Master Shifu can be described as an acupuncturist and herbalist. He has been training pandas for years in Kung Fu, which apparently gives them a special skill that nobody else has. If he ever does have children of his own, there’s a good chance they too would be talented practitioners of Kung Fu. All things considered, hippos are really maligned creatures with no concept of hygiene and all their poop goes everywhere? They really suck in comparison to pandas who:
- know kung fu
- hang out on absolute minty fresh ice popsicles
- & don’t put their noses where they should not go.
Master Shifu is a red panda, there are no other animals in the movies.
Master Shifu is a red panda. There’s no other animal that corresponds to him. In the animated series he may be some sort of spirit creature and in Secrets of Kung-Fu Panda: Masters of Combat he appears as all sorts of creatures, but in both cases this is just for storytelling purposes.
Master Shifu is a man.
Master Shifu is a man that doesn’t threaten kung fu and instead teaches it. He teaches you to work hard and properly practice the ways of his own teaching of kung fu, even if it means working against the system. However in the second movie he does get beaten up by Tai Lung during their match at Jade Palace until Po saves him, but his typical occupation is teacher and farmer for most of the time he’s on screen in both movies.
The movie revolves around Master Shifu, the master of martial arts and Kung fu who trains Po in order to become his successor.
He teaches Po kung fu moves and begins teaching him the way of disciplined living, emphasizing meditation, lessons in history as it relates to the Kung Fu ancestors, etiquette such as table settings, etc. He is seen in a variety of poses including flexing his fingers or standing on one leg – an aid to keeping balance during kung fu sparring
Shifu is also portrayed with a “gong” that symbolizes importance and wisdom. Gong exercises are performed before or after practicing Tai Chi Chuan (another type of martial art) which both promotes blood circulation and regulates breathing.
Gong exercise was used to stretch the muscles and ligaments in order to relax the body and mind before practicing Tai Chi Chuan, a martial art form with slow, continuous movements. The combination of Gong exercise and Tai chi Chuan promotes health through Qi gong (breathing techniques), Kung Fu (martial arts), and Tai Chi Chuan (movement to promote physical and spiritual well-being).
Master Shifu’s signature “Gong Fu” pose is a technique used in Chinese martial arts, especially Kung fu , the various styles of wushu , qigong, t’ai chi ch’uan, Baguazhang and Xingyiquan. The gongfu (kung fu) pose is used to build strength, to help connect the mind and body, and for physical balance.
Master Shifu is a kung fu master at the Jade Palace; the instructor of all who study there, and a strict but fair disciplinarian. He was very close to Oogway before Oogway passed away, so people often come to him for advice or wisdom about how to live their lives with meaning and purpose-especially since he can see into their heart and souls where other people cannot. One thing about Master Shifu that sets him apart from other wise characters in the movie is that he cares much more about self-realization than following orders blindly from his superiors. He favors tranquility as well as martial arts, though he understands the need to fight for peace.
Shifu can be a red panda. This endangered species lives in mountainous regions of Nepal and China, and is known for his soft reddish coat and dark facial markings. He’s also said to be one of the more clever animals-which may come as no surprise to those who know Shifu’s remarkable ability to mimic other animals. However, he is not a panda bear-contrary to popular belief!
Master Shifu is a fictional character from the 2008 movie, Kung-Fu Panda. He is an important teacher and mentor to Po the Panda and others in the franchise. Master Shifu represents wisdom, benevolence, teaching skill, knowledge of martial arts techniques as well as being a fully accomplished fighter with all animal styles imaginable. Master Shifu fights using the Crane Style of Chinese kung fu which incorporates quick movements and agile maneuvers coupled with powerful strikes that are performed from all positions such as in standing or on one knee while pulling back punches or thrust kicks away from himself so that his opponent’s retaliating attacks go wide.”
Master Shifu is depicted as wise but often temperamental individual who strongly believes in following tradition and that patience is required for true kung fu development.
It’s not clear if Master Shifu has a tail or not as he is often sitting on it to keep it out of the way. However, sometimes his tail can be seen wagging back and forth excitedly when he speaks about something important such as food, especially when he speaks about dumplings.
The color of his fur is also not exactly clear but it looks like the off-white or light brownish white fur that is common among Pandas in real life. Master Shifu has a deep baritone voice, but only speaks Mandarin Chinese throughout the movie Kung Fu Panda. The Mandarin Chinese phrase, “Come here,” is the same in both English and Cantonese dialects.
Master Shifu is depicted with black eyes while his pupil-less scleras are either yellow or red depending on lighting conditions. The eyes of Pandas are unable to discern any color but can still detect different levels of brightness. This helps them to see better in the dark. Pandas have a good sense of smell and hearing but poor eyesight, which is why they always keep their large ears open for danger and rely more on their sense of smell when foraging for food.
In Kung Fu Panda, Master Shifu uses a staff that he can split into two separate parts to use as nunchaku or to extend his reach during combat. The staff has a long metal chain with a metal jian (Chinese double-edged straight sword) on one end, which is used for blocking and parrying attacks.
Master Shifu is a Siamese Cat.
Master Shifu, also known as The Great Grand Master of the Jade Palace, is an aged Siamese cat who instructs Po on how to defend himself in a series of training sessions called “beginning Kung fu”. In this way he prepares Po for his inevitable confrontation with Tai Lung which will take place at the opening ceremony for the new Valley of Peace. After Tai Lung escaped from prison and invaded the palace Master Shifu engaged him in combat but was captured by Tai Lung’s tail-hold grip and then slammed into a stone column. He recovered, however, with the help of Tigress who fetched some water from one of three springs that are part of the lore of the Jade Palace.
Siamese Cats are a breed of cat with a distinctive fur pattern and point coloration, which is typically found in the brown tabby and white coloration called “point”. Siamese can have blue eyes or one blue eye and one amber, green or golden eye due to a spontaneous mutation in the TYRP1 gene. It has historical roots in Thailand, but the modern Siamese is a western creation due to British selective breeding, and it carries traits of an ancient breed of cat from Southeast Asia.
Shifu can either refer to the Chinese word for Master,
Shi 師. Fu 福 or Fú. Both words can be translated as “fortune” and “luck” in Mandarin respectively. Because of this, it is assumed that Shang Ling is both pronounced and spelled as “Shifu” because he was a tutorial master to Po in Kung Fu Panda.
Speculated possible meaning for Shifu’s name: The Master (師) who benefits from a destiny (福). Alternatively, someone who has attained enlightenment will long afterlife for such a state so it could refer to longevity as well. Hence the “rich man with longevity” interpretation which also gives reference to Shifu’s character.
Master Shifu is a tiger.
Shifu is originally from the Jade Palace of the emperor of China, and was sent to train both Tigress and Po in Kung fu. He’s grown old and gray, although Po failed to notice his age when they first met him due to a misunderstanding before hearing about it from Pigsy. And if you watch closely, you can see that he has pointy ears like an ordinary tiger–not unlike Mowgli from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” (whose author had an admiration for this house animal).