CK Martial Hearts, a division of Cultural Keys Ltd., is dedicated to helping people realise their dream of experiencing life, training kung fu and understanding culture at iconic locations around China.

CK Martial Hearts was started after finding out first hand how many schools claimed to be the real Shaolin Temple, and claiming to be the only ones offering real kung fu, we decided to make sure that other people, no matter their reason for interest or level of Chinese, would have the opportunity to not just see, but to actually experience the temple – free from con artists or scams, language or cultural barriers. From there, we are slowly expanding to offering more experiences in more places around China.

We’ve put together our exclusive Shaolin programs in association with the Shaolin Temple International Liaisons Office, and believe they are the perfect programs to enable you to get a taste of Chinese traditional life and traditional kung fu.

Our core philosophy is that travel shouldn’t be simply about seeing more, but about experiencing more. And that idea is central to what CK Martial Hearts wants to achieve with all of our martial arts experiences.

We know we can’t forge masters overnight, or indeed experience everything that’s on offer. But if we can contribute in some small way to people’s enjoyment, understanding or experience of Chinese culture and kung fu, then we will have achieved something important.

And for us, that’s a good place to start!



AJ Donnelly


AJ has been in China over 10 years, and during that time has studied and taught martial taichi, and studied traditional Chinese medicine. He is a co-founder of Cultural Keys and currently acts as one of the coaches and translators for our martial arts experiences.


Nic Doering


Nic has traveled extensively across China, supplying photos to various international publications as well as all of Cultural Key’s photos. She runs Lotus Photography and as well as being a co-founder, handles product planning and implementation at CK Martial Hearts.

Cultural Keys Ltd., a London, Beijing and Hong Kong registered company, helps people better understand, access and enjoy traditional Chinese culture, by offering information, education, products and services. Since August 8th 2013, Cultural Keys has helped both short-term visitors and long-term residents of China, helping clients access life and culture in Beijing, and around China.

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