Henan University, the Shaolin Temple and the United States Sports Academy are joining together to create a new sports program in China.

Henan University is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is one of the oldest, celebrating its 100th anniversary this coming year. Under the partnership, Henan will provide the land for the new sports academy, while the Shaolin Temple will fund the endeavor. The Academy is responsible for providing the academic programs.

“This, of course is a great partnership, and we are delighted to be a part of it and help move it forward,” said Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “It is a major development for the Academy in China.”

The sports program at Henan University comes following the Academy’s work since 2006 with his Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin and the Shaolin Temple to develop a course that introduces Shaolin philosophy and history to people online across the globe.

Anyone interested in learning more about the unique and respected practices and philosophy of this ancient Chinese system can take “The Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu” (CEB 205) continuing education course. It derives from “Shaolin Kung Fu Secrets,” which is a 1,500-year-old manuscript that the Abbot gave to the Academy during his visit in November 2006 to receive his honorary doctorate. The Academy recently finished translating the ancient teachings into English and developed an online format to present the Shaolin’s key tenets.

The Academy is also working with Zhengzhou University to begin providing sports-related programs.

Other Academy initiatives in China, include partnering with Dr. Jie “Jack” Guo, the president of WorldTeam Sports, and other organizations to provide sport education at three planned sports cities. In April, the “Juan Antonio Samaranch Sports City” was launched in Fujian, China. Named in honor of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the city’s development includes the creation of a Sports Academy, museum and sports park, Olympic Convention Center, the International Olympic Champion Training and Therapeutic Center and more.