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It’s Kung Fu time at the UK Shaolin Temple


Shaolin Qinna Workshop 2016

Featuring traditional Shaolin body conditioning


It's not about having time

It's about making time


Don't wish for it

Work for it!

New look, New us, New Temple !

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Open 7 Days a Week
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Come on in and join us. We have a brand new facility especially kitted out for our training purposes and complete with a Meditation Hall. Try out training in genuine Shaolin Kung Fu, San Da, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Chan Meditation and many more Chinese cultural activities to come. 

Our classes run daily; please click the button to find out.

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A registered charity in England and Wales

UK Shaolin Temple Official Website

Welcome to UK Shaolin Temple’s Official Website. UK Shaolin Temple is a registered charity in England and Wales. We are a unique organisation that exists to share, promote and preserve Shaolin culture. The ‘Shaolin’ culture refers to the activities, philosophies and lifestyles specific to the Chan Buddhist Shaolin Temple. These include a number of physical and philosophic activities such as Shaolin Kung FuQi GongTai Chi and Chan Meditation. In addition, as the Shaolin culture is not a self-contained entity but heavily influenced by its environment and wider culture, we are also committed to engage people with many aspects of wider Chinese culture. This includes its art, language, philosophies, folk traditions and worldviews. 

UK Shaolin Temple strives to present these cultural traditions in their purest form. By engaging people in these activities we believe that physical, mental and social wellbeing may be improved. This is achieved by keeping active, becoming conscious of our mental states and engaging with different cultures and lifeways.

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Shaolin Culture

UK Shaolin Temple

Shaolin culture has been in the world more than 1500 yeas and it contains within it many traditions from philosophical to physical. One of its most renowned is Shaolin Kung Fu. Kung Fu’s original purpose of was to improve the wellbeing of its monks. Although more importantly, it was used to express the wisdom of Ch’an Buddhism in a physical form.

Other influences on the Shaolin culture is the wider Chinese culture. A sincere comprehension of Shaolin culture therefore also requires the study of Ch’an and Chinese culture and history.

Shaolin culture was passed down from dedicated warrior monks through generations of disciples. Now, the UK Shaolin Temple wishes to continue this tradition in the UK. We do this in order to preserve this unique culture and also allow for more people to learn and develop from their teachings.

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Kung Fu Classes

Do Right. Do Your Best.

Our Kung Fu classes are open to everyone. Students will learn many stretches, stances, kicks, jumps, combination movements, empty hand forms and weapons forms as a part of our Kung Fu classes. These skills can maintain many aspects of health and wellbeing as a wide range of fitness are covered including flexibility, aerobic, strength, speed and so on. The content of Kung Fu is board and varied so there is always something else to learn and continuously improved upon.

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Qi Gong Classes

Let Qigong help you achieve health and well being.

Qi Gong allows you to explore your internal and external energy. Students will learn Qi Gong exercises which involve and combination of stretching and breathing techniques in set routines. These sessions are suited to everyone but they are particularly beneficial for people looking to improve their mental and emotional health, mobility and strength. You will find that Qi Gong may help your circulatory system and reduce stress.

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San Da Classes

Protect Yourself At All Times

An alternative descriptor for San Da is Chinese Kickboxing and anyone . San Da is formed of a range of practical, unarmed self-defence techniques and drills. Our classes focus on practical techniques, fitness drills to improve stamina and speed but it also has Kung Fu theories underlying. Students being with learning basic techniques and as their skill develops they begin to apply those techniques in sparring sessions. Students broaden their skills by going forward and competing in San Da. These sessions are excellent for learning practical self-defence, as well as improving one’s confidence.

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Tai Chi Classes

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

Tai Chi classes are suitable for all people. It has been acknowledged that training in Tai Chi is useful for building strength, improving mobility, alleviating illnesses and improving balance, cultivating your moral character and some believe that it can prolong your life. Our Tai Chi classes focus on learning basic techniques and Tai Chi forms. You also have the opportunity to build on this knowledge by learning Tai Chi weapons forms.

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Ch’an Buddhism

Before I was born, who am I? After I am born who am I?

Shi Yan Min teaches the philosophy and practice of Ch’an Buddhism including Shaolin Ch’an. This specifically covers Ch’an philosophy, meditation, and the history of Ch’an Buddhism and the Shaolin Temple. These sessions involve learning essential Ch’an teachings, enabling people to explore an alternative worldview. These sessions are open to everyone regardless of any existing faith or beliefs, or none at all. Shi Yan Min discusses the Ch’an Buddhism outlook on life and the various different ways on can engage with Ch’an, as well as its development through the Shaolin Temple.

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Get Started Today


UK Shaolin Temple offers a free Kung Fu trial lesson to every new student. If you would like to experience real Kung Fu training and Shaolin Culture, become a member of our Shaolin family. To receive a free trial lesson just fill out your details on our online form or by email and you will receive a code for a free trial lesson.

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Living well for all, all for living well.

To get people to live well is at the heart of UK Shaolin Temple's mission. It is also our largest campaign. Live well covers many ways to improve your wellbeing using Ch'an and Shaolin philosophy and practices. We also include other vital ways so you, the world in which we live in and the beings that inhabit can live healthier and happier.

Make A Donation

Your donation will help us to provide more opportunities to engage people in these unique traditions. We have a number of causes and campaigns you can donate to. Please follow the link to find out more.

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Join Kung Fu Training

This is a very popular way to help and support us. Not only will you keep yourself healthy and strong, develop your mental discipline and practice interpersonal skills but you will also help us to progress towards our goals.
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Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved in our work. We are also looking for volunteers, opportunities for collaboration and sponsors.
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Train with an empty mind, teach with a good heart

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