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.
The Shaolin Temple was built in 495A.D. at the western foot of Songshan Mountain, 13 kilometers northwest to Dengfeng City, Henan Province. The then Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei dynasty (386-557) had the temple built to accommodate the Indian master Batuo (Buddhabhadra). Shaolin Temple literally means “temple in the thick forests of Shaoshi Mountain”.
As the first Shaolin abbot, Batuo (Buddhabhadra) devoted himself to translating Buddhist scriptures and preaching doctrines to hundreds of his followers. Later, another Indian monk Bodhidharma arrived at Shaolin Temple, who was said to have crossed the Yangtze River on a reed. He spent nine years meditating in a cave of the Wuru Peak and initiated the Chinese Chan tradition at Shaolin Temple. Thereafter, Bodhidharma was honored as the first Patriarch of Chan Buddhism. As Chinese Kungfu also originated from Shaolin Temple, it has been recognized as the origin of Chan Buddhism and the cradle of Kung Fu.
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.