The Middle Path

Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

A martial arts school for kids, teens, and adults

Located in Northeast Portland, Oregon

Our school in Portland, Oregon is led by Si Bok Matthew Ruhl and Si Mo Shannon Ruhl under the wings and guidance of Si Gong Robert Firestine. Our branch of Shaolin Kung Fu began in San Francisco with our Grandmaster, and was then grown by Si Gong Robert who brought the school to Tucson. Now Si Bok Matthew leads our Portland branch established in 2019.


Our school focuses on the journey and development of the self through the practice of Shaolin Kung Fu. With respect to the practice, our school does not take part in tournaments or approach the art as a sport. We are looking for humble, kind, and compassionate students who seek to develop themselves through the practice of Kung Fu.

Recent Updates:

Koi Fish swim in a pond, showing kung fu colors of golds and reds.

Kung Fu Classes Cancelled 9/30/23

Kids’ Kung Fu Classes Cancelled 9/30/23 As a reminder to our Shaolin community, there will be no classes this weekend! Si Bok and Si Mo will be out of town. We will be visiting our Tucson school...
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Middle Path Kung Fu Fall Session Begins!

Fall Session Begins August 26           Despite the heat here in Portland, fall is still swiftly approaching. Now is the perfect time to settle into the changing of the seasons and dedicate ourselves to...
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