Heart of The Orient is the headquarters of the Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy. Originally founded by Shifu Fabio Zambelli in Italy in 2005 and then brought to Australia in 2012, the Academy is the first Shaolin Kungfu school in Newcastle NSW (Australia).


With more than 23 years of experience, our Academy’s mission can be found not only in its kung fu practice, but in its hand-crafted Dojio as well: a pure Oriental facility deep in the Heart of Hunter Valley, the first in the world being fully designed, built and run by its own Master. Because “Believing is Creating”…

Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy Headquarters

Shunlian Shenghuo means “Training for Life” and the Academy aims at giving you a method to become your own master and use this gained strength to conquer your fears and pursue your goals. Our Academy continues to inspire students to follow our credoMotivation, Perseverance and Tenacity in what you really believe (from Latin: Voluntas, Assiduitas et Perseverantia in quo pro certo credis).

Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy membership
Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy 2009 Certificate of Registration

The full Academy program consists in 3+2 years of study. For an exhaustive list of all Units of Competency for each belt degree, please click here.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Karate, Thai Boxing, or MMA sthlete: come to Heart of The Orient and choose the class that matches your goals. Heart of The Orient guarantees students authentic training with amazing results.

If you are a professional athlete, Heart of The Orient can also assist you in preparing for specific competitions.

kung fu classes newcastle nswAll classes and styles belong to the Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy program and are brought to you in their genuineness.
Not sure which class suits you most..? Try our Style choice Advisor!

The Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy allows its Students to learn any class with no limitation. However, we strongly suggest to follow a gradual 3+2 year program where you can start from the easiest skill to the most complex Shaolin Kungfu technique. Furthermore, this is the only way the Academy will recognize your achievements.