Much like professional dance, martial arts combines graceful movements and colorful clothes with the ability to handle yourself in a street fight. Write your own westside story with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $30 for 5 Shaolin kung fu or Qigong classes ($125 value)
- $55 for 10 Shaolin kung fu or Qigong classes ($250 value)
- $62.50 for one month of unlimited Shaolin kung fu and Qigong classes (up to a $180 value)
Monthly tuition plans may vary by location, ranging from $125 to $180.
Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters
Over the course of a millennium and a half, the tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu has sojourned from the foot of Shaoshi Mountain to modern-day New York. The mindful martial art—equal parts meditation and physical training—crossed the ocean with Shi Guolin, a 34th-generation master of the art. He left his position as head coach at a Shaolin school in China to come to the States in 1992. Since opening his first school in New York, he founded four more branches in locations ranging from Port Washington to Flushing.
At each of these outposts, students can learn Shaolin kung-fu—a discipline that grew out of buddhism; traditional kung fu, which focuses more on physical stamina and strength; and Qigong, a form of wellness-building similar to yoga, developed in Shaolin monasteries. Even people who have never stepped foot in a dojo or formed an opinion about who would win in a fight between Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Panda can feel at home here. Trainers start at the beginning, and ease students in by practicing basic forms. They slowly introduce more techniques, weapon forms, and meditations into the training, all while transforming neophytes into steel-cut martial artists.