34 generation Shaolin Warrior Monk . The direct disciple of the venerable Abbott Shi YongXin. Fully ordained in 2013 Mark Steuver is the first North American born disciple to become a Shaolin Monk In the temple's 1500 year history . Mark Steuver now goes by his Buddhist name Shi Yanjian.
Beginning chinese martial arts training in 1979 Master Yanjian has over 37 years of consistant training. Adhering to the discipline and principles that martial arts was founded , he was able to perform at high levels in competition . Some competitive awards listed as follows. Multiple medals from competitions in Mainland China, Multiple police Olympic medals, Arizona state kickboxing belt title, 5 year and 13 Grand championship winning streak in open tournament competition in the US..
After obtaining a high level of martial arts skills Master Yanjian began studying the history and culture of martial arts which led him to the birth place of martial arts, the "Shaolin temple". First arriving at the Shaolin Temple in 2001 Shi Yanjian has returned 13 times Accumulating over four years of living, training and competing in China. Shi Yanjian now speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese studying in both Chinese and American Colleges.
Choosing a life that involves public service Shi Yanjian has worked for the the following municipalities Eloy Police department "Police officer", Casa Grande elementary school district special education dept "crisis prevention instructor" , City of Florence "Aquatic Director" Instructing martial arts for the "Central Arizona College" since 1999 . "CAC" currently offers 3 courses instructed by Master Yanjian each with 1 credit hour .
Over the years Shi Yanjian has received many letters and awards from his employers such Recognition for his work with Children and adults who have special needs., instruction of "Non Violent Crisis prevention" and a Commendations for Capturing 3 armed robbers. Shi Yanjian being involved in the community has also received thank you letters from the "Boy scouts", "Girl Scouts," Boys and Girls Club", "Woman's Clubs" and Aquatic centers.
Instructor Supervisor and trainer Master Yanjian has been with Activstars for over 16 years and has the highest belt ranking obtainable. He has also received honors such as "Instructor Extraordinaire" and "Above and Beyond" plaques.
Adults, Children, Athletes and Persons with special needs and are welcome to Master Yanjian''s classes.
Currently Instructing in the following towns. Mesa, Yuma, CasaGrande, and Santan Arizona..