"Yan Xu, why don't you stay in US to spread the culture." Once Abbot Shi Yong Xin spoke that sentence, I knew my fate was sealed, and my own version of journey to the West would begin.
Grand Master Shi Yan Xu is an accomplished Zen master and teacher of traditional Shaolin Temple Kung Fu. He is the founder of the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center USA, and the former Head Coach of Warrior Monks for the Shaolin Temple of China.
From an early age, Master Yan Xu began his study of Kung Fu in his hometown with a family who descended from a Qing Dynasty General. As he grew older, Yan Xu saw that there wasn’t much to offer a fledging Kung Fu master in his hometown, so in 1994, the quest for knowledge led him to pack his bags and travel to a place he only heard about in stories. The Shaolin Temple of China.
Once arriving in Shaolin, Master Shi Yan Xu studied extensively with grand master Shi Yong Zhi, and later, became a disciple of Abbott Shi Yong Xin concentrating on the study of Chan (Zen) and traditional Kung Fu inside the temple. Over the next twenty years, Shi Yan Xu deeply researched the classical health preservation methods of Shaolin Tendon Changing and Bone Marrow cleansing. He studied Kung Fu with elder warrior monks Fu Zhi Qian and Gao Dejiang, while in the field of Chan (Zen), he advanced to studying with Master Hui Tong, a renowned master in the Chinese Chan (Zen) society. In addition to Shaolin Temple Arts, Master Yan Xu expanded his knowledge by studying number of classical systems of Kung Fu including Tong Bei with Master Zhu Sheng An and the arts of Bagua, Tai Chi and Five element theory to name a few.
Today, Master Shi Yan Xu is widely regarded as a top representative of Chinese Martial Arts. He serves as the headmaster of the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center USA, an officially recognized branch of the Shaolin Temple of China which has trained dozens of teachers from China and abroad to represent the Shaolin Culture worldwide. Master Shi Yan Xu also travels extensively to share the Shaolin Arts with students from around the world and continues to study Chan Buddhism as part of his personal journey.
- Philip Sahagun (Kung Fu Heroes)
COACHES TRAINED BY
GRAND MASTER SHI YAN XU
Heng shao is the warrior disciple student of Master Shi Yan Xu. He came here to Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in 2018.
Heng Li is the warrior disciple
student of Master Shi Yan Xu. He
came here to Shaolin Temple
Cultural Center in 2019.
Veronica Christenson began studying Shaolin Kung Fu in 2008. She teaches the Health classes at the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center.
Mandy Ng has taught Tai Chi for over 20 years, and has studied Kung Fu since 2008. She teaches Tai Chi at the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center.
Philip was born into a third generation martial arts family. He is proficient in a number of arts which he has taught and performed worldwide. In 2006, he began his study with Master Shi Yan Xu while in China.
SHI YAN QI
Yan Qi learned Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple. He was asked by Master Yan Xu to come and teach here at the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in 2013.
Feng Fei learned Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple. He was asked by Master Yan Xu to come and teach here at the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in 2016.
Julian Nava started learning Kung Fu in 2009 under Master Yan Xu. He has taught Kung Fu and Health classes since 2017.