Heart of The Orient is located in Australia, Rankin Park, 251 Grandview road – five minutes from Blackbutt Reserve. See map. New Students are invited to read through our Frequently Asked Questions before enrolling.
Attendance to the Dojo (Monday to Friday) for new Students is granted prior booking. You can book your class by contacting us by mail or Facebook. Students may decide to purchase a Pass-Card for membership formulas: this will give access to discounted prices. If you are not totally sure about the right class for you, feel free to book an appointment with us: we will give you all the necessary information according to your goals, whilst you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our Dojo. Heart of The Orient is also open for visits on Saturdays (between 9:30 and 16:30) strictly by appointment.
Minimum age for enrolling: 14 years old. If you don’t know where to start, we strongly recommend you to join our two-times-a-week Kung fu class, which is meant to take you step by step to the highest levels of the Shaolin Martial Arts world: from your first punch to the highest kick. If, instead, you are confident to learn any class our Dojo offers, welcome on board and let’s start training. Shaolin kung fu is a complete way of living. Differently to widespread fighting sports, our aim is to teach you to master your body and mind before acting. This is why we prefer to meet you in person before you begin your training.
Admittance into advanced styles, forms or weapons is dependent on your experience. Whatever your style is (Aikido, Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, MMA or other), you are welcome to visit our dojo first, to discuss with us the specific goals you are searching for.
Our Academy follows an eight-class training cycle: this means you will attend two classes per week (Tuesday + Friday for advance students, or Monday + Thursday for beginners), spread in a four week program, for a total of eight classes. Each class is different and progressive: it can be basics, it can be acrobatics, kick boxing, self defense, weapons and many more (you can discover more about our classes by exploring this website). You can choose the class you like most if you already know what you want to learn, although we encourage you to try them all and enroll in a full-month cycle if it's the first time you train with us. You can contact us anytime to check which class is on that particular day.
Our mission is to provide our Students the most genuine and committed preparation in Shaolin Kung fu training. However, to ensure all Athletes are given an increasing training experience, and in order to avoid over-training, our teaching style is set to a medium-level for the first academic year. All other experienced Kungfu Athletes who train regularly and desire to have a real Shaolin experience are invited to attend the advanced class scheduled at 5 AM, Monday to Friday. This is totally up to you and how hard you want to challenge yourself. To access our early morning class you need to have a minimum of 3 years martial experience, and a minimum training schedule of 10 hours per week.
Yes, we also offer a Wednesday class, but it's a specific style (called Baji Quan, Eight Extremities Boxing) and is focused mainly on self defense: this extra day is also suitable for people who don't like the intense and demanding Shaolin Training, although is no doubt that Baji Quan training will still keep you very fit.
You can have an idea of the Academy fees by visiting our E-Shop site. There are no enrollment fees and purchasing the official uniform and shoes is totally up to you. - Sorry, we don't offer free first-lessons: we believe that any time you spend here - may be one hour or years - will leave you something valuable. It will be up to you to make this tiny time part of your skills.
Yes: you can visit our technical website Martial Arts Explained where you can find inspirational videos, tips and tricks for your Martial training: check this out
Yes: water (heaps), a towel, and joggers.
Yes. For all Kick Boxing / Sparring questions, please navigate here.