The Shaolin Institute

Officially established in the United States since 1999. Shaolin Institute is the only private institute in the U.S. with combined programs in Shaolin Chan, Internal and External Kung Fu, Natural Healing and Chinese Cultural Studies, with over 25,000 combined sq. ft. of training and studying facilities. The Institute is ready to teach, serve and inspire anyone with great potential, no matter what age, race, gender or cultural background. The Institute is directed by Shaolin Grand Master Shi DeRu (Shawn X. Liu), one of two most well-known close disciples of the Shaolin Temple Great Master Su Xi (Most Honorable Upper Su Lower Xi).

The teaching at the Institute is directly derived from the ancient teachings of the Shaolin Temple in China and is committed to passing on original Shaolin wisdom, inherited from generation to generation for more than 1,500 years. The Institute teaches and cultivates in each student the freedom of the mind and the most fundamental values of intelligence, potentiality, artistic and athletic talents, as well as mind-body high consciousness, integrated human ability and power, along with the most basic personal development needs of personal safety, character, problem solving skills, leadership training, self-discipline, self-control and indomitable spirit.

The Institute teaches a way of life. The Institute embraces all educational programs of traditional Shaolin, developed over 5,000 years in China without limitations. The Institute inherited more than 70 styles of internal and external martial arts and other mind-body training programs from the Shaolin Temple. Many world-class MMA, Muay Thai and Kung Fu Sanshou/Sanda international champions have either professionally trained or started their martial arts careers under Shaolin Grand Master DeRu (Master Shawn X. Liu). These champions include Cung Le, a Strikeforce MMA world champion; Patrick Barry, one of the best UFC Strikers; Wael Karika Muhammed, a world Sanda champion with a MMA record of 6 wins and 0 loses in the U.S.; and many other international and national champions such as Melvin Guillard, Juan Zarate, Dustin Carbajal, A.J. Verret, Robert Pritchett, Mike Altman, Kevin Nguyen, Robert Higginbotham, Li Qiang, K.J.Noon, Steve Dang, Shi Zhong Qin, Aaron Honeycutt, RuddiOtt, Max Chen, Albert Pope and David Sanders.

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Our school is dedicated to the health and well-being of everyone. We offer programs in Kung fu, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, and nutrition. We incorporate basic self defense training and our classes offer a fun way to work out and get fit, become stronger, tone your muscles, and increase cardiovascular endurance. Through our traditional training methods you improve your self-confidence, focus, and discipline. Striving to push yourself to learn a new movement or set goals in your training can assist you with setting and achieving goals in your day to day life.

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The students of the Liu Institute International show their progress in the art by the color of the sash they wear. Each color sash is an up-grade of step (rank) in accomplishment along the way to

the ultimate goal of Shaolin pre-discipleship-Golden Black Sash. Requirements for each sash differ between kids, teens and adults.

Testing happens on a monthly basis with larger Quarterly tests every 3 months. Quarterly testing is alternately held in Mobile and New Orleans, and the purpose of it is to bring our student body together as a Shaolin family so everyone can demonstrate their skills in a supportive environment. For detailed ranking test procedures, go to the office to obtain more information.