Kung Fu – Chinese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Chinese martial arts (also known as Kung Fu) originated from the production labor of ancient Chinese ancestors. In the production activities of hunting, people gradually accumulated the skills of slashing, cutting and stabbing. These original forms of offensive and defensive skills are the basis for the formation of martial arts.

Martial arts sprouted in the primitive society. In the era of clan communes, tribal wars often occurred. Therefore, the experience of fighting on the battlefield promoted the germination of martial arts.

Martial arts were formed in the slave society. After the establishment of the Xia Dynasty, there were continuous wars. Therefore, martial arts further developed into practical and standardized to adapt to the needs of the combat. During the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Taiji theory was born, and the system of Chinese martial arts was established. Martial arts developed during the feudal society.

Chinese Martial Arts

In the Qin and Han dynasties, there was a lot of wrestling and fencing, as well as “knife dance” and “power dance”. In the Tang Dynasty, the implementation of the martial arts system played a significant role in promoting its development. During the Song and Yuan Dynasties, folk martial arts flourished. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was a period of great development of martial arts. The genre was various, forming the main boxing system of Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Bajiao.

With an extremely rich connotation, Kung Fu not only improves morality, techniques and tactics, but it also strengthens health and nourishment, in order to protect justice and prevent violence. In Chinese, “martial arts” is made up of two characters, “blocking” and “spear.”

Martial arts is a valuable cultural heritage that the Chinese people have accumulated for such a long time. In essence, Chinese martial arts encourage moral cultivation, art enjoyment, health promotion and self-defense. Therefore, martial arts became an important part of Chinese culture.

Author: Charlene Matthews