A hand-crafted Dojo

Heart of The Orient is a little, humble Martial Arts Dojo with a touch of Made in Italy: the place, in fact, has been completely designed and built by its founder Fabio Zambelli.

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The Dojo

Built in Northern Italy in 2010 as the operative center of the Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy, the same concept has been brought to Australia in 2012 with the same passion and mission: to offer a place for people to learn genuine Shaolin training, but with a huge difference making Heart of The Orient one of a kind: the Dojo is in fact the first replica of a Shaolin Dojo in the world.

  • it has been fully designed and built just by one person, its founder
  • everything (doors, windows, tiles, wiring, flooring, training tools and weapons) has been carefully hand-crafted
  • graphics, websites, inspirational videos, martial arts on-line resources, training sportswear… are all designed and made by us
  • and, of course, the Academy, that has been established and is currently run by its founder
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There is so much love and care at our Dojo, individually built with my own hands. My ultimate goal for each of you stepping into this world of mine is sharing with you the same passion that motivates me everyday. Fabio Zambelli

Heart of The Orient is the first designed, built and owned Shaolin Martial Arts Dojo in Australia. Because we put Art in everything, not only in what we teach.

Due to major changes happening worldwide (and we are not immune to this universal law), starting April 2021 our Dojo will no longer host classes. Heart of The Orient will continue its mission in two separate locations, one still in NSW and a new one in Victoria.