His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin reached an agreement with the United States Sports Academy to begin promoting the university’s online Shaolin course to 400 million Chan Buddhist followers and others across the globe.

The Abbot and the Shaolin Temple monks plan to arrange an official launch date soon to publicize the course through the Shaolin website, publications and other networks.

His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin and Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich look over a Shaolin 100-volume history at the Shaolin Temple's library in Dengfeng, China.

An agreement was reached during a more than three-hour meeting recently in Dengfeng, China, between Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and the Abbot, along with Qian Daliang, the Shaolin Temple general manager and his assistant, Zheng Shumin, director of foreign affairs.

For nearly two years, the Academy has been working with the Shaolin Temple to develop a course that introduces Shaolin philosophy and history to people online throughout the world.

Anyone who is 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), an online, continuing education course offered by the Academy.

The course is considered to be of value to any coach in any sport looking for an advantage by applying this successful mind, body and spirit philosophy developed over the past 1,500 years by the Shaolin.

The core text for the new course derives from the newly translated English version, “Shaolin Kung Fu Secrets,” which comes from a 1,500-year-old manuscript that Abbot Shi Yongxin gave to the Academy during his visit in November 2006 to receive an honorary doctorate. By using the five books of ancient Chan teachings provided so graciously by his Holiness, the spiritual leader of the Chan Buddhists, the Academy has developed an online format to present these important teachings on key tenets of Shaolin philosophy.

The course, which costs $200, offers students who finish it a Certificate of Completion signed by His Holiness and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. The course covers:

  • Qigong – the practice of learning to focus and control internal energy, or qi (chi).
  • Meditation – learning to calm and order the mind.
  • Physical Training – the martial art practice and strengthening exercises.
  • Chinese Medicine – acupuncture, acupressure, and nutrition for a healthy body.
  • Spiritual Foundations – the many facets of the religious history and development of the Shaolin Temple.
  • Political Impact and Shaolin Today – the effect the political situation in China has had on the development of the Shaolin Temple and its philosophy, and where the Temple fits into today’s global society.

After completing this course, students should have a greater understanding of the history, development, and elements that comprise the Shaolin philosophy. Also, they should be able to apply principles from the teachings to their personal and professional life.

In past talks with the Academy, the Abbot has also offered to do a video introduction and to have his best warriors provide demonstration videos on various Kung Fu concepts.

To learn more about “The Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu” (CEB 205) course, please call the Academy at 251-626-3303 or email continuinged@ussa.edu.