many things i liked about the academy the was most was the transparency between the staff and the students, Both Master Bao and Lisa will give you the best information on the … Continue reading Vikrant Singh, 19, India

Philip Kroft, 17, Switzerland

Hi I’m Philip I’m 17 years old. I was there for 6 months and had no idea what would happen to me there. I didn’t know kung fu, i have never been to China before, and could not speak Chinese, and not much English either, so I was not sure if I could get through … Continue reading Philip Kroft, 17, Switzerland

Olivia Leckie, New Zealand

They say that give something 100% and then try doing a bit more and you will be able to, meaning that you can always do more than you think. Learning Kung Fu in China is a bit like this, you will be amazed at what you can achieve and the longer you are there the more … Continue reading Olivia Leckie, New Zealand

Dane Davies, 25, England

This academy really is a wonderful place. The training and caring nature of the masters is unrivalled. The masters listen to your own goals and help push you to your limits. I only had a limited time of 7 weeks to spend here, whilst on a career break, but in this time I’ve learnt Staff, … Continue reading Dane Davies, 25, England