Master Shawn Liu
Master Deru, aka Shawn Liu, or Chinese family name Liu Xiangyang, is the 31st generation descendant, Grand Master of the Shaolin Temple, Henan province and direct disciple of the Shaolin Temple Spiritual Abbot, Great Master Suxi, the only remaining Shaolin Fighting Monk Legend, Great Master of the Shaolin Temple (pre-communist) China. Master Liu is also known as the iron leg. Liu started training in Shaolin, traditional medicine and Qigong in Shaolin Temple, China when he was a very young child. Later he studied many other internal arts.
Martial Arts Background
He intensively studied both Yang and Chen styles in Taijiquan. He is one of the few high level students of the late Grand Master Fu Zhongwen of 4th generation Yang family Taijiquan. He went to Chen’s village over 10 times to study the Chen’s family Taiji with the best Chen style Grand Masters, including Gu Liuxing and Chen Zhenglei. His studies included many other internal and external arts such as Daojia (Taoist) Qigong, Xingyi, Bagua, and Sanda/Sanshou.
As a Martial Artist and Fighter, Master Liu has fought and won numerous professional fights in both Chinese traditional bare-hand, fighting and modern Sanshou. He is one of the few undefeated professionals out of China and has coached martial arts teams in both China and the U. S. – producing many outstanding martial artists and Sanshou fighting National, International Champions.
He is the head coach for the USA National Sanshou Team and the head of USA Sanshou-Kungfu federation. He has conducted seminars on Qigong, Taiji, Shaolin Kungfu and stress management in hospitals, companies & special police forces all over China, Japan, Europe and the US. He directed the Sanshou competition at the 1995 World Wushu Championship. He has produced and directed the US Open International Martial Arts Championships and K. Superstar-Art of War production (the only professional Sanshou outside China) since 1994.
He has been the chairman of the Pan American Sanshou technical committee. He serves as President of East-West International Culture Exchange Inc. and is the director and head master of Liu Institute of Shaolin-Taiji & Health-Wellness. He’s also an exercise physiologist.
In the late 70s, Master Liu entered the Traditional Chinese Medical School of Wushu, Anhui, China . After graduation, he served in both traditional Chinese hospitals and Chinese-Western rehabilitation hospitals as an acupuncture/acupressure and medical Qigong physician. Using these treatment methods, in addition to herbal medicine and Chinese balanced nutrition, he has brought thousands of patients back to their health.
Master Liu now offers his medical services to clients and integrates the practices of both the Eastern and Western world, providing optimum care and training. Last two years, he held seminars that toured over 22 cities across the United States and Pan America including Wizards of the Coast in Seattle, Center of Chinese Medicine, and George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C., Brazil Wushu Federation in Brazil. In addition to his Chinese education, Master Liu also holds a BA degree in English Literature and MS degree in Exercise Physiology from the United States.
New Orleans School
For many years Master Liu has been a friend of Sheriff Harry Lee, and upon Sheriff Lee's request, Master Liu began to help the Jefferson Parish community by teaching Taiji and qigong to churches and community centers around the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish areas. While Master Liu's main school is in Mobile, he eventually was encouraged to open another school to spread the arts of Shaolin and Taiji in New Orleans. The school is continuing to grow, with students enrolled in different curricula, including Shaolin kung fu, Sanshou, Taiji, Qigong and Ba gua, and it continues to expand the size and teaching curriculum to match up to the teachings in Mobile and eventually the Shaolin Temple in China as a larger and committed student body is developed. The school also participates in local events, including annual demonstrations for Chinese New Year in Lafreniere Park and Asian Pacific Festivals and Asian American Spotlight TV shows.
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