Common name: Wang Lu, Buddhist name: Shi Yan Tuo a 34th generation of Shaolin Kung Fu Monk. Native of Shandong province, he has been learning local traditional martial arts from his father since he was six years of age.
In 1997, given a special opportunity, he was able to enter and train in Shaolin Temple. He formally entered the temple under his master, the Abbot, Shi Yong Xin. Under both his master’s strict and compassionate guidance and his long hours of practice, he quickly mastered several traditional fist, weapon, sparring and internal forms. Over the course of his training, he grasped the spirit of “Chan Wu He Yi” which embodies the need for both spiritual and physical training. Always keeping the essence of this phrase in mind, he quickly rose up the ranks and became one of the top students of the 34th generation. During the time when he was still training in the temple, he was able to participate in many international exchanges in America, Europe, Australia, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan and many more countries.
In 2008, the Shaolin Temple was given the privilege to go to Seoul, Korea’s Shaolin’s Cultural Center to spread the teachings of Shaolin.
In 2009, he was given the rare opportunity to begin teaching in the U.S. Now he is teaching Shaolin Kung Fu in San Diego. He wishes to spread the Traditional Culture and essence of Shaolin Kung Fu to more people in San Diego.
Legend says that more than 1,500 years ago, an Indian monk named Bodhidharma (whom the Chinese call Damo) sat meditating before a wall for nine years on Mount Songshan in northern China. Bodhidharma taught the monks of Shaolin Temple that meditation lead to enlightenment that was called Zen. Zen is based on the Sanskrit Dhyana meaning meditation. However, the long periods seated mediation also atrophied the monks bodies. So Bodhidharma developed a series of calisthenics that monks were already practicing certain forms into Kung Fu (Martial Arts).
Shaolin Temple is probably the most famous temple in China, not only because of its long history and its role in Chinese Buddhism, also because of its long tradition of Chinese martial arts and Zen, as the saying goes "All martial arts (Kung Fu) are from Shaolin." Shaolin believe meditation clears the mind, prepares for purer action. Kung Fu is also an expression of Zen, which also helps a weak or sick body, promotes clarity of thought, builds the body, and completes meditation.