Martine Niven has been training with UK Shaolin Temple under Shi Yanmin for 10 years.
Martine’s accumulative experience for Chinese martial arts spans over 16 years, previously including Tai Chi and hard and soft Qi Gong. Since training with UK Shaolin Temple, Martine’s training focus has gravitated to traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. Martine’s specialties include Traditional Shaolin Forms, Shaolin Mantis, Shaolin Straight Sword and Spear and Nine section Chain Whip.
Martine has trained full time in China on a number of extended visits. During her tuition there, she has trained in the Shaolin Temple and learned from many Shaolin Masters. Martine’s training was officially formalized during her trip to China in 2013. Martine undertook a formal discipleship under Shi Yanmin. As part of the ceremony, Martine was inducted into the 35th Generation of Shaolin disciples and took a new Shaolin name: Chen Miaoshan. This means.
Aside from training, Martine also performs regularly at Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations, including our UK Shaolin Temple Lion Dance Troupe. Martine has also competed in Chinese martial arts Competitions and enjoys competing in traditional Shaolin forms and weapons.
Alongside training and teaching, Martine also practices Traditional Chinese Medicine and runs a Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Clinic in Bournemouth. Martine also spends her time involved in many aspects of UK Shaolin Temple. She also runs the administration of the CISC/Centre of International Shaolin Culture, which involves arranging Kung Fu and cultural tours in China.