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Student Testimonials

"Shawn Liu has been like a father to me. And I owe a lot to him. He had me out there doing four thousand kicks a day; he's a hard trainer, but that's what it takes."
Cung Le (Strikeforce Champion and UFC Fighter) in Kungfu Magazine interview

"This is first real training I have ever had, it was great"
Patrick Barry (UFC Fighter) wrote at Sanshou Training Camp

"I have got an opportunity training with one of the best teachers in the world, Mr. Liu."
-- Wael Karika Mohammed (World Champion) - video interview at Sanshou Training Camp 2008

"This (Shaolin Kungfu) is the best thing I have ever done for myself in my life. I have become more precise and I had more energy even after a long surgery".
V. Radican M.D. (neurosurgeon)

"He was so shy,.. he did not talk to anyone at his school; now he will talk to anyone who is willing to listen and fight any one in the ring."
-- Tom Swindle Father (ware house manager)

I just wanted to thank everyone at the Liu Institute for everything they've done. I entered a biggest loser contest at work back at the first of the year and to be honest with you I really didn't think I stood a chance. It was based on the percentage of body weight. That meant if a person that weighed 150 at the start lost 10 pounds that would put them at 7 percent of their body weight lost. I weighed 231.2 when I started. When I lost 10 pounds that only put me at 4 percent of my body weight lost. So I had to lose more than anybody else and I was the unhealthiest one in the competition, but I knew if I didn't get it off now at the age of 39 I probably never would. A special thanks to everyone here in Mobile for helping and supporting me. I won!!! I lost 35.2 pounds in 13 weeks. My weight at the final weigh in was 196 pounds. I was a 15 percent. It was a man that came in second place and I beat him by 8 percent. I feel great and I am a much healthier and happier person. I'm still losing weight and plan to keep going until I reach the goal weight my doctor has set for me. I am entering the Buddy Up Challenge to help me continue in my weight loss journey. Wish me luck, but I know I don't need luck with a wonderful supporting family like you all. Thanks again for all the support. And a special thanks to my teacher and friend. I couldn't have done it without you and for that I will always be greatful.

-- Polly Reynolds

Dear Shifu,

You bring so much peace and joy to so many lives. May your heart also be filled to the top with that peace and joy today and every day. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for Kung fu and for life!
Peace and love,

-- Rose Shields

Dear Shifu,

My thoughts of you and the school are ever with me. There is deep gratitude for all that you taught and what I learned from Jason and the other instructors. It has saved my life, sanity and health.

The Qi Gong practice is solitary and certainly results are seen. It is awesome to begin to feel strength and balance in body mind and spirit. There is much to learn and practice in meditation, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

I have attempted to interest people in Qi Gong but as you full well know it seems that people want a quick fixes and frantic exercise programs. A path must be chosen and not forced.

My prayers for you and the school are offered daily! Thank you.
Most resepectful regards,

-- Patricia Bend

"It was my greatest Fortune in 1992 that my life journey would change forever, I met Shifu!!."

He healed my neck and shoulder problems so the neurosurgeon did not have to do the surgery. He used acupressure to do this. He gradually took me off 9 medicines. He taught me how to breathe so my body could get the oxygen and blood it needed to be healthy. He showed me how to laugh again. He taught me Taiji (Tai Chi)which helped me to relax from stressful work, symptoms of arthritis gradually went away, flexibility and balance began to improve. With Tai Chi I got through my 30-year career harmoniously through my retirement without participating in the job negativity as most people did.

"Shifu put me in a women's self-defense class and a kick-boxing class. Gradually I became stronger and more empowered to deal with these issues. Today I am happy and free!!! I not only went over my own life challenges but have also been helping others in the community. My path to the entrance of Chan (Zen) continues by using the arts and philosophy of Shaolin Kungfu with the Grand Master Shifu Deru. Chan requires a warrior's mind set. I AM IN IT."

-- Susan Chan (school teacher and special Ed teacher)

I am finished with the Shaolin Warrior Summer Training Camp. It has been an enlightening experience that I will carry on past here. In six weeks I've lost 48 pounds and dropped 11% of my body fat. On top of that, I have brought my blood pressure down from 230/160 to 120/60! I've also sharpened many skills such as my flexibility, endurance, concentration, will-power, strength, and discipline among many many others. Under the training of such qualified and experienced people, I feel I have been given a unique experience to boost my learning while being immersed in the meanings. I've taken every class and they are all masterfully designed to fit any person. All in all, I have been taught a new lifestyle that I will carry on with me for the rest of my life.

-- Dwight Brisbin (16-yearl old teen)

My name is Susanne. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a clinical professor of nursing at a local university in Mobile. I became interested in Tai chi while working with a geriatric population in mental health.

I found Master Liu and the Liu institute International offered a free screening. They scheduled me right away. Master Liu assessed my balance and coordination and reported I could benefit from the Tai Chi. As my strength and coordination improved I noticed changes in my thinking. Over time, I found myself cutting back on my eating as I became more body conscious. I lost 30 pounds over the last 3 years as my weight was interfering with my moving well.

There have been days when I had no energy before class and thought about not going. I have a hectic schedule and was working on my doctorate so staying home was an easy out. However, I went to class no matter how tired I was. Once in class, the breathing and movements helped me get focused and energized. I would leave feeling much better than when I arrived. Since I started Tai Chi, I have completed my doctorate. I felt having Tai chi as part of my exercise plan aided me to complete this personal goal.

Now I recommend Tai Chi to my patients fully understanding what I am asking. I caution "good things come with time and persistence". Tai Chi is a form of exercise that can improve coordination, balance and muscle tone. It is slow and individuals can move so that they are comfortable with the movements. If you are interested in Tai Chi, give yourself six months. Keep coming to class. You will see.

-- Susanne Fogger PH. D. in Nursing

In August of 2007, I was at my wit's end. I didn't know what else to do with myself. Due to medical issues, I'd gained a huge amount of weight in a short period of time, and it seemed that no matter what I did, the weight would barely drop. This not only affected my body and ability to do every day routines but also my mind. I hated to see anyone I once knew because I could see in their eyes the ever present question: "Wow, what happened to her?" I mostly stayed at home, not wanting to face anyone, not having the courage to once again become the person I once was.

That's when I went to the local Academy store in Houma. While there, I decided to look into buying some boxing gear so that I could try to work out at home. As I picked up a pair of pink boxing gloves, I heard someone ask, "Do you box?"

I turned to find Jeff Bordelon standing next to me, his smile pleasant and his demeanor friendly. He didn't make me feel uncomfortable. Most people seem to treat "fat people" differently than they do "normal-sized people." I told him that I was thinking about trying it, and he replied that he happened to run a kung-fu school, then invited me over to try the class.

Afraid to go alone to a new place, I asked if my son and my mother could come with me to also try the classes. He agreed. The first night there, I got overheated, downed a bottle of cold water, and felt as though I might vomit. Jeff was right there giving me words of advice and motivating me to not give up.

I returned the next day and have now been with the LIU International Shaolin Institute nearly four years. I take every class offered-San Shou, Tai Chi, and Traditional Kung-Fu. Through hard work and dedication to practicing the Shaolin art, I have lost over 130 pounds. While I know I did most of the work myself, I still credit Jeff, Shifu, and everyone at the LIU Institute with keeping me motivated and in helping me find myself again.

Weight loss is wonderful, but regaining my self-confidence and actually having my life back are things I will always be grateful for.

This is me when I first joined Shifu's school.

This is me now, three and a half years later.

I would always recommend training in the Shaolin arts as a way to become healthier in the mind and the body. That coupled with better eating habits really goes a long way in changing one's life completely. There is hope. You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.

-- Sunshine Hebert Daigle

Before Conner started Kung Fu, she was shy & lacked self cofidence, After being in Kung Fu for over a year, she is open, confident & goes out of her way to help others

-- V.Antosz

This is the best thing I have done for myself in my life, I wish I did Kung Fu when I was a child.

-- V Radican MD

Kung Fu has added a new sense of dimension to my sense of humanity, patience & preserverance. It has also improved my self-esteem and confidence.

-- R Bloodworth MD