Traditional Chinese martial arts and philosophy form the heart of the Academic Explorers (AE) study abroad program. Each student in the AE program experiences a uniquely intensive language immersion training coupled with the experiential study of ...
Traditional Chinese martial arts and philosophy form the heart of the Academic Explorers (AE) study abroad program. Each student in the AE program experiences a uniquely intensive language immersion training coupled with the experiential study of Chinese history and culture while engaged in a rigorous martial arts program. All students receive highly personalized instruction from a master, study and live with an international population and travel throughout China applying their learning to a cultural context. Class content, lengths and times are tailored to the students on the Academic Explorers Martial Arts in China program. As a student you can enjoy many opportunities, including the following:
Study Shao Lin, what many consider to be the origin of all martial arts, with champion martial artists from Henan province, the birthplace of Shao Lin.
Learn meditation and Traditional Chinese Medicine principles through internal martial arts, studying the art of using qi to regulate your body temperature and using pressure points to bring someone to consciousness more quickly than smelling salts.
Immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture — you will be amazed at how quickly you can learn to communicate in Mandarin, the most commonly spoken language in the world.
Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and explore ancient Chinese history, existential philosophy, captivating scenery, ethnic and cultural diversity, rich and complex language and medicine based on the natural world.
Martial Arts: While in Beijing, students study martial arts four hours daily with world-class martial artists. The training curriculum is designed specifically for Academic Explorers participants to best meet their goals and abilities. Teachers are hand picked to accomplish this objective.
Language: All language classes are taught through immersion. Participants will be thrilled to see how quickly they will become proficient in Mandarin Chinese. Chinese classes focus on the students’ ability to communicate with the people of the country. Students’ language abilities are furthered by martial arts classes conducted in Chinese, and excursions into the local community to practice learned interactions. One of our most popular practice activities is the follow up to our lesson on the cultural practice of bargaining: a trip to a local market, where students put their skills to the test.