Shi Yan Min, born in 1979, is a 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk. ‘Shi Yan Min’ is Yanmin’s official Shaolin Temple name. These names are bestowed to those who become a sworn Monk of the Shaolin Temple.
Shi Yan Min started training in Kung Fu from a young age in a local Kung Fu school. Through his intense training and academic achievements, Shi Yan Min was awarded admission into the Shaolin Temple in 1997. He became a full time Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk, specialising in traditional Shaolin forms, traditional weapons and San Da (Chinese Kickboxing). During his training, Shi Yan Min formed a profound life commitment to the Shaolin path after becoming inspired by how Shaolin training could transform one’s life. After many years of learning under the Shaolin Temple, he was awarded the title of Master.
Years later, inspired by his commitment to Shaolin and his travels abroad, Shi Yanmin moved to the UK. He brought with him the hope of sharing Shaolin way of life with many interested people.
Shi Yan Min first came to the UK in 1998 whilst performing in the first-ever “Wheel of Life” stage show tour starring the Shaolin Temple Monks. He returned to UK again in 2000 to help a friend to teach Shaolin Kung Fu and later settled. In 2003, with the help and support a friend, he founded the Shaolin Temple School in the beautiful town of Bournemouth. Later in 2006, the Shaolin Temple School changed its name to UK Shaolin Temple. UK Shaolin Temple continues to expand with a lively community of students and many branches.
Over the years, Shi Yan Min has been featured in many publications, commercials, television broadcasts, and several documentaries and movies for his insights into Shaolin Kung Fu and Chan Buddhism.
Shi Yan Min is currently the Headmaster of UK Shaolin Temple. His long held dream has been to establish an authentic Shaolin Temple in the UK so that people can learn Shaolin Kung Fu and Chan philosophy in an authentic and dedicated facility. This dream is a difficult task for one person, so Shi Yan Min is still working hard today to achieve this goal.