Shaolin Institute New Orleans Campus

Shaolin Institute New Orleans CampusMartial arts of China, over 3000 years old, comes to New Orleans with its 1500-year Shaolin tradition at the Grand Opening of the Shaolin Martial Arts campus in New Orleans at the Shaolin Institute on 1995 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119. Along with that Grand Opening, the institute will unveil Kung Fu and Chinese cultural festivities, which includes fire crackers, a lion dance, Kung Fu and Tai Chi exhibitions, and weapons fighting on the street of New Orleans City Park on March 21 through 22. There will also be a presentation of Zen meditation, woman’s self-defense, and a grand audition for a martial arts TV series—Badlands.

The Grand Opening Programs include but are not limited to the following:

1. Free healthy food
2. Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Lion Dance exhibitions on the street with live music
3. Door prizes to the first 20 sets (e.g., 50, 100, 250 in classes) of participants through the door on opening day
4. Free t-shirts, bounce-back coupons
5. A special raffle of a vacation airplane ticket to China
6. Audition for the Badlandsmartial artsTV series
7. Face painting for kids
8. Martial arts classes: Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Tai Gong, Kickboxing, women’s self-defense, nutrition and meditation healing

This Shaolin Grand Opening represents a unique cultural collision and harmony between the west and that of the east. Close to 30 years ago, founder and chair of SCF (Shaolin Chan Foundation) and headmaster of Shaolin Institute, Shi Deru, also known as Shawn X. Liu, brought Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong and traditional Tai Chi to the southeastern U.S., opening schools in Atlanta, Mobile, and New Orleans. He has devoted his life to helping people and is doing so through community outreach efforts like World Tai Chi Day, Asian cultural celebrations, and martial arts performances by his highly acclaimed Shaolin Institute Performance Team.

Grand Master Shi Deru has helped many students overcome life-threatening conditions that did not respond well to conventional therapies. He credits success to the “mindset” of his students that comes about with the training, practice and mastery of these ancient therapeutic techniques.

People of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities are invited to freely participate in many classes offered during the grand opening such as Qi Gong (“chee-gung”) breathing exercises and basic Tai Chi classes. These ancient arts involve simple, slow, fluid movements that, along with controlled deep breathing, create calmness of mind, body, and spirit. Tai Chi is low-impact, making it an ideal exercise therapy for the elderly, injured, and even disabled individuals (

Zen Meditation, which is another lecture and practice for locals, focuses on nothingness, no thoughts and “let it go,” so as to create space. It is that space of nothingness which contains the essence of that Cosmic Qi to recharge one body-mind to work and function with wonders. Cosmic Qi is the life force that gives life motion and life energy to live, to organize, to heal and to think and speak intelligently.

The seminar during the grand opening will be started with Grandmaster DeRu’s introduction of quantum conscious communication and Zen meditation for cosmic Qi (energy) and self-empowerment. A lecture of meditation in quantum conscious communication will lead each participant into the chapter of internal KungFu and meridians.

The lecture will also introduce the Jing Luo (meridian) system of Chinese medicine in relation to traditional internal Kung Fu for health and heeling, Chinese herb medicine, acupuncture, and acu-point medical massage, which have always been part of the Shaolin traditional training for centuries. Since ancient times, it has been known in China that Shaolin Zen Masters, above all other tasks, have healed people around the temple hundreds of miles.

Zen Tai Gong will be major part of the lecture during the grand opening to introduce the community of New Orleans. This healing therapy is of combination of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, designed by DeRu for over 15 years’ continued research and perfection, applying meridian-organ Chinese medical and natural healing system with each motion to communicate with each cell, transport energy, and nourish the entire system to bring the body and mind in full function to connection with the universe cosmic Qi for healing and self-empowering.

The concept of Tai Gong, according to DeRu, is to first of all bring the body and mind together from inner conscious to outer conscious from cells’ conscious to cosmic Qi conscious to bridge that special communication channeling Qi so as to create more cosmic Qi (energy) for bodily organism reorganization to defend oneself from disease to eventually achieve optimal health.

All the movements are designed in such a way of motion to instigate and propagate the entire mind-body cosmic Qi system to flow together in communication to vibrate that Positive Qi to tap the cosmic Qi of the universe.

Everyone, especially the executives and computer ITs and DTs, needs to let go of all distraction of thoughts and material desires. Let go anything that makes one tense and release all the emotions and stress that will unleash the inner power to enhance one’s resilience and indomitable spirit.

FullSizeRenderAbout Shaolin Institute:
Shaolin institute is the largest (30,000 sq. ft. combined space) private institute of its kind outside China, teaching total martial arts of traditional Shaolin and Chinese Culture, Arts and Natural Healing.The institute does not only teach the ancient arts of Shaolin Chan & Kung Fu, Tai Chi (Taiji), Wushu, but also the Chinese ancient system of health-wellness in Chan Nutrition, Natural Healing, Medical Qi Gong, Tai Gong Mind-Body Healing.
The institute has designed many new programs: Fitness Kickboxing, Competitive Sports of Combat Sanshou/Sanda, QinNa (Chinese Grappling), Shuaijiao (Chinese Wrestling), Dim Mak (acupressure), Fighting Arts of Kung Fu Legendry, Asian Arts and Cultural Studies.The institute programs are designed not only for health-wellness, personal safety and personal growth but also for high conscious level of high learning.
Children character and leadership training is our focus. Our entire academy-awarded children programs are aimed at providing children’s focus, discipline, respect and sufficient attention span to guide them not only to higher level of academic achievements but also to future life success. These programs will guide them to eventually become our future’s courageous community leaders with character and integrity.
Shaolin Institute is a school with both cultural and academic studies as well as total mind-body training. This is the only institute of its kind in the United States with full time residence students and instructors programs. The institute is underway to developing into the future Life Intelligence University International (LIU).
All teachings and daily gatherings are supervised by a 31st generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple, Grand Master Shi DeRu, one of the only two indoor disciples of the Shaolin Temple’s Great Grand Master, spiritual Chan leader Upper Su & Lower Xi (Shi SuXi).The institute is derived directly from the ancient Shaolin Temple in China and continues its commitment to teaching original Shaolin wisdom that has been passed down generationally for more than 1,500 years through the wisdom of Chan, Confucius, and Taoist combined with the discipline of traditional Kung Fu.
The institute has an age-appropriate curriculum in the forms of: Shaolin Culture and philosophy; Chinese Language and external arts of Shaolin Kung-Fu (Gong Fu), along with internal arts of Tai Chi (TaijiQuan), Qigong, Tai Gong (for Natural Healing), Chan (Zen) Meditation and Chan Nutrition.The institute offers original Shaolin Kung Fu and Zen Tai Gong healing programs as well as exclusively designed new external programs such as: Extreme Fitness Kickboxing, Combat fighting of San Shou/San Da, Chin Na (grappling) and Shuaijiao(wrestling), where Judo and Jujitsu were derived from.
Many world renowned instructors and champions who have taught and trained at the institute, including Grand Master Wu Bin, mentor of movie stars Jet Li and Donnie Yen; Shi DeYang, the most famous Kung Fu fighting form Master of Shaolin Temple; Chen Zheng Lei, one of the most famous Tai Chi masters of China;Cung Le and Patrick Barry, the most prominent students of Shaolin Shi DeRu.
The institute’s mission is “to enlighten and empower everyone.” This helps each of the students to find his/her self-nature and the greatness within. Just as the institute slogan reads “A healthy body & a healthy mind” says, the Shaolin Institute teaches a way of life: one that embraces all educational programs of traditional Shaolin. These traditions developed without limitations and are traced back to more than 5000 years ago in China.
The Institute offers cultural exchange programs: Chan life style, cultural ambassador and Chinese language.The Shaolin Institute inherited over 70 styles of internal and external Martial Arts as well as mind and body healing programs from the Shaolin Temple much beyond today’s Mixed Martial Arts. Email:, Phone: (504) 835-1877

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