We are featured in Body Hack, on Discovery Channel broadcast
From August 26th to September 3rd, the "Body Hack" documentary film crew conducted an eight-day "Chinese Wudang Kungfu" theme shooting at our academy. On conclusion of the filming, the six-person film crew embarked on the return journey from Wudangshan Airport. They travelled tens of thousands of miles with 26 boxes of filming equipment and arrived in Sydney two days later. The director concluded that in the 12 episodes, 12 countries, lasting over 3 years. China as the last stop is a perfect ending!
About the Body Hack Documentary
The "Body Hack" documentary is broadcast in two seasons, six episodes per season. The first six seasons of "Body Hack" have been broadcasted on Australian National Television and Discovery Channel. The program was well received by the audience and was well received and covered in 132 countries around the world.
In the three years of "Body Hack" documentary, they have visited the French Foreign Legion, the Himalayas Sherpas, the Amazon rainforest and other areas where the limits of the body were challenged through the experience of the host Todd Sampson in these special circumstances. And challenges that raise concerns and reflections about the impact of the living environment and lifestyle on health. The choice of each shooting destination has been finalised after extensive data analysis and field investigation.
Coming to China to film kung fu culture is a topic that the film crew has always been fixated on. In April of this year, Chinese producer Zhao Jing began a step-by-step investigation based on the theme. On the impression of Kung Fu, she first thought of the Shaolin Kung Fu that appeared repeatedly in Kung Fu movies. After checking the information on the Internet, she went to the first stop, Shaolin Temple. When the survey data was fed back to the film crew through a one-week field visit, the content did not satisfy.
In the continuing process of research, it was discovered that Wudang Kungfu has a profound traditional culture. It uses the Tao as the guiding principle and theoretical foundation, and it is a fascinating subject. In particular, the Wudang light body technique (Qinggong) and the videos of Wudang sword by Master Chen, and the program coordinator expressed that this is exactly want they want to shoot in China!
At the beginning of June, Zhao Jing went to Wudang Mountain to visit. The first stop being at Shixing Academy for a visit, and also visited other Wushu martial arts schools. The shooting conditions of the martial arts locations and the cultural heritage of Taoism left a deep impression on her. In this visit, her heart has already found an answer.
On August 17th, Zhao Jing once again return to Shixing Academy, this time to finalise the location, martial arts environment, exercises, teachings, and for the shooting personnel to determine the implementation.
On the evening of August 26, the producer Zhao Jing accompanied the Australian director and a crew of six to Shixing Academy. The master and disciples of Shixing expressed their warm welcome to them, and discussed the contents of the filming, working hard to help them make a wonderful film impression of Wudang Kungfu and Taoist culture.
Eight days of filming, six days of rain. This is a challenge for both the Wudang arts practitioners and the film crew. In the face of limited conditions, the results exceeded everyone’s expectations!
In order to showcase authentic Wudang Kungfu to the international audience, the Wudangshan regional government offered strong support. Master Chen took the initiative to serve as a martial arts director and choreographer, using his rich shooting experience to provide a lot of ideas for the film crew, so that the director despite being disappointed with the weather conditions, was often surprised and delighted.
On the first day of shooting, the martial arts students in their white robes gathered at the Taiqing platform to showcase Xuanmenjian, Taijiquan, Qichen, Fuhuquan and Bajiquan. The robed figures with their attire drifting in the winds of their motion was a beautiful spectacle to film. After that, the filming moved on to Yuanhe Temple to capture staff work; on the stone steps of Zixiao Palace to film frog jump training; hard qigong performance back on the academy grounds, and Master Chen’s display of his seven-star sword form. Every show case progressively gave the film crew a new understanding of Wudang Kungfu. Despite the intensity of the filming pace and the combination of being soaked in rain and sweat. None of the disciples slacked off because of the conditions. This martial spirit is a source of inspiration for the film crew.
When shooting on the Wudang Mountain Golden Summit, the film crew took 17 boxes of equipment up the mountain and down the mountain. In order to choose the best shooting angle, they either squat on the stone steps or climbed atop cliffs at great personal risk. All the cameras were equipped with rain-proof jackets, but the crew were working in the rain, just as the martial arts disciples were. In addition to shooting, everyone pays great attention to the Taoist cultural etiquette. From them, what we see is the professionalism of the the international media on Wudang Kungfu.
On the night of the filming conclusion, the director asked the people working on the project which were the most impressionable moments during the filming.
The sound engineer said: "Frog jump practice on the stone steps of the Zixiao Palace." The photographer said: "The ascent towards the of the Golden Summit." The host said: "The hard qigong demonstration with the staff was incredible." Master Chen said, "To have changed the mood of the director who was worrying about the weather into joy with the choreographic inputs and impact made on the documentary”. He adds “Under limited time and weather conditions, we have done our best!" The director said: "It is to witness the wudang sword method and Fajin technique of Master Chen, and the kung fu tea ceremony by the master when discussing the contents of the second day at Huiyuantang. In addition, there is the delicious food at the academy. Wonderful kung fu!" He further adds that, "The common language that we share is filming. In three years, I went to 12 countries to shoot 12 episodes. The master Chen is the only one who himself is experienced with filming equipments. And China is the perfect stop for the last stop. official"!
As the last of the 12 episodes filming of the "Body Hack" documentary, they chose China's Wudang and finally completed the filming at the Wudang Shixing. We are very honoured to be able to meet with such an influential production team. We are also looking forward to the day when the documentary will be broadcast to showcase Wudang Kungfu through international media, promote the traditional culture of Taoism, and let friends around the world understand Chinese culture and Wudang Kungfu!