Clan Lineage & Dharma Names

The lineage of the Shaolin Temple is traced through patriarchal clan naming system or Dharma Names. The three treasures (Chan, Wu, Yi) of the Shaolin are passed down from teacher to disciple. Relative position of one generation to the next is recorded through the Dharma middle name. This naming system traces back to the Abbot Xuětíng Fúyù of the Shaolin Temple who set up the system in the 13th century AD. 


First, “Shi” this is the clan name, the common name shared with all Shaolin disciples. Shi denotes the disciple’s affiliation with the Shaolin Temple and Buddhism.


Second, the generation name or middle name comes from a generation poem consisting of 70 words composed by Abbot Xuětíng Fúyù. The name assigned to the disciple is based on counting the number characters in the poem based on the generation i.e. my generation is “Yong” this is the 33rd word in the poem, I am a 33rd generation disciple.


Last, the unique personal name is given to the disciple by their master and represents strong traits the disciple has demonstrated such as warrior, leader, mountain, or an animal bear, tiger, leopard.


Shaolin Warrior Martial Arts mission is to pass on teachings and tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu and preserve the Shaolin Temple lineage entrusted to us by venerable Abbot and Grand Master Shi Su Xi, 1924-2006, 30th Generation Shaolin Monk of the Shaolin Temple.

Grand Master Shi Su Xi disciples include Great Master Shi De Yang, the current master of the warrior fighting monks at the temple, and Great Master Shi De Fon a highly revered Shaolin Chinese Traditional Medicine Practitioner and martial arts instructor.


Great Master Shi De Fon only has a few disciples practising today, the most notable is Shi Xing Wu, known by his Australian name of Great Master Shifu Brett Russell who heads up Shaolin Monk Martial Arts in Australia. 


Great Master Shifu Brett Russell continues the tradition teaching Shaolin Martial Arts here in Australia and to date has many disciples, including 12 teaching disciples with their own schools located from Adelaide, Sydney, Wollongong, Gold Coast, and Munich.


Shifu Shi Yong Ling-Dao, Darrin Bird, became a teaching disciple of Great Master Shifu Brett Russell in 2015. Today Shifu Darrin is the head of Shaolin Warrior Martial Arts in Wollongong, NSW. He teaches Shaolin Kung Fu, Tau, Qi Gong and meditation.

Tracing Lineage to Shi Su Xi

Grand Master Shi SuXi
Great Master Shi DeFon
Master Shi XingWu (Brett Russell)
Disciple Shi Yong Lingdao (Shifu Darrin)
  • 30th Generation - Grand Master Shi Su Xi

  • 31st Generation - Great Master Shi De Fon

  • 32nd Generation - Master Shi Xing Wu (Shifu Brett)

  • 33rd Generation - Disciple Shi Yong Lingdao (Shifu Darrin)

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