Date registered: August 5, 2014
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I'm looking for anyone who would be interested in doing sparring in Chengdu. I use standard boxing equipment and dont care what your background is so long as you can do drills/spar for at least an hour.
I don't have any set place to practice so any suggestions are fine and I'd also be willing to pay a reasonable mat fee/entrance fee to use a gym or training place if you know of one.
Also if you can teach math/science/ or economics you can make a massive amount of money considering the living costs. Though honestly the job market sucks(pay tends to be lower) in Chengdu and there are better positions in other cities in my opinion.
Depends on your qualifications and what you are willing to teach.
EF- teach adults-
students are friendly so you can mingle with Chinese people and get some native friends
they do a decent job of setting up and handling all the visa stuff
If you wanna work for it you can climb up the corporate ladder(good if you want management experience and such)
pay is incredibly low even if you get to a higher position
45 hours a week
involves marketing aka white monkey work
EF kids- don't bother teaching EF kids in Chengdu. They are all franchices and the pay to work ratio is way too low. If you are willing to teach kids you can make way more elsewhere.
Off-brand EF with the same pros and cons. They do pay slightttttly more than EF tho.
Don't know much about them but I basically hear they suck.
Same review as I2.
Those are the biggest teaching 'training' companies I am aware of. You can make a lot of money if you are willing to teach little kids/ have teaching experience and qualifications. The other route would be to find an international school/program and teach with them since they offer better pay than the training schools generally and are more dependable than small companies you might find.(but again depends on your qualifications) Do a few google searches for the specifics of what you're looking for and you can find some job sites and it would also help if you had a Chinese friend do searches in Chinese.
As for the tai chi stuff I studied with a teacher from beijing for a year and most of the stuff ive seen on the streets here is more calisthenics and not real tai chi chuan though im not an expert. Going to practice in the parks wasnt appealing cuz of the pollution and the fact that a giant white guy doing tai chi would draw an absurd amount of attention which i tend to dislike
hey man i had similar questions when i first got here and got similar answers but there are actually dozens of kung fu schools in chengdu.
I dont know what you learned before or what you want to learn but being that this is the south, Wing Chun (or Yong Chun Quan as it is in Chinese) is by far the most common I found, also Jeet Kun Do here and there, and a few Sanda schools.
None of them advertise in English, you will never find them using English pages. The only way to find them is to use chinese search engines in chinese, so if youre fluent its all good otherwise you need to have a friend sit down and do some searches and probably dedicate a day. Most of the guys I talked to were fine with training someone with limited chinese but you will absolutely need to learn to speak it if you want to get anything out of the experience later on.
As to their actual authenticity I leave that up to you, if youve studied for 20 years i recommend watching a class at each place you find to see how serious they are and if its the right kind of place for what you want to do.In general kung fu and the various lineages and teachers' historical veracity is questionable in comparison to Japan where shit was more well documented. If youve done martial arts for years then you know how many charlatans there are regardless of the country. Most of the schools I looked at were reasonably priced usually between 1000-2000 for chunks of the year or the whole year, usually for two to three lessons a week, though usually also at night or on the weekend which depending on your job might be difficult. Some of them were absurdly priced, one place wanted 5000 for 3 months at two or three lessons a week.