CK Martial Hearts

Unlock the martial arts of China!

CK Martial Hearts is dedicated to helping people access and understand traditional Chinese martial arts. We do this through a variety of workshops and classes, from single day to multi-week programs, both in Beijing and at iconic locations around China. From health and wellbeing, to self-defence and cultural insights, no matter what your reason for being interested in Chinese martial arts, CK Martial Hearts is here to help you open the door.

CK Martial Hearts is also always looking for companies, schools, and private groups to work with. If you have a group that would like to book a private class or multi-day program, please contact us to discuss the details.

Currently, CK Martial Hearts is offering the following programs:


The Warrior Wellness Retreat – Zhenwu Daoist Temple, Beijing

Beijing is a stressful place to live. Traffic, pollution, demanding jobs and an over-abundance of food choices make for a damaging cocktail of influences on our minds, bodies and spirits. What you need is the chance to get away from the city, into an environment where you can really find yourself, and learn how to reconnect your mind, body and spirit for the long term.

CK Martial HeartsWhite Crane Kung Fu & Healing Arts School and EleFUN are privileged to introduce the Warrior Wellness Retreat, a two day event that will show you how to reconnect with your mind, body and spirit!

This will be achieved through the teaching of activities ranging from relaxing meditative martial breathing techniques, to intensive whole body martial routines.

Six Healing Sounds

The ‘Six Healing Sounds’ technique is based on the knowledge that every internal organ has its own unique vibration and by tuning into the right vibration through sound we can make the organ stronger and healthier.

Wujiquan Rooster Form

The Wujiquan Rooster step form is the first form from Wujiquan Single Posture Cyclic Palm. Rooster belongs to the element Earth. As Earth gives birth to all things, Rooster step is the foundation for all the other forms. We will learn basic postures and stepping as well as hand techniques and their martial application.

Shaolin Tongbiquan Simplified Fist Form

Shaolin Tongbiquan is considered one of the most famous styles of kung fu and one of the fastest and most powerful. Tongbiquan is a complete body workout, including both high and low stances, both punches and kicks. It is easy to learn and will ensure a great workout whenever you practice.

Body Impact Conditioning

A strong body is an integral part of a balanced and harmonious life. As the saying goes, “pain is inevitable; suffering is a choice.” In order to ready ourselves to make that choice, some discomfort must first be experienced. Through impact conditioning, participants will be given the opportunity to work through physical discomfort, bringing greater strength and endurance to all aspects of their lives.

The location

Zhenwu Daoist Temple is an active Daoist monastery one hour outside of Beijing. Situated in the beautiful Shenglianshan Scenic Area in Fangshan District, Zhenwu Temple is dedicated to the Daoist Deity Zhenwu. Zhenwu is one of the most powerful Daoist gods, and the perfect inspiration for those wishing to become the best version of themselves that they can be!


The total price for this two day retreat is 2388 RMB per person. The price includes;

– Transport via private coach to Zhenwu Temple
– Guided tour of the temple
– Lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday
– 12 hours martial arts and healing arts training
– Guided calligraphy workshop
– Daoism and Buddhism in daily life workshop

How to sign up

To reserve your place, or if you have any questions or comments, please add AJ Donnelly on WeChat @ AJDonnelly. Alternatively, send an email to and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you unlock your full potential on our Warrior Wellness Retreat!


9-Day ‘Warrior’s Way’ Kung Fu Training Program – Shaolin Temple, Henan

May 18th to May 27th 2018
Sept 14th to Sept 23rd 2018

Are you looking for a life changing experience? A way to push yourself? A way to escape everyday life and experience something truly different? Then join CK Martial Hearts in 2018 and unlock your potential at the Shaolin Temple in Henan!

On our Warrior’s Way training programs, we offer an exclusive opportunity, not just to study kung fu inside the Shaolin Temple with genuine Shaolin warrior monks, but to experience life and culture both inside and outside the temple walls. Suitable for all adults, no matter their martial arts backgrounds, these are the perfect programs to enable you to get a taste of Chinese life and traditional kung fu at one of the most iconic locations in China.

Put together by the CK Martial Hearts team, in association with Shaolin Temple International Liaisons Office, these exciting programs include:

– Shaolin Tongbiquan fist form classes inside the actual Shaolin Temple, with a genuine Shaolin Warrior Monk

– strike training classes at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, China’s largest martial arts academy

– Yang Style taichi classes

– cardio, strength, conditioning and technique application training

– welcome lecture on Buddhism, and the connection between Buddhism and Shaolin kung fu

– guided tour of the Shaolin Temple

– guided tour to the Pagoda Forest, Chuzu Convent, Erzu Convent, Damo Cave and Wuru Peak

– Opportunity to enjoy a Shaolin kung fu performance at the Shaolin Wushu Exhibition Centre

– Opportunity to enjoy a performance of the Zen Music Ritual in Dengfeng

– 2 Shaolin kung fu uniforms (Feiyue shoes, kung fu pants and Shaolin t-shirt)

– All transportation between Beijing and the Shaolin Temple (train and private minibus)

– all accommodation in Wangzhigou, a rural village 10 minutes walk from the Shaolin Temple

– All meals during the length of the program (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

– Full-time native-English speaking translator and guide with you for the duration of the program

– Daily photos and videos taken of you during training by our team photographer

– Certificate of participation

Travel between Beijing and Shaolin, all meals, all training and all accommodation are also included in the price of the program, together with a free outfit as commonly worn by students who study kung fu at the Shaolin Temple.

The price for the 2018 Warrior’s Way program, inclusive of all the above listed items, is 8888 RMB, approximately 1358 USD / 998 GBP. After an initial deposit payment of 25%, participants then have up until 1 month before the start of the program to pay the rest. Also, for people who book before the end of 2017, we are offering a 10% discount.

For more information on our Warrior’s Way programs, please visit our website, or email us direct at Alternatively, add  our lead coach on WeChat at AJDonnelly, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

To see what past participants have said, please visit our TripAdvisor page:

To watch our introductory video, please visit YouTube: or Youku:


6-week Beginners Taichi Course – Beijing

Our next Taichi program will be announced shortly. Please check back soon for the latest updates.

Practiced slow. Applied fast.

Easy to learn. Hard to master.

Real taichi combines health, self-defense and mindfulness, into a practice that is the quintessential Chinese martial art. Unfortunately, most taichi teachers only teach one aspect of taichi – the health part. Most people don’t even know there is more to taichi than simply feeling more relaxed and energized.

Now, join CK Martial Hearts and unlock an essential taichi experience – the Trident Taichi 6-Week Beginner’s program, where you will have the opportunity to train in all three of these fundamental aspects, and gain a much deeper understanding of what taichi is.

Our Trident Taichi 6-weeks Beginner Course features:

– Six 2-hour sessions

– Instruction in English, by a native-English speaking teacher

– Teaching of the Yang Style 24 step taichi routine

– Training which improves your memory, coordination, breathing, awareness, strength and endurance

Suitable for men and women of all experience and fitness levels. Please note that this is a martial arts course and while there will be no fighting, there will be contact. If you are uncomfortable with that, we strongly advise not signing up for this program.


We are often adding new workshops and programs. Check back often to see our latest programs.

Feel free to contact us with any questions, either by email at or on WeChat at AJDonnelly

We look forward to training with you soon!

1 review

  1. Life transformation experience

    Went with CK martial hearts to Shaolin for a week training and the experience was incredible. We stayed at a small hotel right in front of the temple. Every morning we would wake up and warmup to Taichi, then head out to breakfast. After that we walk to the shaolin temple and begin training in traditional shaolin Kung Fu basics. We learn movements, applications, and forms. Enough to get us an understanding and push us to our limits…. definitely recommend it for anyone!

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- The Warrior Wellness Retreat - Zhenwu Daoist Temple, Beijing - October 7th and 8th, 2017 - 9-Day 'Warrior's Way' Kung Fu Training Program - Shaolin Temple, Henan - May 18th to May 27th 2018 Sept 14th to Sept 23rd 2018 - 6-week Beginners Taichi Course – Beijing - Details coming soon!

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