Well this whole search wouldn’t be complete, if I would not write a post about my old school.
I have trained 8 months in China 3 years ago in Qufu.
Qufu is also a “smallish” city in Shandong Province. Actually it’s the Birthplace of Confucius.
The school is in the outskirts and it takes nearly an hour to get there from the city. The old school building was closer, the new one has a higher standard. I still liked the old one more. It had a tad more charm, but I understood why they moved.
The building is clean, a lot bigger, has nice bathrooms, a huge training hall and a platform for gradings. It is a really nice school building. No complains there.
There are two students per room ( I don’t think that changed, because there is no way that you can squeeze three beds into those rooms, so no bad surprises)
But I will not go back. Why? Well most of my friends who were supposed to stay longer, left early. It seems like there where some stupid stories going on, I am sure you will find them online if you search a bit.
But the real reason is that I do know how things work there. The school is perfect if you stay a short term. Great area, great people, good teachers. But they did promise a lot, which you did not always get.
I do not now how things are there now, maybe they changed for the better, but I do remember one student studying 4 years in the school without ever becoming the chance to perform in a competition. Another one wanted to compete to test his skills, but he was constantly being laid off. Maybe Shifu thought he was not good enough yet, but then he didn’t seem to really want to make him good enough, as we had just two short sparring’s during the 8 months I trained. Like I said that was three years ago.
What is today? Mhh I just met some who left the school earlier in other schools, so I am not going to test how it is today.
I want to keep the good memories I have from my awesome training there, which made me fall in love with Kung Fu in the first place.
I am very thankful for my Shifu who introduced me to this world, so I do not want to go to the school and risk leaving with a bitter after taste.
I still think that the school can be recommended for short-term students and beginners who want to have a great time in china and try out something new and adventures. For all the others I am just saying, do your research and then decide for yourself.
I simply can’t give you a Yeahi or Noooo for this school, for that I have made to many memories there and have been there such a long time ago. Things can change pretty quickly in China.
Not judging this school, I leave that up to you.
If you have been there or heard something you want to share, feel free to do so. It will help others with their search =)