Shaolin Institute remains true to the ancient principles of Shaolin Chan, a cultural heritage that includes Chan self-expression through martial art forms developed and refined over a period of 1500 years. Shaolin has passed from generation to generation of Grand Masters with the strictest regard for preserving its truth and integrity. With its origins in the teachings of Confucius and the insights of Tao and Chan, Shaolin is more than a set of principles by which to govern a society, and it is so much more than “just another” martial arts form. Shaolin Chan is a “mindset,” at the basis of which is the wisdom of consciousness (in contrast to knowledge gained) that the most powerful force in the universe resides within us. We need only be guided and taught to quiet the chaos of “mind” and interference of the “outside world” to discover and harness the extraordinary power within.At the foundation of Shaolin are the principles of integrity, honor, respect, discipline, and perseverance. Grand Master Shi DeRu (Shawn X. Liu) has dedicated his life to the preservation of the sacred Shaolin Chan foundations, and to enlightening Western society about the benefits of the Shaolin “way of life.”
Chior Qi may also be defined as life energy (or life force), breath or breath energy, our essential vitality. Gong is defined as work. Thus Qi Gong Is breath work, life energy work, internal energy channeling and cultivation. Qi Gong has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression, arthritis, back pain, and other chronic pain conditions. It helps boost the bodily defense system, improve respiratory circulatory function, burn calories, drastically improve balance, provide cardiovascular benefits, provide powerful stress management tools, and slow aspects of the aging process. For more information on the continually developing research into medical and health benefits of Tai Chi, see our website.
The full name of Tai Chi or Tai Ji is Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Ji Quan. Tai Chi is, in origin, a method of fighting: the literal translation of Tai Chi Chuan is “Supreme Ultimate Boxing.” This is one of the oldest forms of internal Kung Fu. Although primarily practiced today as a “moving meditation” or “moving medication” (Harvard University Medical Press), it is a wonderful exercise form for improving Qi balance, circulation, concentration, and relaxation. Tai Chi is one of the three internal martial arts of China. The difference between internal and external arts has been debated widely. It can be said that the internal arts are more concerned with how the body controls and generates inner strength and internal and external energy. The differences don’t mean much, however, because at the highest levels, all martial arts tend to reach toward the same realm of Qi.
Tai Gong is a combination of Tai Chi and Qi Gong designed by Grand Master DeRu. It focuses on conscious quantum communication, Qi (energy) empowerment and redirection as well as body/mind cleansing. Tai Gong redirects, unblocks, and balances Qi on the right path in the meridian channels and within the organs for wellness and healing of both body and mind.
Zen or Chan mean the same thing in different tongues. Chan is Mandarin while Zen is Japanese. Most people in the west are familiar with the term Zen.Ch’an (Zen) means meditation. Chan is the freedom of the mind, of thought, or emotion, of desire, of spirit, and of physical movement.Chan enlightens us and allows us to be empty and free. The Chan path is to find our self and our own true nature. This path will lead to us becoming proactive, self-reliant, and harmonious internally and externally. We will look for solutions grounded with our feet. That is to say, we will cultivate ourselves in body and mind, strengthen our self-healing, and unveil our inner wisdom instead of depending on external sources. For more on Chan, including lectures and words for meditation, visit our website.
Chan leads us to see the true freedom of self–nature instead of viewing the world with filtered concepts, illusions, or beliefs. On the Chan path, we unveil our true nature: an inner healing mechanism and an innate intelligence. Chan lets us flow with Qi and allows us to become one with nature. This allows us to empower ourselves and cultivate our ability to heal and live our life with greater self-control. Chan is not confrontational; rather, it embraces harmony. Chan empowers us to heal instead of letting disease strike us. Chan lets us witness that we are a microcosm of the Universe.
Nutrition consultation and monitoring has always been part of our teaching and training program. There are three nutrition programs. One is geared toward patients who need sufficient nutrition for the body to heal and to defend itself from viruses, diseased cells, or tumors. It comes from validated methodology of traditional Chinese medical nutrition. The second program is for individuals who wish to have optimal health and wellness through proper nutrition, especially applying Chan and Dao nutrition. The third is to help high-level athletes to gain optimal health and body-mind conditioning for optimal performance.
Chan (Zen) means meditation. Chan is the freedom of the mind, thought, emotion, desire, spirit and physical movement.
Chan enlightens us and allows us to be empty and free. Let it be as it is, for the truth with decorative clothing is not real truth. Real truth is always naked and plain. Let life go, as it is like a stream in the mountain. Nothing can be reversed. There is no turning back. The Chan path is to find our self and our own true nature. This path leads us to become proactive, self-dependent, and harmonious internally and externally. We look for solutions grounded with our feet and unveil our inner wisdom, instead of depending on external sources.
Chan at our Institute conveys that we have been working hard to pave our own lives. We never wait for opportunities or circumstances to give us a lift or burdens. We must write our own life stories instead of letting so-called “fate” write us. We will look for solutions grounded with our feet, that is, to cultivate ourselves in body and mind, strengthen our self-healing and unveil our inner wisdom, instead of depending on external source. We take our own lives in our own hands, letting life Qi prevail.
In Chan, we follow the Master to empty our minds and cleanse ourselves from the chaos to be mindless, thoughtless and to follow nothingness. We learn Chan motion techniques to free ourselves from various emotions and human struggles and pains.
We learn various positions in meditation, sitting, standing and laying on the floor, all with a calm and peaceful mind. By adjusting our breathing, emptying our mind and experiencing total tranquility, we demonstrate Chan. All of our meditation should eventually result in a sense of lightening, floating, releasing and enlightenment. We forget, we let go of all things past and present, and we refresh ourselves with new life and a new way of living.
2. Chan lets us flow with Qi and allows us to become one with nature, therefore, empowering ourselves, cultivating our ability to heal, living our life with greater self-control.
3. Chan is not confrontational. Rather, it embraces harmony. Chan empowers ourselves to heal instead of letting disease strike us.
4. Chan lets us witness that we are a microcosm of the Universe.
5. Ultra-secret teachings or esoteric expressions, as Hui Neng stated in Confucian words: “Bodhi is to be found only in your mind. Why waste your effort in seeking inner truth outside? A saint submits himself to all disciplines, but a sage has passed beyond all disciplines.”
With that character and integrity, we listen to others with compassion and appreciate others with right speech and righteous action to help and influence the world around us with positivity and harmony Qi.
As Confucius stated to us over two-thousand years ago, “Thousands of miles start with a first step.” We shall start our first step of this life path with the principle of Dao that our self-nature of freedom allows us to choose what we do daily, weekly, making wise decisions, with the wisdom of the mind instead of emotions. Let the old mind of habits be “emptied and cleared,” and let us refresh ourselves with clear vision of body and mind. As in the morning meadow, let us be flowing with Qi. Let us flow with nature. We shall empower ourselves and cultivate our ability to live our life and respond to events and incidents through the correct interpretation, instead of reacting or reflecting with emotions or feelings. We shall see the world and our surroundings with clear eyes. We choose happiness instead of gloominess or misfortunes. It is us who see light instead of darkness. It is our responsibility to see life sufferings or challenges as our training opportunities.
This class is a fairly intense session of high energy and fat-burning with a focus in total body conditioning. It is for anyone who wants to be in great shape and learn martial arts. Fitness Kickboxing and Conditioning teaches the fundamentals of martial arts kicking and hand techniques (including boxing). Fitness Kickboxing incorporates some groundwork and focuses on striking. This class is designed for burning calories as well as strength conditioning, building lean muscle, toning and conditioning the entire body, increasing flexibility and teaching self-defense skills! Experience what the great energy is all about! (Gloves required).
This class has much higher intensity than the Fitness Kickboxing class, utilizing various kicking techniques, open hand strikes, punching and kicking combinations, and floor calisthenics conditioning. Floor work includes strengthening the abs, arms, chest, waist and legs while using focus mitts and pads. High levels of circuit cardio and muscle endurance training result in a noticeable fat burn. This training definitely brings your heart rate up! Experience the most popular cardio workout while you develop kickboxing techniques and self-defense skills! This course is for individuals with previous experience in kickboxing and those with high levels of fitness.
The rules of Xtreme Sanshou are very simple because it is a Kung Fu fight. It utilizes extreme strategy and endurance skills. Any act of malicious behavior or intentionally injuring another fighter is grounds for automatic disqualification. This is especially true during throws and grappling.
This fight is captivating and the highest test for true martial artists who incorporate their knowledge of skills, talents, tolerance, discipline and control under the most extreme set of circumstances. The true martial artist knows that Kung Fu is a genuine expression of movement and motion that comes from each unique individual. It expresses the flow of energy from within the individual, and comprehends and anticipates the opponent’s energy in a contest. It is a basic understanding that one microcosm of energy represents the universal energy, power and life-force (Qi). Much is being written today on this field.
The second part of cultural ambassadors program is to introduce Chinese students to the Western way of life, especially life in America. Each student has an opportunity to go the U.S. to learn English language, participate in cultural events and go to people’s home and institutions to learn and share from their culture as well.
At Liu Institute, each prospective student must have an interview and orientations before he/she becomes a full student. Together, we will help you decide which class will work best to meet your goals and where to start.
The whole process of Golden Black Sash program is divided into four stages of studies: Freshman (White-Orange), Sophomore (Green-Red), Junior Purple-Brown) and Senior (from Part 1-Part 2 Golden Black) before the first pre-discipleship graduation. After first full pledged Golden Black Sash graduation, only the dedicated Shaolin warriors will be chosen to continue further training on the road to become full pledged disciples, some of whom will be chosen to become future certified Shaolin instructors and masters who need many more years of in-depth studies and training.
The Shaolin Temple is the oldest institution that teaches martial arts, health and wellness. For more than 1,500 years, Chinese martial arts have grown and become inclusive of new ideas and techniques, while maintaining its rich and proven traditions.