fabio zambelli

Fabio Zambelli (Milano, Italy 1982) has been studying Martial Arts since 13, founding his own School at age 24. At 26 Fabio travelled to China to the roots of Martial Arts under the guidance of Master Shi Xing Long for the Shaolin part, and under Shifu Lin Jin Rong for Baji quan and Qigong, returning to China every two years for further improving his skills.

Fabio Zambelli is:

Extremely committed and passionate, Fabio lives his days following the Martial Code: hard work and self-sacrifice. The diplomas he is most proud of are his failures, as overcoming them demonstrated that Martial Arts Values, along with their code of conduct, have worked (and are still working) on him.

His outstanding determination, concretized in Heart of The Orient, world’s first designed and hand-crafted Dojo for Shaolin Martial Arts, is a proof that human will-power has no limits.

Awards and Achievements

  • Failures and mistakes: scattered across his career, and still part of the game
  • Top 3 Martial arts Schools in Newcastle, Australia,  2019
  • Weapons Dao-lu Contest – Siping, Northern China 2008 – 1st
  • Running Endurance, Siping, Northern China 2008 – 1st
  • Shaolin Stances Endurance Tournament, Bergamo, 2001 – 1st

At age 28 Fabio learns Drunken Fist from Shifu Zhang Xiao Gao. At 30 he moves to Newcastle, Australia, where he builds Heart of The Orient.

In 2019, because of his commitment in teaching and the uniqueness of his hand-crafted Dojo, Heart of The Orient is listed as one of the Top 3 Martial arts Schools in Newcastle, Australia.

Martial Mind-set

Over the past 27 years Fabio has been dedicating every day of his life to completely embodying the intense Shaolin Kungfu training, discipline and overall lifestyle. This includes constant arduous training, commencing at 4:00, rain, hail or shine.

Teaching Style

Fabio’s training sessions, as well as his classes, are very hard and demanding, as he strongly believes in the enormous value of spreading traditional training as a way to sensitize people towards the reason that big achievements come from big self-denial an daily commitment.

Today Fabio keeps inspiring students through determination, practice and courage, enabling them to increase their daily levels of motivation following the motto of the Academy he founded: “Motivation, Perseverance and Tenacity in what you really believe” to never give up in life, and making the best of it.



In February 2019, Fabio Zambelli and The Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy have been recognized by Shifu Shi Xing Long and his Academy, the Xing Long Kungfu School China, for working closely together to spread genuine Shaolin martial arts and their deepest values.

Woodwork and Martial Arts

Fabio loves expressing his passion for Martial Arts with constant training and through the Art of Wood-crafting as well:


Fabio Zambelli – Martial Curriculum

1982 – Born in Milan, Italy

1996 – Started learning Traditional Kungfu in Bergamo, Italy

2005 – Founded the Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy in Bergamo, Italy

2006 – Started learning Baji quan from Shifu Lin Jin Rong in Jilin, China. Started learning Shaolin quan with Shifu Shi Xing Long.

2008 – Learned Drunken Fist (Zui quan) from Shifu Zhang Xiao Gao and continued studying Baji quan with Shifu Lin Jin Rong in Jilin, China

2010 – Studied advanced Baji quan techniques with Shifu Lin Jin Rong in Jilin, China

2011 – Built “Cuore d’Oriente“, headquarters of Academy in Carobbio degli Angeli, Italy

2012 – Continued studying Baji quan with Shifu Lin Jin Rong in Jilin, China

2012 – Moved to Newcastle, Australia

2016 – Built “Heart of The Orient” in Newcastle, Australia

2018 – Designed Martial Arts Explained website

2019 – Studied more Shaolin forms under Shi Xing Long, Northern China. Corrected Baji Sword form with Shifu Lin Jin Rong.

2021 – Relocated the Academy to Smoko, Victoria (Australia)


Shifu Fabio is an inspirational man: he demonstrates the greatest respect and passion for Martial Arts, irrespective of the specific style. He lives and breathes Martial Arts and welcomes others to celebrate and integrate the power and purity that Martial Arts can offer. His sheer determination and hard work is evident when you step into his hand-built world. He naturally unites the students with motivation and encouragement, always pushing us to our unique and highest limits with mentally stimulating and physically challenging classes: the result is pure satisfaction and achievement. Even if it is extreme at times, the reward is so much greater. Over the past four years of training with him, my physical body totally transformed and chronic pain reduced.

Riccardo, Italy