Frequently Asked Questions 2017-10-03T10:06:08+00:00
How do I know a fundraiser is legitimate? 2017-10-03T10:10:59+00:00

Fundraisers will be wearing UK Shaolin Temple uniforms, which may be in the form of UK Shaolin Temple t-shirts, sleeveless tabards or hood. You can see examples of these on this page. Fundraisers operate on busy streets, in shopping centres and similar venues and from door to door. The uniforms they wear may differ slightly depending on where they are fundraising.

Fundraisers will also carry an ID card, which bears their name, photo and details of the fundraising organisation they work with. If you want to sign up to support UK Shaolin Temple but aren’t sure that the fundraiser is legitimate, you can contact UK Shaolin Temple on 023 8063 4722 between 9 and 4 Monday to Friday.

Can I support you from overseas by Direct Debit? 2017-10-03T10:10:14+00:00

Yes it is possible to support us by Direct Debit if you are overseas BUT only if you have a UK bank or building society account that accepts Direct Debits.

If you do not have a UK bank or building society that accepts Direct Debit, you can still support us by paying annually by credit card or bank transfer. With bank transfer, please ensure that you quote your supporter number and state what the payment is for.

Please note that there is an additional charge to cover the cost of postage overseas – Europe £4.00, Rest of the World £9.00.

I have raised some money for UK Shaolin Temple, where shall I send the cheque?

Thank you for your efforts and generosity, we really appreciate your support! Please send us a cheque, made payable to UK Shaolin Temple, to: UK Shaolin Temple, G2, Liners Industrial Estate, Pitt Road, Southampton, SO15 3FQ. It would be great if you could also let us know how much money you raised. If you include your name and address we will also send you a thank you letter.

I want to change the amount of my Direct Debit payments, how do I do this? 2017-10-03T10:09:27+00:00

You can change your Direct Debit payment amount at any time by simply calling us on 023 8063 4722.

I need to cancel my Direct Debit as my circumstances have changed. How do I do this? 2017-10-03T10:08:48+00:00

You can cancel your Direct Debit at any time by contacting your bank. Some banks may request this in writing. Please also advise us of your cancellation by contact us.

The amount that’s being taken from my bank account is different then I wanted to give to the UK Shaolin Temple. 2017-10-03T10:08:12+00:00

Please contact UK Shaolin Temple on 023 8063 4722 and we will correct these details immediately.

How can I make sure my donation is safe? 2017-10-03T10:07:20+00:00

The Fraud Advisory Panel and Charity Finance Group have produced a guide to giving safely aimed at individual charitable donors in the UK. It provides practical advise to giving safely and avoiding potential scams to ensure your donations reach UK Shaolin Temple and any other charities you support. Please contact us for more information.

How do I make a donation to UK Shaolin Temple? 2017-10-03T10:06:47+00:00

There are many ways to donate money to the UKST. The best way to donate money is online, go to our donation page, this method is secure, quick and simple to use. You can also donate by cash or cheque directly to the UK Shaolin Temple, please go to our donation page for more details.

Do you pass my details to other organisations? 2017-10-03T10:05:07+00:00

We value and respect your privacy. We do not share any personal information with other organisations.

You may also like to contact the Mailing Preference Service, who are able to restrict the amount of unsolicited mail, faxes and telephone calls you receive. Their contact details are:

Mailing Preference Service (MPS)

70 Margaret Street



t: 020 7291 3310

f: 020 7323 4226


Who is president of UK Shaolin Temple? 2017-10-03T10:04:18+00:00

The president of UK Shaolin Temple is Shi Yan Min.

How can I comment or make a complaint about the UK Shaolin Temple? 2017-10-03T10:03:45+00:00

If you wish to comment or make a complaint about the UK Shaolin Temple, you can do so to any UK Shaolin Temple member of staff. Alternatively, please contact us, or write to the UK Shaolin Temple at: UK Shaolin Temple, G2, Liners Industrial Estate, Pitt Road, Southampton, SO15 3FQ.

To help us respond to your comment or complaint effectively, please tell us which of our services it relates to. Also, please include your full name, contact details and let us know how you would like us to contact you.

Can I interview a member of UK Shaolin Temple or your Master? 2017-10-03T10:03:02+00:00

The UK Shaolin Temple can only provide interviews to professional members of the media. If you are a journalist, please contact our Media Team. If you are a student studying journalism, we cannot provide interviewees for you.

Can I use the UK Shaolin Temple logo, images or information in my project? 2017-10-03T10:02:14+00:00

Students have our permission to use the UK Shaolin Temple logo appropriately on their projects, as long as it is for a non-commercial purpose. We cannot give permission for the reproduction of any of the images on our website. They are subject to copyright and we only have permission to use them in specific circumstances. Students can use any of the information from the website, as long as they state where it comes from in their respective referencing format.

Can I work for the UK Shaolin Temple? 2017-10-03T10:01:35+00:00

You can search for open positions on our Vacancies page. There, you can find out what you can expect from us as employers, what we are looking for in a candidate and find out more about our recruitment process.

When was the UK Shaolin Temple founded? 2017-10-03T10:00:45+00:00

The UK Shaolin Temple has been established since 2002 and was registered as a charity in 2013 by 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk – Shi Yan Min. Our dedicated temple facilities n Southampton were officially opened to the public to teach Shaolin Kung Fu and Shaolin Culture on 9th April 2016. To read more about the UK Shaolin Temple please go to the about us page.

What does the UK Shaolin Temple do? 2017-10-03T10:00:09+00:00

We are a unique organisation for Shaolin culture and Ch’an Buddhism in the UK. We firmly believe that the health and all round wellbeing of individuals can be positively influenced by the wisdom of the Shaolin and Ch’an cultures. These help to encourage a lifestyle which promotes one’s physical, social, mental and spiritual well being. We therefore teach Shaolin culture and Ch’an Buddhism to the public, to help them to facilitate an all round healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

Where can I find information about UK Shaolin Temple Charity and Ch’an Buddhism? 2017-10-03T09:58:45+00:00

You can find information on this website. There is general information on Ch’an Buddhism and Ch’an Buddhist Philosophy. If you require more detailed information, you can find research, statistics, and reading lists on our website, these are currently being compiled. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can also contact us.

How many UK Shaolin Temples are there? 2017-10-03T09:56:47+00:00

We are the only Shaolin Temple in the UK. UK Shaolin Temple [UKST] is a registered charitable company that teaches Ch’an Buddhism and Shaolin culture in the UK, our charity number is 1150698, and company number is 8372242. For more information about the UK Shaolin Temple please click about us page.

Where does UK Shaolin Temple’s Master/Shifu come from? 2017-10-03T09:56:13+00:00

Shi Yan Min and his disciples have extensive experience of training in the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng city, Henan province in China. Shi Yan Min is a 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk and a representative of the Shaolin Temple in China currently living in the UK. Shi Yan Min has had over ten years experience of coaching in the UK and has successfully run his own martial arts organisation for over ten years.

Shi Yan Min’s mission is build a Shaolin Temple in the UK, in order to bring Ch’an Buddhism and the Shaolin and Chinese culture to the UK. To read more information about Shi Yan Min, please visit our profile of Shi Yan Min.

Will I get a certificate after I pass my grading examination? 2017-10-03T09:55:14+00:00

Yes, every passing student receives a certificate with the UK Shaolin Temple’s official stamp. In addition every student, whether they passed their exam or not, will receive a grading report which outlines the awarded points for each criteria and also a summarising comment from the examiner in order to help the student improve their skills.

Does UK Shaolin Temple use a grading system? 2017-10-03T09:54:01+00:00

Yes, we have a 9 level belt system. However, students will continue to learn and practice after level 9. UK Shaolin Temple generally holds grading events three times a year. For our grading timetable and further information please browse our grading page. This page will tell you how to register for a grading and the things you need to know to get prepared.

What are the benefits of the UK Shaolin Temple membership? 2017-10-03T09:53:26+00:00

When you become a member of the UK Shaolin Temple, you will get reductions off UK Shaolin Temple events, courses, seminars, workshops, Kung Fu shows and many more.

You will also receive exclusive invitations to UK Shaolin Temple events and news updates before general release. In addition, you will also receive access to training materials and social media content on our member-only social media page.

Why do I need to join the membership? 2017-10-03T09:52:47+00:00

When you join the UK Shaolin Temple membership you will automatically get a martial arts license, which is a requirement by law when practicing martial arts. If you have an existing martial arts license with another club, you still need to a separate license for our activities.

When and how do I become a member? 2017-10-03T09:52:07+00:00

Once the trial lesson is finished, if you wish to continue training with us, you must complete a membership form and purchase an annual membership. After which, you can choose to pay for your training sessions individually, or on a monthly basis.

Does UK Shaolin Temple have a uniform? 2017-10-03T09:51:38+00:00

Yes, all UK Shaolin Temple students must wear the required uniform, after you have joined the UK Shaolin Temple membership. This includes a UK Shaolin Temple t-shirt and designated training trousers. For San Da classes, this includes San Da shorts rather than trousers.

What clothes or equipment should I need for my trail Kung Fu classes? 2017-10-03T09:51:05+00:00

When you attending your trial classes, make sure that you should wear loose, comfortable clothing, allowing you to stretch and move easily. We do not recommend wearing heavy or tight tracksuit trouser or tops. With regards to footwear, we do not allow outdoor shoes to be worn on our training mats. You can either train barefoot or wear socks. We also recommend that you bring a good amount of drinking water. Where Shaolin San Da (kickboxing) classes are concerned, you will require additional equipment if you attend these sessions regularly. For example, boxing gloves, punch pads etc. We would recommend that you speak to your instructor about this.

When can I start UK Shaolin Temple Kung Fu classes? 2017-10-03T09:50:22+00:00

The best way to start your Kung Fu training is if you contact us before starting. To receive a free trial lesson, you can fill out a FREE TRAIL LESSON form online, send us an email, or you can contact us by telephone. After you have made an enquiry, you will receive a free trail lesson code and then you can start your Kung Fu training straightaway. If you come to a class for a free lesson without notifying us, you may be required to pay for the trail class before starting the lesson.

After your free trial lesson, you need to join our membership before attending any more sessions. A member of staff will give you this information at the end of your trail lesson.

What kinds of payment do you accept? 2017-10-03T09:48:36+00:00

We accept cash, cheque, or bank transfer. We cannot accept any card payments during the classes at the moment. We accept payment in GBP only. For monthly class payments, we also accept Standing Order payments.

Can I come and watch a class before I join in? 2017-10-03T09:47:38+00:00

You are more than welcome to come to one of our classes to watch before deciding to join in. The best way to view a class is to contact us before-hand to let us know when you are coming. To find more information on our classes, please view our class schedule.

I worry that my physical ability is not suited to martial arts, could I still train? 2017-10-03T09:47:06+00:00

If you’re worried about your physical ability, say your strength, mobility or flexibility is poor; our Shaolin training has a number of disciplines which can cater for different needs. For example, Kung Fu involves high physicality and is suited to people looking to improve their speed, strength, flexibility etc. Tai Chi involves slow, toning movements, which can improve our mobility and also improve your overall health. Qi Gong involves stretching and breathing exercises which involves low physicality. By offering these disciplines, different physical levels can be accommodated. We do stress that you should seek the advice of your GP if you have concerns before joining our classes.

What is the age limit for people to join? 2017-10-03T09:46:28+00:00

Most our classes are suitable for everyone to join. There is no maximum age limit; but the minimum age we would recommend is from 4 years. This is because very young children may struggle to concentrate for a whole session. We do stress that you should seek the advice of your GP if you have concerns undertaking physical exercise.

Do you have classes for children and family groups? 2017-10-03T09:39:34+00:00

If you view our timetable you will see that our children’s Kung Fu classes are marked in green color and families’ classes are marked in orange color. Please check our class schedule for more information. Most of our normal Kung Fu classes are suitable for family groups to join; the only classes which may not be suitable are the advance classes (or where age or level restrictions apply).

Do you have classes for beginners? 2017-10-03T09:33:37+00:00

Beginners are welcome to almost every class, except from some classes with advance training, or level requirements. Otherwise, our other classes are suited to all levels. We also have one class only for beginners (a kung fu class). This class is on every Sunday from 12pm to 13.30pm. If you’d like more information, please contact us and speak to one of our instructors.

I haven’t done any martial arts before. Can I still attend the UK Shaolin Temple Kung Fu classes? 2017-10-03T09:07:55+00:00

Yes, UK Shaolin Temple Kung Fu classes, like all of our activities, are open to everyone. Great physical health and knowledge of Chinese martial arts is not required. You will develop your wellbeing and other skills at your own rate during training.

Where does the training take place? 2017-10-03T09:44:58+00:00

We run our training classes at the UK Shaolin Temple in Southampton. Please browse our class schedule for further details.

We also run classes in Dorset and Devon, which are run by master Shi Yan Min’s disciples. For more information about classes in Dorset and Devon, please contact us.