Now Chinese speakers around the world can take the United States Sports Academy’s online course on Shaolin Kung Fu philosophy and history.

The Academy recently began offering the continuing education course, “Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu” (CEB 205), in Chinese in its Canvas learning management system.

The newly translated course is scheduled to be showcased by Dr. Lawrence Bestmann, a longtime Academy faculty member, at noon Sunday, Oct. 13 during the Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival scheduled Oct. 8-15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (right), receives a rare Shaolin text from Abbot Shi Yongxin on the Academy's campus in 2006. The 1,500-year-old manuscript serves as the basis of a new online course on Shaolin philosophy and history.

In addition, Dr. Gary Cunningham, an Academy Board of Trustees member, plans to present Sunday morning to Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin a handmade, leather-bound manuscript that contains the study guides for both Chinese and English versions of the course.

The Abbot, who leads 400 million Chan Buddhists, had asked Academy officials to develop an online version in Chinese that he could require his disciples to take. The Chinese course was translated by Mr. Yu-Hsin Li, a teaching assistant in the doctoral program at the Academy. An English version has been offered to students since June 2011.

Ever since Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin presented Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich with a 1,500-year-old manuscript, “Secrets of the Shaolin Temple: Martial Arts and Medicine Scrolls,” in November 2006, the organizations have worked together to develop an online course based on its contents. His Holiness was visiting “America’s Sports University” to receive an Honorary Doctorate.

The world-renowned Shaolin Temple has refined its practices to achieve unparalleled health and wellness over the centuries and because of this, it is recognized for having some of the most respected athletes in the world. The Academy has teamed with the Shaolin Temple to create a course that shares this ancient philosophy’s secrets to balancing the body, the mind and the spirit.

After completing this course, students will know Shaolin’s basic tenents and be able to apply them to the playing field, the boardroom or their personal life.

The course costs $200 and offers students a Certificate of Completion signed by His Holiness and Dr. Rosandich. To learn more or to enroll in “Philosophy of Shaolin Kung-Fu” (CEB 205), please call the Academy at 251-626-3303, email or click here: