Master Tianhao Xu is the son of Shifu Shi Yanzi, a 34th Generation Shaolin Disciple and the founder of Shaolin Temple UK. This makes Tian a 35th Generation Disciple by default. He graduated from the Oxford University..


He was born in Zhejiang province, China, and moved to London in 2003 after his father in 1998, aged 9. He practised martial arts but never truly found the passion for it until age 14.

Being quite frail as a child, he began to take martial arts more seriously as a teenager. Inspired by kungfu movies, biographical films, and discovering his role models, his passion in martial arts began to grow. He took part in a Wushu summer camp in Beijing 2008, began training at Shaolin Temple UK, and performed the Shaolin Staff Form at the V&A in London.

Encouraged further by his father, and having friends equally passionate about Shaolin, he took up the 72 Styles 100 Days Intensive Training Course and continued it for 2 years without break. His chosen style was Iron Leg, training every morning, 6 days a week.

In 2013 he had his first official competition in the Ringmasters tournament, with 1 win and 1 loss. In 2015 and 2016 he won both boxing bouts in the Oxford Cambridge Varsity Match, one by 2nd round TKO, and one by unanimous decision.

Tian continues to study and practice Shaolin martial arts, specialising in its modern fighting applications, traditional forms, meditation and Ba Duan Jing Qigong. 


Following his father, he believes that the essence of Shaolin martial arts lies in Ch'an Buddhism. The real treasures of Shaolin is not the physical movements and fighting techniques, but the philosophies that underpin Shaolin culture. It is from this that we can learn to become better human beings, to bring peace and harmony to ourselves and others. 

As Shifu Shi Yanzi once said, "Gong Fu without Ch'an (Buddhism) is not real Gong Fu".