Martial arts are one of the best known, and yet perhaps least understood, of all the famous aspects of traditional Chinese culture. And with the number of styles available, it can be even harder to know where to start, or even simply experience, real kung fu training.
At Cultural Keys, we help take the guesswork out of martial arts classes, by offering workshops and multi-day programs in two of China’s most recognised styles; Shaolin kung fu and Yang Style Taichi.
While Yang style taichi is very much a martial art, it is typically practiced at a very slow and gentle pace. In this way, it is suitable for practice by anyone, regardless of their age, fitness level or size. In a typical 3 hour session, students get the chance to learn the Yang style 8-step form, a shortened version of the traditional 88 step form.
Students also learn some of the history of the art, together with getting the opportunity to learn a few of the self defence applications of taichi.
On multi-day programs, students will learn the 24-step form, a longer and more complicated taichi routine. Classes will also go into more detail with regards to movement, breathing and stances as they relate to taichi.
For those looking for a more intensive experience, Cultural Keys also offers workshops and multi-day programs in Shaolin kung fu, focusing on the building blocks of the style, also known as jibengong. In these more martial orientated classes, students will learn the 5 Concepts of traditional Chinese martial arts, namely Speed, Accuracy, Power, Hardness and Intent, with specific focus on how they are trained at the Shaolin Temple.
For those interested, our sister company CK Martial Hearts also offers multi-day programs training inside the Shaolin Temple. More information on those programs can be found here.
Individual and group martial arts workshops are held at our culture centre in Xiaopu Art Village, or at your request, one of the beautiful parks close to our centre.
CK Martial Arts Workshops
Location: CK Culture Centre – Songzhuang, Tongzhou or nearby park
Available Class Times: Workshops can be arranged Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
Duration: 3 hours
Places: 2 – 6 people
Price: Starting from 888RMB (approx. 130USD) for 2 people + 188RMB (approx. 18USD) per additional person up to 6 people
Payment: Prepayment via PayPal, WeChat, Alipay, bank transfer or cash at our downtown office
The price includes a 3-hour private workshop, snacks and Chinese tea. As well as the above, we are also happy to take photos of you during your training, which can be sent to you to share with friends and family. If you don’t want photos or video taken, please let us know.
In addition to the workshop, we are able to offer the following options:
Downtown pickup & drop off:
+700RMB (approx. 100USD) per group
A delicious lunch or dinner at a nearby Chinese dumpling restaurant:
+50RMB (approx. 8USD) per person
1-hour guided tour of Xiaopu Artists Village:
+100RMB (approx. 15USD) per person
1-hour presentation on the language, history and culture of Chinese martial arts
+100RMB (approx. 15USD) per person
A martial arts uniform, consisting of a sleeveless T-shirt, kung fu trousers, sash and Feiyue shoes
+150RMB (approx. 22USD)
All of these optional extras are subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.
In additional to custom workshops at our culture centre, we are also happy to arrange custom classes at your office, school, hotel or event.
To arrange a workshop for yourself, your group, or to book a workshop at a location of your choice, please contact us to let us know which date you would like to book. Please note that custom classes must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
Alternatively, feel free to add us directly on WeChat. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!
We look forward to seeing you soon!