I asked Master Liu if I can train with him, and I followed his footsteps ever since"
Atlanta (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
UFC 161 recently added a heavyweight bout between Pat Barry (8-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) and Shawn Jordan (14-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) that has MMA and UFC fans everywhere engaged in debate and awaiting this particular fight with anxious anticipation. In the US and around the world, however, Shaolin Kung Fu fans are lined up behind the Shaolin Institute trained fighter, Pat Barry, with good reason… the indomitable Shaolin spirit.
In 2002, a young man walked into Shaolin Institute, New Orleans campus, which is one of the three Shaolin martial arts campuses in the Southeast. As Pat Barry explained in one of his interviews, "I asked Master Liu if I can train with him, and I followed his footsteps ever since"
He soon found himself attend his first martial arts professional fighting training camp ever before he went on to fight in China, Intensive Shaolin Warrior Training Camp. For a few weeks, he trained rigorously in Kung Fu Sanshou, lived on the campus 24/7, under the direction of Shaolin Grand Master Shi Deru.
According to Master DeRu, “Every year students come to Shaolin Warrior Intensive Training Camp saying they are serious about becoming a champion fighter. Pat Barry had the heart of a champion from the day he walked in the door. He epitomizes the Shaolin warrior spirit; he just never quits.”
Barry returned to train with Grand Master Shi Deru for numerous extended training camps between 2002 and 2008, each time bringing an ever more impressive record of Sanshou and MMA wins including the K. Superstar World Champion title.
He won his first three fights on the MMA circuit in knockouts before signing a contract with the UFC. “That determination and undefeatable spirit is what sets a Shaolin trained fighter apart from all the rest,” says Master DeRu. “Pat Barry doesn't just have physical skills; he has the heart and mind of a warrior like Cung Le” who is another well-known UFC fighter trained under tutelage of Master DeRu (aka: Liu Xiangyang) http://english.cri.cn/8046/2012/07/03/53s709965.htm
As the public hype builds over UFC 161’s heavyweight battle, lines are drawn and the outcome debated by everyone except Shaolin fans, because they know there can be only one and that one is Pat Barry, a Shaolin warrior through and through.
Pat Barry made his professional debut on November 2, 2002 at the U.S. Open International Martial Arts Championships in Biloxi, Mississippi winning the USAKF Heavyweight Championship with a fourth round knockout over Robert Parham. He then left Jones' gym and pursued kickboxing full-time with Master Shi Deru (aka: Shawn Liu Xiangyang) at LIU International Shaolin Institute in New Orleans.
In June 2003, Barry fought twice at the Art of War: China Comes to Atlanta event in Atlanta, Georgia where he won both a US national Sanshou team spot and the USASKF World Heavyweight title by knocking out Russian Paul Gurevidius with a high round kick.
In November 2003, as a US national team member, Barry participated at the 2003 World Wushu Championships in Macau, winning a silver medal in the −90 kg/198 lb division. He visited China numerous times with his Master Shi Deru from 2002 through 2008, amassing over fifty amateur bouts while competing in one of Shandong's stadiums and training with Chinese national Sanshou team in Xi An and Beijing as well as the Shaolin Temple. In China, he was a humble learner, even though he knocked out two of the best Chinese Sanshou team fighters in friendship matches in Xi An and Shanghai.
For more information: http://news.shaolin-world.net/shaolin-summer-camp-2013.