Shi Heng Liang – Headteacher of Hu Long Temple

Shi Heng Liang | Matt Bindon
Shi Heng Liang | Matt BindonFounder & Head Teacher
Shi Heng Liang is Matt Bindon’s given buddhist temple name. He is a 35th Generation Shaolin Warrior Disciple. Matt is the first Westerner to ever have been sworn in to the North Shaolin Temple, China, recognised for his dedication to traditional Chinese martial arts including Shaolin Kung Fu, Weapons, Hard Qi Gong, Taiji, Soft Qi Gong and Sanda. With over 30 years of dedication to Shaolin training which commenced when he was a young boy, Matt eventually obtained a 4th Degree master level in 2006 being one of few granted this level of dedication and skill.

He began his training in Long Fist Kung Fu at the age of 14 under Master Chet Alexander who had trained under the renowned teacher, Master Chang. Matt trained in Buddhist and Taoist Soft Qi Gong for 28 years (Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, Shibashi, Five Animals, and other forms of Qi Gong) whilst also training in Hard Qi Gong (Iron Body, Head, Neck and Limbs) for 25 years. He has trained in Tai Ji for 25 years, having only taught after 20 years of practice. Sanda Chinese Kickboxing and Free Fighting have been particular areas of focus over many years, where he has trained with semi-pro and professional fighters. Matt has coached fighters to compete both nationally and internationally within Sanda. He has trained students in Long Fist to successfully compete both nationally and internationally, and has performed with students in several Chinese martial arts festivals, events and showcases.

Matt trains diligently, everyday without fail, and teaches all the classes and workshops for Hu Long Temple.

Achievements

  • Successful students reach Gold, Silver and Bronze in Talou and Sanda at BCCMA National competitions.
  • Students achieving in International Competition in Talou at SENI.
  • Numerous successful students in Sanda competitions including 2016 Gold Medalist in the BCCMA National Championships.
  • Featured in the Wisdom of Shaolin production — the first Shaolin performance comprised of all-Western participants.
  • Has taught successful workshops throughout the UK, Europe and USA.
  • The first Western person to be granted Discipleship at the North Shaolin Temple.
  • Shi Heng Liang has demonstrated his Kung Fu which was approved by the North Shaolin Temple Abbot and Senior Monks.
  • Teaching self protection skills for 20 years to charities and corporate organisations.
  • Certified instructor teaching Restrictive Physical Interventions, previously instructing for NAPPI UK and is currently a PROACT-SCIPr-UK Instructor.
  • Has worked and supported vulnerable adults implementing strategies in how to keep safe.
  • Trained in Child Welfare and Child Safeguarding by the NSPCC:CPSU

Safeguarding Lead

Kim-Leng
Kim-LengSafeguarding Lead
Kim-Leng is the designated Safeguarding Lead, working closely with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sports Unit, Devon & Cornwall Police, and writes the policies for Hu Long Temple.

Kim-Leng originally trained in traditional Shotokan Karate at 5 years old, training diligently eventually becoming an assistant instructor after many years of practice. She eventually stopped training to find other forms of Martial Arts. Kim-Leng was bought up in a Tao Buddhist family and has always practised a Buddhist way of life, taking refuge in 2009 under Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and given her temple name of “Karma Lamdron”. It wasn’t until she moved to Devon that she found Shi Heng Liang, and felt like it was coming back to her roots. Kim-Leng trains with Shi Heng Liang early every morning and helps assist classes. Her professional background is working in safeguarding and referral units for vulnerable young people with mental health and emotional behavioural difficulties. Kim-Leng is THRIVE trained and is currently training as a BACP member within Integrative Therapeutic Counselling/Psychotherapy. She is also a clinical asthma research advisor to the NHS and EU, so she is able to utilise her knowledge and experience in all aspects of her life.

Achievements

  • Over 10¬†years experience training in traditional martial arts disciplines.
  • Qualified First Aid trained
  • Over 8 years experience working in intervention and behavioural support and child protection safeguarding within numerous schools, behavioural units and charities.
  • Several years experience of working one to one with vulnerable young people and adults with learning disabilities, life-limiting illnesses, mental health difficulties and emotional behavioural disorders.
  • Trained to assist Hu Long Temple workshops and teaching sessions under the supervision of Shi Heng Liang.
  • Certified in Child Protection and Child Safeguarding awarded by the CPSU:NSPCC Child Protection in Sports Unit.
  • Certified and trained in Level 3 Sports Coach Psychology with the BCCMA, City and Guilds.