White Crane Kung Fu


Kung Fu Lessens M.D.’s Stress Levels in E.R.

I'm a 36 year old mother, wife, and emergency medicine physician. Prior to beginning, I was stressed out, irritable, and overweight, and I was terribly out of shape. I would pull muscles doing silly things like reaching over to get something out of the back seat. I had a resting heart rate in the upper nineties. I couldn’t do 3 push ups. It was pathetic.

I had studied many types of martial arts prior to finding the White Crane system in 2000. I was tired of the macho, aggressive, combat arts. I was looking for something with more grace and balance.

Within a few months of starting, I began to notice some improvements. My patience was improving. I no longer pulled muscles when bending at awkward angles. After about a year one of my co-workers commented that I seemed like a different person. I used to be easily irritated and frustrated, but now I was relaxed and happy even when things seemed to be out of control. After about five years I noticed that my resting heart rate had improved from the nineties to the sixties. Friends, family members and co-workers were also all commenting that I was looking younger!

I’m a skeptic at heart and probably wouldn’t have believed it without experiencing it for myself. I now have the tools to handle the stresses of the emergency room gracefully. I’m able to put my team at ease instead of adding to their anxiety by getting angry or upset. I also have no doubt this will positively impact on my longevity. I’m looking younger and feeling younger. I’m healthier and happier.

Since I have made time for kung fu in my life, I actually have more energy and am much more efficient in my time management. In addition, I've learned a lot about how to relax (stretching, meditation, patience, etc). This skill helps me in everything I do and it makes me happier. The concept of peace in my life seemed like a ridiculous notion a few years ago, but now I'm gaining on it.I started studying kung fu because it was an interesting and useful method of exercising. I continue to study kung fu because every day I do I feel better (stronger, more balanced, more toned, and more peaceful).


Kung Fu Minds Develop Great Careers
in Homeland Security!

"I am less than five feet tall and have never weighed more than one hundred five pounds. When I started Kung Fu, I was looking for friends. Coming from a third world Buddhist country in Southeast Asia, I did not study English in school. High School was a struggle, and I found learning to be something everyone else did, and they always did it better than me. I was a waitress at most every fast food restaurant in town. Since I am Asian everyone thought I knew martial arts, but I never saw it practiced until I came to the White Crane Studio. I was weak, rigid and embarrassed by my movement, but after two years, I found I could compete in form competition. I won! I had friends. Our teacher thought I should go to college and take remedial English. I did and achieved a college degree. I have become a citizen. I'm supple and no longer stiff or weak. I speak three languages and have been specially trained by the US Gov as a Federal Police officer specializing in homeland security. I now enjoy teaching kung fu to children and going to tournaments as a judge. Everyone thinks I'm twenty but I'm in my forty's."


Balanced Focus Brings Success and Change!

"My Name is Joseph. At 27 I smoked cigarettes and waited tables for a living. I had settled for daydreams about cultivating a richer lifestyle. I moved a lot, was in and out of relationships, and on the whole, felt irresponsible, yet misunderstood. In this condition I moved to Louisiana in 1999 aimlessly hoping to begin anew. One of the first things I did after I found a place to live was look up Kung Fu schools in the phone book. After a brief telephone conversation I made up my mind to focus my energy on the White Crane Kung Fu Studio. Since then my life has undergone tremendous change. The first year was frustrating- my lifestyle didn't lend itself to cultivating much, but fortunately i was able to stick around. My instructor suggested that I go back to school. I had taken a couple semesters of Community College after I got out of the service, but without a major, much less ambition. I had always wanted to be an artist and so I applied to an art college and began summer classes. The relationships that I study in both Art and Kung Fu have grown together. I have focus. I realize what I enjoy and why, and most important I have the energy and vision, patience and energy, to achieve my goals. Four summers later and I am attending school in Prague, Czech Republic on scholarship. I will finish my degree in the fall with honors and intend to begin graduate school the following year. I have definitely witnessed a change in myself, in both my focus and drive. It is directly related to the meditative and physical cultivation that I experience studying Kung Fu. Kung Fu is certainly for me."


In a Kung Fu Mind Set No Challenge is Too Great!

"My name is Charles and I have been studying at the White Crane Kung Fu Studio since 2002. I am 25 years old, with a bachelor’s degree in music, on my way back to school to pursue a master’s degree. The study of martial arts had been an interest of mine since my earlier youth, but I never felt that I had the time to give it serious attention. A year after completing my degree I felt I needed a change in my lifestyle, so I talked to a friend who had been a student of the studio for a few years and he suggested I come observe a class. At the time I began to participate in the classes at the studio, I had become quite tender and weak, having done almost no physical activity since my early high school days. The first few months were quite rigorous and gave me new and personal outlook on the term exhaustion. However, within a mere 6 months, I began to notice drastic changes in both my physical appearance and my general level of energy. Co-workers and friends began to supply unsolicited comments regarding a more energetic and pleasant Charles. Even in the brief time I have attended the classes, I continue to feel better and more positive about the nature and direction of the life that I am living. I do not remember ever being happier than I am now and I hope only to continue to increase my capacity to enjoy myself and the world around me , through the exhausting yet fascinating education I have begun to receive."


White Crane provides discipline for success

When I was twenty years old, I worked construction jobs, lay on the couch and had no direction. I had heard about the White Crane Studio, it has been in Baton Rouge for longer than just about any other martial arts school, but I never made the effort to go. One afternoon, after a particularly bad day at work, I made the call that changed my life. I didn't know the impact White Crane would have on me, I was in what I considered good shape, wasn't interested in fighting (I thought I was a tough guy) I just needed something to do. Sixteen years later, the kung fu journey took me from construction worker, to Management Consultant with a Master's Degree from LSU. The physical curriculum of Sifu Illar's school gave me so much more than I ever could have imagined. The self-discipline that kung fu practice provided changed my life, my worldview and my physical appearance. But more than that, I learned to work and interact with different types of people, from various backgrounds and cultures and that have helped me in life and in business. You can't buy these experiences, but you sure can experience them if you make that call like I did.



White Crane Kung Fu Increases Health and Strength

My two sons started Kung Fu under SiFu Lou Illar two years ago at ages 11 and 8. At that time, my 11 year old had Asperger tendencies, Asthma, alllergies and a host of other problems. Both of my sons have benefitted immeasurably. My now, 13 year old has matured unbel have become amazingly skilled in so many ways. They are excited to come to class and look forward to working hard! Kung Fu has had a positive impact on our entire family!

White Crane Kung Fu Students Excel
in Sports and the Classroom

My two sons attended the White Crane Studio for several years between the ages of five and twelve. We only stopped attending due to increased school activities and the thirty mile drive from our home to the studio.

While at the White Crane Studio, my sons greatly increased their physical agility and conditioning as well as their ability to concentrate on and stick to a task. Their school work reflected this increased concentration – and still does to this day.

Both boys are now long distance runners who excel at their sport. I attribute their running prowess to the qualities acquired through Kung Fu study. Both attained a baseline physical structure to hold themselves in a proper running posture and the ability to focus their minds to push beyond the pain experienced in long distance races.

In addition, my sons participated in Chinese New Year demonstrations. They experienced performing before crowds. Now, neither has any reluctance to make presentations to a class or any audience.

The instruction at the White Crane Studio is exceptional. Sifu Lou Illar is an experienced educator who is also trained and skilled in Kung Fu. It is his extensive knowledge of education that is his strength in teaching this art to young people. As a parent, I recommend the White Crane Studio as a place to enrich your child’s physical and mental acuity.
C. O.

White Crane Kung Fu Student Overcomes
Life Challanges

Our son Joey was diagnosed with Touretts and ADD several years ago. He had no friends an school and was shunned by other students. We were told by his teachers and doctors that he may never graduate high school. If he did it would be barley. I brought him to White Crane and explained his situation. He was taught how to focus and that he head no limits. He graduated high school,has two young boys and is in college working towards becoming a teacher. Thank you Sifu.

Supporting the Community Since the 1970's

The White Crane Studio has raised over $300,000
for local, state and national charities

Since the 1970's, the White Crane Studio has demonstrated its principles and has been recognized in international publications and television for its dynamic Kung Fu demonstrations, work with individuals with disabilities and its charitable involvement.

Since the 1970's the White Crane Studio has been actively involved in assisting those in our community in need. Whether helping children with disabilities, the elderly or animal shelters, the White Crane Studio demonstrated the commitment to preserving life and improving our world for the future generations.

Charities such as The Council on Aging, YMCA, Carville Hospital, Indo-Chinese Resettlement Program, Children's Hospital in New Orleans, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Spina Bifida Association have benefited from years of dedication to those in our community.

Select Articles, Thanks You Notes
and Appreciation Letters


Arts and Humanities Council of Greater Baton Rouge October 1978

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, June 1979



Lou Illar on Taiwan television 1982

Spina Bifida Fundraiser August 1983

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, December 1983

New Orleans Children's Hospital December 1983

City of Baton Rouge Proclamation of White Crane Kung Fu Week February 5, 1984 for supporting the Council on Aging, Baton Rouge Safety Council and the Spina Bifida Association of Baton Rouge.

Chinese American Business and Professional Association of Louisiana, Inc. September 9, 1985

Turkey Day Race since 1986 has been managed and supported by the White Crane Studio to fund Spina Bifida Association of Greater New Orleans programs


Turkey Day Race 1990 -1999 fundraiser for the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New Orleans For more information see www.TurkeyDayRace.com

Southeaster Louisianan University 1991

Sidekicks Feature Film Story 1991

Chinese New Year 1994


The White Crane Studio manages the New Orleans Athletic Club "Turkey Day Race" started in 1907. This is one of the oldest and most continuously held races in the U.S. For more information see www.TurkeyDayRace.com

Since 2003, the White Crane Studio has assisted the "Games To Unite Body and Mind" (GUMBO) with their annual event for children. Sports for Individuals with Physical and Visual Disabilities.

Gumbo Charity

Gumbo Charity

2004 GUMBO Letter of Appreciation

2013 Chinese New Year at the Chinese Presbyterian Church.

Chinese New Year 2013

White Crane Studio assisted animal rescue charities and saved thousands of lives from euthanasia.

Throughout the decade the White Crane Studio raised funds to rescued, rehabilitate and find homes for thousands of dogs and cats in the local community. Many of these rescued pets have found caring homes from Maine to Florida and many of the states in-between. All of these dogs and cats lives would have been terminated had it not been through the efforts of volunteers working with local shelters and Vet Adoptions.

How you can help!
To adopt go to www.VA.Petfinder.com or visit your local animal shelter and save a life.

Compassion and Kindness

The White Crane Studio works with Vet Adoptions and shelters to rescue animals off the streets of the city that face no other alternative but a slow painful death due to heartworms and diseases or euthanasia from local animal control facilities. We provide them with veterinary care, including spay/neuter, foster care and help to find them permanent homes. We are a no-kill agency that does not euthanize animals due to lack of space or time. We rescue animals that are in desperate need of being saved, such as cases of abandonment, abuse and emergency. We educate the public about responsible animal guardianship and the need to control pet overpopulation. We assist the public with care for their animals via financial assistance, training, or education.