Path of the Monk: 18 Lohans Kung Fu Training in Pai, Thailand

196 Days, Multiple Departures

Path of the Monk: 18 Lohans Kung Fu Training in Pai, Thailand
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Named after the 18 Lohan monks, the followers of the Buddha, the 18 Lohans are an elite group who will train directly under Master Iain alongside the Kung Fu Retreat Instructor Team.


The path of the Monk puts more emphasis on personal and spiritual development and self-healing and is less physically demanding.

Be part of a supportive community with a structured daily routine.

Improve physically and mentally – look and feel good at any age!

Develop self discipline and self mastery.

Explore new philosophies and cultures.

Develop and grow as a person.

If you have 18 weeks available to immerse yourself in the life of Kung Fu, want to progress as far as you can with Kung Fu, and do not require instructor training, choose this option.

If you want to completely immerse yourself on the path of the Kung Fu Monk and especially if you want advanced training direct from the Master, choose this option. There can only be 18 Lohans at any given time so please plan in advance and make sure that a place is available for you.

If you are training with us for the first time:

Learn unarmed combat and self defense: protect yourself and those around you.

Progress to the level 5-7, depending on how long you stay and how diligently you train.

Learn the first 5-7 tiger Crane routines, both Shuang Yang routines – freehand and cane, 2 chi kung systems, the 2 most essential Shaolin weapons – Tan Tow (Chinese broadsword) and staff and an additional 2-4 of the more advanced weapons.

Complete all 8 of our masterclasses, advance to an exclusive class only for people who have achieved the third level or above and then progress to the instructor training group where Master Iain coaches his instructor team.

Gain our Certificate of Competence: intermediate level.

Accompany us on our group excursions if you choose.

Continue your Kung Fu journey, take yourself to the next level:

Continue your Kung Fu journey, take yourself to a much deeper level.

Either way, work on your self so that you are better able to support the people close to you.

This is a very deep art! Soak up Master Iain’s teachings on the philosophy, history, culture, ethos and traditions of real Shaolin Kung Fu.

About The Host

When we set out to design the Kung Fu Retreat, we looked to make all of our dreams about a perfect Kung Fu, Chi Kung (Qi Gong) and Meditation school come to become reality. We spent many years choosing the ideal location then set about building a full time, residential school with all of the elements needed by serious students and teachers alike. We have been perfecting the Retreat over the last 15 years and, although we are constantly fine-tuning and improving, are now close to the ultimate Kung Fu venue.

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