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Gung Fu: Wu Bu Chan

Shifu Jason Parks, head of the Mountain Gate Academy, demonstrating Wu Bu Quan. This is the first form of Shan Men Shaolin Gung Fu, and the first Gung Fu form I’ve started learning. It’s fascinating to watch Shifu (read: teacher. Similar to ‘sensei’ in Japanese culture and martial arts) doing the form – my understanding of it changes each time I watch.

This watch-through I’m paying particular attention to his economy of movement and the way the ‘diving swallow’ movement works (14s and again at 24s). Somehow there’s more simplicity and more utility in Shifu’s demonstration all at once. 

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