Shaolin Kung Fu Legacy Meets New Orleans Mardi Gras & Super-Bowl Parties

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A unique cultural performance taking place at various locations throughout Mardi Gras and this year’s Super Bowl XLVII parties, Grand Master Shi Deru and his world-famous “Shaolin Legacy” performance team have been invited to perform for celebratory events in New Orleans.

The “Shaolin Legacy Show” has been presented to over a 300,000 audiences in the US since Master DeRu assembled his performance team in 1996.

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In celebration of this year’s East/West events, Shaolin Legacy team will deliver its first performance in New Orleans at Tulane University February 2nd at 6:00 pm the night before Super- Bowl. They will also be performing at Xavier University and at several Super-Bowl and Mardi Gras events around the city (a few of the venues are listed below). The great demand for the “Legacy Show” by audiences across the southeastern U.S. has necessitated dividing the complete team into smaller teams that will tour three major cities: New Orleans, Mobile, and Atlanta, performing at Super- Bowl parties, Chinese New Year celebrations, and Mardi Gras events.

Once in a blue moon an opportunity presents itself for East and West to come together in celebration of culturally significant, time-honored events. This year it has happened; the blue moon has risen over the city of New Orleans, “The Big Easy”. This February East and West will come together in a cultural exchange born of mutual respect for one another’s beloved social traditions.

From the start of Mardi Gras (January 21st ), through Super-Bowl weekend (February 1st through the 3rd), to the close of Mardi Gras (February 12th), Americans will be flocking to “The Big Easy” for traditional annual events and celebrations. Tourists began flooding into the city last week to kick off Mardi Gras festivities. In the upcoming week excited football devotees will gather at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans for “Super Bowl XLVII”.

But for people from the East, a culturally significant event is also on the horizon. On the Western calendar this year the most important festival in Chinese culture, Chinese New Year, begins February 10th, coming in perfect synchronicity with the West’s Mardi Gras and Super-Bowl.
Asians across America will be gathering for as many as 15 consecutive days in celebration of family and family unity and to usher in the “Year of the Snake” on the Chinese Zodiac calendar.

Shaolin Institute, the premier Asian cultural and martial arts center in the southeastern U.S., has been invited to perform their world famous “Shaolin Legacy Show” at several pre and post Super-Bowl parties and numerous Mardi Gras events in the greater New Orleans area. The “Legacy Show” captures the essence of the ancient Shaolin culture and way of life, incorporating its unrivaled martial artists to tell a timeless universal story. It presents the fundamental principles of Shaolin society and its famed warriors - self-discipline, respect, honor, integrity, and the indomitable Shaolin spirit - in an artistic, creative, dynamic program that has held international audiences spell-bound.

It is unlike anything you have seen before; a show that has appeal and speaks to people of all ages. The “Shaolin Legacy Show” has been presented to over a 300,000 audiences in the US since Master DeRu assembled his performance team in 1996.

Since coming to the U.S. as the torch bearer for Shaolin cultural and martial arts, Grand Master Shi DeRu has devoted over 20 years of his life to educating the West through multicultural education programs and exchanges about the phenomenal benefits of the Shaolin mindset and way of life. As a 31st generational descendent of the late Great Grand Master, Shaolin Temple Abbot and Chan Spiritual Leader, Shi SuXi - Grand Master Shi DeRu is uniquely qualified to carry the Shaolin torch.

Having been raised at the Shaolin Temple in China, Master DeRu brings to the West a life-long devotion to Shaolin, its mindset, and its way of life. He has been instrumental in preserving the integrity and advancing the ancient Shaolin wisdom and martial arts in the U.S., opening three cultural arts campuses in the Southeast.

Over 2 decades, he hosted more than 10 international cultural events and 12 U.S. Open International Martial Arts Championships, providing a center-stage for International Level Wushu Sanshou to grow as a sport in the western world, while working dedicated to further the advance of oriental cultural education throughout the world.

The exceptional members of the “Shaolin Legacy” performance team are devoted students of Shaolin who have been trained and are led by the highly acclaimed Grand Master Shi DeRu, and who travel around the country and the world by request for repeat performances of this visually captivating, stunningly choreographed, martial arts show. Leading performers at this year’s “Legacy” productions will be Shi Zhong Qin and Chen Zhe along with Li Qiang, who are part of Master DeRu’s Cultural Ambassadors and Visiting Masters Program here in the U.S.

In celebration of this year’s East/West events, the team will deliver its first two performances in New Orleans at Tulane University and China Town in Atlanta for National American-Chinese Association, February 2nd at 6:00pm. They will also be performing at Xavier University and at several Super-Bowl and Mardi Gras events around the city (a few of the venues are listed below).

The great demand for the “Legacy Show” by audiences across the southeastern U.S. has necessitated dividing the complete team into smaller teams that will tour three major cities: New Orleans, Mobile, and Atlanta, performing at Super- Bowl parties, Chinese New Year celebrations, and Mardi Gras events.

This rise of the blue moon over New Orleans and “The Year of the Snake” have highly favored Shaolin Institute and Chinese culture in the U.S., presenting a unique opportunity for a spectacular East meets West cultural exchange as people gather to celebrate these socially significant, simultaneous events. The many invitations extended to Master DeRu and his team during this flurry of festivities is a testament to the world-wide popularity of his “Shaolin Legacy Show” and a compliment to the highly disciplined, multi-talented, professionally trained members of Master DeRu’s performance team. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

This month, Shaolin Institute is honored to perform its “Shaolin Legacy Show” to audiences at these prestigious Institutions and Organizations throughout the southeast:
February 2nd
National American Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year Celebration in Atlanta
Tulane University Students and Faculty Chinese New Year Celebration in New Orleans
February 7th
University of South Alabama Chinese New Year Celebration in Mobile, Alabama
Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, GA
Lovett High –Middle School in Atlanta GA
February 9th
Shaolin Institute Chinese New Year Festival in Atlanta
A –A Language Services in Atlanta
February 15th
ADP in Atlanta
February 16th
Shaolin Institute, Mobile Campus
Shaolin Institute, New Orleans Campus

These auspicious events have coalesced to bring East and West together in what will undoubtedly be a cultural exchange rarely ever seen on the national stage.

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