Kung fu

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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.

Martial skill

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.

(Adam Hsu)

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
• Taijiquan principles

What do we teach?

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.

Study options

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 you’re looking for something easy, then kung fu is probably not for you.

(Anna Spysz)

Further reading

• The Sword Polisher's Record: Way of Kung Fu


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Page created 21 May 2003
Last updated 02 September 2021