Traditional Shaolin Culture Takes Root in the Midwest.
This article is a brief introduction to Shaolin Chan City,
A Comprehensive Traditional Shaolin Cultural Arts Center
located in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.
Shaolin Chan City is a Comprehensive Traditional Shaolin Cultural Arts Center located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Its mission is to spread authentic Shaolin culture to empower the lives of the people of St. Louis, surrounding areas, and the United States through providing a center for study and conducting regular seminars, demonstrations, and charity events in its vision.
Shaolin - Continuing Legend
Everyone has heard the name Shaolin. Whether from the old Kung Fu TV series, action movies, or experience in the world of Martial Arts training, everyone has heard the legends of the Shaolin Monks- their fighting prowess, their mysterious invincibility, their heroism. But it is as if they are characters from the distant past, from an ancient Chinese monastery.
In fact, Shaolin Monastery (Chin.: Shàolínsì 少林寺) is still a fully functioning monastery today with hundreds of monks and even more secular disciples and lay followers. They may not be mystical creatures, but they have names, personalities, and extraordinary abilities. The Shaolin Monastery today is a place where Chan (Zen) practice meets Martial Arts training, and it has been that way for centuries.
Now more than ever Shaolin is reaching a global audience and touching the lives of millions in countries around the world, on six continents. The Shaolin Monastery tradition has already long taken root across the United States and is now coming to Saint Louis, Missouri....
SCC Founder & Director
The Founder & Director of Shaolin Chan City, Le Fujun, having first studied as a member of the Shaolin Monastery Warrior Monk Reserve Team (Chin.: Shàolínsì Wǔsēng Hòubèiduì 少林寺武僧后备队) in China, was then accepted as a direct student of Master Shi Deyang (Chin.: Shì Déyáng Fǎshi 释德扬法师), a Shaolin Monk of the 31st Generation globally considered one of the greatest present exponents of Traditional Shaolin Culture, studying both Traditional Shaolin Wugong and Chan Philosophy (Chin.: Chuántǒng Shàolín Wǔgōng hé Chánlǐ 传统少林武功和禅理).
Le Fujun is a Shaolin practitioner, instructor, historian, and author fluent in Mandarin, who has conducted years of extensive research in conjunction with his personal study and practice of Traditional Shaolin Culture. He has given demonstrations, public talks and seminars on Shaolin Culture at numerous institutions in the United States and universities such as:
- University of Illinois-- Urbana-Champaign
- Iowa State University- Ames
- Minnesota State University- Moorhead
- University of Missouri- St. Louis
- Washing University School of Medicine- St. Louis
Several of his published articles on such topics as traditional Shaolin culture, history, philosophy, and arts, can be read online by visiting the SCC blogsite.
Le Fujun began his first school in Illinois, in 2002. In June of 2009 he received Master Deyang's approval and support to open another Shaolin school in the U.S.- Shaolin Chan City, located in St. Louis, Missouri.
Master Deyang is now the technical and spiritual guide of SCC, the only school under his direction in the U.S., and second internationally. Le Fujun continues the development of the school with frequent study trips to Shaolin Monastery and Master Deyang's school in China, as well as the periodic hosting of Master Deyang and collaborating Shaolin disciples at SCC. The school also hosts frequent group study trips to China to experience the Shaolin culture at the place of origin.
SCC Study Program
As a Comprehensive Traditional Shaolin Cultural Arts Center, Shaolin Chan City offers lessons in the different study areas of Traditional Shaolin Culture. The Program components are divided into Wugong (lit.: warrior skills/ kung fu wushu), Qigong (lit.: internal energy skills/ chi kung), Meditation, and Chan (zen) Philosophy.
The Meditation and Chan Philosophy portion is always open to the public. Seminars on Traditional Shaolin Wugong, Qigong, and other cultural topics for public access are held throughout the year.
Non-members coming from outside the St. Louis area or out of state are welcome to the center and may join a series of free trial lessons. The center's master and instructors are also available to conduct seminars in other schools in the area and within the United States.
For more information on the Shaolin Chan City Study Program, or to request a seminar, please direct inquiries to the SCC Director of Shaolin Studies, or simply come in for a free trial lesson.
Phone No.: (314) 383-3918
-少林禅城 Shaolin Chan City
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