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WUSHU

Wushu” is the official Chinese term for “Martial Arts” 武 “Wu” Military or Martial 術 “Shu” Art or Artform. It was developed around 1949 to structure martial arts for sport or competition.  The result is a beautiful and awe inspiring display of martial arts prowess. 

Today, Wushu has evolved into 2 primary disciplines which are: Taolu (套路; Forms with a time limits of about 1 minute and 20 seconds) and Sanda (散打; Sparring). 

SHAOLIN

The Shaolin Monastery (Chinese: 少林寺; pinyin: Shàolín sì), also known as the Shaolin Temple, is a Chan (“Zen”) Buddhist temple in Dengfeng County, Henan Province, China.

Shaolin Kung Fu (Chinese: 少林功夫; pinyin: Shàolín gōng fu), also called Shaolin Wushu (少林武術; Shàolín wǔshù) or Shaolin Quan (少林拳; Shàolín Quán), is one of the oldest, largest, and most famous styles of wushu or kungfu. It combines Ch’an philosophy and martial arts.

KUNG FU

Kung fu (功夫) is a compound word composed of 功 (Gōng) meaning “work”, “achievement”, and 夫 (Fū) a particle or suffix with diverse meanings related to having skill.

The genesis of Kung Fu has been attributed to the need for self-defense, hunting, and military training in ancient China. Hand-to-hand combat and weapons practice were important in training ancient Chinese soldiers. Arts are classified into “families” (; jiā), “sects” (; pài) or “schools” (; mén).