Shifu Shi Yan Ming was the first to bring Shaolin kung fu to the United States. Trained as a Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk in China, he was on a tour of the U. S. in 1992 when he defected. By 1994, he had moved to New York City where he opened USA Shaolin Temple and began training students in kung fu and other martial arts, including Wu-Tang Clan. The rest is history.
The USA Shaolin Temple opened its new 80-acre branch in Fleischmanns, NY on May 5th, 2012. The new temple is becoming a center for martial artists from all over the world to come study authentic Shaolin martial arts or Chan philosophy. The USA Shaolin Temple was founded in 1994 by 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk Shi Yan Ming and has branches in Manhattan, Austria, Mexico, Trinidad, Chile, and Argentina.