Knowledge sharing. kungfu and wushu explained
About Chinese Martial Arts
Kung Fu (Gong Fu, or Gung Fu)
Derived from the Shaolin Temple, most kung fu today still bears strong resemblances to the more traditional Shaolin kung fu style.) Bei Shaolin ("Northern Shaolin") may have been the first branch of a Chinese martial art to branch off from the ShaolinTemple. What resulted from such spin-offs is a nearlly endless series of styles with all their different forms, movements, teachniques and ideas about defense and fighting strategies.) At the root of all these myriad styles, however, is the original Shaolin Temple Kung Fu (this is the style taught at our school).
Kung Fu is surprisingly still little understood in the US. While many schools exist, primarily asian students abound in them. It would be a worthwhile venture for any martial arts student to-be to investigate kung fu along with the other arts he or she is thinking about taking. Chinese marketing skills are not as notorious in the West as Korean and Japanese have been, and this hides a great many treasures, such as the beautiful and incredibly powerful and practical martial art of Shaolin Kung Fu and other kung fu styles that have since emerged.
Wu Shu (or Wushu)
The Shoalin Temple has either created or influenced all asian martial arts, and more directly influenced all CHinese martial Arts. Modern-day Wushu is a flashy interpretation of Shaolin kung fu meant for demonstrations and competitions. Most wushu stances, however, are notably low, like Shaolin kung fu itself, and is an art that employs similarly fast martial-styled movements, with less emphasis on actual impact power and self-defense applications. Modern-day Wushu has been called both dance and martial art in one. Wushu in its original form, however, was simply what we now would tend to kow as kung fu.
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