ARTS & FIVE EXCELLENCES
Wu Mei Kung Fu was developed in the Ming Dynasty Imperial Palace and is sophisticated, complex and scholarly. Its’ comprehensive nature requires an understanding of the “Five Excellences”: poetry, music, medicine, painting, and martial art. Sifu Lo’s teacher, Grandmaster Hsieh Peng was a traditional Chinese medical doctor, a painter, calligrapher, oracle, writer, musician and martial arts master, a true embodiment of traditional apprenticeship training – and master of the “Five Excellences”. Sifu Lo continues that tradition as a published poet, calligrapher, painter, oracle, tea, chi gung, and kung fu master. Many of his students have apprenticed over twenty years and are professional architects, computer scientists, musicians, actors, visual artists, writers, business owners, market analysts, and educators who integrate their Wu Mei Kung Fu training into their professional and personal lives. It is this very integration that makes the training important and essential.
“In the beginning, a punch is just a punch, a kick is just a kick. In the middle, a punch is not a punch, and a kick is not a kick. In the end, a punch is just a punch, a kick is just a kick.”
Students begin by using only a part of the body to punch or kick; punching with their arms, and kicking with their legs. It is natural – and wrong. Once they learn that the whole body must be involved to punch and kick, their earlier definition of a punch and kick is no longer valid. Finally when the student consistently performs the punch and kick correctly with the entire body intergrated into the movement, punching and kicking is as simple and natural as walking across a room. My teacher, Grandmaster Peng used to say, “You have to eat Kung Fu, devour it, digest it. Then it becomes a part of you and cannot be separated from you again. You are the embodiment of Kung Fu” (High skill).