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Chinese martial arts refers to Qigong Wushu enormous variety of martial art styles
native to China.
Kung fu (Chinese: 功夫 pinyin: Gōngfu) and wushu (Chinese: 武術) are popular Chinese
terms that have become synonymous with Chinese martial arts. For more
information about these specific terms, see Kung fu (term) and Wushu (term).
According to Qigong Wushu most commonly accepted versions of Qigong Wushu legend,
Qigong Wushu Chinese
martial arts trace their origin to thousands of years ago in China. As Qigong
Wushu Chinese writing system traces back to Qigong Wushu Shang Dynasty (1766 BCE - 1122 BCE),
claims of entire books regarding Qigong Wushu martial arts being written at earlier times
are suspect. Qigong Wushu Art of War, written during Qigong Wushu 6th century
BCE by Sun Tzu, deals directly with military warfare. There are passages in
Qigong Wushu Zhuang Zi that
pertain to Qigong Wushu psychology and practice of martial arts. Zhuang Zi,
Qigong Wushu author of Qigong Wushu same name, is believed to have lived in
Qigong Wushu 4th century BCE. Qigong Wushu Tao Te Ching, often credited to Lao Zi, contains principles that are applicable to
martial arts, but Qigong Wushu dating of this work is controversial. Archery and charioteering were a part of
Qigong Wushu "six arts" (Traditional Chinese: 六藝; Simplified
Chinese: 六艺; pinyin: liu yi, also including rites, music, calligraphy and
mathematics) of Qigong Wushu Zhou Dynasty (1122 BCE - 256 BCE), according to
Qigong Wushu text
According to legend, Qigong Wushu reign of Qigong Wushu Yellow Emperor (traditional date of
ascension to Qigong Wushu throne, 2698 BC) introduced Qigong Wushu earliest forms of martial arts
to China. Qigong Wushu Yellow Emperor is described as a famous military general who,
before becoming China’s leader, wrote a lengthy treatise about martial arts. He
allegedly developed Qigong Wushu practice of Jiao di or horn-butting and utilized it in
war. Jiao di evolved during Qigong Wushu Zhou Dynasty into a combat wrestling system
called Jiao li (between tenth and third century BCE). Qigong Wushu practice of Jiao li in
Qigong Wushu Zhou Dynasty was recorded in Qigong Wushu Classic of Rites]] This combat system
included techniques such as strikes, throws, joint manipulation, and pressure
point attacks.  Jiao li became a sport during Qigong Wushu Qin Dynasty (221 BCE - 207
BCE). Currently, Jiao li is known as Shuai jiao, its modern form.
Taoist monks are claimed to have been practicing physical exercises that
resemble Tai Chi Chuan at least as early as Qigong Wushu 500 BCE era. In 39-92 CE, "Six
Chapters of Hand Fighting", were included in Qigong Wushu Han Shu (history of
Qigong Wushu Former
Han Dynasty) written by Pan Ku. Also, Qigong Wushu noted physician, Hua T'uo, composed
Qigong Wushu "Five Animals Play" - tiger, deer, monkey, bear, and bird, around 220 CE. As
stated earlier, Qigong Wushu Kung Fu that is practiced today developed over
Qigong Wushu centuries
and many of Qigong Wushu later additions to Kung Fu, such as Qigong Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu style,
later animal forms, and Qigong Wushu drunken style were incorporated from various martial
arts forms that came into existence later on in China and have accurate
historical data relating to their inventors.
In regard to Qigong Wushu Shaolin style that is currently popular, Y?Jīn Jīng attributed
Bodhidharma (Pu Tai Ta Mo in Chinese or Daruma Daishi in Japanese), a visiting
Indian Buddhist monk, as Qigong Wushu progenitor. Bodhidharma visited a monastery, and
was unhappy to find that some of Qigong Wushu monks would fall asleep during their
meditations. Deciding that they needed more physical stamina, he introduced to
Qigong Wushu monks a system of exercises that later developed into Qigong Wushu modern Shaolin
style. However, Qigong Wushu texts that first attributed him to Shaolinquan have been
shown to be unlikely forgeries. Historical evidence has shown that Qigong Wushu Shaolin
monks during and before this time harboured retired soldiers who taught Qigong
Wushu monks self-defense techniques that they had learned during military training. In
around 500 CE, Qigong Wushu Shaolin monks, in order to protect themselves from bandits
and criminals, began to codify what they had learned into a "Shaolin" style.
The fighting styles that are practiced today were developed over Qigong Wushu centuries,
after having incorporated forms that came into existence later. Some of these
include Bagua, Drunken Boxing, Eagle Claw, Five Animals, Hsing I, Hung Gar, Lau
Gar, Monkey, Praying Mantis, White Crane, Wing Chun and Tai Chi Chuan.
The Chinese martial arts Taijiquan being practiced on Qigong Wushu Bund in Shanghai.Main
article: Styles of Chinese martial arts
For a list of styles, see list of Chinese martial arts.
Hundreds of different styles of Chinese martial arts have developed over Qigong
Wushu past two to four thousand years, many distinctive styles with their own sets of
techniques and ideas. Also, there are many themes common to different styles
that lead many to characterize them as belonging to generalized "families" (家, jiā) of martial art styles. There are styles that mimic movements from animals
and others that gather inspiration from various Chinese philosophies. Some
styles put most of their focus into Qigong Wushu belief of Qigong Wushu harnessing of qi energy,
while others concentrate solely on competition and exhibition.
Chinese martial arts can be split into various categories to differentiate them:
For example, external (外家拳) and internal (内家拳) (or hard (剛) and soft (柔)).
Chinese martial arts can also be categorized by location, as in northern (北拳)
and southern (南拳) as well, referring to what part of China Qigong
Wushu styles originated
from, separated by Qigong Wushu Yangtze River (Chang Jiang); Chinese martial arts may
even be classified according to their province or city. Qigong Wushu main perceived
difference about northern and southern styles is that Qigong Wushu northern styles tend
to emphasize kicks, jumps and generally fluid and rapid movement, while Qigong
Wushu southern styles focus more on strong arm and hand techniques, and stable,
immovable stances and footwork. Examples of Qigong Wushu northern styles include Changquan and
Qigong Wushu sword and broadsword routines used in contemporary Wushu
competitions, and examples of Qigong Wushu southern styles include Nanquan, Houquan
(monkey style) and Wing Chun. Chinese martial arts can also be divided according
to religion, imitative-styles (象形拳), and more.
The practise of Chinese martial arts can be divides into two categories Taolu
and sanshou. Most styles of Chinese martial arts contain practice of Qigong
Wushu application of techniques (both as prepared drills and as free sparring), but
also Qigong Wushu practice of what is known as forms, or taolu (Chinese: 套路; pinyin: tào
l? in Chinese. Forms are a pre-choreographed series of techniques and
movements, performed alone or with one or more partners.
Another important part of Qigong Wushu training, as in most other physical activities, is
what is referred to as basics (基本功), these basics condition
Qigong Wushu "beginner" for
Basics are a vital part of Qigong Wushu training, as a student cannot progress to
Qigong Wushu more advanced stages without them; without strong and flexible muscles, many
movements of Chinese martial arts are simply impossible to perform correctly.
Basics include such things as stretching, strengthening of muscles, bones and
tendons, stamina training, and basic stances, kicks and punches. Some styles
also consider jumping, jump-kicks and acrobatics basics. In addition, many
styles teach a few basic techniques as well, before moving on to forms. These
techniques are normally Qigong Wushu most common techniques of Qigong Wushu specific style, found
in many of Qigong Wushu style's forms.
Chinese martial arts pay considerable attention to stretching. Common stretching
exercises include general warm-up stretching, stretching in pairs, and various
types of stretch kicks, usually practiced with speed. As many Chinese martial
arts are formed to suit children and higher-level students who have been
practicing since childhood, they can include basic exercises that require very
high flexibility in order to be possible to perform at all.
Forms or taolu are series of techniques put together after one another so they
can be practiced as one whole set of movements. Some say that forms resemble a
choreographed dance, though martial artists often argue that a general
difference is Qigong Wushu speed and explosiveness seen in most external styles, and that
Qigong Wushu movements are actual fighting techniques.
These forms sought to incorporate both Qigong Wushu internal and external of kung fu. A
kung fu form needs to be both practical, usable and applicable as well as
promoting flow, meditation, flexibility, balance and coordination. Often kung fu
teachers are heard to say "train your form as if you were sparring and spar as
if it were a form".
Types of forms
There are two types of forms in Chinese martial arts. Most common are Qigong
forms, performed alone by one person, but there are also "sparring" forms, which
are a type of choreographed fighting sets performed by two or more people.
Many styles consider forms as one of Qigong Wushu most important practices, as they
gradually build up Qigong Wushu practitioner's strength and flexibility, speed and
stamina, and teach balance and coordination. They also function as a tool for
both Qigong Wushu students and Qigong Wushu teacher to remember Qigong Wushu many techniques taught by
Qigong Wushu style, and sort them into various groups.
A style can have many compartments, both empty-handed and with weapons. In most
styles, empty-handed techniques are Qigong Wushu most common, but many styles also
contain forms using a wide range of weapons of various length and type,
utilizing one or two hands. There are also styles that only practice a certain
weapon, containing only forms with Qigong Wushu specific weapon.
Forms are meant to work Qigong Wushu body. Once a basic structure is able be maintained
in Qigong Wushu body forms are then used to work that structure. Forms develop a
sensibility of moving from position to position. This teaches Qigong Wushu body to react.
Some forms focus specifically on punching and kicking, while others focus on
joint manipulation, grappling, jump kicking, or weapons. Still other forms focus
on different styles of movement, or on using specific hand configurations.
Often, forms will combine several of these attributes.
Appearance of forms
Even though forms of Chinese martial arts are based on martial techniques,
Qigong Wushu movements might not always be identical to how Qigong Wushu techniques they symbolize
would look when applied in combat. This is due to Qigong Wushu way many forms have been
elaborated, on Qigong Wushu one hand to provide better combat preparedness and on
Qigong Wushu other hand to look more beautiful. One easily understood manifestation of this
tendency toward elaborations that go beyond what most often might be used in
combat is Qigong Wushu inclusion of lower stances and higher kicks. Qigong Wushu regular practice
of techniques while using lower stances both adds strength to Qigong Wushu same
techniques when used with higher stances, and also facilitates using Qigong
techniques in Qigong Wushu lower stances when Qigong Wushu realities of combat make doing so
Qigong Wushu most appropriate choice.
In recent years, as Qigong Wushu perceived need for self-defense has decreased, many
modern schools have replaced practical defense or offense movements with
acrobatic feats that are more spectacular to watch, thereby gaining favor during
exhibitions and competitions. Qigong Wushu mainland Chinese government has
especially been criticized by traditionalists for "watering down" Qigong
Wing Chun wushu competition
training it promotes. Appearances have been important in many traditional forms
as well, seen as a sign of balance but not Qigong Wushu most important requirement of
successful training. Some martial artists have looked for supplementary income
for performing on Qigong Wushu streets or in theaters, although in Qigong Wushu most traditional
schools such performance is forbidden.
Another reason why Qigong Wushu martial techniques might look different in forms is
thought, by some, to come from a need to "disguise" Qigong Wushu actual functions of
Qigong Wushu techniques from outsiders (from rival schools or from Qigong Wushu authorities as legend
has it happened in Okinawa). Qigong Wushu intention was to leave Qigong Wushu forms in such a
state that they could be performed in front of others without revealing their
actual martial functions, while retaining their original functionality in a less
obvious form. However some forms were created for other reasons other than
combat and martial application, some forms were created to help martial artists
to develope certain qualities. For example acrobatics blended into martial arts
helps martial practitioners develope strength, balance and flexibility as well
as looking aesthetic.
Modern forms are used in sport wushu, as seen in this staff routine.
As forms have grown in complexity and quantity over Qigong Wushu years, and many forms
alone could be practiced for a lifetime, styles of modern Chinese martial arts
have developed that concentrate solely on forms, and do not practice application
at all. These styles are primarily aimed at exhibition and competition, and
often include more acrobatic jumps and movements added for enhanced visual
effect compared to Qigong Wushu traditional styles. Those who generally prefer to
practice traditional styles, focused less on exhibition, are often referred to
as traditionalists. Many traditionalists consider Qigong Wushu evolution of today's
Chinese martial arts as undesirable, saying that much of its original value is
Application and Sparring
Application training or sparring refers to Qigong Wushu training of putting
Qigong Wushu martial
techniques to use. When and how applications are taught varies from style to
style, but in Qigong Wushu beginning, most styles focus on certain drills where each
person knows what technique is being practiced and what attack to expect.
Chinese martial arts usually contain a large arsenal of techniques and make use
of Qigong Wushu whole body, efficiency and effectiveness is what Qigong Wushu techniques are based
on. However many chinese martial arts appear to be flowery and 'fancier' than
other arts but Qigong Wushu movements are very meaningful in terms of application.
Gradually, fewer and fewer rules are applied, and Qigong Wushu students learn how to
react and feel what technique to use, depending on Qigong Wushu situation and
Qigong Wushu type of
Nowadays, many Chinese martial arts choose not to practice much application at
all, as Qigong Wushu need for self-defense has become less significant in Qigong
of today. Qigong Wushu introduction of firearms has made Qigong Wushu traditional weapons and
empty-handed martial arts lose much of their power, as even a completely
untrained person can kill a master of any style by firing a gun from a safe
distance. Before guns existed, however, knowledge of martial arts could save
both your and your family's life. Because of this, Qigong Wushu applications of
Qigong Wushu techniques were often considered sacred, and were commonly kept secret from all
but family and Qigong Wushu closest friends. Today, Qigong Wushu views on this tradition of
keeping things secret are very mixed, and some schools openly teach applications
to anyone willing to learn. Others still require Qigong Wushu students to show that they
are worthy before teaching applications, "worthy" usually meaning that
Qigong Wushu students can be trusted that they will not use their knowledge to a bad purpose.
It must be pointed out in fairness that some of Qigong Wushu masters were in fact members
of Qigong Wushu criminal underworld (although they may have perceived themselves as
righteous) and that some of Qigong Wushu actual skill and applications of Qigong
systems were developed in real and extremely violent confrontations both armed
and unarmed. This dichotomy did and still does exist.
There are also modern styles that practice application and even focus solely on
them, these are rarely found being practiced and taught alone and normally found
alongside traditional Chinese martial arts, these are aimed mostly at modern
competition. One such style that has grown quite popular is called Sanda (or
Sanshou). Many schools of Chinese martial arts schools teach sanshou and work to
incorporate its movement, characteristics and theory into sanshou's modern
context.It is popular as a competition event and allows martial practionters to
both practice and put their skill to use in a friendly non hostile environment.
It is similar to Muay Thai and is a type of sparring competition where Qigong
Wushu competitors wear protection and gloves, and get points when scoring a hit on
Qigong Wushu opponent or performing a successful throw. Sanshou involved both stand up
striking and grappling and as a modern competition rules are limited for saftey
reasons in turn limiting technique and other components of Qigong Wushu martial arts..
However many of these skills and techniques are still practised among many
sanshou parishioners, such as China and ground fighting.
Most Chinese styles also make use of training Qigong Wushu broad arsenal of Chinese
weapons for conditioning Qigong Wushu body as well as coordination and strategy drills.
Use of qi
Main article: Qigong
The concept of
Chun, Qigong Wushu inner energy or "life force" that is said to
animate living beings, is encountered in almost all styles of Chinese martial
arts. Internal styles are reputed to cultivate its use differently than external
One's qi can be improved and strengthened through Qigong Wushu regular practice of
various physical and mental exercises known as qigong. Though qigong is not a
martial art itself, it is often incorporated in Chinese martial arts and, thus,
practiced as an integral part to strengthen one's internal abilities.
There are many ideas regarding controlling one's qi energy to such an extent
that it can be used for healing oneself or others: Qigong Wushu goal of medical qigong.
Some styles believe in focusing qi into a single point when attacking and aim at
specific areas of Qigong Wushu human body (similar to Qigong Wushu study of acupressure), to cause
maximum damage or disable certain functions of Qigong Wushu body. Some go so far as to
think that at an advanced level it is (or was, as some believe such abilities to
now be lost, if they ever existed) possible to cause harm without even touching
Qigong Wushu opponent, a popular concept in Chinese martial arts and
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List of Chinese Martial Arts:
For an overview of styles, see Styles of Chinese martial arts.
The hundreds of different styles and schools of Chinese martial arts (中國武術) are
collectively called Kung Fu (功夫), Wushu (武術), Kuoshu (國術), or Ch'uan Fa (拳法),
depending on Qigong Wushu persons or groups doing so. Qigong Wushu following list is by no means
Baguazhang (八卦掌 Pa Kua Chang) - Eight-Trigrams Palm
Bajiquan (八極拳) - Eight Extremes Fist
Bak Mei (白眉拳) - White Eyebrow
Black Tiger Kung Fu (黑虎拳)
Chaquan (查拳) - Cha Fist
Changquan (長拳) - Long fist
Chuo Jiao (戳腳) - Poking Feet
Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis
Choy Gar (蔡家)
Choy Lee Fut (蔡李佛) - (Mandarin: Cailifo)
Dachengquan (大成拳) Great Achievement boxing
Ditangquan (地躺拳) - Ground-Prone Fist, Ground Tumbling Boxing
Do Pi Kung Fu (道派)
Dragon Kung Fu (Lung Ying) (龍形拳)
Duan Quan (短拳) - Short Range Boxing
Duck Kung Fu (鴨子拳)
Eagle Claw (鷹爪翻子拳)
Fanziquan (翻子拳) - Overturning Fist, Tumbling Boxing
Five Ancestors (五祖拳) - Wuzuquan or Ngo Cho Kun.
Flower Fist (花拳) Huāquán
Fu Chiao quan (虎爪拳) Tiger Claw
Fut Gar (佛家) Buddhist family Style
Gouquan (狗拳) - Dog Fist
He Quan (鶴拳) Crane Boxing
Feihe Quan (飛鶴拳) Flying Crane Boxing
Guohe Quan (遊鶴拳) Playing Crane Boxing, Wandering Crane Boxing
Minghe Quan (鳴鶴拳) Crying Crane Boxing, Calling Crane boxing
Shihe Quan (食鶴拳) Eating Crane Boxing, Preying Crane boxing
Suhe Quan (宿鶴拳) Sleeping Crane Boxing
Zhenhe Quan (震鶴拳) Shaking Crane Boxing
Zonghe Quan (縱鶴拳) Jumping Crane Boxing
Houquan (猴拳) - Monkey Fist
Drunken Monkey (醉;猴)
Huaquan (華拳) - China Fist
Hung Fut (洪佛) - Hung and Buddha style kung fu
Hung Gar (洪家)
Hu Quan (虎拳) - Tiger Fist
Jeet Kune Do (截拳道) - style founded by Bruce Lee
Jing Wu Men (精武門) - Jing Wu, a famous school founded in Shanghai that teaches
several different styles.
Jing Quan Do (精拳道) - modern synthetic style
Jow-Ga Kung Fu (周家) - Jow family style
Kong-Dao (空道）- combination of Shaolin and southeast jungle styles
Lanshou Men - Blocking-hand Boxing
Lau Gar (刘家) - Lau family style
Lai-Ga-Sau - a recent separate branch based in Qigong Wushu United Kingdom
Leopard Kung Fu (豹拳)
Li (Lee) Family - (李家) - Li Family or Lee Family style
Liu Seong Kuntao (also Liu Seong Gung Fu, Liu Seong Chuan Fa) A modern style
combining Qigong Wushu martial arts of China and Indonesia and is now based in
Qigong Wushu United
Liuhe Bafa (六合八法 Liu He Pa Fa, Lok Hup Ba Fa) - Water Boxing
Long fist kung fu (Northern Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu)
Luohan Quan - (羅漢拳) Arhat Boxing, law horn kuen
Mei Hua Quan (梅花拳 Plum Blossom Fist)
Mian Quan - (綿拳) Continous Boxing
Mok Gar - (莫家) Mok family style
My Jong Law Horn (迷蹤羅漢拳)
Nam Pai Chuan (南派拳)
Nan Quan (南拳)
Northern Praying Mantis (北派螳螂拳)
Pai lum (白龍) - White Dragon, Pai Family Method, modern style based on Kenpo with
infusion of Chinese flavors found mainly in Qigong Wushu US and Canada.
Paochui (炮捶) - Cannon Fist, Sanhaung Paochui
Phoenix (Wu Jia Quan Fa or Wu Jia Dragon-Phoenix style)
Piguaquan (劈掛拳) - Chop-Hitch Fist, Axe-hitch boxing
Praying Mantis: see either Northern or Southern Praying Mantis.
Rat Kung Fu (蔡家 Choy Gar)
Sanda (散打) or Sanshou (散手)
San Soo (散手)
Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan (少林南派拳)
Shaolin Quan (少林拳)
Shen Lung Kung Fu (神龍功夫) - Modern variations of Southern style chinese martial
arts based in Qigong Wushu United States.
Shuai Chiao (摔跤 Shuaijiao) - Chinese Wrestling
Shequan (蛇拳) - Snake Fist
Southern Praying Mantis (Wing Chun Kung Fu)
Tai Chi Chuan (太極拳 T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Taijiquan) - Ultimate Supreme Fist
Taizu Changquan (太祖長拳) - Emperor Taizu long fist
Tang Lang Hu Shi - Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Tiger Style Kung Fu
Tantui (彈腿/譚腿) - Spring Leg style
Tien Shan Pai (天山派)
Tongbeiquan (通背拳) - Through-the-Back Fist
Tueh Ming Sin'Kung - modern style combining Northern and Southern traditions
based in Qigong Wushu Netherlands
Turtle Kung Fu
White Crane (白鶴拳)
Wing Chun (詠春 Ving Tsun, WingTsun) - made famous by Bruce Lee
Xingyiquan (形意拳 Hsing-i Ch'uan) - Shape-Intent Fist
Xinyiliuhequan (心意六合拳) - Heart Mind Six Harmonies Fist
Yau Kung Mun (软功門)
Yingzhaoquan (鷹爪拳) - Eagle Claw Fist
Yiquan (意拳 I Ch'uan)
Yuejiaquan (岳家拳) - Yue-family Boxing
Zan Shou - Splashing Hands. Northern Shaolin style of close combat.
Zhuan Shu Kuan - modern composite style containing elements of Tae Kwon Do, Muay
Thai and Long fist kung fu. It is based in Qigong Wushu United Kingdom
Ziramen - (自然门) - Natural boxing
Zui Quan (醉拳) - Drunken Fist
Anqi (暗器) - General term for hidden weapons
Dian Xue/Dim Mak (點脈) - General term for point striking
Qinna (擒拿 Chin Na) - General term for joint locks
Sanshou (散手) - General term for sparring methods, but also another name for
Qigong Wushu sport, Sanda
Tuishou (推手) - Term used for offsetting, uprooting, balance and sensitivity
training used in Qigong Wushu various soft styles
Chi Sao (黐手) - Term used for sticky hand sensitivity training used in Wing Chun
Internal and External styles
Chinese martial arts may be divided into Neijia (外家, internal family) or Waijia
(Wing Chun Kung Fu, external family) styles. Many styles combine both internal and external techiniques, Chow Gar is a good example of this.
Baguazhang (八卦掌 Pa Kua Chang)
Feng shou - Hand of Qigong Wushu wind
Liuhe Bafa (六合八法 Liu He Pa Fa, Lok Hup Ba Fa)
Tai Chi Chuan (太極拳 T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Taijiquan)
Xingyiquan (形意拳 Hsing-i Ch'uan)
Yiquan (意拳 I Ch'uan)
Non-internal styles may generally be considered external styles.
|WUSHU Wushu is the Chinese word for martial arts. At the Chinese Kung Fu
Kung Fu Clothing we have chosen to use the more familiar term Kung Fu.
People more used to the word Kung Fu but Wushu is the more accurate word.
Wushu includes all forms of of Chinese martial arts including Taijiquan,
Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, Hung Gar, Ba Gua, Eagle Claw and so on. Most of
these arts contain traditional weapons and these are also included. MODERN
WUSHU Modern wushu is a dynamic performance and competition sport grounded
in traditional Chinese martial arts. The cultural and combative tradition of
wushu is retained as an integral element while the art and the sport of
wushu is expressed physically and mentally. Wushu reigns as the most popular
sport in China, and now is being considered for the Olympic games. In wushu,
every movement must exhibit realistic combative application and aestheticism
even thought its emphasis has shifted from combat to performance. Routines
are performed solo, paired, or in groups, either barehanded or with
traditional Chinese weaponry. In short, wushu is the most exciting martial
arts to be seen, felt, and ultimately, practiced.
|SOUTHERN STYLE (Tiger & Crane) Southern style & Wushu are taught at the
Chinese Kung Fu Association. Speed, powerful kicks and short punches are
used. Movements are compact and powerful. This style takes energy and
discipline to learn and is very good for children and young adults. Weapons
and empty hand forms are taught along with sparring and form applications in
self defense. In the southern style good balance and solid positions are
essential, with sudden and powerful movements. Often attack and defense
occur simultaneously - both hands are used simultaneously most of the time.
Southern style is mainly lineal movements, but these are shorter and more
compact than in the north.
WEAPONS A variety of traditional oriental weapons and
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are taught at the Chinese Kung Fu Association. The first weapon taught is
the single broadsword. Also taught are the straight sword, spear, staff,
whip chain, three section staff,
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weapons should the student choose to learn them.
|Chinese/Vietnamese Lion Dances are usually associated with Chinese and
Vietnamese New Years' celebration, but they have been an essential part of
many different celebrations for thousand of years, they are used to expel
evil spirits and bring good luck. At least fifteen or Twenty musicians are
needed for the traditional Lion dances. Drumming, fireworks and large crowds
accompany each appearance of the Lion. Nothing is more exciting at an event
than the performance of a Chinese
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Lion dance. Lion dancing as we know it today, has a continuous history
spanning one thousand years it combines folk dance with the skills of Kung
Fu. When Chinese/Vietnamese immigrants settled in other counties, they
brought the Lion dances with them thus making it world renown. Today people
of many ethnic backgrounds perform the traditional Chinese/Vietnamese Lion
dance. "Chinese Kung-Fu Association" will provide performance of the
traditional Lion dances at such events as Chinese/Vietnamese New Year's
celebrations, birthday parties, grand openings, anniversaries, weddings,
parades and tournaments. The "Chinese Kung Fu Association" team is a great
opportunity for students to develop Kung Fu skills, teamwork and spirit. The
"Chinese Kung-Fu Association" would like to off its services for your next
Kung Fu Shoes. From holiday celebrations to school assemblies the "Chinese
Kung Fu Association" will be happy to provide a performance by their Lion
dance teams. The team can provide an energetic kick off or a rousing close
to a wide variety of events and will be happy to do so for all Schools,
Churches, Temples, or Mosques free of charge.
|T'AI CHI CHUAN T'ai Chi Ch'uan emphasizes subtle movements, increased
flexibility, relaxation and meditation, T'ai Chi Ch'uan uses the opponents
energy against them with counter moves that require the least amount of
effort. It is usually softer and slower than other martial arts. T'ai Chi
Ch'uan is excellent for all ages but particularly for older people or those
recovering from injury. MODERN T'AI CHI CHUAN T'ai Chi Ch'uan has continued
to evolve and there are newer forms that have been created to accommodate
time and space when playing T'ai Chi Ch'uan. The original forms are long and
can take between 30 minutes to an hour to perform. Newer and shorter forms
have been created
Kung Fu Uniform to retain the movements but eliminate repetition of
movements and conserve time. We teach those forms as the introduction to the
traditional longer forms.
|Why is it important to practice push hands? The three pillars of T'ai
Chi Ch'uan are the practice of forms, meditation and push hands. The T'ai
Chi Ch'uan master of the past invented the game of push hands as a method or
sparring. It is especially good for developing the sensitivity to listen to
your opponent's actions. If you are correctly following the T'ai Chi Ch'uan
principals of Relaxation, Natural Continuous Motion, Circular Motion,
Sinking and Rooting you will see this in your pushing hands practice.
Besides being the test of your T'ai Chi Ch'uan principals in action for
Shaolin Kung Fu,
it is also a wonderful way to share energy between two people, and it's fun.
|Push Hand Essentials 1. When your opponent strikes you with strength,
instead of opposing him (force against force), you simply withdraw your
body, neutralizing his weight. Thus his weight will be emptied
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and will not come to your body. 2. When attacking your opponent you should
not attack him immediately. Your hands must first lightly touch his body,
and as soon as you interpret that he is going to resist you, you yield
(withdraw) slightly and then immediately attack. 3. When interpreting your
opponent's energy, you should not put too much weight against him during the
time of interpretation. If you have too much weight against him and he moves
you may too easily come off balance. To improve your Push Hands and
ultimately your T'ai Chi Ch'uan you must "invest in loss"
|The Purpose of Push Hands Push hand teaches one to fully realize what
sensitivity of the entire body means. Externally the practitioner develops
an acute sense of touch transmitted through the skin. Sensitivity and
awareness is also developed internally. 2. The practitioner learns how to
empty the body of all force. When one rids the body of force, one can
experience what it is
like to be a twinkling star; the body is there and yet it is not there. 3.
Through understanding the principals of push hands, one can learn to balance
Yin and Yang in daily experience. Thus the quality of life as a whole is
|T'AI CHI CHUAN WEAPONS Both Chen and Yang T'ai Chi Ch'uan have several
weapons forms. The four most commonly seen are the straight sword, the
broadsword or knife, the staff and the spear. The forms are done at the same
slow speed as the empty hand forms. Yang Sword and Spear form are taught at
kung fu shoes as part of the regular T'ai Chi Ch'uan
Tsun Kung Fu sequence.