The Reason I am Here
Yantai Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. I don't want anyone to have to go through what I went through there! Their entire web page is a lie, they only teach mantis and two shaolin forms. I did not travel half way accross the world to attend a martial arts fitness camp. If you are going to go there purely for a martial arts fitness camp then have a good time. If you are going to learn, massage, chinese medicine, meditation, acupuncture etc, please even if your flight is booked CANCEL!, CANCEL NOW!
I have never had a more distressing time in my life, the headmaster of the place physically would not let me leave until I had payed him for one months stay and three months administration fee, ($910) as on arrival, (and before I knew they only taught martial arts) I said I would stop for five months! When I left I had been there for less than two weeks.
From what I leared whilst I was there, alot of people on arriving decide to stay for a short while because for many of the younger people they haven't travelled before, they are in a new place, don't speak the language and have just travelled half way accross the world. Then the headmaster hits them for a large bill, including a $50 taxi journey which if they sent one of the local taxis to fetch you wouldn't cost you half as much.
The academy itself is not in a tranquil place, there are cars going past at least every 2 minutes, with tractor engines in them!
I am not the first person the school has managed to screw money out of and I'm sure I won't be the last. And due to the fact that the headmaster is so money orientated there is a depressing atmosphere there, also I have never really studied martial arts before and the guys I spoke to there that had, said the training was OK but they could have done it at home. Like most people they had gone there for more than that and the school does not offer it.
Please if you are going to this academy, even if your flight is due tomorrow and don't want to attend a martial arts fitness camp, cancel your plans NOW, especially if like me you are a loan female traveler!
Where is this academy located?
Correct me if I am wrong, OP, but I believe this is the website you are referring to.
Here is what the website says about this...
Originally Posted by Marbatron
So, the massage, Chinese medicine, etc. Is listed as a bonus NOT as something to be expected on the daily circiculumn.
There are free lessons on Taoism, Buddhism, acupuncture and massage in the academy, but because we focus on martial arts in the academy, so these lessons are not the professional courses. Students can get some knowledge about them by request, but there is no certificate for them. However, there are formal mandarin class from 19:20 to 20:00 from Monday to Thursday.
Here's what the website says about this...
Originally Posted by Marbatron
So, it clearly states that you pay upon arrival. It says upon arrival, you pay the monthly rental fee, room and board, airport fee. In all this is $610.00 upon arrival. There is a $300.00 difference which is unexplainable per the website...but, read your contract.
Tuition and fees
One-time non-refundable application Fee (paid prior to attend training at the Academy): $50.
Monthly Tuition Fee - paid when the student arrives at the Academy: $300.
Monthly Room & Board - includes meals, lodging, shower and washing machine (wash by yourself) - paid when the student arrives at the Academy: $260.
In order to motivate students to learn longer, the tuition will be $20 less each month as it goes on.
The fee for picking up from Yantai Laishan airport or Yantai train station to the academy is $50 one-way each time.
You can also save the $50 if you take the bus from Yantai city to Kun Yu Shan village alone, without an escort from the academy.
Can you explain more specifics about your experience with this program. Understand, I sympathize with you (and I am playing devil's advocate a bit here) as it seems you had spent some money and had a bad experience. However, from your initial post and comparing it with the website you seem to be a disgruntled consumer who is dissatisfied with their purchase rather than someone who was lied to, defrauded, and/or "screwed.
Last edited by GoldenJonas; 9/19/2006 9:15am at .
You should have posted here before you left. I personally know someone in the same region who has one of the most reputable schools in the whole Shandong Province. I could have possibly arranged for you to go his school in Laizhou city which is about 3 hours from Yantai.
Anyone else thinking about doing training in China and would like more information let me know. I have visited my friends school on numerous occasions and can vouch for the quality of instruction that you would receive and they offer a lot more in terms of training, they are a full time Wushu school.