I went to the warrior monk retreat. The people were great, food was awesome. I currently study wing Chun and studied Shaolin and tai chi years ago. This brought back bitter sweet memories of training with my best friend and teacher who is no longer with us. I highly recommend if you are even remotely interested in the arts. I felt very comfortable and walked away with a deeper respect for the arts. Amituofo my friends. More...
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It has something for everybody no matter the age. Paul.
La disciplina que tienen para hacer seriamente un ejercicio fuerte que mantiene joven y sano al practicante:como el maestro-sifu Shi yangmin!
Yan Ming Shi
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Shifu invited me to train st the temple after learning of my injury. This has been one of the best forms of physical therapy since the injury. Not only does training help me physically but it helps me mentally. Couldn’t ask for Anything better... thank you USA Shaolin Temple More...
Proud to say i am a student at USA Shaolin Temple. If you are looking for a place to challege you physically and mentally this is the spot!
100% Would recommend USA Shaolin Temple to anyone at any age looking to strengthen their body and mind and challenge themselves.
I moved to New York from California April 28 2016 for the sole purpose of learning martial arts from this man, and it has been the best decision I've made in my life thus far. The temple transforms you for the better it makes you question yourself and your habits and tendencies. Not only is Shifu the real deal but you can tell in his students the quality of his teachings, which is not only limited to moving meditation known as kung fu but also in the non-physical part. The class is perfect for any age or experience level. All the students are welcoming and extremely encouraging! If you fall we will cheer you on and clap to get you back up. More chi! Train Harder! More...
I have been training for 17 years.... wash on, wash off, wax on, wax off .... The physical training is superb, with Shifu a clear master of Kung Fu, Tai Qi, and Qi Gong .... as you train hard, you change to be the person you were meant to be ... its hard, its easy ... in the end, humility and balance will teach you everything you need to know, and training teaches you just that .... More...
I have been going from Mexico City to Temple about 3 times a Year for the past 12 years , if i had the money i would go 30 times a year ! New Yorkers are so lucky to have SiFu Shi Yan Ming living in your city ! More...
Gregory J Sarno
Dr. Ming is an amazing soul and friend I’ve had the pleasure to get to know in my life and has helped my path as our Honorary Advisor for the Beach Recovery Foundation.
Amitabha!! Amitabha!! Amitabha!!! Gracias por aceptar mi solicitud de amistad! Es un placer ser parte de este grupo de verdaderos conocedores del verdadero estilo de Shaolin!
Yan Ming Shi
MORE CHI! TRAIN HARDER! BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY TEMPLE !
Shi Héng Shi
It is a great honor to represent Shifu Shi Yan Ming in Chile. Amitabha!
Loved the few times I had USA Shaolin Temple classes with Sifu (AMITOUFO). Look forward to trying to get back to it even for a little while.
Una experiencia sorprendente! Lleno de personas maravillosas que te hacen sentir feliz y te motivan a dar lo mejor. Sifu Shi Yan Ming es increíble, una rara joya, de esas que todos deberían encontrar al menos una vez en la vida. Amituofo!
Amazing temple where one is encouraged to develop the mind, body and spirit. Probably what I miss the most after moving away from NYC. This place is home. Shifu has done a great service to NYC and the world by offering daily classes, 366 days a year! More chi! Train harder!!! Amituofo!!!!!!!!!!!!! More...
USA Shaolin Temple is an oasis of spiritual and physical excellence created by Sifu Shi Yan Ming in the middle of city chaos. Sifu's ability to teach each individual at their deepest level even in a class of thirty people is profound. If you continue to train harder you will grow in ways you could not have imagined. Training in temple sharpens your blade to fight your fights in the world. More chi! Train harder! More...
Shì Héng Qīng
Help yourself first! then you can help others!! Enjoy your life because the life is so precious. Celebrate every day like Christmas and new year. Don't make excuses in life. If you want to do something just do it don't think too much! Shifu's words!! AMITUOFO! � More...
If you want to learn how to fight, take a punch in the face. If you want to learn about yourself, train with Shifu Shi Yan Ming. Don't build expectations of what it is to be learned; just be open to what crosses your path. Amituofo. More...
A truly special place to learn traditional Shaolin Kung Fu.
I am very proud to be a disciple of Shifu Shi Yan Ming, USA Shaolin Temple. Be ready to train all muscles, internal organs and bring together your mind, body and inner spirits. Learning self defense and how it turns into offense naturally. You will be challenged and your flexibility will be deepened because when your body is relaxed, so is your mind. When the mind is relaxed so is the body, they are not separate. If one is disturbed, so is the other. "Be soft like cotton, but hard as steel. The more relaxed, you have more speed. More speed then you have more power." *Shifu Shi Yan Ming Amituofo!! from Shanghai, China AMITUOFO! More...
Proud to have been a student of USA Shaolin Temple
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Ive been a personal friend to Master Shi Yan Ming and student for over 20 years ... his teachings through the years has kept me alive during the 21 3/4 years I served as a NYC POLICE DETECTIVE .. thankyou Mr Shi Yan Ming !
Forever greatfull to the honorable Shifu Shi Yan Ming & disciples for the love & brotherhood..
Come as you are Leave as your mental and spiritual God like self that carries this physical translation into poetic consciousness or simply leave as you came Amitabha
When I found out that this isn't the Shaolin Temple I quit. This program was created to collect money off of modern Shaolin hype. The exercise was good put overpriced and some people there were cool. The teachers drink a lot and smell of alcohol during class probably from the night before. More...
Here I find new ways to train harder and feel more alive. No excuses!
A good place for body and mind.
A colleague introduced me to USA Shoalin Temple several years ago and I have been training there ever since. Not only will you get an incredible workout but you will find an incredible community of students ready and eager to embrace new students into the family. The Shaolin experience is so much more than just a workout program or your typical martial arts training. At temple you work out your mind as much as your body in what Sifu calls action meditation which you can apply to all areas of your life. In fact I have found that the key to how quickly or slowly you progress has a much greater correlation to your focus on mediation than your physical ability, which becomes even more clear when you consider that their are students of all ages, backgrounds, body types and physical abilities who excel in class. The people you will meet in class come from all walks of life and there is very much a family feel which is another reason why you will find multiple students in nearly every class that have trained under Sifu for years. More...
I've been training at the usa shaolin temple for more than 8 years, i also have gone to china with Sifu Shi Yang Ming, and see first hand how he was recognize in China and how one of the elders who also is a monk at the Shaolin Temple open his house to us and serve us food. I have seen how people from the History Channel and National Geographic among many other important mediums like press radio, etc. and respectable people like Stan Lee with his show super human been interesting in Sifu real abilities, abilities that have been measured and explained scientifically, by experts. I've seen people grow and be change in the most beautiful way because of his training, people with mental and physical disabilities. You are more than welcome to come and watch a class or participate More...
Authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Tai Chi just like they do it in China. I have traveled to China and this is exactly how they do it--Sifu does not hold back like many masters. He will teach you no matter who you are because he believes the Shaolin Temple belongs to everyone. Respect. If you train this style hard you will be fit, fitter than you have ever been, and I say this having played rugby for 13 years, wrestled in high school and college, and having ran the NYC marathon. Sifu is a Shaolin master and Shaolin Kung Fu is his life, no BS. And as a Monk, Chan philosophy is available to you. Sifu was the first of the Shaolin Monks to defect from the Chinese communist government to the US in 1994 so that he could spread Shaolin martial arts and philosophy the way it was meant to be. At the end of the day, any true martial art is about the philosophy it imparts to its practitioners, and what Sifu teaches is a true martial art. More...
I have been training at Temple for over a decade, and, while initially, I started with a 'I want to be a better fighter' mindset, over the years, through the course of training, I have ended up becoming a better person.Physically, I am definitely stronger, and more flexible than when I started (even though I am 10+ years older), but, more importantly, my mind has become more agile, I can concentrate for longer periods of time, and have developed a mental endurance and self reflection where I can think myself into better frame of mind.This is truly what martial arts is about, in my opinion. Specifics about class: Physically challenging, but fellow students are generally very supportive. First half of class is aerobically intense, as you practice what you have learnt, at a very fast pace. Middle of class is a short stretch break where, since the body is already warmed up, you can actually push yourself into deeper stretches without injuring yourself (think Bikram Yoga, but you have produced your own, internal heat!). Second half of class is spent either polishing what you have learnt previously, or learning new movements/techniques, etc.In closing, I have trained Karate (middle-school), Aikido and Kungfu (college), Wing Chun and Kickboxing (early professional life), and then came to USA Shaolin Temple. Every place was different, and special in its own way. Any school, including the teacher, is evolving, as are you. It's not a static situation. So, The key to finding a school that is appropriate for you is to try it, spend some time there, and then, to decide if you are co-evolving harmoniously. If yes, then you have found the right place!Good luck on your personal journey. Amituofo. More...
I have studied/trained/lived Chan philosophy/Kung Fu at the USA Shaolin temple for close to 7 years. The temple has been the most positive life altering experience I have had up until this point. Sifu has guided us through all kinds of pains, joys, and other journeys (and yes I have seen him every single time I'm personally there, always training and always teaching.) You can learn something here in one second that would normally take a whole lifetime to understand. I highly recommend everyone to come train with a respectful, quirky, and honest community. Amituofo. More...
Great place to work out and meet new friends. This is the hardest workout I've ever experienced. The Shaolin Monk, Shi Yan Ming is super warm and friendly and definitely knows a thing or two about kung fu. At first I was intimidated, but soon you realize everyone is cheering you on (even if you fall) and you can take it at your own pace. It improved my body on so many levels, better posture, more flexible, etc. There are 2 levels of training, as well as kids classes, and private lessons. Free uniform when you sign upChallenging: yesChanging room: yesShower: yesHours: everyday Location: super convenient Broadway/ nr. Canal St.Cleaning occurs everyday after every class More...
One of the most incredible experiences I have ever had as a martial arts practitioner! Shifu Shi Yan Ming is true to the essence of martial code and an AWESOME teacher! I have noticed some rather negative reviews posted on other sites and it really made me think…The essence of our training is based on who we are, as an individual, and what we bring to the table(temple). Mirrors are everywhere! Mirrors casting back reflections of self. We too are teachers the moment we walk thru the revolving doors. We teach fellow students by our positive and or negative behavior. We even teach our Shifu in over-standing who we are as individuals and pray that he nor anyone else would cast judgement upon us! We go with the hopes of just being free to be self while enhancing the mental, physical and spiritual selves. I am so proud to have become a disciple to Shifu because I over-stand that just like while learning a form, the mirror is becoming polished the more I PRACTICEand TRAIN. He has been an incredible source of wisdom in my life! In moments where I would question what exactly was being taught or not being taught became the moments when I truly recognised All the questions and doubts resided within my soul and Shifu showed the path in the walking contemplation. i.e. Life's moments of sipping from each drinking well. I have had some "negative" moments there as well but that had nothing to do with the temple. These moment were manifested by some individuals who came with a completely different agenda. Pointing a finger at something should help you see 3 fingers pointing back at self but nonetheless, I know they were teachers as well. To me, the very basis of Chan Meditation. Flatten Your Heart! I once had a person denounce me as a true practitioner of the arts and as a healer because of a piece of poetry I had recited, Shifu has heard so much poetry spill from my soul on EVERY LEVEL! His words to me were quite simple, First he named me Fo (Buddha) then emphatically said "NEVER STOP EXPRESSING YOURSELF! VERBALLY OR PHYSICALLY!!!" The mirror became polished even more! Only Judge Thy Self! The Universe returns what you choose to release within it. How do I rate Shifu Shi Yan Ming and USA Shaolin Temple? There aren't enough stars on this page or in the galaxy! Forgive my ranting on and on! I could easily write a novel about my experiences! Amituofo Amituofo!!AMITUOFO!!! More...
Sifu Shi Yan Ming is a real authentic ordained monk from the Shaolin Temple in China! I learned authentic Kung Fu and lost some weight and feel physically fit and mentally focused. Amituofo everyone :)
I have been training at the USA Shaolin Temple for more than 10 years. There are many reasons why I have remained at the Temple:• There is a focus on martial arts as mediation, not as fighting or self-defense.• This is a traditional, authentic practice that builds on 2000 years of Shaolin history.• Sifu Shi Yan Ming is the real thing - a wonderful teacher who grew up as a Shaolin monk. • The classes are absolutely incredible workouts and train strength, flexibility, and cardio.• Shaolin KungFu is a uniquely beautiful, dance-like acrobatic martial art form.• The Temple community is full of kind, interesting people from all ages and walks of life.• Classes are electric and everyone supports each other regardless of your level of experience.But don't take my word for it - come and see for yourself! We would love to have you visit us. Amituofo! More...
I have trained kung fu here for 8 years and consider it one of the most unique and positive places in NYC.Physically, it is one of the most intense and rewarding workouts I've ever tried. Two hours of cardio, stretching and authentic Shaolin kung fu from an amazing teacher!Shifu Shi Yan Ming brings his lifetime of study in buddhist philosophy and martial arts to NYC and translates them into a powerful experience during every class.Aside from the amazing workout and philosophy, the people who train at the USA Shaolin Temple form an incredibly supportive community. Training encourages you to question your limits, sweat harder than you thought was possible and then to apply these understandings to the rest of your life. Stretching your mind, stretching your body.Very highly recommended. More...
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I used to think it was too late for me to learn kung fu-- that I would've had to start at age 5 to have any skill. However, from witnessing the impact that training with Shifu Shi Yan Ming can bring, I've learned that isn't true. Everyone starts somewhere-- some people begin training when they're 5, some when they're 50; Some can do a full split while others (like me) couldn't even touch their toes. Everyone pushes themselves beyond their imagined limits and it has been amazing to see the growth and transformation training brings. The 2 hours of straight cardio not only helps you gain strength in muscle, but also flexibility and endurance-- which will inevitably carry through to other aspects of your life. The USA Shaolin Temple has shown me the most difficult, yet most rewarding workout I've had in my entire life as well as surrounded me with a community of positivity. Most people I speak to who are interested in trying a class fear the most that they'll make a fool of themselves, but nobody judges you at Temple. We all encourage and cheer each other on because there is an understanding that everyone is on their own path, always growing. More...
I have a decade-long relationship with the Shaolin Temple in NYC. I was introduced to the practice, philosophy, students, and Sifu through my brother who has been training here since more than ten years. Here is what I have experienced.The Temple -- The steps leading up to the Temple are a perfect contrast to what you see when you enter the Temple. It's a beautifully decorated place with vibrant colors and loads of positive chi. There are two changing rooms for each sex. They are large enough and kept clean by the students.The Training -- The classes are long enough for you to warm up, practice basic stances, move on to complex forms, and cool down. While the class may seem intense, it is highly rewarding. There are two levels and people move up based on their individual capabilities. I respect this philosophy because I believe that everyone's best cannot be the same. Some students are chosen by Sifu to teach complex forms to newer students and this is training time for everyone. If you think Sifu isn't watching, you are very wrong. Sifu is highly aware of his surroundings.The Students -- Everyone at the temple is very supportive. They will encourage you to find your best and will work with you to achieve it. Our friendships go beyond training and we often hang out with each other inside and outside the temple.Shaolin Temple is like a home to me in NYC. Sifu has always welcomed me and my family with an open heart. He has trained me and enabled me to be more expressive. I have the utmost respect for him and the Shaolin Temple.Amitofu. More...
Sifu Shi Yan Ming's teachings through the USA Shaolin Temple have changed me profoundly and my attitude towards life in every possible way. They have helped reshape Chinese martial arts and brought them to a new level in the twenty first century!!! I strongly recommend trying it out and looking into how this movement has influenced many people in many countries. Amitabha!!! More...
shifu change my life.. train harder
I like this place. it's good. i'm still trying to find out some info. my own confidence has gone up. I've lost weight as well.
Great place for anyone looking to increase their physical , mental, or spiritual health.
Training at this Temple literally saved my younger brother's life, building a core of muscle that completely surprised his surgeon at Brookhaven Hospital, where he was taken after a terrible car accident. The first thing post op that the surgeon asked us was what does your brother do? We stumbled around for an answer before finally we realized what he was asking us. He said he had never cut into anyone like that before so he really wanted to know what he did for exercise. This is 1500 years deep of Ch'an action language training. You push yourself. Plus, two incredibly fly locations, which if you are familiar with Shaolin history in the United States, everyone and their mother's uncle said they were going to build a Shaolin Temple upstate NY in the mountains, and Shifu Shi Yan Ming did it. More...
The USA Shaolin Temple is the only Martial Arts school for me. I have studied different martial arts all my life, before making the move to Kung Fu I observed many of the top Kung Fu schools in Manhattan, all of which are desirable. But it was clear to me that the USA Shaolin Temple is the best. Sifu Shi Yang Ming is an incredible teacher. The curriculum is very authentic and offers a clear path to improvement in all aspects of life!Amituofo More...
There is a HUGE space for you to practice your karate and martial arts skills. You could host parties and other events there so PLEASE give it a try!
More chi Train Harder. Great place to train Kung Fu.