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“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.
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 (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” (家; jiā), “sects” (派; pài) or “schools” (門; mén).