Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich is traveling in China during the next two weeks to dedicate a new sports city in the name of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former President of the International Olympic Committee, and to deliver the first-ever English translation of an ancient Shaolin text to His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin.
In China, Dr. Rosandich will meet with Dr. Jie “Jack” Guo, the President of WorldTeam Sports, to cut the ribbon Thursday, April 21 for the development of the “Juan Antonio Sports City.” This $158 billion project is the first of three cities that the Academy is working on with Dr. Guo, who is the leading sport entrepreneur in China and who represents the NBA in that nation. Dr. Guo is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from the Academy in recognition of work to develop sports in the world’s most populous nation. The development includes the creation of a Sports Academy that will provide much of the same sports-related academic content that is found at the Daphne, Ala., college.
Dr. Rosandich will present the 615-page English manuscript, “Shaolin Kung Fu Secrets,” to Abbot Shi Yongxin on April 24 at the Shaolin Temple. Over the past three years, the Academy worked to translate the 1,500-year-old manuscript to English from ancient Chinese. The spiritual leader of the Shaolin Temple and 400 million Chan Buddhists gave the ancient text to the Academy in November 2006, when he visited the Academy to receive his honorary doctorate.
This English translation, which contains 394 Kung Fu figures, for the first time unlocks long-held secrets about Shaolin philosophy as it relates to Shaolin Kung Fu – the mother of all martial arts. The rare Shaolin manuscript has become the basis of a course in the Academy’s Bachelor of Sport Science degree program and has been prepared for online delivery. It will soon become available to the world as the Academy works to deliver it in more than 52 languages.