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Waled from Norway

One of my dream since I was teenage to go to China to learn reel Martial Arts and Chinese Medicine, I got all what I want when I came to Tianmeng school. I came to the school without any martial arts background, and I was not in a good level of fitness, my goal was to increase my flexibility and condition, after 3 months of training I can run 3km, I have learned 2 Tai chi form, I can break brick by bare hand and elbow, break stick in my back and arm, can break the metal in my head, learn some grappling techniques, and what is the most amazing thing that I can to do the full split!!
Shifu Shao is nice person, have a good humor but at the same time he is strict during the training, he knows when to push you beyond your limit, I like the environment by the school all the staffs are kind and helpful. I will definitely come back again to learn more.

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Ralf from the Netherlands

This year I update my recommendation which I wrote 5 years ago in 2009. A lot has happened since I arrived at the age of 24 first in China. Back then, there was no school terrain yet. A couple of months after my first training, the school properties were bought. Because at that time the school was just created by 2 disciples of Meihua Quan Kung Fu, I was the first and only foreign student. One of the founders graduated from law university and trained a lot of Meihua Quan Kung Fu during his student years, and the other one was an ex-shaolin monk and Shifu who after the performance team of Shaolin decided to embark on a quest to find ‘real’/ authentic traditional Kung Fu in China and was close disciple to the Meihua Quan 17th generation Grand Master Shiye Han Baiguang. So, the division was made and one would handle the business side, the other would be the Kung Fu headmaster of the school.

When I started training Kung Fu in China 5 years ago I was fairly new to the Chinese Martial Arts. Before I practiced Karate since I was 9 years old and then later switched to try a bit of Capoeira and a bit of Muay Thai. Before going to China, I joined the local Hung Gar (southern Shaolin) Kung Fu School in my city to prepare for a couple of months for the trip to come.

In China we started training at the local army training place just north uphill of the school terrain where we train now. The training was great, spectacular surroundings , Chinese food of which you can always fully stuff yourself and a the whole Kung Fu curriculum waiting to be explored.

After 2 weeks of mainly practicing Meihua quan and Weapons, I was asked the question to go to Pingxiang, the birthplace village of the Meihua quan kung fu and where many grandmasters are buried. I remember the nice way of asking: It was ok to stay at the academy in Tashan, but if I’d like to come to Pingxiang we would be going there. I said yes, and we went! There we had great adventures with many Kung Fu masters and I got the chance to meet with the Grandmaster who taught me some small corrections. After the 2,5 months of practice I decided clearly to come back again in the future.

In the end this was already really soon, because 3 months later I was already back. Now not for Kung Fu, but for setting up an ebike business by working together with Chinese manufacturers. My Kung Fu brothers were very much eager to help with this which I highly appreciate.

Back in Holland, after graduating and starting to work I was already afraid that the foreign Kung Fu opportunities were almost over for me, until I saw an opening that I could try to get 3 months off from work to help with the now already grown school in the summer of 2013.

Once again, the trip to China proved to be an amazing journey and Training. The Shifu’s were still the same as I remembered from 3-4 years ago, which was very good to meet up again. My Kung Fu interests changed over these years and I noticed that I was getting more and more intrigued by the soft and internal styles to go deeper into the feeling of Chi. My Tai Chi greatly improved this period.

By now there were many foreign students at the school which made the atmosphere nice (sometimes almost more western than Chinese;) and there were many activities to be undertaken. This year I returned again to study Kung Fu, giving expression to how much I love this place and to practice Kung fu. I hope that you will find your way in Kung Fu and that it will be a treasure for you during your whole life, the easy and the hard times.

Tianmeng Kung Fu Academy is well set-up now. The rooms are everything you can expect of in a Kung Fu academy. It is not a hotel and also not a Spa where you will be staying. But you do have your own nice room. The showers are clean and nice, and the toilets are western and clean. The academy ground is really good, because of the love and dedication which have been placed at creating authentic traditional training methods and equipment. For example, the Meihua poles, the Boxing bags which are being placed outside under a rooftop (helps in case of rain), the weapon equipement, stretching and hard qi gong tools, the wing chun dummy’s (there is even one with an own, different design than the normal one – designed and created by the head master and maintenance man).

The whole area is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range. If there is enough rain, there are lakes where you can swim and waterfalls. Nearby there is a very beautiful waterpark and the area provides more than enough opportunities to go hike and explore!

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Péron Thibault from France

I spent 6 month in total at the Tianmeng Kung Fu Academy (planed to stay 4 months, extended 2 months more). My adventure in this school was really amazing, and this for many reason.
First, the lessons, the training at the academy is hard. If you want to improve, you need to train hard and push yourself every day. If you do this, you will improve very fast and learn many things you can’t learn anywhere else. During my stay, I’ve been training: Basic kung fu, Shaolin, Meihua, Tai Chi, Qi gong, different weapons, Wing Chun and Hard Qi Gong. I’ve also been training a lot my power and flexibility. Those different kinds of exercises are really nice to improve all your body and your mind.
More, the masters are really amazing. During my 6 month I have been learning from 6 different masters, each master has his own specialty and a lot of experience to share. They are all very patient and great teachers, I never been learning so much anywhere else. Out of the lesson they are also very nice and sometimes really fun! Also many times, the training is specific for the different students; this is really good when you want to learn specific things. (What an amazing moment training outside, looking around all the students training his own and different weapon for example)
The accommodations at the academy are quite basics but it’s definitely enough for a kung fu school. The private room is really important to get a private space where you can have a rest and be with yourself. Also the food is nice, get ready to practice your chopsticks and get Chinese traditional food every day, it can be a bit strange at the beginning but it’s really good! If you need something at the academy, you can ask anytime to Dawei the manager or a translator, they are always ready to help you for anything (visa problem, shopping, questions…) it’s really helpful when you are in such a different country and when you can’t speak Chinese.
During my stay, I met many many students from the entire world, and I can just say that I met some really awesome people! The atmosphere at the academy is amazing, it’s a kind of second family, it’s important because most of the students (like me) are alone in this adventure. In this school, you can train hard every day, get a lot of pain, and sooo tired, but also have a lot of fun and get some amazing friends.
As I said previously, this school is like a home, during my stay in Asia, I decided to travel in China and Thailand so I left my sports clothes and different accommodations at the academy to get a light bag. I didn’t know when I was coming back and didn’t tell anything when this day arrived. I just arrived, get my things back and train on the afternoon like the other students. It was really like coming back home.
There is so many things to tell about this adventure, I arrived in China to discover a new way of life, a new culture and more about me. This is what happened, I learned so many things I couldn’t imagine before and change my vision on many things (difficulties, pain, adventure, respect, Qi…). I really had amazing times there, and I hope that I will come back one day to train and see all the people I met there.
I did some videos during my stay there to give some news to my family and friends on YouTube : Les aventures de Titi en Chine. It is in French but it can help to show you life at the academy and in China (I wrote this feedback on September , 20,2015).

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