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)


Summer Intensive 2018-Learn the Shaolin Lohan 18 Hands Series - Part three (Third Form) in this 50 hours, five consecutive weekends program. (Read more)

35th Generation Shaolin Disciple Shifu Hengxin is teaching the entire Shaolin Lohan 18 Hands Form. Traditionally, the multipart Lohan's 18 Hands was transmitted from the Shaolin Master only to his most trusted students in the monastery. So, Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center is providing you with a unique opportunity to learn this "treasured set" of forms. 

The Lohans were, as the ancient texts describe, uniquely gifted individuals who through dedication and practice reached a state of nirvana. Each Lohan is unique in the way they reached their enlightenment, showing us that there is more than one way to enlightenment. But, the most important thing to note is that even though they had reached enlightenment, they continued to practice that which brought them there. 

The Shaolin Lohan 18 Hands Form is an eighteen-part form that highlights the differences between each Lohan. This multi-part program that SKFTC has developed, introduces the student to each of the 18 sets individually so that it's easier to digest and absorb. Through each program you will learn about the idea behind the form and its movements. 

Which Lohan are you? Or do you share similarities with multiple Lohan attitudes? By joining and learning each set, you can discover your inner Lohan!

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


" 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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