The Shaolin Kung Fu Academy has classes for adults, teens (ages 12-17), and boys (ages 6-12). For girls (ages 6-12), we offer our Girl Power program.

Ours is a universal school of self, learning about ourselves and others, while unifying and improving body, mind, and spirit through martial arts training.


      Our classes begin with meditation, breathwork, and energy exercises  to promote peace of mind, health, vitality, and long life. We will have a short lesson on the philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu, so that we better understand the guiding principles of the art and how they are to be applied. Then we will drill the basics of Kung Fu -- kicking, punching, blocking, dodging, etc. We will mix in exercises to promote strength, conditioning, flexability, and power. We will have a period devoted to self-defense. This will be straight-to-the-point, no-nonsense street defense. Because we believe that life is sacred and has great value, we want our students to be effective in protecting their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Shaolin is to be taught only to those who are compassionate and merciful, and self-defense is the only application of our martial skills. We do not enter tournaments to prove our fighting prowess. We end  our classes exploring the creative aspect of Shaolin Kung Fu which includes animal styles, weapons, and live action sparring matches. This  is a time for us to appreciate the beauty of the art and to learn how to express it through our movements. Every student is an artist and is encouraged to be creative and individual in their expression of it.

     The classes are taught by Si Gong (Master) Robert Firestine, 9th degree black belt, under the authority of Si Tai Gong (Grandmaster) George Ming Esteban. Our school is in direct lineage to the Shaolin Temple. Despite this fact, we make no great claims. We only humbly seek to maintain the values of the Shaolin Tradition while adapting to the realities of modern life and culture.

     The Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is open to all nationalities, races, and faiths.
We respect the faith and beliefs of all our students. We do not attempt to tell our students what to believe but rather offer knowledge, techniques, and philosophies that will equip our students with the ability to protect their lives, achieve their goals, and face the challenges of daily living.

We believe that every student has an unlimited potential within themselves waiting to be cultivated through the art of Shaolin Kung Fu.

The Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is a fellowship of students and artists taking the journey of self-discovery and self-realization through the ancient art of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Adult classes are held Mondays through Friday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at 3915 E. Pima (at Alvernon).