Shaolin Kung Fu

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Kick your body into shape. Relatively new to the UK, Shaolin Kung Fu has already become a fast-growing fitness trend. With a focus on technique rather than brute strength, this martial art works a number of different muscle groups, helping you to achieve a perfectly toned body. It’s also a great stress-buster – so next time you’re feeling a bit frazzled, why not give it a go?

How does it work?

Students of Shaolin Kung Fu are taught to concentrate on developing their technique, rather than just focusing on improving their physical strength. During a Shaolin Kung Fu class, your instructor will teach you to master a number of different movements, as well as how to link them together so that they flow naturally. Movements include punches, kicks, blocking, footwork, joint locks and throws – all key forms of self-defence. You'll be ready to hold your own in no time...

Once you’ve learned the basic techniques of Shaolin Kung Fu, you’ll be able to move on to the really fun part. Advanced classes teach students to handle different weapons, such as spears, daggers and swords, as well as to develop animal-inspired defence techniques based on the behaviour of cranes, snakes, monkeys and tigers. Sounds like it's time to start practising your best monkey impression...

Other aspects of Shaolin Kung Fu include chi-gung and sparring, which help students of the martial art to practise control. With so much variety, we reckon you’re unlikely to ever get bored!

Is it for me?

Looking to fight the flab and firm up those wobbly bits? Shaolin Kung Fu is great for toning thighs, bums, upper arms and stomachs – giving you the figure you’ve been dreaming of.

As with all physical activities, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting training if you are pregnant, ill, or injured – they will be able to advise you on whether the classes are suitable for you.

Good to know

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and The Matrix’s Carrie Ann Moss are said to be huge fans of this stress-busting sport.

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