Before you come...
Please read out the following information conscientiously, you will find it very useful for you to prepare for your trip to the Academy.
To enter the People's Republic of China you will need a visa. For short-term students we recommend to apply for a 1 to 3-month tourist visa (L-type), and for long-term students we recommend you to apply for a 3 to 6-month business visa (F-type) at your nearest Chinese embassy. After you have arrived here your visa can be extended easily and we will help you with that process.
Here you can find the locations of Chinese embassies around the world easily. Make sure to calculate enough time for the issuing process.
If you wish to study at the Academy for longer time after your visa expires, an experienced translator of the Academy will take you to the local Foreign Affair/Visa Office.You fill in two forms, take pictures with the offical code, and they will be handed in together with the documents the Academy prepared in advance. The Academy can get you a 3-month time (zero entry) at one time visa extendsion.
The fees that the local visa extending office will charge vary between the countries and are the student's responsibility. For most country the fees are 160 CNY which is about 25 USD, but it goes up to 940 CNY which is about 150 USD for students from USA. Therefore, we strongly recommend the American students to try to get as much time as possible beofer you come. For instance, if you plan to study at the Acdemy for a year, a 6-month L-type or F-type visa with one entry or two would be ideal. If you have any more questions please feel free to contact us.
We recommend you purchase a major medical insurance which also covers injuries and illness that may occur during your stay in China. The academy assumes no responsibility for injuries occurring before, during or after training, while under the academy's supervision.
What to bring:
This is not a complete list but it might help you when packing your suitcase.
First, do not forget to bring some passport photos for registration in the academy and the local police office.
For training in summer it is good to have loose trousers or shorts and a couple of T-shirts with you. For winter some additional warm sweaters for training and free time, a warm jacket as well as thermal underwear or a track suit are recommended.
It will be useful to have a pair of running shoes for jogging and stamina training. For regular training students usually wear a type of thin-sole trainers that can be bought easily after arriving.
Further you should bring basic and personal medical equipment with you and other special items you may need from your home. It is also advisable to bring a power adapter if you want to bring any type of electrical equipment from your home country such as a laptop. British-Chinese Adapters can be bought easily here and are cheap, too.
You may also like to bring books to read or to learn Chinese.
Don't forget that most of the stuff you will need can also be bought in the nearest town or the academy's little shop. If you pack your suitcase by keeping in mind that this is a Kung Fu training academy and not a holiday camp or a five star hotel, you might have everything you need.
Please make sure to transact the application fee in time so that your place at the academy is guaranteed.
The best thing to prepare yourself is to relax your mind and body. Some additional physical exercises such as running (2km a day or so), cycling, swimming, push-up, pull-ups and sit-ups can also help to prepare you, as well as a proper diet.
In fact any type of sports that helps building up muscles and stamina is helpful.
If you are under 18 years old your parents will need to confirm that you can come here. Students who are younger than 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. Any student who can not travel alone will need an escort. There is no maximal age.