Masters of the Academy
Fabio Zambelli – Founder of the Academy, of Heart of The Orient and Martial Arts Explained
Fabio dedicated every day of his life to completely embodying Shaolin Martial Arts. He merged his vow to Martial Arts with his extensive experience in Italian craftmanship and engineering, using curiosity as his main talent, and balancing out the lack of it with constant “trying, failing-and-starting again” mental attitude. His Dojo is the result of more than 25 years of efforts and continuous self-development. Fabio’s motto is “first win then fight”. Discover more about Fabio Zambelli
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. He holds firm beliefs in renewing the disciplined Martial Lifestyle in Western Culture, and is excited to culture these beliefs amongst his students. Joe believes that respect, etiquette, passion and enduring spirit are the forces of a Martial Lifestyle that underlie victory in the smallest of tasks and the most insormountable challenges that you face in life. Discover more about Joseph Cox
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). 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. Discover more about Shi Xing Long
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
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).
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.
In February 2019, Heart of The Orient and The Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy have been recognized by Shifu Shi Xing Long and his Academy, the Xing Long Kungfu School China, now working closely together to spread genuine Shaolin martial arts and their deepest values. Heart of The Orient’s best Students, or athletes who wish to experience the real Shaolin Kungfu training, now have a chance to challenge themselves and change their life forever by travelling directly to Northern China and embrace the traditional Shaolin kungfu lifestyle.