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 Gong Matthew Ruhl and Si Mo Shannon Ruhl under the wings and guidance of Si Tai Gong Robert Firestine. Our branch of Shaolin Kung Fu began in San Francisco with our Grandmaster, and was then grown by Si Tai Gong Robert who brought the school to Tucson. Now Si Gong 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:

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Sign up for Our Free Annual LGBTQIA+ Self-Defense Workshop

Bring a friend or partner and come learn an array of self-defense techniques taught by the instructors at Middle Path Kung Fu on Saturday, June 22, 2024! 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, all ages.
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Sunshine Kickstarts New Spring Kung Fu Session ’24

Welcome back sunshine! It’s springtime in Portland, and it seems the whole town is out enjoying the sunshine after a chilly winter. We had our first 70-degree weekend on the first day of our kung fu spring...
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