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.

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Recent News and Up coming Events:

Summer Intensive 2017-Learn the Shaolin Louhan 18 Hands in this 50 hours, five consecutive weekends program. (Read more)

Everyday Foods: Looking Through the Lens of Chinese Philosophy- June 17th 201. A talk by Andrew Sterman, Practitioner of Chinese Medical Dietary Therapy and Chinese Herbs accompanied by Ann Cecil-Sterman, Acupuncturist, Writer, and Teacher. In this workshop we will explore how familiar, everyday foods can nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Please join us as we discuss the secrets of food energetics and use them to enhance your daily life.
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Dream Interpretation with Dr. Jabari Jones - May 20, 2017. Learn how to interpret your dreams, by unlocking their secrets. Last year was the first time SKFTC acknowledged Mental Health Awareness Month, and Dr. Jabari Jones, has returned to host another workshop for us. This time he has decided to show us how we can improve our mental health by interpreting our dreams! (Read more)

Winter Kung Fu Workshop 2017: Back by popular demand, Shifu Hengxin will be teaching the Shaolin Tiger fist in our very first 5 consecutive Saturday, 4 hours each session, winter intensive program.  This is a workshop not to be missed! The program days are: January 7th, January 14th, January 21st, January 28, and February 4th. (Read more)

Please take the time to read about our weekly Lohan Quan studies, covering our Shaolin training, philosophy and lifestyle, featuring our students, and what motivates them to continue on and excel. Join us on our summer journey!  (Read more)

Happy 15th Anniversary, Shaolin Kung Fu Training. by Joe A. Bondy - I was deeply honored when Shifu and Shimu asked if I would write a piece to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center (SKFTC). The school has been a large part of my family’s life for nearly a decade, and I can only hope to express in words what it means to us, and to all of my kung fu sisters and brothers. (Read more)

On May 14th, 2016, Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center had its very first western-style mental health workshop entitled: Kung Fu for Emotions, hosted by Jabari Jones, MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist. The atmosphere was enlivened, enriched, and invigorated by Dr. Jones. He was energetic, enthusiastic, and engaging, beginning the workshop with an exciting balloon exercise. (Read more)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center is acknowledging this very important issue in our communities by organizing a few events to increase everyone’s understanding of mental health. (Read more)

" Chi Is The Essence Of Llife " A Free workshop on the ancient art of Shaoiln Qigong with Shifu Hengxin. April 16th 2016 @ 2:30pm. (Read more)

On Saturday, March 19th, we had our Die Da Jiu Seminar hosted by André Yershov L.Ac. It was an amazing afternoon! The legendary art of the Die Da Jiu has always been associated with martial arts to treat injuries related to training. However, its use has spread beyond the halls of martial arts because of its effectiveness. If you miss it here are the recap. (Read more)

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" 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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