Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) on the western adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75 was called “Grasshopper” by Master Po (Keye Luke), a blind monk who taught him from the day he was adopted by the Shaolin monastery.
Once Master Po asked the neophyte Caine to close his eyes and relate what he heard. Sitting by a pond, the boy heard the obvious sounds of water, and birds in the trees. “Do you not hear the grasshopper at your feet?” asked Master Po.
Caine looked to the ground and was astonished that the blind man had discerned the location of such a tiny insect. From that day Master Po called the boy “Grasshopper.”
Years later on a religious pilgrimage, Master Po was callously murdered by the Royal Chinese Nephew. In defense of his Master, Kwai Chang Caine killed the nephew and was forced to flee China to America. Caine called the blind Master Po, “Old Man.”