About Master Gao


Master Gao (Shi Yan Xiang释延祥)三十四代少林寺武僧

Master Gao Xiang is a 34th generation Kung Fu Warrior. Master Gao got Shaolin monk training at the renowned Shaolin Temple (河南少林寺)in China from 1995.

 After a long time of hard Martial Art training, Master Gao was selected to represent the Shaolin Temple to promote the culture of Shaolin Kung Fu and was invited to many countries around the world to perform and promote Shaolin Kung Fu. 

From 2002-2005, Master Gao performed in National Theatre in London and was invited to 


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participate at the Edinburgh International Festival(爱丁堡国际艺术节), representing the Shaolin temple to promote the culture of Kung Fu around European countries.

In October of 2006, Master Gao won 1st prize in China Zhengzhou the second world Traditional Wushu Shaolin pole(国际第二届武术棍).

In 2007, Master Gao was invited to perform for “PEACE MISSION”(和平使命) and the SCO joint anti-terror military(反恐军事演习) exercise demonstration for the national serviceman.

In 2008, Master Gao was assigned Songshan Shaolin Temple (河南嵩山少林寺)Martial Arts demonstration team coach.


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In 2009, Master Gao won 1st place in Henan province traditional Wushu competition (河南省传统武术锦标赛第一名)and was awarded the third Shenzheng Martial Arts competition(第三届功夫大赛).  In 2010, Master Gao led the “Shaolin Kung Fu Millennium” show touring Germany for three months(德国巡演).

From 2012 to 2016, Master Gao was invited to perform for Microsoft company and University of Washington(受邀于华盛顿大学,微软公司演出). 

In 2013, Master Gao received his 6th degree of Chinese Martial Arts, (中国武术六段),World Martial Arts Association member,(世界武术协会会员)。 

In 2014, Master Gao got the 5th degree of Shaoshoudao Alliance Master black belt.(国际武术散手道联盟大师级黑带五段)

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2019 Microsoft Chinese New Year Festival


The North America Shaolin Federation 少林寺北美联合中心

Members of North America Shaolin Federation

The director meeting of North America Shaolin Federation

Master Gao with The Abbot


About Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yongxin


Shi Yongxin, originally named Liu Yingcheng, was born into a family in Yingshang, Anhui Province in 1965.
In 1981, he made his way to Songshan Shaolin Temple at age 17. There he converted to the Three Jewels and received the Dharma name Yongxin under the discipleship of Former Abbot Xingzheng.



After three years’ studies and cultivations in other Buddhist monasteries, he returned to the monastery in 1984 and assisted the abbot and the elders with daily operations at Shaolin Temple. In September, he received full ordination at Pu Zhao Monastery, Jiangxi Province.   The former Abbot Xingzheng passed away in 1987. Taking the ceremonial alms-bowl and robes on his shoulder (a symbol for the Dharma transmission), Master Yongxin took over the Shaolin Temple Management Committee and started to run the monastery.    

​March 1993, he was elected as Henan Provincial Political Consultative Committee and appointed as Director of Buddhist Association of China that October. 1997 he was re-appointed as the director of Shaolin Temple Management Committee and presided over Shaolin Temple.  March 1998, he was elected as representative of the Ninth National People’s Congress and Chairman of the Henan Province Buddhist Association that July. August 1999, he was inaugurated as Shaolin Abbot in the Inaugural Ceremony.   September 2002, he was elected as Vice Chairman of the Buddhist Association of China  



March 2003 and 2008, he was respectively elected as representative of the Tenth National People’s Congress and representative of the Eleventh National People’s Congress. February 2010, Ven. Yongxin was elected as Director of Overseas Communication Committee of Buddhist Association of China.   Ven. Abbot Yongxin has been tirelessly protecting and reviving the tangible and intangible heritage of Shaolin Temple. He has done a great deal of work for Shaolin from renovating the ancient architectures to compiling and classifying classic books of Shaolin Temple, such as The Secret Book of Shaolin Kung Fu and Medicine, Shaolin Kungfu and Works of Shaolin Kungfu, Chan Dew Collections, Selected Papers on Shaolin Study, Shaolin in My Heart, etc.   To bring Shaolin culture to the worldwide Shaolin enthusiasts, he has promoted various Buddhist activities and engaged in domestic and foreign cultural exchanges. Abbot Yongxin has been contributing to the development of Shaolin Temple and spread of Shaolin culture.




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Master Gao's performance

Master Gao was performance at Sammamish Chinese New Year Culture Center Jan 10th in 2018