At the Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center, there are no ranks, no belts, and no competition.
You train against yourself to better yourself.

Shifu Hengxin and Shimu Arlene
Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center

Established in 2001, the Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center is a warm, community environment in the heart of Manhattan, where students of all ages and abilities are encouraged to strive toward their own limitless potential for growth in physical agility and self-awareness.

Upholding the values established at the Songshan Shaolin monastery over 1,500 years ago, Shifu Hengxin and Shimu Arlene infuse expert instruction of traditional skills and forms with a culture of respect and discipline.  (learn more about us)


Cultivating Right Mindfulness: How to Achieve Emotional Balance and Overall Wellbeing.- May 3, 2018
from 7:00pm to 8:00pm with Jabari Jones M.D.

May is right around the corner, and it is Mental Health Month. We are excited because back again this year to help us recognize this important event is our very own Jabari Jones M.D. board certified psychiatrist. On May 3, 2018 at our school from 7p.m.-8:30 p.m. he will be hosting a free, public workshop entitled:Cultivating Right Mindfulness: How to Achieve Emotional Balance and Overall Wellbeing. Read more

Winter Intensive 2018 - Lohan 18 Hands Series - Part two

Join us for the Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center’s 2018 Winter Intensive Program. The SKFTC Winter Intensive Training Program starts on Saturday, January 6th and runs for 5 consecutive Saturdays.

This winter, 35th generation Shaolin disciple Shifu Hengxin will train you in the second form of Lohan’s 18 Hands series, one of the most ancient and foundational forms of Shaolin Kung Fu.

This timeless training has been passed down through generations of Shaolin disciples. On Saturday, January 6th, it can be yours to experience, learn, and practice in your everyday life.

Training Schedule and Pricing:

5 Saturdays, 2pm – 6pm: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 & Feb 3

Tuition: $325.00 (SKFTC students) / $425 (Non – SKFTC students)

Open to all SKFTC Adult and Teen/Youth students. Non-students – open to adults only. REGISTER IN PERSON AT SHAOLIN KUNG FU TRAINING CENTER.

Learn the foundational form of Shaolin Kung Fu and sign up today!

Lohan's 18 Hands - Historical Background:
Lohan’s 18 Hands can be traced back to the origins of Shaolin history and is one of the foundational styles of the Shaolin school of Kung Fu. It is believed that the concepts of the form are based on canonical texts from the Shaolin Temple’s monastic library. These texts led the early Shaolin monks to develop simple sets of movements and exercises, which were meant to prepare and care for their bodies as they spent long hours in daily meditation central to monastery life.

It is said that in ancient times, 18 stone statues stood the Shaolin Temple grounds, each depicting a different Lohan, each in different postures. Each statue served to inspire the character, movement, meaning, and personality of the different sections of movement that eventually developed into what we now know as Lohan’s 18 Hands.

By the end of the Tang dynasty, 36 movements of the form already existed. Between the song and Yuan dynasties, monks such as Jue-Yuan and Qui-Yue aided in adding an additional 173 movements. Finally, during the Ming dynasty, the form had developed and codified into a coherent structured set of 18 distinct passages, each with initiating and concluding sequences, thus making the complete form 324 movements in total.

Lohan’s 18 Hands exudes a sense of truthfulness and realism, creating an illusion of lifelike imagery through the rhythm and style of the Kung Fu form. Its movements provide internal clarity and external strength. Traditionally, the multipart Lohan’s 18 Hands is transmitted from the Shaolin Master only to his students in the monastery.


" Why is the Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center special to me?  It’s simple; Shifu Hengxin and Shimu Arlene. Anyone deeply involved in Martial Arts knows that it's all about the teachers, and not just the form.   Many masters are skilled, but few truly embody the Buddhist spirit and philosophy around which these internal arts are based.  As soon as you walk into SKFTC, you know that is the case here. This is truly a community, one of love, compassion, humility, and positive attitude. Yes, the instruction is traditional and superb, all done by Shifu Hengxin and Shimu Arlene. The form is beautiful, challenging and rewarding.  Basics, basics basics — no shortcuts here.  Competition, ego?  Goodbye.  This is the embodiment of the monk in his or her discipline, without any religious context.   My greatest joy, is that now my son has joined me in absorbing the unbelievable spirit this place has to offer.  You'll be very surprised that you can still find training like this here in New York City. I know we are both better people because of our involvement in this community."- Marc Bassin 2017

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