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Monday, February 7, 2011

Where's the "Kung Fu" in Kung Fu Panda?

Every generation seems to have its classic martial arts movie that inspires children to take up the ancient arts. The 2000s has at least two: "Karate Kid" and "Kung Fu Panda".

Kung Fu Panda came out first and was really a pleasant surprise. Animators consulted martial artists when animating fight scenes. They used some of the same animals that the Shaolin monks observed when creating martial arts: the crane, the snake, the mantis, the tiger, and the monkey. They used real kung fu hand techniques and kicks, too. Obviously their attention to detail really paid off, as Kung Fu Panda was a blockbuster hit and its sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2, is due out in May.

Many kids are surprised to learn that Wing Chun, our primary martial art, is comprised mostly of movements from snake and crane! (They're also often disappointed to learn there's no 'Panda' style.)

So on that note, here's a video of one of our Dragons, Bell, who came in a couple years ago after seeing Kung Fu Panda and has accomplished a lot in her time with us... in this video she tells the history of kung fu, kid-style: