Frequently Asked Questions
Questions on Enrollment
How do I enroll for training at WDTKA?
Click here to enroll for training now.
How early should I register for classes?
To ensure that enough time is available to apply for your Chinese visa, make travel arrangements, and register for classes, we encourage students to begin enrollment at least one more before their intended arrival, two months for training during the summer months. Although, it is always best to get started as soon as possible.
What is the best time of the year to sign up for training?
While each seasons has its own benefits of training, you should know that training changes as per the season (click here). Typically, summer is much more busy and is more comfortable for training. The colder, and slower, months of the year are December - February. This means colder temperatures but also smaller class size and more time with your instructor. The best times are really the months in between when temperatures are not too extreme and student population is not too high, as in April - June and September - November.
What is the difference between a "Single Room" and a "Simple Room"?
While both rooms are private, individual rooms, a Single Room also has a private bathroom. A Simple Room does not. The Single Room has its own western toilet, sink, and personal shower. For the Simple Rooms, there are shared facilities with sinks, showers, and Chinese toilets. The rooms themselves have the same furnishings, bed, sheets, desk, chair, and warddrobe.
Does the school offer discounts or work programs to save on tuition?
To be fair to all of our students, we are unable to offer discounts on our regular tuition rates outside of our regular long term student discount. We are also unable to offer work programs as this would violate Chinese Visa regulation. If a student is in China on a business visa, or any other type, they are welcome to join us for training. However, we are only able to assist with Tourist and occassionally Student visa applications.
I registered for classes but now my plans have changed. What do I do?
If you are just changing your plans, please let the office know by clicking here.
What is the policy on refunds for tuition?
WDTKA has a policy of no refunds or returns on tuition paid. Once paid, however, the tuition can be redeemed at any time. In special circumstances and emergencies however, this rule can be lifted. Although all transfer fees will be paid from the remaining balance.
Questions on Training
What is a typical day of training like?
Daily training adds up to a total of 7+ hours of training time in a variety of skills within the Wudang Internal and External System. From Qigong in the morning, to Basic Training Classes during the day, and Meditation in the evening, you will study many aspects of wushu during your time in Wudang. Daily practice is a combination of footwork, flexbility, kicking drills, light acrobatics, coordination, balance, strength conditioning, form training, taiji practice, meditation, posture correction, stamina, weapons practice, and more depending on the season and how long you can dedicate to training with us.
Do I need to have martial arts experience to come and learn?
No! We accept students from all backgrounds, experience levels, and age groups to join us for training. As long as you are ready to commit to training, you will have a great experience!
What is the difference between internal and external styles?
Internal styles that are generally refered to in this way are likely the "soft" styles of Qigong, TaiJi, and Meditation. These practice methods are done at a slower speed and emphasis is placed on posture, breath, and mental balance.
When can I join the training and study martial arts?
You can study at WDTKA at any time! We are open year round and have training 6 days a week. The daily training is made to accept students of all experience levels. Once you arrive, we will help you decide on a curriculum path for your training and you will develop skills in martial arts that suit you and your needs.
Is there an age minimum or limit for training?
No. Wudang Wushu is centered around increasing an individuals health and overall longevity. The practices are designed to complement old age. While practice intensity may lessen for an older student, the benefits that can be attained are still very much present. We encourage everyone to come and learn these health sustaining practices to improve their quality of life. It is never too late to begin!
Can I choose my own curriculum during my stay?
Yes! If you have a specific area of interest, whether that is TaiJi, Qigong, a sword form, or anything else within the San Feng Lineage, you are welcome to communicate that to us and we will work with you to create a training program that helps you meet your goals.
I am only able to come for a short time. Can I still learn something in a few days or weeks?
While we enourage long term training when possible, short term students still have a lot to benefit from in the initial training. We normally advise at least one month to learn a complete form. However, a week or less is still enough time to learn a Qigong set like 5 Animals or Ba Duan Jin as well as getting initiated to all of the basic training.
How long does it normally take to study the Wudang system?
The Wudang System is very large and comprehensive. Ranging from Meditation pratice, Qigong methods, Taiji Systems, short weapons, empty hand forms, and all of the basic training that goes with each, the Wudang system is a lifelong endeavor. We have some 30 different things to study at the academy including all of the above. In our experience, it takes one month to learn each style. Some students may train slower and others may train faster. Also some forms are much longer and more technical and may require a student to have extensive training in other methods. For example, if a student learns the Staff form, the movements from other long weapon forms will be a little easier to understand because of their similarity.
Where does the training take place?
Training takes place mostly on the school grounds themselves. Students staying at the old school location will also practice next door in the courtyard of YuXu Temple. The new school location has plenty of space next to TaiJi River for practice. Both locations also have study areas, a meditation hall, and indoor training space for days where weather does not permit outside training.
Does Master Yuan teach the daily classes?
The daily training classes are mostly overseen by Master Yuan's disciples. When his schedule allows, Master Yuan will also attend classes. However, each week we have a school wide performance/evaluation hosted by Master Yuan. This gives the students a chance to show what they have been learning and get feedback from Master Yuan.
Questions on Travel
What is the best way to travel to Wudang?
While there are many ways to get to Wudang depending on how you enter China, one of the most simple and most direct is to fly into China to Beijing and get either a connecting flight or train to Wudangshan. (Airport Code: WDS, or Wudangshan Train Station)
What do I need to travel to Wudang?
Besides regular travel arrangements, one of the most important things you will need is a China Visa. You will get this by applying for a Chinese visa (most likely a Tourist Visa, but occasionally a Student Visa works as well) at your local Chinese embassy or Visa Services Center. An invitation letter can help with this process and we are happy to prepare one for you once you register for classes.
How much money will I need while in Wudang?
After making the necessary preparations for tuition, travel, and any tourism you want to partake in during your visit, it is important to have a little extra money available. This could be for emergencies, or even just shopping around town for clothing, souvenirs, and the like. Students staying for one month or more will find that a simple budget will be about 100 USD (600 RMB) per month. Students staying for a shorter period may want to budget a little more as they are more prone to spend more money in a short amount of time if they want to buy things or visit places in the local area.
What is the weather like? How is the air quality?
Weather is generally pretty mild in Wudang. It can a more damp environment as the season changes tend to have a fair amount of rain. Winters can drop to just below 0 degress Celcius while summers tend to be around 35 degress Celcius. Air pollution is not bad in Wudang as it is not a major city in China. There are a few days in the winter where the dry wind will bring in a slightly higher AQI index. Although this is not a usual occurence and the air quality where training takes place is fine.
What is the elevation?
The elevation of Wudangshan at the Golden Summit is 1612 meters (5,289 feet) above sea level and the base of the mountain range, where training takes place, is 200 meters (656 feet) above sea level.
Can I extend my visa if I choose to stay longer?
Yes. Visa extension is a simple process that we can assist you with once you are at the school if you plan on staying past your orginal visa expiration date. A few things to keep in mind is that the visa extension will most likely be equal in cost to your initial visa application and it can only be extended up until one year from your original entry date into China. This may be done in 3 - 6 month increments which means you may have to apply for multiple visa if you plan on staying for one year.
Do I need to be able to speak Chinese?
While traveling in any country it is definitely a huge advantage to be able to speak the language. However, it is definitely not necessary. Our office staff and Master Yuan, speak English, and the coaches are able to explain enough in rudimentary English (with the exception of our western coach who does speak English as his first language).
What is the safest way to exchange, send, or carry money?
For tuition, this best way to send tuition payments is by wire transfer through your bank. You may also be able to pay in person. For more info, click here.
Do I need any vaccinations?
No, you do not need any vaccinations to travel to Wudang.
Is it safe to travel alone in China?
China is very western friendly. Any time you travel you want to be conscientious of where you are and keep you valuables on your person and safe, but it is not a dangerous place as most areas are well traveled and clear. Chinese people are friendly, but you should still be aware and do not take people at their word just in case you do find yourself in a scam. Like buying an expensive dinner for someone you don't know, or paying up front for anything. Although this is easily avoided if you stick to your plan, make sure your taxis are using the meter, and regular travel details are arranged through professional mediums.
What other supplies might I need to bring?
Most everything that you will need is available for purchase here locally in Wudang. Toiletries, clothing, food, souvenirs, and more are all easy to find here at the local markets.
How do I apply for a Chinese Visa?
You will need to apply at your local Chinese Embassy or Visa Services Center. They will tell you the things that you need for the application process. You should allow time to process this well before your planned trip to China. The process iteself only takes 2-3 days unless otherwise said by your local embassy or if processed through mail. If you apply within the month before your travel dates, you should be fine.
What type of Chinese Visa Do I need?
Is the food at the school vegetarian?
The school food is vegetarian and vegan friendly. We normally have seperated servings of at least 4 dishes for each meal. There is normally a meat dish, an egg dish, and 2 or 3 vegetable dishes. They are cooked separated and students pick which ones they want so it is no problem for vegetarian or vegans alike to maintain their discipline.
Do I need a power converter?
What kind of footwear is appropriate for training?
For training purposes, it is best if you have athletic, low cut, comfortable shoes. It is possible to buy training shoes here in Wudang as well. Although it is difficult to find large shoes over size 45 European. So if you can, come prepared with shoes that are appropriate for outdoor physical training.
If I am traveling with someone is it possible to share a room?
Yes. We have double rooms (with separate beds) that can be shared with people traveling together. The tuition cost will still be per person but there is a discount for each. The double rooms also come available with AC (heating and cooling) if preferred.
Will I be learning as a group or individually during training?
Training is a combination of individual and group training. We take our meals together as well as practice Qigong, learn basic training, and share meditation with each other. Although the second half of each main class (see here for schedule) is where students will separate and learn one on one with their coach in their specific interest.