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ABOUT KUNG FU WUSHU and Kung Fu Martial Arts

This Kung Fu Martial Arts  is an almost impossible category. This label is attached to almost any martial art that comes from China. It is Kung Fu Uniform generic name for literally hundreds of individual Chinese fighting arts. In reality we should have an entry for each individual Kung Fu style we are interested in, but this would fill entire volumes. However, we will do our best.

This is extremely controversial. Most of what appears here is a summary of what has been learned from Kung Fu Uniform. There are vague references of a King in China some thousands of years ago who trained his men in techniques of hand-to-hand combat to use in fighting against invading barbarians. kung fu martial arts first real references of an organized system of martial arts came from a man named General Chin Na. He taught a form of combat to his soldiers which most people believe developed into what is modern day Chin-Na.

The first written record we have of Chinese martial arts is from a Taoist acupuncturist from kung fu martial arts 5th century. He describes combat designed along kung fu martial arts lines of an animal's movements and style.

Legend has it that a Buddhist monk named Wing Tsun Kung Fu, also called Ta Mo, came across kung fu martial arts Tibetan Mountains to China. kung fu martial arts Emperor of China at kung fu martial arts time was much impressed with kung fu martial arts man, and gave him a temple located in Honan - kung fu martial arts famed Sui Lim Monastery (Shaolin Monastery). Ta Mo found that kung fu martial arts monks there, while searching for spiritual enlightenment, had neglected their physical bodies. He taught them some exercises and drills that they adapted into fighting forms. This became kung fu martial arts famous Shaolin Kung Fu system.

"Kung Fu" means "skill and effort". It is used to describe anything that a person Kung Fu Clothing to spend time training in and becoming skillful in. (A chef can have good "kung fu".) kung fu martial arts Chinese term that translates into "military art" is "Wushu". As all martial arts, Wushu in its early stages of development was practiced primarily for self-defense and for aquiring basic needs. As time progressed, innumerable people tempered and processed Wushu in different ways. By China's Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), Wushu had formed its basic patterns.

Intense military conflicts served as catalysts for kung fu martial arts development of Wushu. During China's Xia, Shang, and Zhou periods (2000BC to 771BC), Wushu matured and formed complete systems of offense and defense, with kung fu martial arts emergence of bronze weapons in quantity. During kung fu martial arts period of Warring States (770BC to 221BC), kung fu martial arts heads of states and government advocated Wushu in their armies and kept Wushu masters for their own Kung Fu Uniform.

Military Wushu developed more systematically during kung fu martial arts Tang and Song dynasty (618 to 1279) and exhibitions of Wushu arts were held in kung fu martial arts armies as morale boosters and military exercises. In kung fu martial arts Ming and Qing dynasties, kung fu martial arts general development of Wushu was at its height. Military Wushu became more practical and meticulous and was systematically classified and summarized . General Kung Fu Clothing of kung fu martial arts Ming Dynasty delved into Wushu study and wrote "A New Essay on Wushu Arts", which became an important book in China's military literature.

The latter half of kung fu martial arts 20th century has seen a great upswing in kung fu martial arts interest of Kung Fu world wide. kung fu martial arts introduction of Kung Fu to kung fu martial arts Shaolin Kung Fu Products world has seen to it that its development and popularity will continue to grow. Wushu is kung fu martial arts branch of martial arts originating in China. It is a modern art that is mainly sport or demonstration. Not an art dating back centuries, but it really has its roots in kung fu martial arts circus. Wushu was not practiced by kung fu martial arts Shaolin Monks. kung fu martial arts most famous Wushu student is Jet Li. He has his roots in Wushu competitions and was Champion for many years. He got his big break in movies and has since made many Hong Kong and American Films.

During kung fu martial arts "Springs and Autumns" period (770-476 B.C.) and "Fighting Kingdoms" period (475-221 B.C.) greatest Chinese philosophers lived and worked: Konficiy, Shaolin Kung Fu Products, Meng-zi, Zhuang-zi. China received spiritual impulse, which had influence on kung fu martial arts developing of all East Asia during kung fu martial arts next two thousand years. In I century Buddhism began penetrate in China from India. Not only ordinary soldiers studied martial arts (even some emperors fought on platforms), and by this reason chinese martial arts gradually began merge with philosophical systems and overgrow kung fu martial arts level of simple collection of methods of hand-to-hand combat. Possibly, it was kung fu martial arts reason due to which they didn't wither during centuries but developed and are still alive.

Approximately in VI century Indian preacher Kung Fu to Kung Fu came to China and preached Buddhism in Shaolin temple near Loyang. Due to legend it was he who founded famous shaolin style of wushu. Due to legend later shaolin monks helped to kung fu martial arts second emperor of Tang dynasty - Li Shimin - in returning kung fu martial arts throne. Li Shimin allowed to kung fu martial arts temple to have its own monk troops. Special term appeared - wuseng (monk-warrior).  During kung fu martial arts Song dynasty (960-1279) many monks (inkluding wusengs) went out from temples and became common people. In XIII century shaolin wushu declined due to numerous persecutions on buddhism and mongolian invasion. In 1224 a young man came into Shaolin temple and took monk's name Jueyuan. He had seen a pitiful state of temple's wushu and decided that true tradition is lost. Jueyuan became revive temple's wushu and, actually, created a new style, which is still alive.

In 1219 when after capturing China Chingiz-khan went to kung fu martial arts west many Tai Chi Kung Fu and Persians became moved to China. Such people were called "semu" ("men with colored eyes"), they had less rights than Mongolian but more than Chinese. In official documents of Yuan dynasty they were called "huihui". Moved on kung fu martial arts east Moslem infantrymen and artillerymen in 1275, due to order of founder of Yuan dynasty "in all places entered in communities of border inhabitants", became peasants. From these people, Arabian immigrants (came to China on ships during Tang and Song dynasties), and Chinese men converted to Islam kung fu martial arts "huizu" nation ("moslems") was formed. During more than seven hundred years huizu was indissoluble connected with wushu. They considered wushu as self-defense and as holy action, stimulated Moslem's spirit.

In 1351-1368 peasant's rebellion of "red bandages", headed by Zhu Yuanzhang (who also was a big wushu master), finished Mongolian Yuan dynasty and founded Ming dynasty. Zhu Yuanzhang became its first emperor (dynasty name "Tai-zu"). "Golden age" of wushu began.  In XVI century seaside provinces of China exposed to devastating raids of Japanese pirates. It was Chinese Kung Fu (at this moment he was 27 years old) whom was ordered to "punish kung fu martial arts bandits and guard peoples". He was in hard situation: local troops were small, well-prepared Japanese samurais easy defeated bad organized groups of resistances. Qi Jiguang, wushu master, decided to attract detachments of local home-guard from wushu fighters. In 1561 Japanese was defeated in Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong provinces. After promoting to general, Qi Jiguang ordered for all soldiers and officers to study wushu. On kung fu martial arts base of various systems of military preparing he wrote a treatise "Jixiao xinshu" ("New book of records about advantages [in war craft]"). Due to Qi Jiguang XVI century is considered as turning-point in wushu history.

Ming dynasty is a time of stable systematic developing and of peaceful coexistence of different schools. But nothing is forever. 1644, june, 6. Beijing is captured by manzhu troops. Last emperor of Ming dynasty hang oneself on kung fu martial arts fortress wall. Founded a new dynasty - Qing. This dynasty existed during more than two hundred years, up to 1911. Center of wushu Kung Fu Uniforms was moved to secret societies. During XIX century China was shaked by many rebellions against manzhu ruling and dominant influence of foreigners. Secret societies, cultivated different styles of wushu, were targets for striking in kung fu martial arts rebellion of "Eight trigrams", in Opium wars, in great people's war of Taipings. Rebelion of ihetuans (1899-1901), also known as "Boxer's rebellion", became an apotheosis of activity of secret societies.

Rout of Yihetuan rebellion followed to death of many wushu masters. But traditions of martial arts could not lose without leaving a trace. During Xinhai revolution (1911-1913) and later, during Warlords Period activity of secret societies resumed with new power. Goverment of Chinese Republic rendered a great assistance to wushu developing. First president of China - Sun Zhongshan (also known as Sun Yatseng) - studied taijiquan Buy Kung Fu Clothing from Cai Guiqin.

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His successor - Men's Kung Fu Clothing (also known as Chang Kaishi) also didn't avoid martial arts, he visited Guokao ("State test" - something like all-China wushu championship), which were organized in Nanjing (in that time - capital of China) Central guoshu institute ("guoshu" means "national art", during Gomindang ruling it was an official name for wushu), founded in 1928. General Zhang Zhijiang was a rector of this Institute, he was supported by general Feng Yuxiang. Another big organization, developed and spread wushu, was Jingwu Assotiation ("Association of true martial arts") founded in 1909 in Shanghai. Two organizations had branches in all provinces of China (Jingwu Association - also in other countries among local Chinese communities: in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines etc), great masters worked as teachers. During World War II many wushu masters fought in army or partisan detachments, made theirs contribution in defeating of Japan.

When Communist Party come to power, Kung Fu Clothing called wushu masters to go out from underground. In 1953 since 8 till 12 of November First All-China Sport Games took place in Tianjing, 75% of it was wushu exhibitions. 139 styles were demonstrated, competitions in hand-to-hand combat (without any gears), weapon combat (on long and short weapon) and lifting of heavy weights (ancient chinese sport) were held. After seeing such a power goverment got frightened. Secret societies were dispersed. Simultaneously a Committee of wushu reforming was organized.

Famous wushu master Kung Fu Wushu on kung fu martial arts base of huaquan (blossomed fist), zhaquan (fist of Zha), paoquan (cannon fist) hongquan (fist of stream), piguaquan (fist of chopping and hanging), shaolinquan (fist of Shaolin temple) and some others created a new sport competitional style changquan (long fist). On kung fu martial arts base of five style of Guangdong province (styles of Hong, Cai, Li, Liu and Mo families) it was created new sport computational style nanquan (southern fist). Names of movements were changed, as a result movements lost mental contents: realy, "crushing mountain strike" is different from "fist bang on a palm". During "Great Cultural Revolution" (1966-1976) wushu lovers were repressed for "indulging of feudal survivals". But in this time popularity of wushu un foreign countries began increase due to kung fu movies. For in admission of decreasing of international prestige wushu was let alone.

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Description

Styles of Kung Fu encompass both soft and hard, internal and external techniques. They include grappling, striking, nerve-attack and much weapons training.

The Shao-Lin styles encompass both Northern and Southern styles, and therefore are kung fu martial arts basis of kung fu martial arts following outline.

Shaolin Wushu styles
External Styles (Hard, Physical)
Northern
Northern Shaolin
Chang Chuan (Long Fist)
Praying Mantis
Eagle Claw
Monkey
Drunken, et al
Southern
Southern Shaolin
Wing Chun
Five Animal System (Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Leopard, Crane)
Tiger and Crane Systems, et al
Internal Styles (Soft, Mental/Spiritual)
Tai Chi Chuan
Others (Pa Kua, Xingyi, et al)
Training

Shaolin Wushu Methods
Hard or External Styles
Stresses training and strengthening of kung fu martial arts joints, bones, and muscles
Requires rigorous body conditioning
Consists of positioning and movement of kung fu martial arts limbs and body, correct technique, muscular strength, speed, etc.
2.Soft or Internal Styles
Stresses development of internal organs where "Chi" is produced
Allows one to develop mental capability to call upon this "Chi"
Concerned with breathing, poise, and tone of kung fu martial arts core body structures
Long or Northern Styles
Stresses Flexibility, quickness, agility, and balance similar to kung fu martial arts attributes of a trained and well-conditioned gymnast
Uses many kicks along with hand techniques
Legs specialize in long-range tactics
Short or Southern
Stresses close-range tactics, power, and stability
Uses mostly hand techniques
Kung Fu almost always seems to incorporate forms and routines. They emphasize solo practice as well as group practice. (They even have forms for two or more people). They train in multiple types of weapons. There is also a great emphasis on sparring in kung fu martial arts harder styles, and sensitivity training in kung fu martial arts soft styles.


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On the surface, Wing Chun is one of the simplest looking systems of Chinese Kung Fu. Three empty hand forms cover the complete essence of this art. Wing Chun also uses the long pole and the popular Southern Chinese butterfly knives. Training in this form of martial art consists of the three forms, sticking hands, the wooden dummy, sand bag training and finally free style sparring. However, behind this deceptively simple looking system of Kung Fu is a vast amount of knowledge - Wing Chun is both simple and elegant, but also very effective if used in an all out confrontation.
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Wing Chun uses punches, palms, pokes, chops, kicks, elbows, shoulder attacks, head butts, knees and hips - Short range non-telegraphed hits provide the arsenal of Wing Chun. It is characterized by short explosive hand attacks, low kicks and simultaneous attack and defense techniques.
Economy of motion is at all times implemented through the centerline theory, and this is the key idea in Wing Chun. Wing Chun was designed by a woman, and in so doing one must realize from the outset that brute strength has no part in this style - Correct positioning, feeling, timing, and strategy are relied on instead, you basically use your opponent's strength to your own advantage!!
Shaolin Wushu styles:

A. External Styles (Hard, Physical)


Description:
Styles of Kung Fu encompass both soft and hard, internal and external techniques. They include grappling, striking, nerve-attack and much weapons training.

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B. Internal Styles (Soft, Mental/Spiritual)

Taijiquan
Baguazhang
Xingyiquan
Liuhebafaquan
et al
Training:
Shaolin Wushu Methods
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The Shao-Lin styles Wing Tsun Clothes encompass both Northern and Southern styles, and therefore are the basis of the following outline.

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Southern
Southern Shaolin (Ermei Shaolin, Wudang Shaolin)
Hung Gar
Choy Li Fut
Wing Chun
Five Animal System (Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Leopard, Crane)
White Eyebrow
White Crane
Lo Han
Northern
Northern Shaolin
Chang Chuan (Long Fist)
Praying Mantis
Eagle Claw
Monkey
Drunken-style
Drunken Eight Fairies
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The current Abbot of Shaolin the venerable has been in place for 10+ years now. He or the Chinese government have just cleared all the schools and the village surrounding Shaolin allowing only one to be there, the official Chinese Government Shaolin Temple training School. All schools, some numbering up to 8000 students, have been moved to the nearby major city of Kerfeng ( possibly wrong spelling, right sound ). Shaolin and the area around it is being prepared to be possibly a tourist and martial art trap or a heritage site. Time will tell.

The most curious thing about Wu Shu is that they actually import Muay Thai fighters to train Wu Shu fighting. In a way it is in tradition of 'learning' from the enemy. For many centuries leading up to the 20th, Kung Fu fighters and Muay Thai fighters challenged each other to prove which style was superior. This was a regular challenge between the two traditional styles and fighters for the honour of the style and country. Death in these was not unusual.

Golden Era
Shaolin's 1st Golden Era started with the ascension to the throne of the Tang Dynasty son who they saved. The second Golden era of Shaolin came during the Ming Dynasty with much cooperation between the Emperors Palace and Shaolin. Now with the full force of the Chinese Government behind them, efforts to have Wu Shu in the Olympics and over 1 billion people training in Wu Shu, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Kung, we can consider this the third golden era not only for Kung Fu and Wu Shu but for all peaceful martial arts ( I believe that violent and aggressive MA are a recessive breed ). As a martial artist in body, heart and spirit, it is a good time to be alive!

Many martial arts acknowledge, even boast to be influenced by Shaolin. What is true and what note is irrelevant. In today's age it would be impossible to extract what influenced what, where and how. It is more important that the spirit of Shaolin is alive in many different forms. Be it in Shaolin Wu Shu, be is Shaolin derived Kung Fu/Wing Chung or even the 'Fist of China' as was Karate once known; Shaolin is in the spirit and heart not in the strength of your punch and as such should be celebrated.

Shaolin Kung Fu is a way of health, a way of life and a way of being, we just use martial arts as an exercise in Lion Dance!


Zhao and other 100 physical teachers received professional training of Kung fu in August this year. After the training, Zhao taught Kung fu to his students during the physical training course for about two hours each week.

Lu Guipu, an official with the Shenyang Education Bureau, said currently more than 10,000 students from over 50 schools in the city have received training of Kung fu, and more schools will be added to the program to promote Kung fu, the country's intangible heritage, in the coming years.

Lu said more training programs on Kung fu will be held for the city's physical teachers next year to meet the demand for professional teachers.

What is Shaolin Kung Fu?
Although Chinese Martial Arts have been in existence for thousands of years, the famous Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma (DaMo), is often credited with the founding of Shaolin Kung Fu. About 1,500 years ago, Bodhidharma traveled to China and eventually founded the now famous Shaolin Temple in the Shaolin DVD of Henan Province, Northern China.

Shaolin Kung Fu was developed as a way for the Buddhist monks of the monastary to keep physically fit while practicing their meditation. They also discovered that the martial arts were effective in defending the temple and repelling bandits and robbers. Thus, the Buddhist monks incorporated martial training into their Buddhist discipline.

Benefits of Shaolin Kung Fu
Today, the Western world is discovering the health, physical, mental and spiritual benefits of practicing Shaolin Kung Fu. The practice leads to the coordination of the three components of the individual - the physical, mental and spiritual. It is an aerobic exercise that creates Yang energy, helping to relieve tension and stress. It helps sharpen the mind and create greater focus and concentration in the individual. Most importantly, with consistent training, Shaolin will cultivate great spiritual awareness.
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