Chicago Branch Locations: 

Chicago Shaolin Temple Main Headquarters
2919 S. Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60608


Our Parent Temple in New York:


Other New York Shaolin Temple Branches:

Boston Shaolin Kung Fu Center

Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Academy


Student Profiles

We are adding student profiles to our website to help show what some students have accomplished by training after work and on the weekends.  Not only does it help our students track their progress, but it gives you a view into what you can achieve without moving to China and becoming a full-time monk.

Ben | Sunny | Luca


I'm 33 years old and have been part of the Chicago Shaolin Temple since August 2007.  I have no previous martial arts experience.  I'm a computer programmer, so being active and relatively stress free are two challenges I typically face.  The training has gotten me in great shape has made me more at ease and more able to handle a busy schedule.  I enjoy learning everything I can from the masters including kung fu, qigong, san da, qin na, and ch'an buddhism.

I still have a long way to go, but I'm amazed at the changes I am seeing in my agility, endurance, strength, and speed.  I have learned several fist forms and have studied several weapons.  I will continue to try to perfect all the basic forms I know, and I'm hoping to add some more advanced weapon and fist forms as I progress.  I took Shaolin Disciple oaths to Shifu Yan Ju on November 4th, 2010 and was given the name Heng Guang.  I highly recommend training under Shifu Yan Ju and the other masters in the Chicago-land area.



Hi I’m 18 years old and have been a student of the Chicago Shaolin Temple since June 2007. I am currently a Mechanical engineer student at Illinois institute of technology. Kung Fu has impacted my life a great deal; it has made me mentally and physically stronger as a person. As my years of training progress I have found more enjoyment in Shaolin Kung Fu. I have made several good friends and have become more knowledgeable in Chinese, Shaolin, and Kung Fu history. It has become a part of my identity and something I turn to for relieving stress, increasing my fitness, and finding confidence.

I had no significant martial arts experience when I decided to sign up for classes at the Temple. Now I know many different fist forms and weapons at a high level. My specialties are the praying mantis and the 3-sectional staff. I continue to practice more kung fu and have started increasing my attention on qi-gong, tai chi, and kickboxing. I look forward to many more years of exciting Shaolin training, and I hope to become a great master in the future.



I am 18 years old and have been training at the Chicago Shaolin Temple for almost 5 years now. I am a senior in high school and have had the amazing opportunity to study with the great masters of the Chicago Shaolin Temple. My Shaolin training has not only strengthened my body, but it has also strengthened my mind and spirit. Kung Fu has given me outstanding confidence and wisdom that I can apply to all aspects and obstacles in my life.

Looking back on my years of training, I can see how much I have grown as a student and a person. I train daily, and I am particularly diligent in the forms I specialize in. I am a fun-loving and goofy guy, so I have chosen to specialize in forms like: Drunken Boxing, Drunken Sword, Tiger Fist, and Double Broadswords. All in all, the Chicago Shaolin Temple has given me great memories with life long friends and skills I can carry with me for the rest of my life.