The first US Open was held at the Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama on May 1994. Since its inception, Grandmaster DeRu (Shawn X. Liu), has held over thirty US Open KungFu Sanshou/Sanda fighting events here in the US. Included are eight professional “Art of War” Sanshou/Sanda tournaments, sponsored by the Shaolin Institute and sanctioned by KSF (KungFu Sanda Federation) and USA SKF (United States of America Sanshou KungFu Federation).
“It’s been 23 years since I hosted the first official US Open International Martial Arts Championship in the US, focusing on KungFu Sanshou Sports Fighting,” said Grandmaster DeRu. “As a result great fighters, such as David Sanders, Patrick Barry, K.J. Noon and Cung Le, are among the ranks to have their fighting roots as champions at the US Open Martial Arts Fighting Challenge and US Open International Martial Arts Championships, held in Mobile, Alabama.” All of them have trained extensively in Mobile before heading on to the UFC.
Other fighters who have held championship titles in the US Open International Martial Arts Championships’ main event, “K. Superstar”, are UFC Melvin Guillard, Li Jie and Wael Karika Muhammed, who also trained under the tutelage of Grandmaster DeRu. Their fighting skills were honed and matured in the US Open Sanshou/Sanda Championships.
In the same fashion as when the first US Open competition began, the upcoming KSF-K Warrior Search and US Open Challenge event will have all the excitement of a MMA-style fight. The Sanshou/Extreme Sanda fighting styles will require the fighters to demonstrate a higher level of fighting skills by combining techniques of punching, kicking, kneeing, throwing, interception and grappling. Such technically skilled maneuvers, such as the “scissors kick” take-down, is just one of the exciting fighting techniques that the audience can witness first-hand at the US Open Sanshou/Extreme Sanda competition.