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Can you roll with us?

Medium height dive rolls in advanced class, Wednesday.

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Shuai-Chiao on a Monday

Learning to fall correctly is important so that you don’t get hurt.

Practicing falls can be a LOT of fun!

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Confucius Day!

On September 17, 2016 the School of Shaolin Kung Fu performed Martial Arts demos and an intro to Northern Shaolin Kung Fu class at the University of Minnesota Northrop Plaza… In honor of Confucius’s Birthday!

THANK-YOU University of Minnesota’s Confucius Institute for the invitation to participate in this fun day of events and the opportunity to help promote Traditional Chinese Martial Arts on campus! We had a lot of fun and made new friends!

The following photos were taken by and given permission to host by our friend Reuben Eruera at Roob Photography.

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1. (noun) a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired. “take pride in a good jo b well done”

1. (verb) be especially proud of a particular quality or skill.

On a daily basis, we all go through a general routine. Wake up, work/play/eat and go to sleep. There are only so many hours in the day to take care of the responsibilities necessary to lead a productive lifestyle. Regardless of what you see as being productive, wether it’s knocking out the days quota on the assembly line, getting everything on your to do list crossed off, or simply making it through without falling asleep, when was the last time you were PROUD of your accomplishments of the day? How often do you go to sleep with a content smile on your face thinking, “Today I achieved something great.” ? As students at the School of Shaolin, we have more opportunities every day to feel this gratification than the average person.  It is up to us to take advantage of the chances we are given by engaging ourselves to the best of our abilities, wherever those abilities lie on the spectrum.

This past weekend we were able to experience this pride by taking part in our annual Chinese New Year Celebration, ringing in the year of the monkey.  The turnout was amazing! The crowd was welcomed to the school with a demonstration by the younger generation of students.  They performed some staff twirling, a bit of acrobatics, and a couple of the beginner forms which are the start of everyone’s journey at the School of Shaolin.  We were visited by our Dragon with a lively presentation of the dance they are so well known for.   The four dragon kings (instructors and assistant instructors) performed some weapons forms, which are always a crowd favorite.  This was followed by a traditional lion dance including an array of fruit, lettuce, and red envelopes, bringing good fortune to the school.  The people in attendance got a kick out of the visits from the monkey king throughout the show.  After the demonstrations, the rest of the celebration was filled with food and fellowship, and the monkey piñata was a highlight for the kids.

As this new year time comes to a close, we all have been given many reasons to feel a sense of pride in what we are a part of. Whether a part of the lion itself, or being able to tell your neighbor, “I am a student of that school!”, don’t let these opportunities go to waste.  Be thankful that SiFu and the rest of our Kung Fu Ancestors have built this legacy so we have something special to bring fulfilment to our lives.


Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson


Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson

Photo Credit: April Johnson



Liu Bei works on solving the array (Photo Credit: Alicia Brekkenstrand)



Banners (Photo Credit: Alicia Brekkenstrand)



Happy New Year! (Photo Credit: Alicia Brekkenstrand)


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Queue Wild Drumming! Lion Dance Kick Off

For the first show of this season, the School of Shaolin Kung Fu had the honor of performing a Lion Dance and Kung Fu Demonstration at the Gala New Year’s Dinner at the Radisson Hotel, Roseville, MN.  This Gala was held for visiting Chinese medical scholars attending a Traditional Chinese Medicine conference at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Thank you AAAOM for inviting us to help usher in the Year of the Monkey with such a prestigious group of Scholars!! 恭賀新禧!

 SiFu stood as our patriarch while the team of two lions, three musicians, a fat headed Buddha, and the Monkey King put on a routine for the energetic crowd.  This act included some weapons forms done by instructors, much to the joy, and sometimes surprise, of those in attendance. A version of this routine will be performed a few more times over the next couple weeks.  The following presentations are open to the public.  We would love to see you there!

Vo’s Vietnamese Restaurant

3450 Lyndale Ave S


Friday February 12, 5:30 p.m.


School Of Shaolin – Chinese New Year Celebration

4167 Coon Rapids Blvd NW

Coon Rapids

Sunday February 14, 1:00-3:00


Mall of America – Lantern Festival Celebration


Monday February 22, 3:00-7:00


AAAOM - Mental Prep

Instructor Dennis and Joseph preparing for the show

AAAOM - Practice

The Monkey King (AKA Instructor Todd) and Instructor Tristan practicing a Spear/Kwon Do set

AAAOM - Monkey King

The Monkey King (Instructor Todd) practicing breathing techniques (that mask left little room for aroebic activities)

AAAOM - Crowd Posing For Pictures 2

Instructor Tristan and Assistant Instructor Bryan posing with Liu Bei (white lion) and Guan yu (black lion) and a member of the crowd

AAAOM - Crowd Posing For Pictures

Instructor Tristan and Assistant Instructor Bryan posing with Liu Bei (white lion) and Guan Yu(black lion) and members of the crowd

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