The activities of the Shaolin tradition derive from a unique historical and cultural background that spans 1,500 years of history. The cultural activities of the Shaolin tradition, including Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, have provided the means to inspire and empower individuals as well as supporting their wellbeing and health. However these traditions have historically been shared through an exclusive lineage and fewer people are able to learn these practices; this is even more scarce in the West. Our organisation firmly believes in the potential held by the Shaolin tradition, as well as, wider Chinese culture which holds a unique worldview. Their activities help to improve and support the health and wellbeing of the individuals and encourage community solidarity. As such, our mission is to preserve and promote Shaolin cultural activities and Chinese culture to the people of the UK. In doing so, we aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.
As an extension of this mission, UK Shaolin Temple believes in the following values:
- The potential of the Shaolin tradition and Chinese culture to improve health and wellbeing.
- An integrated approach to wellbeing, which recognises the interplay across physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing.
- The benefits of physical activity, which can benefit people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
- The encouragement of sharing different cultures and trying new activities
- The coming together of communities to share in these unique activities.
- The power of self-motivation to improve one’s life and to face adversity.
AS SUCH WE SEE OURSELVES AS:
- A source of authentic Shaolin and Chinese culture.
- All inclusive, regardless of age, ability, sexual orientation, culture, gender, faith or none.
- A provider of opportunities for self-improvement, self-exploration, self-empowerment and communal solidarity.
- Providing genuine Chinese cultural pastimes and martial arts.
- Seeking and gaining respect of professional colleagues.
- Working collaboratively with other communities, bodies and organisations.
- Open, communicative and continuously improving, reflexive and evolving.