Born in Fuyang, Anhui, China, Master Shi Yanqing was accepted into Shaolin Wushu Academy in China at the age of 12 and has been practicing Shaolin Gung Fu, meditation and Chan (Zen) Buddhism ever since. Master Yanqing, once a Gung Fu coach at Shaolin Temple, has won multiple Chinese national martial arts championship titles over the years. In 2009, he was sent over to Arizona to teach Shaolin Gung Fu and spread Shaolin culture. Three years later, in 2012, Master Yanqing was appointed Cultural Ambassador of the newly established Arizona Shaolin Cultural Center.
From 2003 until his arrival in America in 2009 Master Shi Yan Qing has participated in many unique opportunities for cultural exchange, including:
· A Shaolin Kung Fu tour performing demonstrations in Austria, Britain, France and Czechoslovakia.
· Competing at national and international Kung Fu tournaments and championships.
· Travel to Cameroon, Africa on behalf of the Chinese Culture and Chinese Kung Fu exchanges.
· Travel to Australia and performing Shaolin Kung Fu at the Australian Wushu Festival.
· Joining a Shaolin Kung Fu team to visit and perform in various countries around the world including Germany, France, Ireland, Switzerland, and Philippines.
Master Yanqing has also had the distinct honor of representing the Shaolin Temple along side Abbot Shi Yongxin at The Italian Culture Festival and performing Shaolin Kung Fu at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Cultural Diversity Convention.
Founding the Arizona Shaolin Cultural Center:
Our founder, Master Shi Yanqing, came to Arizona in 2009 at the request of the Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin to help spread Shaolin culture and kung fu in the United States. He worked closely with several other organizations and, on a trip to the temple in 2012, he was granted permission to open an official Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in Arizona. To date, this is one of the few centers that are sanctioned by the abbot and Shaolin Temple in China.