Shaolin Temple USA’s Delegation with over 100 members spent an extraordinary and exciting weekend at the First North America Shaolin Cultural Festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Students from our 3 culture centers in San Francisco, Fremont CA, Herndon VA and Stanford University, accompanied by a large contingent of friends and family, gathered here to participate in the Shaolin Kung Fu Exam (in the form of a competition) and an open forum on Chan Buddhism. They immersed themselves in Shaolin Kung Fu Chan culture, met new friends, to share, learn and exchange. We are proud to announce that our students had upheld the Shaolin Warrior Spirit of Courage and Diligence, Grace and Open-Mindedness throughout the Festival.
• Team Shaolin Temple USA •
53 students participated in the Shaolin Kung Fu Exam (Competition) in individual and group events. Not only that they achieved their personal best garnering 93 medals including 32 gold, 37 silver and 24 bronze, they also exhibited great team spirit and sportsmanship. Team Shaolin Temple USA was honored with the “First Place in Overall Team Achievement Award” from among 45 teams with a total of 800 competitors from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
∆ Team Shaolin Temple USA members from San Francisco, Fremont CA, Herndon VA and Stanford University
lined up for the opening ceremony. Dressed neatly in traditional Shaolin Temple USA uniforms, showing great discipline
and in high spirit, it was the largest and most notable delegation at the Festival.
• Opening Ceremony •
Venerable Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin officially opened the Festival and appointed
judges for the Shaolin Kung Fu Exam (Competition).
• Shaolin Kung Fu Exam •
Appointed Head Judge by Venerable Abbot Yongxin, Master Yanran instructed that all scoring be impartial and fair based on the following criteria: accurate movements, powerful delivery, competent skills, solid content, well-structured form, distinctive style, rhythm and fluidity, with energy, power and spirit as untiing elements in Shaolin Kung Fu.
Contestants were grouped by age and training experience in Shaolin fist, weapon, sparring/fighting, health exercise, Taichi and group performance divisions. The competition was judged by Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks and Chinese martial arts instructors from across North America.
Group photos of the judge and friends with Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin and California Senator Leland Yee.
∆ Shaolin Temple USA team members excelled at every division they participated in.
(Top from left): Ryo Egchi (San Francisco), Robert Trinh (Fremont),
(Bottom from left): Tien Fu (Herndon VA), and Jeff Waters (Stanford University)
collectively garnered 6 gold and 6 silver medals.
• Awards Ceremony •
Representing Shaolin disciples of North America, Master Shi Yanran, Executive Director of Shaolin Temple USA,
rrespectfully invited Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin of Shaolin Temple on stage
to preside over a Buddhist Ceremony.
Venerable Abbot Yongxin led a prayer for world peace, health and happiness for all festival participants.
Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin personally presented the 1st place awards to all gold medalists.
Team Shaolin Temple USA students aged 7 to 73 received a total of 32 gold medals.
Master Yanran accepted the “First Place in Overall Team Achievement Award” from Venerable Shi Yongxin
on behalf of Team Shaolin Temple USA. 45 teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico participated in
the Shaolin Kung Fu Exam (Competition).
After the Awards Ceremony and Shaolin Kung Fu Evening Gala on 10/12, Shaolin Temple USA students and Sifus gathered for a group photo, joined by some of the Warrior Monks from the Kung Fu performance.
• Shaolin Temple USA Sifus Performance •
At the request of the Festival, Shaolin Temple USA’s Sifus thrilled competition attendees with a spectacular 10-minute performance of Shaolin Kung Fu as a preview of what was to come at the Shaolin Kung Fu Evening Gala.
• Shaolin Kung Fu Evening Gala •
Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks Performance
Forty Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks who accompanied the Abbot on this visit presented a breathtaking Shaolin Kung Fu Performance at the Evening Gala, showcasing the best of Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Health Qigong and Shaolin Hard Qigong, to thunderous applause from the audience.