Full Movie (MASTER WU NANFANG and SHAOLIN WUGULUN KUNG FU )
|Title:||Full Movie (MASTER WU NANFANG and SHAOLIN WUGULUN KUNG FU )|
|Description:||This documentary follows Master Wu Nanfang, the great great grandson of Wugulun - a famous monk from the Shaolin temple - as he shows some traditional kung fu forms and explains the difference between them and the more acrobatic and performance oriented Shaolin wushu styles. |
In the troubled political climate of the last two centuries the Shaolin temple was destroyed and rebuilt many times, and Wugulun was instructed to leave the temple so that he and his descendants could continue to practice these traditional forms in an isolated mountain village in order to preserve them.
I followed him and his students on Ching Ming day, when according to tradition they went to the unmarked graves of the previous grand masters of the Wugulun kung fu lineage to pay their respects. We ended up in the village where Wugulun retired after he left the Shaolin temple, which is also the village where Master Wu Nanfang grew up.
In an isolated part of the Shaolin temple grounds I filmed the Master and some of his students practicing, and visited the wonderful pagoda forest - the elegant brick pagodas which mark the graves of famous monks from the temple - in stark contrast to the graves of the masters of the Wugulun lineage.
Wu Nanfang shows some of the elegant and meditative Wugulun kung fu forms and answers questions about kung fu, Zen, and how the extremely powerful fighting skills of this internal style of kung fu in no way contradict the message of Zen, which is essentially peaceful. He tells how by deflecting the aggression of an opponent the energy (and the aggressor) can be transformed. On top of the mountain behind him, haloed by plum blossom, is the cave where Bodidharma sat facing the wall for 9 years, in meditation.