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What is kung fu?
Kung fu (or gong fu) literally means work, time, skill. More specifically: martial skill. Kung fu has been practiced for thousands of years.
Students learn how to strike using various parts of the body, misplace bones, seize muscles, target vulnerable areas and take their opponents to the ground.
Kung fu is the martial expression of your skill. A person may study for decades, but if they cannot fight or defend themselves competently, they have no kung fu.
Kung fu is thousands of
years old and is a highly developed system of martial art. The student who
locates a good kung fu school will find the training thorough and
challenging. Kung fu skills, which have been refined over centuries, are not
learned easily or quickly. The sincere student, however, through hard work
and dedication, will not be disappointed with the results.
Internal or external?
This is a tricky one. Many kung fu methods claim to be 'internal' but how they use their art is decidedly 'external'. In order to fully understand the question, it is important to research the matter further:
Neijiquan (internal martial arts)
The Taijiquan Classics
The essence of the art
Baguazhang (8 trigrams palm), chin na (seizing), jing (whole-body power), neigong (whole-body strength), self defence, shuai jiao (take downs), taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist) and weapons.
People with no martial foundation start with tai chi for self defence.
More experienced exponents may want to explore the kung fu syllabus (chin na, shuai jiao & taijiquan) and perhaps baguazhang.
If youre looking for something easy, then kung fu is probably not for you.
The Sword Polisher's Record: Way of Kung Fu
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21 May 2003
Last updated 02 September 2021