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China Kung Fu Academy

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China Kung Fu Academy

Travel to China and study alongside Kung Fu masters and train using various techniques to improve your martial art skills.

Prices from US$895

Visit one of the oldest civilisations in the world. China has a rich and mystical history stretching back thousands of years, and is home to some of the world’s greatest treasures.

China is a big country in so many ways; it is a melting pot for many religions, languages and cuisines, not to mention that it is now the most populated country in the world and at the forefront of modern society. Nowhere else can you get the mix of modern and traditional life that China offers. A society in which old meets new at every turn and where old traditions are swept along on the wave of modern society.

Get a taste of the real China in the beautiful city of Yantai, in China's remote north-east. The city is an outpost of ancient civilisation and is still alive today with magnificent temples, set amongst lush green rolling hills. On this project you will live and work alongside masters of martial arts, getting to know more about yourself and hopefully learning some of the local language as you go.


  • Create unforgettable memories
  • Learn martial arts from the Chinese masters
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Shangdong Province, China
Activities Kung Fu techniques and methods
Physical training
Meditation and mental preparation
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival 
Accommodation Volunteer dorms



Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


China has a deep routed tradition in martial art, with Masters passing down knowledge to students through the generations. Today all forms of martial arts have become very popular in the West. Frontier is proud to be working with the renowned Seven Star Mantis Kung Fu Masters Zhong Lianbao and Yu TainLu to bring you our China Kung Fu Program. Therefore by joining our program you not only have the chance to learn from a true Master, but also the opportunity to choose from the range of different styles and forms. Both Master Zhong and Master Yu have many years’ experience teaching both Chinese and International students.

Your project is based in Shandong province, the birthplace of Chinese martial arts, commonly called wushu or kung fu in Mandarin. There are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "schools" of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions or legends. Styles which focus on Qi, or inner energy or "life force" manipulation are labelled as internal, while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness and are labelled external. 


On this project you will be given the chance to study alongside Kung Fu masters and train using various techniques to improve your martial art skills. You will start your training by learning about key components that make up Chinese martial arts; basics, forms, applications and weapons. Each style of Kung Fu places different emphasis on each component. In order to gain the most out of your Kung Fu project you will have the opportunity to study the philosophy and ethics and even the medical practice behind Chinese martial arts and Chinese attitudes and culture, considered essential by the masters in order to progress your Kung Fu skills. 

You will study for 4 hours per day Monday to Friday. Each morning you will study your chosen Kung Fu / martial art for two hours and in the afternoon you will have two hours of Chinese mandarin tuition. The schedule and timetable are subject to adjustment with prior notice and can be tailored and negotiated for your convenience and individual requirements.

You will get familiar with the basics, training in rudimentary techniques, conditioning exercises and stances. Basic training may involve repeating simple movements such as stretching, meditation, striking, throwing, and jumping, after all, practice makes perfect. You will work to build strong and flexible muscles, understanding proper body mechanics and management of Qi or breath.

Depending on your skills and experience you may be offered the chance to learn specific forms, known as taolu in Chinese including Taijiqun, Sanda, Mantis Boxing or Shaolin Fist. These are a series of predetermined movements combined so they can be practiced as one linear set of movements. Forms were originally taught to specially selected students to preserve the lineage of a particular style of Kung Fu. Take part in group classes where you will be drilled in different forms and different conditioning techniques to improve your strength, stamina, balance, flexibility and coordination. You may also get the opportunity to learn forms that utilise the use of weapons, sparing with other students in the class to perfect your craft.


Upon your arrival at Yantai Laishan International Airport you will be picked up by a friendly member of staff who will transport you to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this diverse and friendly country.


There are a range of accommodation options available for this placement. You will either be staying in a welcoming homestay, in dorms on the university campus or at a local hostel. Check with your coordinator and let us know your preferences! All accommodation options come with basic amenities.


Food is not provided as part of this programme. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow students while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! All meals are based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area. Meals from the local university canteen cost around USD $1 per meal. 

There are many different varieties of Chinese cooking styles, usually based on the region from which they originate. Many of us will be familiar with elements of Chinese food but you can expect the staples of rice and noodles served with fresh stir-fried vegetables, including regional delicacies like Soya beans, bamboo shoots and Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage). There are all sorts of meats and sea foods available along with soups and stews, all flavoured using different sauces such as black bean, Hoisin and Oyster.

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You'll find plenty to do whilst on your Kung Fu project in China. During your free time, activities such as hiking, Chinese Mandarin language lessons, calligraphy, acupuncture and massage may be available.

The region is a pleasant mix of both the old and the new, and throughout the regions capital Yantai, you’ll find tree-lined streets and ancient, weather-worn temples alongside modern bars and street cafes. After your project, tours of the region or even further a field in China can be arranged for you including a range of adventure and cultural activities. If you prefer to explore these sites for yourself, our field staff can offer valuable insider tips and guidance to you and your new friends.


2 weeks US$895

3 weeks US$1,145

4 weeks US$1,395




2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks


Nearest airport(s): Yantai (YNT)


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