Kung Fu

As referring to Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or Jet Li, you will associate the Chinese Kung Fu with them together immediately. Yes, anyone who has been watched classical Chinese Kung Fu movie played by them will be deeply impressed by the Chinese Kung Fu.

Kung Fu, (also known as Wushu or Martial arts by most foreigners) is one of the most well known examples of traditional Chinese culture with a history of thousands years. It is probably one of the longest lasting traditional Chinese physical activities which utilize both brawn and brain. As a precious element of China’s cultural heritage, Chinese Kung Fu has also won its name all around the world for its broad and deep meaning and its Oriental features, which cover it with a mysterious veil. Chinese Kung Fu has become a international sport that all the people around the world can learn and use to attain its inherent benefits. Nowadays, Kung Fu has developed into a sport to improve one’s health, fitness, reaction time, jumping ability, balance, flexibility, coordination, power and speed except for the means of self-defense. Kung Fu is divided into tens of thousands of different External and Internal styles. It is said that “In external Kung Fu, you exercise your tendons, bones and skin; In internal Kung Fu, you train your spirit and your mind”. It is also useful for the athletes from other sports to complement their physical pursuits. Today, Kung Fu is also a performing art. The audience will be captivated by its superb.

History of Chinese Kung Fu

Exactly when the Chinese Kung Fu first sprouted is unknown. It is estimated that Chinese Kung Fu can be dated back to the primeval society. At that time in order to protect themselves from being hurt by wild beasts, gradually they accumulated experience of self defense. This original technique is the rudiment of Chinese Kung Fu.

Kung Fu shaped up in slave society. In order to adapt the battle, Cheinese Kung Fu developed more applied and canonical. During Shang and Zhou period, the theory of Tai Chi Chuan is came into being. In Qin and Han Dynasty, wrestling, swordplay as well as martial arts dancing were very popular. The application of spear play in Han Dynasty reached its summit together with many other techniques of spear usage. Tang Dynasty starts the Kung Fu examination, which largely propel the development of martial arts. At that time, Kung Fu was gradually introduced to Southeast Asia, so today Kung Fu were honored as the ancestor of kickboxing, karate, aikido and judo. The development of Kung Fu achieved the climax in Song and Yuan Dynasties. Practice of Kung Fu by civil organizations became more and more popular. Some organizations or clubs sprang up thriftily. In Ming and Qing Dynasties, Chinese Kung Fu achieved larger development. A lot of genres shaped and a mass of books on martial arts were published. In Qing Dynasty, tens of schools of martial arts came into being, such as Tai Chi Quan, Xingyi etc. In modern times, Kung Fu turned into a part of Chinese gymnastic. In 1927, Central National Martial Arts Society was established. In 1936, Chinese Martial Arts Team went to Berlin to participate Olympics. In 1999, International Martial Arts League become the formal member of International Individual Events Federation in Olympic Games. It implies the Chinese Kung Fu is walking toward the whole world step by step.

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