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Thursday, 08 May 2014 17:21

Who will be the next KSF-K Superstar?

Shaolin Chan Foundation & Shaolin Institute hosts US Open Challenge to find the next KSF-K Superstar

April 30, 2014- In search of the next K Superstar! The Shaolin Chan Foundation and the Shaolin Institute along with many other organizations and friends will host and sponsor its 24th US Open Challenge at the Mobile Civic Center on June 14th 2014, in Mobile, Alabama. This event will be highlighting the ancient Chinese fighting styles of Sanshou and Extreme Sanda. These are the Chinese fighting styles that Grand Master Shi Deru  (Shawn Liu)has brought here to the US for the last two decades. It was also in these fighting styles that he held the championship title and went undefeated for thirty years in both sanctioned and unsanctioned competitions.

Since its inception in early 1990, Grand Master Shi Deru, has heldover thirty US Open Sanshou/Sanda fighting events here in the US, which includes eight professional “Art of War” Sanshou/Sanda tournaments which were sponsored by the Shaolin Institute.

KSF US Open Challenge K. Superstar Invitation Letter
KSF US Open Challenge Press Release
KSF US Open Welcome Letter

KSF US Open Jun2014 Competition Event Schedule
KSF US Open Travel and Lodging Information
KSF Inter School Competition Form
KSF US Open Official Registration Form
KSF US Open Medical Release Form 2014
KSF US Open Challenge Rules
KSF US Open Challenge Light Contact Fight Rules

The US Open Challenge Event on June 14, at the Mobile Civic Center, will actually provide two events in one.  The Day Event will have competitions such as forms, weapons and light contact as well as continuous sport sparring with limited youth Sanda. The Night Event, also called the “Main Event,” is designed to search for the future MMA/Sanda professional competitors in this western hemisphere of the world.

“It’s been 20 years since I hosted the first official US Open International Sanda/Sanshou fight in the US,” said Grand Master Shi DeRu. As a  result, great fighters such as David Sanders and Cung Le have their fighting roots as champions within the US Open Challenge competitions that were held right here in Mobile, Alabama. Other fighters who have held championship titles within the US Open K. Superstar competition and the US Open

International competition are Patrick Barry and Melvin Guilard, who both also became well known fighters in the UFC. These UFC and MMA fighters among many other US Open event champions such as, K. J.  Noon,  Li Jie and Wael Karika Muhammed were students of Grand master Shi Deru and their fighting skills were honed and matured in the US Open Sanshou/Sanda Challenge competition.

In the same fashion as when the first US Open competition began, the upcoming KSF-K. Superstar Search and US Open Challenge event will have all the excitement of a MMA styled fight. Yet, the Sanshou/Extreme Sanda fighting styles will require the fighters to demonstrate a higher level of fighting skills by combining techniques of punching, kicking, kneeing, throwing, interception and grappling. Such technically skilled maneuvers as a “scissors kick” take down is just one of the exciting fighting techniques that the audience can witness first hand at the US Open Sanshou/Extreme Sanda competition.

This event will not only be an exhilarating fight for an audience to see but in the ring, it also allows martial artists of all styles, amateur or future professional competitors, from all over the world the opportunity to express and challenge themselves, and their skills and acquire new friendships at the same time in a sportsmanship manner.

KSF US Open Flyer

“To empower yourself and find your greatest potential within, you must experience a test of challenges and difficulties laid in front of you so that you will endlessly increase your ability like the law of attraction.” – Grand Master Shi DeRu.

Some of the highlighted activities on the event schedule for this competition event are as follows:
June 13, 2014
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM A fighters weigh-in ceremony at the Holiday Inn Downtown Historic District Hotel (The press/media and spectators are invited to attend)
June 14, 2014
9:55 AM  Event Opening Ceremony/ Shaolin Legacy Show.
10:00 AM Commencement of Forms Competitions.
1:00 PM Commencement of US Open Challenge (Light Contact Continuous Sparring).
3:00 PM US Open Challenge (Intermediate Level) Contact and Continuous Sparring.
5:00 PM- 5:30 PM Awards Presentations.
7:00 PM  Commencement of the KSF- K. Superstar Search (Main Event).
9:00 PM  Award Presentation.

For more information regarding the KSF- K. Superstar Search/US Open Challenge, please call Shaolin Institute at 251-662-3225 or 770- 286-9808 or visit or


Sunday, 01 December 2013 17:51

US Open Sanda Challenge Match & " Shaolin Team Pack" Show

Presented by Shaolin Institute


To celebrate Sanda/Sashou making its way to the US, Shaolin Institute, hosts US Open Challenge 2013 Sanda Testing Match for all Kung Fu Tai Chi or Gong Fu, Karate and Sanda martial artists on December 14th night, 6:00 p.m. at Best Friend Gym in Norcross GA, in search for the future K. Superstar.

In celebration of the ancient Shaolin martial arts, Sanda/Sanshou, Shaolin Institute- be hosting a US Open Challenge Test for all Kung Fu, Tai Chi or Gong Fu, Karate and Sanda/Sanshou martial artists on December 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Best Friend Gym, 6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross 30071. This event will kick off the K Superstar Search being conducted around the world.

Sanda is an amalgamation of several ancient Shaolin martial arts; Kung Fu or Gong Fu, Boxing, Tai-Chi, combat Shuaijiao, and Qinna, making it a very unique martial art combat form, It powerfully integrates the body and mind in the masterful execution of ancient combat forms, and fighting techniques.

Shaolin and Tai Chi Kung Fu techniques combined with rigorous Sanda training produces athletes with superior mind/body awareness, heightened senses, great strength, incredible speed, and agility, like Sanda champion Cung Le (

“US Open Challenge is part of US Open International Martial Arts Championship Committee organization governing body who makes the rules and establishes the guidelines by which all Sanda martial artists are tested,” said the Grand Master of Sanda, Liu Xiangyang (aka: Shi DeRu).

“In a Sanda sparring match, Master Liu points out, athletes must use their intuition, mental acuity, and strategies in skills to creatively overcome obstacles while harnessing the incredible power that comes from a conscious awareness of their mind and body at all times, in order to anticipate combat moves and conquer their opponent.

According to Master Liu, this testing is the initiation of future US Open series offers top Sanda athletes the opportunity to face off against some of the best Sanda martial artists in the world.

Each Campus of the Shaolin Institute teams will present a “ Shaolin Team Pack” show to express  their oneness on the team pack coordination, unity and efficient team action as well as the leadership ability. In the show, they will apply Shaolin Zen, Tai Gong Meditation and openness of mind action and freedom of Gong Fu to free the mind restrictions and facilitates balance and freedom of tremendous Qi flow.

Shaolin Kung Fu techniques combined with rigorous Sanda training produces athletes with superior body mind awareness, extra senses, strength, speed, skills and agility.


This testing match uses the combined rules and regulations of international Sanshou/Sanda skills which includes kicks, strikes, intercepts, grapples and throws (ground arm locks in Qinna is allowed for 10 second in Max); and also includes wearing appropriate head and body protection and standard

“Sanda sparring is like overcoming life challenges, you learn as you fight your way one by one to dissolve and resolve. To empower yourself and find greatest potential within, you must experience test of challenges and difficulties laid in front of you so that you will endlessly increase your ability like the law of attraction,” Grand Master Shi DeRu.


The event agenda is as follows:

Daytime Venue: Shaolin Institute, 4350 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA

10:00 am – Kung Fu individual competition and testing

11:30 am - 4:00 pm Sanda preliminaries

3:00 pm - 4:00 Preliminary Shaolin Kung Fu Team Pack Matches


Evening Venue: (Performance & Finals): B.F. Gym 6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross 30071.

6:00 pm Shaolin Legacy: Kung Fu Team Challenge

7:00 pm Sanda/Sanshou Continuous Match Finals

About Shaolin Institute and the Event: The institute is the largest private institute of its kind outside China, teaching total martial arts of traditional Shaolin, modern MMA, Oriental Culture, Arts and Natural Healing. It is a total health-wellness and health education system led by Shaolin Grand Master Shi DeRu (ask: Shawn Liu Xiangyang).


Since its inception in early 1990s, there have been over 30 US Open Challenges in Sanshou/Sanda fighting events held in the US, apart from 12 of US Open International Martial Arts Championships and 8 professional Art of War Sanda international tournaments sponsored by Shaolin Institute and sanctioned by


US Open Sanshou/Sanda is unlike any sports as it will incorporate the full body with greater freedom, using all styles of combat skills. It is a very exciting combat match. Fighters are allowed to apply techniques of punch, kick, knee, throw, intercept and grapple. In Sanda or MMA world, one should never underestimate the ability or tenacity of a Shaolin trained athlete. Their difficult training fully equips them to rise to meet any challenge, regardless of circumstances.  Cung Le is certainly one of the superior Sanda/Sanshou athletes representing the total grasp of Sanda essence in skills and ability.

The future US Open International Martial Arts Championships,  Challenge and US Open X. S. - Art of War fighting show launches - “Bringing the ancient arts into the modern day ring” - not only promoting the ancient sporting competition but also a spirited competition, friendship and mind & body fitness. Our future tournaments offer the best fighters from the United States and around the world an opportunity to test their skills, determination and to examine their deep personal commitment to excellence.


Shaolin Institute ‘s Legacy Team has performed all over the world and will join Atlanta Winter Wonderland, to perform Shaolin Legacy Show under the theme title of “One Breath” on the night of December 6th and 26th, 2013.

This article is Sponsored by Shaolin Chan foundation and Shaolin Institute. For full story of this article: or 770-286-980

Competition Event Schedule
Inter School Competition
Registration Form
Medical Release Form

US Open Challenge

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:15

Meet The Challenge

Shaolin Grandmaster Shi DeRu (Master Shawn Liu) with his leading performers Li Qiang, Shi Zhong Qin, Chen Zhe along with his world famous, “Shaolin Legacy Show” team will perform clips of Shaolin Legacy show with the theme of “Meet The Challenge” along with other individual and group performances


Norcross –Duluth–The LIU International Shaolin Institute students along with nationally acclaimed, “Shaolin Legacy Show” team will perform clips from it’s full-length, world famous production with the special theme “Meet The Challenge at Norcross Give West High School gym at 7:00 PM on the night of December 8th 2012.

Shaolin masters, like Grandmaster Shi DeRu, are world renowned for their unrivaled excellence in Martial Arts. Shaolin culture has produced world champion martial arts competitors and superbly trained athletes rich in discipline, integrity and honor. These athletes exemplify the Shaolin mind-set, while preserving a way of life and state of being that originated 15,000 years ago in the Henan Province of China, at the Shaolin Temple, where it lives on to this day.

“Meet The Challenge” depicts the cultural, life lessons, and tradition of Shaolin people, and their remarkable ability to harness the ‘life force’ or “Qi” to meet the challenges of life with extraordinary self-control, discipline, compassion, and integrity. It tells the story of a group of Kung Fu students traveling with the traditional Shaolin characters, “The Magnificent Five” on a life-long journey, during which, like all of us, they are faced with seemingly insurmountable difficulties and obstacles. Every challenge we meet is won or lost by our body and mind before we even embark on the journey. “Meet The Challenge” demonstrates how superior control over mind and body is all that is necessary to meet and exceed any challenge we are faced with.

This inspirational performance will appeal to audiences of all ages and from all walks of life because its message is universal. While demonstrating, through captivating choreography, the art of expertly performed Kung Fu, and immersing the audience through the story-line in the values and wisdom imparted by the ancient Shaolin Temple Masters; discipline, self-control, character and integrity; “Meet The Challenge” promises to deliver to its audience a visually stunning depiction of cultural and personal enlightenment. The moral of the story is timeless and one for the ages. “Life represents the Qi of the universe,” says Master DeRu. “Let’s be free, discover and flow with Qi and with nature, summoning the best of ourselves to meet the challenges in life, in ways that benefit and empower us.”

This Shaolin Legacy ” Meet The Challenge” is a true East-West Cultural Show which expresses the multicultural Atlanta Asian community.



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Sunday, 17 July 2011 19:22

US Open Martial Arts Fighting Challenge Featuring
US vs China

2011 US Open Martial Arts Fighting Challenge featuring US vs China will be held in Denton Gym on
3800 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile, Al 36609 on August 20, 2011.

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 17:10

Coach Jie Li a world Sanshou fighting champion and fighting coach in Sanshou Kickboxing, MMA and Muay Thai from Beijing, China will host seminars and workshops under the direction of grand master Shi DeRu. The seminars are scheduled in Atlanta, Mobile, and New Orleans. He will join the full-time Shaolin Cultural Fellowship/Apprentice Warrior Training program starting on July 9th with 8-day and 8-night intensive Shaolin Warrior Training on Shaolin Institute Atlanta Campus.

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