The Shaolin Institute
The Shaolin Institute has been officially established in the United States since 1999, although the original group started teachings as early as the beginning of 1987 at the University of Mobile, and later at the University of South Alabama in 1989. From that group, Master DeRu and his team produced a national Wu Shu champion and an all-around international youth Kung Fu champion, as well as a national Master Tai Chi champion, who represented the U.S. in the World Tai Chi Conference in southern China.

Shaolin 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. It is also the only institute of its kind with full-time resident students in the entire U.S.

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 Institute teaches and serves students from around the world. However, the majority of the student body at the present time comes from the southeastern U.S., mainly Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Some of our resident students come from as far as Europe and Asia.
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 wisdom of Chan, Confucianism, Taoism and the discipline of traditional Kung Fu is taught with age-appropriate curricula: Shaolin Chan (Zen) Culture, Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Zen-Tai Gong for natural healing, Chan NZen) philosophy, meditation, extreme kickboxing for Iron Body shape, Sanshou/Sanda, Qin Na (grappling), Shuaijiao (wrestling) and Shaolin Chan nutrition. The instructors at each campus are committed to life-long learning under the direction of Grand Master DeRu.

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’s slogan is, “A healthy body and a healthy mind.” The Institute’s mission is, “To enlighten and empower everyone we encounter to find his/her self-nature and the greatest potential within so as to be totally free.”
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 beyond today’s mixed martial arts (MMA). A few of the cultural exchange programs that are being developed at the Institute including Zen lifestyle, cultural ambassadorship and language programs.

As in combat arts, 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.
The Institute has given scholarships and financial assistance to thousands of people in the past 20 years. For example, following Hurricane Katrina, under Master DeRu’s direction, the Institute donated thousands of dollars to assist students in need, and provided financial assistance to help hundreds of highly distressed hurricane victims get their minds and bodies to health and harmony. The Institute continues to give scholarships to families or individuals in need who are interested in health and wellness, personal safety and personal growth each year.
Some of the basic Shaolin Institute programs are as follows:
1. Physical fitness conditioning – weight loss, iron body extreme fitness, natural nutrition consultation, which sharpens you in great shape.

2. Personal safety and combat – self-defense maneuvers, combative self-protection, defense from street weapons, Shaolin Kung Fu (Gong Fu) weapons fighting, traditional Shaolin Gong Fu defense and offense applications, and combat defense beyond MMA. All programs provide great confidence in each one’s ability to defend oneself at any time with any situation.

3. Internal mind-body – Chan Enlightenment, Zen Tai Gong, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and nutrition are mind-body natural healing medicines that provide each health-conscious person with mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, free from life burdens, and strengthen one’s immune system.

4. Chinese culture and arts education – calligraphy, Chinese language and arts performances, such as the Lion and Dragon Dance, and the Shaolin Legacy along with Confucius, Taoist and Chan education.

5. Global cultures – our Cultural Ambassador Program, entitled U.S.-China Cultural Collision, will certainly give a better understanding of global multi-cultural values as we travel to visit the Shaolin Temple in China, along with other sights and sounds.
Chinese Arts appreciation – Music, Art and Films, as well as arts and crafts, will be highlighted throughout the training experience
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 the setting and achieving goals in your day to day life.
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The students of the Shaolin Institute 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, Atlanta, 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.
Liu Xiangyang, who goes by his Shaolin disciple name DeRu, is a senior student of Shaolin Chan-Wu-Yi (Zen, martial arts and medicine) and a mentor to hundreds of thousands of Shaolin and Tai Chi students, as well as natural health advocators. He is one of the two most well-known disciples of SuXi, who was a great spiritual leader and 30th generation Grand Master, chief monk, and former deputy abbot monk of the famous Shaolin Temple.
DeRu is one of the earliest Shaolin pioneers who entered the U.S., spreading the Chan, natural healing, Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi Kung Fu in the United States and around the globe.
He is serving as Head Master of Shaolin Institute. Worldwide media, especially martial arts communities, recognize him as the “Father of American Sanda.” In addition, DeRu is known for having spread Chinese martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine and self-healing for nearly 30 years, while teaching and presenting the arts to over a million students and disciples throughout the United States and around the world.
From the early 1990s to early 2000s, he served as Head Coach of the U.S. National Sanshou (Sanda) team, and as the Sanshou competition Chief Referee to participate in international martial arts competitions and the World Wu Shu Championships.
Since the early 1990s, DeRu has served as Chairman of the Sanda Technical Committee of the Pan American Wu Shu Federation, which is one of the four federations of the International Wu Shu Federation, started and embarked from China.
He has trained more than a hundred disciples who have won International Championships. Among them, five world Sanda champions were produced. The most famous student is Cung Le (USA Sanda champion and world champion in MMA Strike-force and UFC). Patrick Barry is also on his top team.
In addition to his year's training in Chan, martial arts, and natural healing, DeRu furthered his education in traditional Chinese medicine at the School of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Wu Shu, where he worked less than three years as an intern physician at the #1 People’s Hospital in the 1970s. Additionally, he received a five-year undergraduate diploma in Foreign Languages from Anhui Normal University in Wuhu, Anhui Province, China in the early 1980s, a B.A. degree in English from University of Mobile in Alabama in the late 1980s, and an M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Alabama in the early 1990s.
DeRu has not only thoroughly explored martial arts but also has decades of study and research experience in healthcare and self-nurtured healing, as well as wellness aspects of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and meditation. He helped many patients with advanced stage 4 cancer to recover their health and well-being. His research paper was presented and displayed at the World Experiential Biology Conference in Atlanta in 1991. His mind-body medicine research is one of the first papers recognized by the mainstream U.S. medical community. The abstract was published on FASEB Conference Journal, Special Edition, in 1991.
He has delivered numerous speeches and presentations in the United States to schools, police academies, the Navy and Air Force, as well as giving lectures and speeches to medical and university groups, such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of San Francisco, TU in Towson, Maryland, GWU in Washington D.C, Louisiana police instructor training centers and Tulane University.
Fact Sheet
Promotion, Production, Officiating and Leadership
_ Produced three major “Shaolin Legacy” full-length theatrical productions at public venues in the U.S.
_ Produced over 200 shortened productions of “Shaolin Legacy” and professional martial arts exhibitions to private venues.
_ Produced and directed seven “Art of War” professional Kung Fu/Sanshou Fighting Shows.
_ Conducted hundreds of seminars and presentations at police academies, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, Navy and Air force facilities, schools, universities, health care clinics and companies in more than 100 major cities worldwide.

_ Appointed Chief Referee for all U.S. national and international Sanshou competitions since he started first official Sanshou events in the U.S. and Pan American continents

_ Voted Head Coach and Team Leader of the USA Wu Shu-Kung Fu Federation National Sanshou Fighting Team.
Coached the U.S. Sanshou Fighting Team to international victory, producing five World Champions in the process, and training over 100 international and national MMA champions.
Trained many World Class fighters, including Cung Le and Patrick Barry.

_ Directed and sponsored the Sanshou competition scheduling and planning at the third World Wu Shu Championships in Baltimore, Maryland (1995).
_ Hosted twelve major U.S. Open International Martial Arts Championships and more than 30 regional U.S. Open Challenges in coordination with the “K Superstar-Art of War Professional Sanshou Fighting Production” (1994-2012).
_ Voted Technical Chairman by instructors and officials of the International Wu Shu Federation (IWF) and IWF Pan American member countries.

1997 & 2003
_ Chief Referee for the nationally televised and pay-per-view United World Kung Fu Championship.
Hosted the National Team Trials in Atlanta, Georgia (1997 and 2003).

_ Head Coach for the U.S. Sanshou Team and Referee for the U.S. versus China International Championship in Hawaii.

_ University of South Alabama, MS in Exercise Physiology, 1991
_ University of Mobile, BA in English and Minors in Biology and Psychology, 1988
_ Anhui Normal University, BA in Foreign Languages, 1984
_ Wu Shu Traditional Chinese School of Medicine, CMD, 1978.

_ “Taiji and Qi Gong for Health and Wellness”, published at University of South Alabama, 1992
_ Scientific Symposium on Journal of Experimental Biology (1991)
_ Chinese Wu Shu and Woolin Magazines (1992-1993)
_ Thesis Publication: “The Physiology Effect of Taiji and Qi Gong”
_ Feature Articles in Taiji International Magazine (1992 and 2002)
_ Feature Articles in Kung Fu-Wu Shu Magazine (more than 10 issues)

Featured and Honorable Mentioned in:
_ Special Reports: “Kung Fu Master Shawn Liu” and “Master Shawn Liu with Shaolin Institute” in Mobile Press (1996, 2012)
_ Featured on local TV networks of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC more than 30 times (1991-2012)
_ Featured in World Chinese Press more than 10 times (1996-2012)
_ Featured on local TV networks of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC more than 30 times (1994-2015)
_ Featured in documentaries on Chinese Central TV networks: Liu Xiangyang (Shi DeRu) “Father of American Sanda” and “Shaolin Warrior Monk in America” (more than ten episodes, 1999-2008)
_ Featured in many articles: New Orleans Times Picayune (1996, 1999, 2000. 2003. 2004, 2006)
_ Featured in many articles: Inside Kung Fu Magazine (1995-2004)
_ Featured article, Inside Kung Fu Magazine: ““Legendary Sanshou Techniques: World Renowned Teacher and Coach Shawn Liu Shows You the Secret to Sanshou Success” (April 2004)
_ Special featured articles: The Mobile Press Register (1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2014)
_ Featured Article: “Sanshou at Spot Light” as “God Father of Sanshou” in Kung Fu Magazine (1997)
_ Featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1997)
Grand Master Shi Deyang (Guest Master Instructor)
Grand Master Shi Deyang has been a guest Master instructor since the birth of LIU international Shi Deru Shaolin Institute. Most well-known as Grand Master of Shaolin traditional Kung Fu forms, he is the 31st generation descendant, Grand Master, and close disciple of the Shaolin Temple Spiritual Abbot, Great Master Upper Su Lower Xi (Su Xi), the last and only Shaolin Warrior Monk Legend of the 20th century. He is the most well-known and most respected Shaolin true Grand Master of the Shaolin Temple in China today. He is the president of Shaolin Warrior Preparatory Team and has been featured in over 10 documentary films.
Featured on at least 20 martial arts magazines cover pages around the world.
He has produced over 100 DVDs on traditional Shaolin meditation, Qi Gong, Shaolin health exercises, weapons and traditional Kung Fu forms.
He has taught on over 5 continents in over 50 countries, including the U.S. and Canada.
Grand Master Shi De Cheng (AKA: Chen Qing Zhen, Guest Master Instructor)
Grand Master Shi De Cheng became Shaolin Temple Grand Master Shi Suyun’s disciple after he studied with famous Shaolin Temple Wu Shu Studio Head Master Jiao Hongbo 焦洪波. Master Decheng was on the board of the Shaolin Temple Wu Shu Association and the Song Shan Shaolin Kung Fu Research Association. He has visited, demonstrated and taught Shaolin Kung Fu privately and on behalf of the Shaolin Temple Warriors Team in over 10 countries on 3 continents. He has won numerous medals in both China and Europe for his great contribution to traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. He was featured in CCTV and on other western TV networks many times. He has taught at the LIU International Shi Deru Shaolin Institute since 2005 when he first came to visit America privately.
Chen Zhenglei (Guest Master Instructor)
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei is one of the “Top Ten Martial Artists” in China, as recognized by the Chinese government, the 19th generation successor of the Chen family and the 11th generation direct line inheritor of Chen-style Tai Chi. Grand Master Chen Zhenglei is the author of the official and authoritative books and DVDs on all aspects of Chen-style Tai Chi. He has taught on 4 continents, including Europe and Canada. He has been a guest Master instructor at the LIU International Shi Deru Shaolin Institute since its birth.
Li Qiang (Guest Master Instructor )
Master level martial artist, and Master Degree in Education, National Top Level Judge, International Top Notch Kung Fu Master Sportsman, specializing in traditional Wu Shu, Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
About Shaolin Institute
Welcome to Shaolin Institute. The institute is the largest (30,000 Sqft combined space) private institute of its kind outside China, teaching total martial arts of traditional Shaolin and modern MMA, Oriental Culture, Arts and Natural Healing.
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