MMA classes in Bright

Looking for MMA Classes in Bright? Try Shaolin Kick Boking!

Shaolin Kick Boxing combines MMA techniques with full-contact sparring, including punching, kicking, wrestling, throws, takedowns, sweeps, kick catches, and elbow strikes.

Our definition of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) stays true to the term “mixed”, as we incorporate the following styles during our classes:

  1. Kick Boxing (Sanshou)
  2. Shaolin Quan (see sample video below)
  3. Eight Extremities Boxing (Baji quan)
  4. Drunken Fist Boxing (Zui quan)
  5. Ground grappling
  6. Taiji quan

What is Shaolin?

Shaolin is a 1500 years-old martial art that blends martial tecniques with well-being practices. All modern martial arts styles generate from the Shaolin temple.
The applicative and fighting side of Shaolin generates Shaolin Kick Boxing.
Here’s a demo of it:

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Self Defense

Plenty of space will be also given to Advanced Self Defense, as you will learn both Joint Locks and Psychology of Aggression: an essential combination of disciplines for you to be confident and ready wherever you go:

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When and Where?

Bright Community Centre – 1 Railway Ave, Bright VIC 3741
Every Tuesday morning, from 6:00 to 7:00 AM
Please attend classes 5 minutes before commencement time



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If you are looking for MMA classes in Bright (Victoria), our mix of disciplines offers a safe and enjoable way for you to enjoy both real kick boxing and sparring to keep you fit and constantly challenged.

Who will be teaching class?

Fabio ZambelliClasses are run by Fabio Zambelli
– 28 years xp Shaolin Master – certified by the Shaolin Monastery and the Italian Olympic Committee.
– Designer of Heart of The Orient Dojo.
– Author of book Martial Arts Explained – to the heart of martial art

What does a Sparring session look like?

In order to ensure the most realistic sparring sessions possible, while ensuring safety on both sides at the same time, our sparring style is divided into two types: Turn-based combat, and Combat simulation.

  1. Turn-based combat: this type is based on a timed alternation of attack and defense. It aims at training the brain to learn increasingly difficult block-attack patterns.
  2. Combat simulation: this type is unlocked only after the Athlete has completed his/her first year of training. Combat simulation can only take place between Master and Student, or between two Students who have been enrolled in the Academy for at least one year. In Combat simulation, sparring will display the typical characteristics of a real cage fight, provided that the rules set below are understood and followed:

MMA Classes in Bright

What’s allowed and what’s not?

In general, there are three components that are excluded from our sparring sessions. They are: speed, power, and malicious intention.

  1. Speed: Athletes must be aware that it is easy to get carried away by the adrenaline of the moment, therefore, for safety reasons, speed factor is reduced to minimum in our sparring sessions, while it can increase in the turn-based combat sessions, according  to the degree of experience achieved by each Athlete. Speed is the main reason of injury in fighting sports, due to the “ping-pong effect” between the two sparring parts: if A attacks/blocks B using his/her full speed, B will adapt to this new pace, therefore the match will increase its rythm faster and faster, increasing the risk of injury for both A and B. This is called “the ping-pong effect”.
  2. Power: the same goes for power factor for any type of attack and counter-attack: reduced to minimum in our sparring sessions, which can be increased in turn-based sparring to the degree of experience achieved by each Athlete.
  3. Malicious intention: reduced to zero irrespectively. It is clear that, in order for both fighters to be mentally ready for a real-like life situation, there must be a factor defined as “simulated aggression” within our combat sessions, but the malicious intention – or clear intent of hurting the opponent – is strictly banned by our Academy.

Students who won’t obey the above mentioned rules will be banned from the Academy without reservation.


Any fist to groin, knees, occiput are forbidden. Joint locks are forbidden, as a separate class for safely studying them is already covered by our monthly training cycle. Take-downs are allowed, as long as they are controlled. Dropping the opponent upside down, or intentionally projecting him and crushing him with your own weight, is forbidden. Techniques can be still carried on in event both opponents are on the ground, as long as fighting pace is further reduced, and techniques being applied are controlled and slow.
Each of us has a job/hobby that involves parts such as fingers (musicians, artists) that are needed to carry on these actions. Facing the choice "going home at the end of the class with a broken nose or going home a bit disappointed for "not having fought in a cage", we opted for the safer one - sorry -. There are heaps of Fighting Sports Gyms you can test your skills at. Here at Heart of The Orient we aim at finding a balance, while bearing in mind that we all must find a balance between realism and care of our body, because an insignificant injury may knock at your door later in life.
We use the following gear: mouth guard, groin guard, open-fingered gloves. No shin, foot, chest, head, forearm protections are used.
No, you can use the ones the Academy provides. In order to complain with hygiene rules, all Athletes are required to wear extra cotton gloves before wearing top sparring gloves (unless sparring with their own). Our cotton gloves are thoroughly washed and sanitized after each sparring session.
Factors like: technical skills, control, flexibility, fitness and stamina are built only through attending all our classes We actually don't encourage beginners to attend only Sparring classes, as it would be pointless and dangerous. If, on the other hand, you are an experienced Martial Artist (at least one year of proved martial experience in any style), feel free to book a sparring session with us.


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.