Master Deru, aka Shawn Liu, or Chinese family name Liu Xiangyang, is the 31st generation descendant, Grand Master of the Shaolin Temple, Henan province and direct disciple of the Shaolin Temple Spiritual Abbot, Great Master Suxi, the only remaining Shaolin Fighting Monk Legend, Great Master of the Shaolin Temple (pre-communist) China. Master Liu is also known as the iron leg. Liu started training in Shaolin, traditional medicine and Qigong in Shaolin Temple, China when he was a very young child. Later he studied many other internal arts.
Martial Arts Background
He intensively studied both Yang and Chen styles in Taijiquan. He is one of the few high level students of the late Grand Master Fu Zhongwen of 4th generation Yang family Taijiquan. He went to Chen’s village over 10 times to study the Chen’s family Taiji with the best Chen style Grand Masters, including Gu Liuxing and Chen Zhenglei. His studies included many other internal and external arts such as Daojia (Taoist) Qigong, Xingyi, Bagua, and Sanda/Sanshou.
As a Martial Artist and Fighter, Master Liu has fought and won numerous professional fights in both Chinese traditional bare-hand, fighting and modern Sanshou. He is one of the few undefeated professionals out of China and has coached martial arts teams in both China and the U. S. – producing many outstanding martial artists and Sanshou fighting National, International Champions.
He is the head coach for the USA National Sanshou Team and the head of USA Sanshou-Kungfu federation. He has conducted seminars on Qigong, Taiji, Shaolin Kungfu and stress management in hospitals, companies & special police forces all over China, Japan, Europe and the US. He directed the Sanshou competition at the 1995 World Wushu Championship. He has produced and directed the US Open International Martial Arts Championships and K. Superstar-Art of War production (the only professional Sanshou outside China) since 1994.
He has been the chairman of the Pan American Sanshou technical committee. He serves as President of East-West International Culture Exchange Inc. and is the director and head master of Liu Institute of Shaolin-Taiji & Health-Wellness. He’s also an exercise physiologist.
In the late 70s, Master Liu entered the Traditional Chinese Medical School of Wushu, Anhui, China . After graduation, he served in both traditional Chinese hospitals and Chinese-Western rehabilitation hospitals as an acupuncture/acupressure and medical Qigong physician. Using these treatment methods, in addition to herbal medicine and Chinese balanced nutrition, he has brought thousands of patients back to their health.
Master Liu now offers his medical services to clients and integrates the practices of both the Eastern and Western world, providing optimum care and training. Last two years, he held seminars that toured over 22 cities across the United States and Pan America including Wizards of the Coast in Seattle, Center of Chinese Medicine, and George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C., Brazil Wushu Federation in Brazil. In addition to his Chinese education, Master Liu also holds a BA degree in English Literature and MS degree in Exercise Physiology from the United States.
New Orleans School
For many years Master Liu has been a friend of Sheriff Harry Lee, and upon Sheriff Lee's request, Master Liu began to help the Jefferson Parish community by teaching Taiji and qigong to churches and community centers around the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish areas. While Master Liu's main school is in Mobile, he eventually was encouraged to open another school to spread the arts of Shaolin and Taiji in New Orleans. The school is continuing to grow, with students enrolled in different curricula, including Shaolin kung fu, Sanshou, Taiji, Qigong and Ba gua, and it continues to expand the size and teaching curriculum to match up to the teachings in Mobile and eventually the Shaolin Temple in China as a larger and committed student body is developed. The school also participates in local events, including annual demonstrations for Chinese New Year in Lafreniere Park and Asian Pacific Festivals and Asian American Spotlight TV shows.
Credentials & Awards
Tournaments Chief Referee for all of the United States National and International Sanshou competitions since Sanshou started in the United States (1993 - 2003)
Head Coach of the USA Wushu-Kungfu Federation National Sanshou Fighting Team (1993 - 2002)
Hosted VII major U.S. Open International Martial Arts Championships and many US regional scale US Open Challenges since 1994 including U.S. Open New Orleans co-sponsored by Sheriff Harry Lee, US Open International & K. Superstar - Art of War Professional Sanshou Fights' Production.
Head Coach for the United States Team and Referee for United States vs. China, Hawaii, 1999
Hosted National Team Trials in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 and 2003
Chief Referee for the nationally televised and pay-per-view United World Kungfu Championship, 1997
Coached martial arts teams in both China and the United States since the late 1970s
Directed and sponsored the Sanshou Competition scheduling and planning at the 1995 World Wushu Championships in Baltimore, Maryland
Produced and directed the Art of War Professional Kungfu Sanshou Production, 2001-2003
Education University of South Alabama MS in Exercise Physiology, 1991
University of Mobile BA in English and Minor in Biology and Psychology, 1988
Anhui Normal University, BA in Foreign Language, 1984
Wushu Traditional Chinese School of Medicine, OMD. 1978
Publications Book: Taiji and Qigong for Relaxation and Health
Feature Articles in Inside Kungfu Magazine (1995-2004)
Articles in Taiji International Magazine (1992 and 2002)
Feature Articles in Kungfu - Wushu Magazine (more than 10 issues)
Journal of Experimental Biology
Chinese Wushu and Woolen Magazines
Thesis Publication: The Physiology Effect of Taiji and Qigong
CCTV China Network Documentary Production (6 series) "De Ru, Shawn Liu Xiangyang: God Father of Sanshou in America" (300 million views) from 1999-2003
Feng Huang TV Hong Kong Network: De Ru Shawn Liu
"US Coach Shawn Liu Xiangyang, in US vs China in Hawaii" Produced by CCTV Networks, China 1999
Xiangyang (broadcasted over all Asian countries including China)
Numerous appearances in ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC local affiliates in both Mobile and New Orleans
Seminars Conducted many week-long Taiji-Qigong Retreats for Health in Mobile, Alabama 1989 - 2003
Conducted Relaxation and Back-in-Shape Seminars at Dow Chemicals Co. in Lake Jackson and Freeport, Texas 1991 - 1992
Conducted seminars on Taiji and Qigong for Relaxation and Energy Improvements at Dow Chemicals Co. in different Texas sites.
Conducted seminars and workshops, treating patients in a wide array of cities across the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and more 1996 - Present
Other locations where seminars, workshops, and classes are held: Jefferson Parish - New Orleans, LA
University of Mobile
University of South Alabama (1992-1997)
San Francisco Medical Center
University of Maryland
George Washington University Medical Center
Spring Hill Memorial Hospital in Mobile
Sad Health Center in Mobile
Chinese Medical Clinic in Washington D.C.
University of Spring Hill College
Seminars for all Louisiana Police Martial Arts Instructors sponsored by Jefferson Parish Sheriff
Special classes in Taiji and other courses for Jefferson Parish Sheriff (Special Friday classes) from 1999 - present)
Professional & Religious Affiliations USA Chief Representative & Head Master Disciple of Shaolin Spiritual Abbott, Great Master Suxi
Chairman, Shaolin World Federation headquarters, USA
President & CEO, USA Sanshou Kungfu Federation
Technical Chairman of the Pan Am Wushu Federation Technical Committee
President East-West International Culture Exchange, Inc.
President of East-West Health & Wellness Center Inc
President and Head Master of the Liu Institute: Shaolin-Taiji, & Health and Wellness
Featured and Honorable Mentioned in "Sanshou and Coach Shawn Liu" in Sport Light Kungfu Magazine 1997
"US Coach Shawn Liu Xiangyang, in US vs. China in Hawaii" produced by CCTV Networks, China 1999
"What is Xing Ming's?" Inside Kungfu 2002
"De Ru, Shawn Liu was attacked at the Shaolin Temple," Inside Kungfu 2003
"Legendary Sanshou Techniques: World Renowned Teacher and Coach Shawn Liu Shows you the Secret to Sanshou Success," Inside Kungfu April 2004
Mobile Register 1996, Special Report
Mobile Register Special Article 1999
Times Picayune 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 New Orleans
Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1997, Atlanta
World Press of East Coast of USA Edition 1997
Chinese International Press, East Coast Edition 1997
History and Background of Cung Le
Sanshou's Golden Boy-Cung Le in Wushu-Kungfu Magazine, November 1998