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Live in Shaolin - Travel to the sources of Karate!


2 Kungfu teachers training in FawangWe talked about it in Karate history, the origins of our art come for a large part from China and especially the famous Buddhist monastery of Shaolin.

Many of us dream of one day going to China to train in a real Shaolin temple, to work with real Chinese masters, to live in the temple, like Buddhist monks, etc.

Perhaps, deep inside you, you have always dreamed of living a few weeks in Shaolin and making this trip to the sources of Karate?

So what will follow will interest you and probably even fascinate you.

You will be able to realize a dream:

Go to China to take you to a Shaolin Temple!

You probably think that it is not possible, that it is necessary to be an expert in martial art, that it is too complicated to organize, that one must already know Chinese, that ... etc, etc, etc!

It's because you do not know yet ...

Yoni the creator of KungFu Tradition.

Yoni creator KungFu TraditionYoni is passionate about martial arts and has been practicing for fifteen years now.

He lives in China and gives you the opportunity to join him for training of traditional KungFu in a true Shaolin Buddhist temple: the tFawang example (大法 王 寺) nestled in a corner of paradise of Mount Song.

WarningYoni does not offer training with only a few hours of training where the trainees are alone in the middle of a group of dozens of other trainees.

No, Yoni, really gives you the opportunity to follow a real training of traditional kung fu tailor-made, authentic and non-touristic.

A training in "martial immersion" ...

... 24 hours / 24, 7 days / 7 at Fawang temple in China

Here is a short video to give you an overview ofa day of training at Fawang temple :

So ! I told you it was Magic !

In fact, Yoni wants these " Shaolin apprentices »Live a unique journeywhich brings them a lot on the human level, both physically and spiritually.

Well, I'm not telling you anymore, and I'm going to let Yoni, who prepared you a series of videos in which he will explain much better than me all the details to make this exceptional trip in total cultural and martial immertion.

>>> Access to Yoni's videos: "Living in Shaolin !!! "

In these videos, Yoni will unveil you the 7 essential criteria for success perfectly a trip like this in a Shaolin temple.

Whether or not you have the idea to go one day to practice at the sources of Karate, I strongly advise you to watch these videos, it makes you want and it makes you dream!

Marc, Shaolin Apprentice at Fawang Temple in ChinaYou will discover the testimony of Mark, 28 years of St Avold, next to Metz, former practitioner of Judo and Aikido, who had never practiced KungFu.

It was also 10 years that Marc no longer practiced Martial Art.

He will tell you what he came to look for at Fawang Temple and what he found there ...

Thomas, Shaolin ApprenticeYou will also do Thomas's knowledge, very enthusiastic and obviously very happy to have joined Yoni for this training in China.

Thomas is also 28 years old. Originally from Sarthe, he is a practitioner of Judo and Jujitsu and only discovered KungFu since 1 months.

Yoni filmed Marc and Thomas directly at the Fawang Temple.

Marc and Thomas tell us about their daily temple life, what they eat, the training schedule for a typical day, and so on.

... To summarize, it is very early in the morning, and the menu of the day: Running, Taos, Work with Weapons, Stretching, Pao Strikes, Bodybuilding ... In short, a real treat

Now, let me open the doors of the temple and leave you discover videos of Yoni :

Formation Living in Shaolin

See you soon,

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  1. Hello
    I am a young lady of 21ans, I have 10 years of high level taekwondo, currently I am preparing to become a sports coach, or my specialty will be the martial art, it seems inevitable to know the basis of Kung fu and of its derivatives, so a friend gave me your site not being able to find your contact I write you publicly this message because I will wish with the greatest determination to join you in your incredible immersion in a temple.
    How can I reach you?
    I sent you my email
    Bien à vous

  2. Hello, I am strongly interested to leave. But I wanted to know how to do it from Switzerland. And how to go to hell.
    Thank you and wish you a great day.

  3. Hello,

    I introduce myself, my name is kamel Ai-Taleb and I am practicing karate shotokan I have the grade 1er Kyu. I am also interested in the path of tao, meditation and zen soto. At the dawn of obtaining my black belt in this art, I wish to return to the source of this art immersion. Can you advise me and inform me what are the terms and the price of this internship that will be, I am sure beneficial from a martial and spiritual point of view ...

    Thank you beforehand,


    Kamel Oss ...

  4. Fabrice Morel at

    I do not agree with Shaolin, because the ancient style name of Karate like Shorin-ryu refers to the Shaolin Temple. Shorin means to Okinawa Shaolin. The references to Shaolin in Karate are really very old.

  5. This article is a collection of false information. Karate, which is a JAPANESE martial art, has nothing to do with Shaolin Monastery and Fawang Temple. The SHAOLIN KUNG-FU is the CHINESE martial art that is taught in Shaolin in China.

    When using the first photograph on this blog is not very deserved seen in what context it is mentioned. They are two masters of KUNG FU who are photographed there and not karate masters.

    • Hello Shaolin,

      With a nickname like this you should know that martial art is a little more courtesy.

      Contrary to what you write, there is no false information in this article and Karate is certainly a Japanese martial art, but originating from the Tode of Okinawa Island that was developed according to local techniques of Chinese islands and martial arts.
      I will not repeat here the history of Karate and invite you rather to review the main lines.
      You will see that karate was influenced at its source by Chinese Kung Fu and the title of this article is "... at the sources of karate".
      At no time do I claim to practice karate in Fawang. This is Traditional Kung-Fu, I repeat it several times.
      As for the picture of the beginning, at no time did I write that it was Karate Master, they are Kungfu teachers who train in Fawang (This is the title of the photo.)

      In short I think it's rather your comment that gives a lot of false information and lack of credibility.


    • What is important to understand is that the deep sources of Karate come from China. And even if you did not read Bruno's great article about it, you just had to take a look at Wikipedia to see 2 long paragraphs about the Chinese origins of Karate.

      When the photo chosen, I think you have completely missed the purpose of this article

      It is therefore very nice to question the information duly verified on this blog, still check yours ... ^^

      Unless, of course, you have elements to prove the contrary, we are all ears!

  6. the Shaolin Temple and its environs have apparently been reclaimed by the Chinese government and the grand master of the temple has been trained in marketing and put "there" by the provincial authorities; according to my memories of a report !!

  7. I participated in a week-long Wu Shu internship at the Wu Shu center of Zhengzhou in 1989 capital of Henan Province before taking another three-week training course at Shaolin Temple for six hours a day. was more impressed by the level of the students of Wu Shu center than by the monks of shaolin. I met only four foreigners.
    I went back to 1992, I do not remember this landscape that was virgin in 1989 because schools with thousands of students are instaled around the temple! Merchants too.
    The masters of these schools have softened the taos (katas) with a lot of acrobatics! ...
    I had the chance to learn several taos in 1989.
    I paid a trip to the temple in 1995 to one of My students, he learned a tao from Nan Quan (WU SHU Modern South).
    I went back several times to this province of Henan to follow the teaching of my master of Xin Yi but not to the Shaolin Temple.

  8. Oh! How fantastic, you are a master dear genius!
    what a mood and what flexibility! Congratulations and thank you for your research.

  9. Hello Sensei Bruno, thank you for this wonderful video, it is not so much the dream that I saw there, by my origins I know this art and culture well. What I saw was indescribable as it made me shiver with an intense feeling of control, power and precision even from young children. In any case it's always beautiful to see, thank you again!

  10. serif ble patrice at

    I am in Ivory Coast I want a training karate shotokan.
    Me cn3eme dan.
    I want to deepen my knowledge in karate Me bruno I must help me out of the karate tunnel.

    my contacts 00225 47 75 11 50
    05 88 51 23
    40 25 40 66.

  11. Personally, I have never understood people who "deep in them, always dream" - and who do not. But this chapter of the Blog is probably intended exactly for those who prefer to "dream" than to seek information and believe it possible. Or - in short - those who think that "no doubt", the possible things ... are not and do not exist. (How moreover, the non-knowledge of a language can prevent to travel and move on this ground which becomes less and less great ...? It is during a trip, that one learns ...)
    On my part I would say that today, it is not "imagining things" that still blocks the realization of certain ideas, and that it is not the flow of information that is missing (as for Martial Arts, sites like "masters-of-budo" are becoming more and more frequent) - but the obstacles to achieving certain things exist rather on the other side (practical and very down-to-earth factors) in the life.
    But yes: go to Shaolin, Papua, see all the deserts of the world or the South Pole - everything is possible today ...!
    I believe that the mark and the passion of the teachers of the Martial Arts "here" do not yield, in the least point, to those of the Martial Artists of China: but that it is the trip and the "stay" in the other cultures and the other universes, which are precious here.

    (Must change one thing: that people "from elsewhere" who come "here" are welcomed by "our" governments with equal openness that we are welcomed in their countries ...)

  12. What Hamid Hadj-Said teaches is certainly as interesting if not more than what the Shaolin monks teach. Why go so far when you can find something so interesting in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland?

  13. We can learn martial arts all over China without having to go through Shaolin. Some schools and teachers have nothing to envy to the schools of Mount Song. The true knowledge of the Shaolin monks has disappeared in its original form and is only perpetuated through various martial arts scattered on the surface of the globe. The martial arts practiced today by the Shaolin have very little to do with the original teaching.

  14. What Hamid Hadj-Said teaches is certainly as interesting if not more than what the Shaolin monks teach. Why go so far when you can find something so interesting in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland?

    • Fabrice,
      And the journey ... and the adventure ...
      And I doubt that HAMID organizes 12 weeks with 6 hours of training per day.
      Anyway for those who do not want to move from home there will always be an excuse not to travel ... for others, there is adventure.
      And Fabrice, on this blog there are people who live closer to China than to Switzerland

    • Hello Fabrice.

      Recently, I just spoke with a teacher who did not understand the interest of going so far (in China) to practice martial arts while we had very good teachers here in Europe.

      I told him that I strongly agree that we have excellent trainers in Europe, but for those who practice Chinese martial arts, why oppose education in Europe and teaching in China when they are perfectly complementary? !!!

      Besides, on what do you base yourself to say that the teaching of one is better than another?

      What is important to understand is that going to China to train allows you to build a new training frame:

      to reduce the time constraints by training 6 hours per day (it is extremely difficult to have such a volume of hours in the West because of socio-professional constraints),

      -Training in a real Buddhist Temple (going out from time to time of the dojo, it feels good anyway, no?)

      - focus on travel and adventure. I started traveling in China in 2001 and since then it has become a real pleasure to discover new cultures.

      The travel dimension is not necessarily suitable for everyone and if you prefer to stay in Switzerland to practice, no problem. But the vast majority of people who contact me on Kung fu Tradition seek above all the human adventure through the martial arts in China. And for having experienced this experience many times for more than 10 years, I understand perfectly to want to live something different from the schools we have in Europe (which I do not denigrate absolutely not once again ...).

  15. We can learn martial arts all over China without having to go through Shaolin. Some schools and teachers have nothing to envy to the schools of Mount Song. The true knowledge of the Shaolin monks has disappeared in its original form and is only perpetuated through various martial arts scattered on the surface of the globe. The martial arts practiced today by the Shaolin have very little to do with the original teaching.

    • I think you're right because in the 80 years, there were still 2 or 3 old monks. Then came the military instructors and then we left. Many masters have taken refuge in Taiwan, in Mailaisie and elsewhere, for political reasons and especially the cultural revolution (some have found themselves in camps). In the past Ming followers took refuge in a Shaolin or martial practices. Then when we talk about Shaolin we think Shaolin North while there are Shaolin style that are short styles. The monks may have used am to defend themselves without weapons, since the monk's condition involves rules. One last point is that the Buddhist chikong blocks the energy down to make it rise (pasdmasan presses the females) and that efforts of the lower limbs would be Boddhidarma's therapeutics. The books of NiHua Ching are interesting and especially those of Yang Jwing Ming.

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