Traditional education in China

KUNG FU SHAOLIN school

Zhang Qian's kung fu school

张前功夫学校

Established in 2018, Shi Miao Hai’s school “Zhang Qian Kung Fu School” is located northwest of Dengfeng at the foot of the Songshan Mountains in the Shaolin region near the Fawang temple where Shi Miao Hai was previously chief instructor. A few steps from the city, the school welcomes throughout the year twenty Chinese and foreign students. In addition to the Kung Fu Shaolin disciplines, the school offers introductory courses in Mandarin Chinese and calligraphy. Find all the useful information about Shi Miao Hai’s school in the sections below.

Who is Shi Miao Hai?

释妙海是谁?

Shi Miao Hai, whose civilian name is Zhang Qian, is a 36th generation instructor of shaolin kung fu. After spending much of his life learning Kung Fu at Fawang Temple in China, he became its head instructor for nearly 10 years.

Shi Miao Hai values sharing, exchange and generosity. It is in this spirit and in order to enjoy greater autonomy in his choices that Zhang Qian decides, in 2018, to leave his fonctions at the Fawang temple to open his own school.

Today, Shi Miao Hai intends to transmit his knowledge according to his principles and give his students all his consideration, whatever their situation may be; only their motivation and their desire to surpass themselves counts in his eyes.

The spirit of the school

学校的精神

Transmit the Chinese culture...

After teaching Shaolin Kung Fu to many foreigners, whether at the Fawang temple in China or in Europe, Shi Miao Hai realized that most of his foreign students also enjoyed Chinese culture. With this in mind, he decided, in addition to the Chinese martial arts, to transmit to all his students the basics of Chinese culture. For two half-days a week, students are introduced to calligraphy and Mandarin Chinese. This may seem distant from martial arts at first… but it is complementary.

...regardless of your profile

This school particularity is to adapt its teachings to the needs and objectives of each one, regardless of gender, age and level. You can learn Shaolin Kung Fu there, which involves learning different kicks, punches, basic positions, Taolu with and without weapons, flexibility, reinforcement, acrobatics etc … You can also work on combat via the Chinese wrestling, Sanda and Self Defense, but also internal Chinese martial arts and breathing work with Qi-Gong, meditation and Taiji Quan.

A human-sized kung fu school...

The school receives an average of thirty students (depending on the period), half of them are young Chinese and the half are foreigners. The small number of students makes the atmosphere particularly family-friendly; the perfect opportunity to get to know each other. Les élèves étrangers sont toujours accueillis chaleureusement par les jeunes chinois, souvent très intéressés à l’idée de découvrir notre mode de vie occidental, nos habitudes, nos loisirs.

...for an intense and reciprocal cultural exchange

Before entering the Kung Fu school, some Chinese children had never met foreigners. For them, it is a real chance to train, exchange and have fun with us. It is moreover likely that you will manage to forge strong ties with them. Despite the language barrier, instructors are good enough to understand and make themselves understood, don’t hesitate to take time between workouts to exchange and start discussions. Translation applications can help you at first, then use the vocabulary learned during Chinese lessons.

These ties that we have with Chinese students are very important to Shi Miao Hai, giving them different life goals and openings so that they can build a state of mind and gain autonomy.