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For my first ever Kung Fu Panda discussion, I needed to dive into my favorite character in the series: Master Oogway. He’s the creator of kung fu, the founder of the Valley of Peace, the wisest animation character the world has ever known, and the tortoise that derived the Legend of the Dragon Warrior. He’s a kung fu master that was respected by Po, Master Shifu, the Furious Five, and all of China, and today I want to explain his story.

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Master Oogway has a legendary tale that began a thousand years ago before the rise of the Dragon Warrior, when the tortoise we know his Oogway left his home the Galapagos Islands on a journey of discovery that would lead to him traveling around the world. Eventually when he gazed into a pool on top of a peak which would be named the pool of sacred tears, Oogway became so moved by the beauty of nature and the plight of the oppressed that he wept. As he meditated next to the pool he achieved harmony and peace by focusing on the mysteries of the natural world which led to him forming the basis of the self-defense system of kungfu. For 10,000 days he perfected his system and once he had completed it, he immediately began admitting students under his instruction to learn kung-fu. To help them discover their own styles. Throughout that journey he visited every country but when he stood on a hill overlooking the land that would one day be named the valley of peace, Oogway was confident he had found the place that he would call home for the rest of his life.

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To commemorate the moment Oogway planted the seed of his favorite tree on the hill. Which would eventually grow into the peach tree of heavenly wisdom. That’s a good choice for a tree but I think it probably would go for some mangoes. Here Oogway perfected kungfu, becoming the first master of the art form. 700 years before the rise of the Dragon Warrior Master Oogway assisted the Quan crane clan that’s a mouthful; to defeat the black steel flying lizards at the Battle of burning sky. Feeling indebted to him the crane clan assisted in establishing Oogway’s dream of providing a safe haven for the soft and weak by constructing a thousand-mile rope bridge into the valley of peace. The thread of hope was an open gateway for all animals to escape the northern wastelands who had pure hearts. And this bridge protected all who came by making it a single-file traffic bridge that extended so long, it had the capability to easily be destroyed if a threat approached. The village within the Valley of Peace was a perfect home for many across China. And was the place who would always return to after protecting individuals and Kung Fu as a force for good beyond his home, which he accomplished for many years with his closest friend Kai.

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Sometime during his youth Oogway became an ambitious warrior who led a mighty army with Kai by his side. One day though they were ambushed and Oogway became badly wounded. Kai carried his friend for days searching for help until they came upon a secret village high in the mountains that was inhabited by ancient panda healers. They used the power of Chi to heal Oogway. Fascinated by the power Oogway was taught by the pandas how to give Chi. But since Kai was solely interested in increasing his own power, he discovered he could take the Chi of others. Seeing his friend fall to darkness, Oogway realized he had to stop Kai which led to the two former friends engaging in a fierce battle that shook the earth, until you a banished Kai to the spirit realm. Though Kai had been stopped, Oogway would not be the one to end him forever. Oogway would simply not see his friend until he himself ascended to the spirit world. But until then this would not be the last time Oogway had to keep the power of Chi away from those who had become evil. One of Oogway’s earliest battles was as an ally to the four constellations, a group of 4 kung-fu warriors who fought to prevent their fallen master the original Dragon Warrior Jinn diao from capturing the source of all Chi in the world known as the wellspring.

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Unfortunately though their attempt to trap Jin diao failed, which forced the first four constellations to sacrifice themselves to stop the evil warrior. After the defeat of the original Dragon Warrior Oogway developed the legend of the dragon warrior which foretold that a legendary prodigy would rise and would be granted limitless power after reading the Dragon scroll that was crafted by the tortoise. That individual though would not rise for a thousand Years. Around the same time in Oogway’s youth a dangerous tribe of underworld demons took up residence in the valley. That’s pretty dark. I mean where do these guys come from. They just couldn’t catch a break. Terrorizing its citizens and laying waste to the settlement, gleefully destroying all who attempted to escape or enter these demons ran amok. The peaceful villagers fled for their lives amidst the onslaught but Master Oogway stood against the otherworldly menace using his fighting skills in conjunction with the hero’s Chi, a power gifted from heaven that was granted only once a generation. Using this mystic life energy to fuel his abilities Oogway drove the demons back from whence they came which led to them fleeing to the underworld through a crater on top of the Jade mountain and he sealed the entrance with his hero’s chi, not realizing that the darkest demon amongst them still existed.

Isaac Carlson (Wotso Videos – Spreading Magic and Positivity Discussing Disney):

The demon king Keepa appeared as a giant dragon – Oogway in hopes of using the tortoises weakened state against him but even though Keepa fought furiously and Oogway seemed to be defeated the fight was not over. Since Oogway had protected the Valley of Peace, the peach tree of heavenly wisdom in turn chose to protect him. Using the powers of heaven and earth to re-energize the injured master. Enabling him to stop Keepa by using his hero’s chi to trap the dragon like demon in the body of a mortal Pig rendering him powerless so long as the peach tree lived. To keep watch over the entrance to the underworld and recognized master Oogway’s great deeds and celebrate all of the students he had taught, many years later the villagers built the Jade Palace atop the mountain in his honor. This building became Oogway’s new home and was where he would train many others in the art of kung fu. The first pupil to rise as an instructor was Golden Takin, beginning the many individuals who had come to learn the ways of kung fu in the Valley of Peace. What the world came to find as Oogway arose as a prominent teacher was that he had an incredibly pure heart and all he wanted was what was best for the world.

Isaac Carlson (Wotso Videos – Spreading Magic and Positivity Discussing Disney):

Which is why I have always enjoyed his presence in Kung Fu Panda. He’s the moral heart that guides all other heroes. He became the wise old and compassionate figure we all wish guided us. And he would be there for all who needed him. Hundreds of years later one of the most important students to Oogway, became Shifu. Who was destined to one day become the senior master at the Jade Palace. After Shifu’s father abandoned him Oogway welcomed him to be his prodigy. And through hard work and determination Shifu eventually was elevated to the rank of Master. At first Shifu was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a master and even desired to quit his kung fu life but Oogway stopped him, teaching him Hing Kung to help him regain internal balance. Along with Shifu hue also taught rooster, elephant, Snow Leopard and Feng Huang. They fought to protect the Valley of Peace as all Furious fives had done. But they also were responsible for handling the many pupils who turned against Oogway. No matter how pure and wise Oogway was he had a lot of students who were consumed by evil. And that would eventually even be recognized by Shifu and Po.

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The most powerful students often became the ones who fell to darkness. There was a danger to sharing the knowledge that Oogway had acquired, but it had to be done in order to ensure the existence of Kung Fu would continue. The student of Oogway named Genji desperately desired to rise to be in Oogway’s good graces so that he could take control of the Jade Palace instead of Shifu. But master Oogway saw anger within him, which caused a way to choose Shifu to be the one to oversee the Jade Palace which resulted in Genji swearing to one day take revenge but not leaving the kung-fu world. In fact master Genji even became a member of the sacred Onyx council underneath another student Oogway’s named master Chao. While Genji wanted to take down Oogway’s wishes from within the order, others were not so diplomatic. And their names didn’t sound like the muffin man, same Genji. That’s so goofy. Ding was a wielder of wonderful spirit orbs that allowed him to have a mental focus unlike any other.

Isaac Carlson (Wotso Videos – Spreading Magic and Positivity Discussing Disney):

Master Oogway sent him to study with the monks atop of Mugu Mountain but being impatient Ding used his orbs to turn on his master’s hypnotizing them to bring them to their own demise. Oh my goodness the Masters of the Jade Palace would avenge those monks by taking Ding down and imprisoning him in the Mugu Mountain for eternity. Teote was another pupil who was corrupted by his own ambition. With the deep desire to pass Shifu as the greatest student of Oogway, Teote worked with Shifu to construct the training hall which he deemed as his greatest achievement. But in the aftermath Shifu used that equipment to only continue to exceed Teote’s abilities. Teote did try to compensate for his weak spots with mechanical machines. Though that solidified in ways mind that he was corrupting the purity of kung-fu. To be honest that seems like a little bit of short-term thinking from Oogway because of what we’ve seen later on by other villains that arise. But at the moment it seemed like he was just manipulating kungfu to be what he wanted. Machines would have been kind of useful against Shen.

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One of the most devastating betrayals though was that of Feng Wong because of her active involvement as a trusted member of the Furious Five. Fang Wong was able to establish herself as the most powerful student under Oogway’s tutelage which led to her desire to rule the Jade Palace herself. She challenged Oogway. But the old turtle had foreseen her fall from grace and it prepared a prison for her. That old tortoise did not have a lot of faith in her at the end of her training. That’s for sure. Oogway and his former owl Apprentice fought furiously but the owl could not take down her master so she fled in fear of him. Before she could be captured. Through this betrayal the Furious Five dissolved leading to many of the Masters leaving the Jade Palace. But while this pain would cut deep it would not be the fighter that broke Oogway’s most loyal student. Until that moment while continuously striving to learn and teach Oogway was bombarded by threats from within the order and beyond. The celebrated healer of the valley known as scorpion who is not a student of Oogway’s, who became corrupted by the hypnotic elixir that warped her body and mind upon an accidental injection came and fought the Valley of Peace.

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Scorpion used her new power to brainwash the citizens of the Valley of Peace and launch an assault on the Jade Palace. But because of Oogway’s connection with the villagers and his hardshell scorpion stinger was shattered and was quickly defeated leading to scorpion’s exile from the valley. Master Oogway was forced to absorb so much pain in the world that in order to keep balance but he continued to push on without ever showing sign of anger impatience or outrage. Oogway was a person who was humble, passive and remained a guiding presence for all who needed him, which did lead to him training individuals that will allow kung-fu to live on as a respected weapon for peace. In addition to master Chao rising in the kung-fu world so did Master Wu Shan who took a vow of silence to expand his training. There was also Thundering Rhino, Storming Ox and Croc who were guided by Oogway to become the kung-fu counsel by helping them find a battle that was worth fighting Oogway helped them take down the dangerous Wu’s sisters who were striving to unify all the gangs across China, solidifying them as warriors who would look beyond themselves.

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Now a few mere decades prior to the true Dragon Warrior emerging, Oogway’s pupil Shifu adopted and trained the snow leopard Tai Lung and after years a praise and hard work had been given to the cub, Shifu presented his prized pupil to Oogway for judgment believing Tai Lung to be the Dragon Warrior. After observing Tai Lung’s rise though, Oogway saw darkness within the pupil’s heart and refused to give him the Dragon scroll. Enraged Tai Lung laid waste to the valley hoping to take the scroll by force and when Shifu failed to destroy the boy he had raised Oogway stopped Tai Lung himself. That was a bad little kitty. In the aftermath Oogway ordered Shifu to construct the Chorgan prison to imprison Tai Lung as punishment for his crimes against the Valley of Peace. And soon Shifu would take another apprentice named Tigress. Tortured by his failure to stop Tai Lung though Master Oogway remained close to his friend as he struggled to teacher pupil again knowing how his mistakes could shape the potential of a student.

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In the years to follow Oogway continued to preserve order in the Valley of Peace including one occasion where he stopped the careless pranks of a formidable monkey but this would not be the last time away would see that creature. That would occur when away began to break through Shifu’s coldness once more. Oogway sought to have Shifu open his heart again. And that truly started to happen when the threat of the unstoppable Boar approached. When Shifu became incapacitated by a sickness tigress was the one who’s forced to recruit other warriors to protect the Jade Palace. Though she didn’t get who Shifu was looking for of course master Oogway realized there were no mistakes in who she had found. Tigress, Mantis, Crane, Viper and Monkey came together and defeated the Boar which impressed Master Shifu. And led them all to being welcomed into the Jade Palace by Master Oogway.

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Finally Shifu was opening up again and the Furious Five had been reformed. Oogway had spent his entire life pursuing wisdom, knowledge and peace; he had the respect of Shifu, the Furious Five, the entire Valley of Peace in all of China. He was known as the greatest kung fu master in history who had created the art form built a haven for the weak and had gifted his teachings to all who he deemed pure of heart. All that was left for Master Oogway was to locate the Dragon Warrior and ascend to eternal enlightenment in the spirit realm, so that he could finally let his pupils find their own path forward. But let me know down below what your thoughts and theories are surrounding the life of the wise Master Oogway. Definitely one of my favorite characters in Kung Fu Panda. Also make sure to subscribe and click the beautiful bell and then click on another magical video in the description or on the screen. Finally as always thank you to my patrons. Thanks for watching. And have a magical day!!




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