New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) March 13, 2015
Martial 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 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 in front of the institute by 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
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 and more.
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 “cosmic conscious Qi”, “mindset” and “live style changes” of his students that comes 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 (http://www.shaolin-world.net).
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 traditional 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, well-known UFC fighters, the most prominent students of Shaolin Shi DeRu (Shawn Liu Xiangyang).
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,” 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. (http://www.shaolin-world.net, Email: shaolinnola(at)gmail(dot)com, Phone: (504) 835-1877)