All Chinese Shao-Lin Center Head Instructors are required
to maintain all their previous ranking material as well as
attend special Instructor Seminars and Training Workshops
organized by Elder Masters David and Sharon Soard every six
months. During these workshops, Head Instructors continue
their intense training for advancement, correct and polish
previous material, are given business and instruction training,
and are reevaluated. All CSC Head Instructors must also re-certify
their teaching credentials each and every year.
All classes in Albuquerque are taught by Certified Head Instructors,
Master Abram Tamez and Associate Master Leslie Phillips. Their
training is ongoing and they are the only two people in New
Mexico certified to teach Shao-Lin Kung-Fu by a Shao-Lin Grandmaster.
Master Tamez and Master Phillips
are full-time Shao-Lin instructors and all of their martial
training have been at Chinese Shao-Lin Centers
under the direction of Certified Head Instructors, Certified
8th Degree Black Belt Elder Masters David and Sharon Soard.
Abram Tamez has received intense,
uninterrupted training in the Shao-Lin art since 1997. He
has attained the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt and continues
to train advance toward 7th Degree Black Belt with new, more
complex material including various branches of Praying Mantis
Boxing and Monkey Boxing, as well as weapon styles such as
Double Daggers and TaMo Fighting Canes (Crutches of War).
Leslie Phillips has received intense,
uninterrupted training in the Shao-Lin art since 200, has
achieved the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt and continues to
train and advance toward 6th Degree Black Belt Master level
with new, more complex material including extensive internal
chi kung training such as Buddha Family Fist, Tai Chi Ch'uan
empty-hand & weapons, and Tien Hsueh death point/pressure
point striking, as well as rare weapons such as Omei Daggers
and Iron Chopsticks!
Master Tamez and Master Phillips
have each learned well over 108 different authentic Shao-Lin
forms, are proficient in over 20 different Shao-Lin weapons,
and have each studied over a dozen internal areas of Classical
Shao-Lin Kung-Fu, including Tai Chi, Pa Kua, and Hsing-I!
Master Phillips and Master Tamez
have traveled extensively to popular as well as remote locations
throughout China. They have met with Head Abbots at the Shao-Lin
Tempe in Honan Province and on Wudan Mountain as well as engaged
in friendly sparring and push hands with various Masters in
the Orient. They have demonstrated classical Shao-Lin Kung-Fu
for audiences at the famous Shao-Lin Temple in Honan province,
the southern Fukien Shao-Lin Temple, Wudan Mountain, Inner
Mongolia, Chengde, and Shandong province. They have visited
important historical sites and cities including The original
Shao-Lin Temple in Honan, the famous Wudan Mountain Temple,
the Southern Shao-Lin Temple in Qanzhou, the Southern Shao-Lin
Temple in Putian, the historic Water Margin stronghold in
Shandong, the home of Confucius, Taishan Mountain, Huangshan
Mountain, Huashan Mountain, the ancient capital of Xian (Terra
Cotta Soldiers), the Leishan Giant Buddha, Hong Kong, Beijing,
Shanghai, Tibet, and have walked upon multiple parts of the
Great Wall of China! Master Tamez is also among the first
non-family persons to receive special permission from the
Chinese government to visit the private tomb of the great
Pa Kua Master, Tung Hai Chuan in 2004!
One of their major goals in New
Mexico is to pass on the knowledge, enthusiasm, and love
of the Shao-Lin art the way it is presented to them by their
instructors, Elder Masters David and Sharon Soard!