Learn how to bend an iron bar and smash bricks with a single fist studying the ancient ways of the Shaolin kung-fu masters.
Always wanted to master the martial arts? The Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy in China exposes students to the 1500-year-old traditions of kung-fu with an intense training regimen that subscribes to the ‘no pain, no gain’ principle.
Whether you’re an experienced martial artist or just opening up to the challenge, the academy will help you realise your dreams of becoming a great kung-fu master.
The humble ways of the Shaolin are entrenched in the experience, which is based on ancient Chinese tradition. After months of training, students learn the Mandarin language and graduate to other types of martial arts, including weapons training and sanda (Chinese kickboxing).
The best way to get there is by train to Xinyi from Beijing or Shanghai, which starts at about US$30 and takes around eight hours on the slow train. A fast train takes just 2.5 hours and starts at US$300. The academy can pick you up from the train station for about US$60.
A one-month stay is US$750, which includes three meals a day.
If you went to boarding school you’ll fit right in. This is a legit training centre where training takes place every weekday and students need special permission to stay out all night on weekends. You should be physically fit before you arrive if you want tokeep up.