The Chinese Shao-Lin Center was founded
in 1979. Classes began in the Spring of 1980. The founders and directors
of the original Denver Center are 8th Degree Elder Masters David
and Sharon Soard. The Elder Masters have studied the art of Shao-Lin
Kung Fu under a Grandmaster for over 38 years. They have taught
the Shao-Lin Art as a full-time profession for over 30 years. David
and Sharon Soard were the first westerners to be hosted in China
by the Hunan Martial Arts Association. In 1987, they traveled throughout
China to plan the first Shao-Lin organization student trip to the
Orient. Every four years the Shao-Lin students visit China together
with Elder Masters. The Elder Masters continue to visit and study
historic sites of martial arts interest throughout the world.
In 1989, the CSC Student Training Manual was created and published
by Elder Masters David and Sharon Soard and contains history and
legends, essential concepts of martial arts, curriculum, and more.
For more about Elder Masters Sharon
and David Soard, please visit their website: www.goshaolin.com. Click here for more information
on our direct Shao-Lin lineage: History
The Chinese Shao-Lin Center of Albuquerque
has been in Albuquerque for over 20 years and is under the guidance
of 8th Degree Black Belt Elder Masters David and Sharon Soard of
Denver Colorado. The Certified Head Instructors at the Albuquerque
school are 6th Degree Black Belt Master Abram Tamez and 5th Degree
Black Belt Associate Master Leslie Phillips. For classes and fees,
see our CLASSES
page. For more information on Mr. Tamez, Ms. Phillips, or Elder
Masters Sharon and David Soard, see the INSTRUCTION
In 1989, the Chinese Shao-Lin Centers
were honored by an invitation to have a tablet erected at the Northern
Shao-Lin Temple. The ceremony was held at the Honan Temple in Honan
Province, China in 1992. The Centers were also honored in 2000 with
the first stone tablet to be erected at the newly rebuilt Fukien
Shao-Lin Temple (pictured at left). It stands as the only stone
tablet in the Fukien Temple in Putian as of July 2004.
Elder Master David and Sharon have organized trips to the Orient
since 1989 which have included visits to noteworthy historical
and martial sites. The next trip is scheduled for the Summer
of 2019 and will include a visit to the famous Southern
Shaolin Temple in Fukien, as well as other exciting sites!
FOR PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHINA TRIP 2004!
See our Facebook
page for more China Trip pictures!