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The Michigan Shaolin Wugong Temple

“I have received high quality training from Boris Layupan.  He has a great enthusiasm, dedication, and desire for learning the arts and passing his knowledge onto others.”
-Kwok Tom

“I would highly recommend Boris Layupan as an excellent Kung Fu instructor.  My daughter was so happy after her first class, she convinced her brother to sign up too!”
-Melba Kastelic

“Our son had a lot of fun and a great time at Kung Fu. Mr. Boris is a very patient and friendly instructor.”
-Brian & Jenny B.


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Kung Fu and T'ai Chi Classes for Children, Teens, and Adults

Shaolin Temple of China is a religious institution steeped in history. The story of how the Michigan Shaolin Wugong Temple came to be is one that began 1,500 years ago. Long before students of all ages today began learning the methods and practices of Kung Fu, an Indian Buddhist missionary by the name of Bodhidharma ignited the yearning for spiritual enlightenment and physical fitness that became the bedrock on which modern day Shaolin Kung Fu is built.

Around the 5th or 6th century Western AD,Bodhidharma journeyed from India to China, bringing Dhyāna Buddhism with him. During the years following Bodhidharma's time, his teachings were subsequently named Ch'an Buddhism (Zen in Japan, Seon in Korea, and Thiền in Vietnam). Bodhidharma was invited to teach at the first Shaolin Temple, which was built in 495 AD on the northern face of Shaoshi, the central summit of Mount Song, one of the Sacred Mountains of China. Bodhidharma became the spiritual leader of the first Shaolin Temple, which was the Mother of Zen. He taught the Shaolin monks and nuns martial arts, self-energization techniques, and most importantly meditation for the purpose of cultivating spiritual awareness. By strengthening one's body and increasing one's stamina through the practice of martial techniques, it was possible to meditate for longer durations and thereby hone one's spirituality. About 100 years after Bodhidharma's arrival, Chinese Shaolin monks and nuns began to develop their own martial arts styles, which proliferated throughout China. The monks and nuns of the Shaolin Temple went on to influence modern martial arts styles in Japan, Okinawa, and Korea as well.


“Buddha is Sanskrit for what you call Miraculously Aware Nature. This Nature is the Mind. The Mind is the Buddha. The Buddha is the path. The path is Zen. Experiencing your Buddha Nature is Zen. Not experiencing your Buddha Nature is not Zen.”

Brief History of Michigan Shaolin Wugong Temple

The Michigan Shaolin Wugong Temple was established to provide martial arts instruction to people in Madison Heights and Detroit seeking to learn authentic Yuejiaquan Shaolin Kung Fu and Yang T'ai Chi Chuan.

The Michigan Shaolin Wugong Temple sprang from the teachings of Onishi Eizo, a Japanese master versed in the Shaolin traditions. In addition to studying Japanese traditions, Master Onishi studied Chinese fistic styles with a number of teachers. Two of the most notable were Liu Liu Kung (Ryu Ryo Ko in Japanese) and Shue Sheng Zhi (Kyo Kochi in Japanese). Liu Liu Kung lived as a carpenter and was a master of a style of southern Shaolin Chuan Fa in the city of Fuzhou in the Chinese provice of Fukien. Shue Sheng Zhi resided in Taiwan. He was a Taiwan Medical University professor as well as an expert in a variety of Chinese fistic styles.

Onishi Eizo

Onishi Eizo

Master Onishi established a series of schools in Japan beginning in 1954. Along with Japanese natives, he took on a number of American students. One such was Thomas Smith, who served in the US Navy and was stationed in Japan during the early 1970s. Upon returning to the United States, Sifu Thomas Smith began practicing and teaching in Michigan. He subsequently influenced numerous students of Chinese martial arts. One of Sifu Smith’s students is Boris Layupan, who heads the Michigan Shaolin Wugong Temple.

Learn Practical Self Defense Skills, Gain a Valuable Workout, and More!

Here at the Michigan Shaolin Wugong Temple, we are in the business of teaching more than just practical self-defense skills to men, women, and children in Madison Heights and the greater Metro Detroit area. We foster a community that spans all age groups to lead happier, less stressful lives. Our Madison Heights and Detroit martial arts classes, infused with instruction on traditional Shaolin philosophy have helped numerous students find a better sense of inner peace and calm. Be sure to check out all of the Madison Heights and Detroit class times we have available for our sessions held throughout the year!


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