The New Orleans campus started with Shifu DeRu starting teaching Tai Chi classes at a local senior center in a health and wellness collaborative effort with Sheriff Harry Lee in 2001. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Institute was a place of refuge to many students and strangers who had to deal with the stressors of rebuilding. The Institute donated thousands of dollars to assist students in need and provided financial assistance to help hundreds of distressed hurricane victims heal their bodies and minds through Tai Chi and meditation. Since then, the Institute has produced the “Shaolin Legacy Show”, bringing in international performers, hosted the Kung Fu Sanshou competitions and have taken students abroad to compete in internationally.
The campus has continued to experience growth and now offers classes 6 days a week in the New Orleans metro area. We are conveniently located with students who travel as far as from the Northshore, Kenner, the Westbank and Slidell to attend classes.