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UK Shaolin exists to share, promote, and preserve Chinese culture and arts by delivering educational initiatives, and physical activities.

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Southampton Chinese New Year Celebration 2020

Southampton City’s 2019 CNY Year of the Pig Celebrations exposed millions of people to its activities. The UK Shaolin Temple returns once again to host Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Rat Celebrations in collaboration with Southampton City Council. Alongside our partners, and collaborators, we will be out in full force this Chinese New Year to see in the Year of the Metal Rat with an array of celebrations taking place over two days: Saturday 25th January 2020 and Saturday 8th February 2020. The celebrations programme sees both well-known and new attractions, performances, and activities that will unite the City of Southampton and celebrate this beloved cultural festival.

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Southampton Lantern Festival Parade 2020

Join us for more fun on the evening of Saturday 8th February 2020, which marks the final evening of the CNY 2020 festivities. The main event includes a stunning Chinese New Year Lantern light parade, where young and old can experience Southampton Chinese Arts. This parade is a visual feast of colour and light, as a sea of lanterns accompanies our dazzling luminous Dragon. The parade commences at the Southampton’s Bargate, travels down the high street, and finishes in the Guildhall Square. Don’t miss an opportunity to snap a picture with our star, the Dragon.

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UK Shaolin Travel

UK Shaolin Travel will take the uncertainty and difficulty out of travelling around China. All the essential arrangements will be made by us before you arrive. Whilst you travel we’ll be on hand to support you and liaise with our transport contacts in China during your stay. This support ensures that you can concentrate on your studies and explore this unique and diverse country.

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  • Chinese Dumplings Workshop 18th December 2019
    Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Shaolin, When the dough lay round about, plump and full and steaming… While the weather was wild and windy last Saturday 14th December, inside UK Shaolin Temple, a hearty gathering of our members learned how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. While it is […]
  • Mid-Autumn Festival 29th August 2019
    It falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar callendar. At this time the moon is believed to be its roundest and brightest of the whole year. It is also the harvest moon as at this time, one of the main food resources, rice, is supposed to mature and be harvested. […]
  • Ba Duan Jin 30th July 2019
    The word “Ba”, or number eight, in the Ba Duan Jin not only means eight sections, but it also means that there are a variety of elements in the practicing Ba Duan Jin. Gao Qian, who wrote in the Ming Dynasty remarks that one should, “practice Ba Duan Jin in the early morning, [as] […]
  • UK Shaolin Temple Grading July 2019 16th July 2019
    On Sunday 14th July 2019 the UK Shaolin Temple held its annual Summer Kung Fu Grading. Altogether, 12 students from the UK Shaolin Temple Southampton and Bournemouth School participated and undertook the exam for their next Kung Fu Level. Everyone was well prepared and feeling a little nervous but once the […]
  • Strong Woman From UK Shaolin Temple 4th June 2019
    So many women are put off from sport and physical activity because they don’t look a certain way. In fact, a study by Sport England found that 75% of women avoid being active due to a fear of judgement. Strong Women is a weekly series that aims to normalise diversity in the world of sport […]

UK Shaolin delivers authentic Chinese culture educational initiatives and health and wellbeing activities. We do this because we believe in the benefits that these activities bring: enhancing your knowledge, empowering your self-expression, and supporting your wellbeing. We make it easy to try a session out for yourself with your free trial offer that is available to every new student.

You can try any one class from our weekly timetabled classes for free. These sessions include Kung Fu, Tai Chi, San Da, Qi Gong and Meditation, or Acrobatic and Gymnastics.

Start your journey of self-discovery today. We can’t wait to greet you.