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American Students Show Off Their Kung Fu Skills at Shaolin Temple in China

About 230 American disciples of the United Studios of Self Defense went on a pilgrimage to the Shaolin Temple in DengfengHenan Province, China, to commemorate the martial arts school’s 50th anniversary.

Led by USSD founder Charles Mattera, also known as Yandeng, the disciples received a warm welcome from Shaolin monks as well as the current abbot and 13th successor Shi Yongxin at around 9 a.m. on July 1, according to Shaolin.org.cn.