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KSF - US Open Kungfu Challenge 36, Gathering of the US Open KungFu Sanshou/Sanda Fighters and Teams

KSF-US Open Kungfu Challenge 36 with World MMA & Sanda Champion Cung Le

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KSF US Open Kungfu Challenge 36  June 11th 2022 Atlanta, GA

KSF 2022, US Open Kungfu Challenge 36 provides a window into past decades of fighters & revels a new future for Sanshou fighters and coaches to come together

This event gathers not only some of the most well-known US Sanshou team members & coaches, but also many younger fighters, participated in our Sanshou/Sanda events in the US for the past 30 years”
— DeRu

NORCROSS, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, March 25, 2022 / -- Cung Le and his US Team Sanshou/Sanda Coach DeRu (Shawn X. Liu) along with friends, fighters, coaches, trainers, and masters will host the 2022 KSF- US Open Kung Fu Challenge 36 along with the KSF-Super (K. Super) Fight at the Shaolin Institute located at Business Park Dr. Ste C, Norcross, GA 30071 on June 11th, 2022.

This is a special event that gathers not only some of the most well-known original US Sanda/Sanshou team members and masters but also many younger fighters and coaches who have participated in our Sanshou/Sanda events in the US for the past 30 years, according to the director of the event.

It will especially showcase the new star Sanda fighters who are coming to the stage. Cung Le and his coach DeRu Shi (Shifu DeRu) will be the co-promoters, partnering together with fighters, trainers, and friends as well as supporters in this joint venture to revive the KSF - US Open Kung Fu Challenge. The KSF (Kung Fu Sanda Federation) is part of Shaolin Chan Foundation (a non-profit organization promoting Asian wisdom, natural healing, health, and martial arts).

Day-event will consist of traditional Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and other martial arts forms, weapons and light contact competitions, as well as continuous sport sparring with limited light contact and youth Sanda. Please consult the event logistics and agenda lineup for details. For more detailed information, call 770-286-9808 or send us an email at Our website is

US Open Kung Fu Challenge tournament preliminary fights will start at 12:00 PM, and the final tournament will start at 7:00 PM until all fights are completed.

Registration and weigh-in starts Friday, June 10, 2022 at 1:00pm – 8:00pm. All fighters will complete their weight and medicals by 10:00 a.m.

As Shifu DeRu has expressed: It's been almost 30 years since the very first official US Open International Sanda/Sanshou fight in the US at the Mobile Convention Center, where we showcased the skills of amazing fighters such as Cung Le, Alan Honeycutt, and David Sanders among many others from international countries.

Later championships presented some of the US and world’s best fighters like Rudi Ott, Al Loriaux,and later K.J Noon, Albert Pop, Mike Norman, Robert Pritchett, Scott Sheeley, Brian Madigan, Russ Middleton, Patrick Barry, Li Jie, Melvin Guilard, Wael Karika Muhammed, Edwardo Fujihira, Ruslan Adryuschenko, Andre Assis, James Cooper, Mike Altman, Max Chen, John Dixon, James Cooper, Dustin Carbajal and A. J. Verret among so many others ...

Sanshou, or Sanda, developed from Kung Fu like Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, is a growing sport. Sanda’s popularity is on the rise, and together we will reignite the world’s interest in Sanda. “The exciting new era of Sanda is coming,” said DeRu.

The US Open Kung Fu Challenge is unlike any other MMA sport, as it incorporates full body contact with greater freedom to use all styles of combat skills. It is a very exciting combat style for audiences to watch. Fighters are allowed to apply the techniques of punching, kicking, kneeing, throwing, interception, and wrestling with limited grappling.

Since the 90s, so many well-known US & international Sanshou, Muay Thai, and MMA fighters and martial arts coaches have fought or participated in the US Open International Sanshou:

Jason Yee, World Sanshou Bronze Medalist, US Sanshou Champion & one of the US Pioneer Sanshou fighters and coaches, who brought his team many times won many medals, including golds.

MMA and Sanshou fighter Mike Altman, part of the US Team and one of the first to go to China twice before Patrick Barry, fought and won WuLin Wind Super pro Sanda. He brought his team many times to the US Open and won many fights in both pro fights and amateur fights.
US Sanshou fighter & Coach Brent Hamby has also brought his team numerous times and won many gold and silver medals.
US Sanshou Champion and US team member and MMA Fighter Scott Sheeley has not only fought and won at the US Open and National Team trial but also brought his team to support him and won many medals.
European Sanshou and Muay Thai kickboxing Champion Paul Gurevidius got his silver medal after Patrick Barry knocked him out at a 2003 pro fight.

Many other champions have also gotten their foothold in the US Open and Art of War Super-fight ring:
MMA and Muay Thai Champion from Africa, Patrick Mandio;
UFC fighter Rich Clementi; Shidokan Open Champion and MMA fighter, Jeral Bowman;
Holland Sanshou Champion Danny Hoyer; and Josh Bartholomew, Jaral Bowman, Gelet Luc, Steve Dang, Chris Overby, Leon Ngo, and finally Andy Ngo, who is also an International Sanda Champion.

Many of our local US MMA or Muay Thai fighters have also fought at the US Open either as professional or amateur Sanshou Fighters:
MMA & Sanshou champion fighter Van Do Milnes;
MMA fighter Kevin Brooks;Southeast Professional Muay Thai kickboxing Champion Marshall Burger;
MMA fighter Johnathan Ivey;
MMA fighters Johnathan Bradley, Steve Forbes, Larry Jackson, Mark Elefane, Harris Norwood, Travis Schlee, Raimundo Nunes, Mindacgas Vaitekunas, Steve Headden, Morrison Butler, and Maria Barnes.

Some of the most well-known promoters and judges have always given their fullest support to the US Open for decades, such as Xia BaiHua, Fu ZhongWen, Wang JuRong, Wu ChengDe, Jeff Bolt, Mike Barry, Gary Utterback, Tai Yim, Lily Lau, Nick Scrima, Denise Brown, and Garland Johnson among so many others…

Many International teams supported and competed in the US Open International Martial Arts Championships such as the Brazil Team, the China Special Police Team, the Swiss Team, the Neverland Team, the Italian Team, the Canadian Team, the South African Team, and many more…
Our later years US Open Team like Vatsana Chanthala and Sunshine Hebert have indeed been a backbone to our events.

For more information of to purchase tickets today, visit

Shawn Liu
Shaolin Chan Foundation
+1 770-286-9808
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KSF-US Open Kungfu Challenge 36 with World MMA & Sanda Champion Cung Le June 11th 2022 Atlanta, GA