During Shi Yan Ming’s global tour with fellow Shaolin Monks, he was fortunate to meet many different people, and experience new cultures. In addition, Shi Yan Ming witnessed how the philosophies and skills he acquired could inspire millions of people across the world.
“When I was travelling, I saw how people became inspired by our skills. Many people would ask me where they could learn this artform and I was overwhelmed by people’s passion and enthusiasm. I didn’t realise it at the time, but these experiences would have a big impact on me. I came to understand the power of inspiration and how it could motivate people to make changes in their own lives.”
Stirred by his experiences overseas, Shi Yan Ming set out on his own and settled in the UK, where he began a Chinese martial arts club in the South of the UK in 2003. The aim of the club was to offer health, and cultural activities based in Shaolin Kung Fu to a new audience. In a few short years, the club held regular classes across the Hampshire and Dorset counties.
As time passed Shi Yan Ming broadens the club’s objectives to deliver more activities to that improve physical, social, and mental wellbeing. These development inspired the founding of the UK Shaolin Temple charitable company in 2013, which kept health and wellbeing at the core of its mission.