Academy of Martial Arts School

Martial Arts School in China

Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy building

If you’re looking for a martial arts school in China, you’ve come to the right place. Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy offers high-quality training with Shaolin masters, who are real Shaolin monks from the original Shaolin Temple in Henan Province. While there are many academies to study martial arts in China, we specialize in training martial arts to non-Chinese speaking students. Our Shaolin masters speak English, and we also provide an in-house translator who lives at the academy.

Martial Arts in China

Martial arts have developed over several thousand years, and it was initially created out of the necessity for people to defend themselves. Archaeological research reveals that people from the Stone Age era practiced martial arts while also fashioning weapons such as axes, spears, and swords made from stone and/or bones.

The Chinese knew martial arts in stone age

The earliest documentation of Chinese martial arts dates back to the 5th century. There is evidence of the upper class engaging in activities such as wrestling, archery, and fencing along with soldiers who honored the rules of Confucian chivalry. Confucian chivalry is when the rank of their opponent was respected, and opponents only attacked when it was their turn to show their skill and might. 

Unfortunately, Confucian chivalry ended during the Warring States period when war between people became more commonplace. During this time, every man was expected to have general fighting skills (Jiji) and combative skills (Xiangpo). Over the years, martial arts in China continued to develop further. The legendary Yellow Emperor (also referred to as Huangdi), wrote long and detailed texts about martial arts practice in China. Roots of modern Chinese wrestling can also be traced to the Warring States period, as its forerunner (jiao di) was created by one of the Yellow Emperor’s most prominent rivals, Chi You. Chinese boxing is slightly less ancient, but its origin still dates back to the Zhou dynasty (1122 -255B BCE).

The development of martial arts continued to grow like this until 495 A.D when the Shaolin Temple was built. The history of Shaolin Kung Fu reveals that the Shaolin Temple became a gathering place for martial artists to study, promote, and exchange martial arts knowledge. Chinese emperors and great generals frequently visited the Shaolin Temple to learn and understand the ways of the Shaolin Masters. Various martial art styles were given names and new Kungfu styles and techniques were developed. It was the first time martial arts in China was institutionalized in an organized, professional manner. 

Study Martial Arts in China

Studying martial arts in China is a great way to tap into the wealth of knowledge from thousands of years of martial arts history. Historical artifacts suggest that prehistoric warriors performed dances during peacetime, which resembled many developed martial arts movements. Traditionally, the practice of learning kung fu in China starts at a very young age. Students enter the Shaolin Temple or surrounding kung fu schools at the age of 5-7 years old. At this young age, their bodies are still very flexible and children can learn kung fu quickly.

The practice of Kungfu in China starts at a very young age.

Our martial arts academy understands that not everyone begins their training at a very young age! Our Shaolin masters adjust the level of training to each student’s physical condition and abilities. This allows every single student training martial arts at our academy to be challenged, but not faced with the impossible. You can rest assured that our training program will teach you original kung fu at a high level, and will make you physically stronger, fitter and more agile.

In addition to learning traditional Chinese martial arts, studying martial arts in China will also allow you to experience Chinese culture from a unique angle. The Maling Academy is located in a peaceful rural area, where ancient Chinese traditions are often still upheld. Students are able to experience Chinese holiday festivals, traditional weddings, celebrations, and other traditions during their stay at our academy. Since many people in the villages do not speak fluent English, each student will experience plenty of opportunities to practice and improve Chinese language skills. Fortunately, we also provide free Mandarin Chinese classes to all of our students to help fully engage and fully immerse each student into the Chinese Culture.

Our Martial Arts Training

Learning martial arts full-time at our school, rather than a few hours each week, allows for faster progress. Depending on the speed of which you learn, one month of full-time training is roughly equivalent to a year of training 2 hours per week. Training full-time allows you to spend time dedicated to each aspect of the physical skills required as a martial artist: coordination, speed, agility, strength, and stamina. Learning Kungfu in China requires these physical skills more than other martial arts styles. It’s an ancient art that is not only rich in complexity but also demanding of its practitioners.

Our training plan is optimized so that each class helps you improve so you can excel at the next level – and this helps you become a more rounded martial artist. We teach different kung fu styles, but also include classes for Shaolin acrobatics, stretching, and stamina. These classes are designed to help you learn the more complicated moves needed for advanced forms, power training (which helps you build more muscle), and power stretching (which enables you to become much more flexible in a relatively short amount of time).

The most important aspect of training, however, is not in our classes. It’s in our students. Although we train 6 hours a day, there’s still a lot of time for personal practice during the day. The more diligently you practice, the more you’ll be able to learn and improve during your time at our martial arts school.