For anyone growing up in the 1970's who can deny not being wowed by Bruce Lee in the many ways he did. He influenced so many and was years ahead of his time; Bruce Lee is a cultural Icon. One of the best documentary's on Kung Fu and true story's is that of Grandmaster Pui Chan of the Wahlum Temple in Orlando Florida. Grandmaster Pui Chan is a remarkable person, teacher and someone that younger people of any race could be inspired by. He's kinda of like a neighborhood hero that is well know in the Community. One of the best to watch perform traditional Talu's (forms), awe inspiring at the very least. A constant motivation to refine the forms we practice, no matter how small or large they may be.
Personal ExperienceI had a only sparse training opportunity's with him and his students when living in Florida, but never the less it was a great experience. Good practitioners value tradition, forms and guidance. Traditional systems work because they been around a long time and have lasted. Kung Fu is anything that takes alot of refining and cultivation- and effort. I feel very fortunate to be young enough and clever enough to meet many of these iconic teachers when they were around and teaching. Grandmaster Pui Chan is still here although; and is a standout when one ask who was great-without a doubt hes like the best in that style for sure. More importantly hes a great person, and it shows in the students and his own family as well.
There are many great teachers, approaches and systems. The Documentary is about overcoming great odds as he did. A breath taking moment is him recounting how he dove off the ship he was working on and swam to the American shoreline to get his freedom. Talk about a strong unshakable spirit. I don't want to give away too much --make time for this film you will love it for sure. A perfect movie for adults and parents to watch and inspire a new generation of overcoming odds. The link below goes to Hulu made possible by the Wahlum Temple. Watch below for free:
Grandmaster Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer