Masters of the Academy

Fabio ZambelliFabio Zambelli – Founder of the Academy, of Heart of The Orient and Martial Arts Explained

Fabio dedicates every day of his life to completely embodying Shaolin Martial Arts. He merges his vow to Martial Arts with his extensive experience in Italian craftmanship and engineering, using curiosity as his main talent. His Dojo is the result of more than 28 years of efforts and continuous self-development. Fabio’s motto is “first win then fight”. Discover more

Joseph Joe Cox Joseph Cox – Instructor

Joseph is a proud Ambassador of the Eastern Martial Arts and has spent the majority of his adult life sharing his passion and knowledge with all those who seek to learn and grow. After spending over 15 years training and teaching both Goju and Shotokan Karate, his excitement for the triumphs of Martial Training has only grown. After more than 4 years of dedicated training in Shaolin, Joe has assisted in class training during lock down, competed in tournaments and continues to work towards personal mastery of Martial Arts. Discover more

Shi Xing LongShi Xing Long – 32nd Generation Shaolin Monk

Born in 1978, Shi Xing Long was trained in the legendary Shaolin monastery. His specialties are Sanda (Chinese Kick Boxing), Luohan quan, Nan quan, Shaolin gun (staff form) and Shaolin jian (broadsword form).

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Shi Xing Long currently belongs to the thirty-second generation of Shaolin monks. In addition to numerous victories obtained in dao-lu tournaments, he obtained the first place in the China-Korea sparring competitions in 2005.


Lin Jin RongLin Jin Rong – Baji quan Master

Lin Sifu was born in 1953. In 2002 he obtained a diploma of merit from the Chinese Wushu Association. He currently specializes in the following styles: Baji quan, Muzi quan, Pigua, Jin gang ba shi, Lin da kai, Quin na, Wudang jian, Taiji quan, Taiji jian (4 forms), Bagua, Qi gong and Pan gen Qigong. Discover more about Lin Jin Rong

Zhang Xiao GaoZhang Xiao Gao

Expert in Shaolin Kungfu imitative forms, Shifu Zhang taught Shifu Fabio Zambelli the legendary Zui quan (Drunken fist boxing) in 2008, on his second trip to China. Shifu Zhang is also an expert in Acrobatics, Ying Zhao quan (Eagle claw) and Hou quan (Monkey boxing).

Hu Pei RunHu Pei Run

31st generation Shaolin Grand Master. Trained directly at the Shaolin monastery in Henan, Southern China, Hu Shifu specializes in Taiji quan (Yang style), Qin na and Xing Yi quan.