What is Wushu?
In many ways, Wushu represents the soul
Deeply rooted in spirituality and philosophy, Wushu is a
term used to classify all Chinese martial arts styles under
one name. Literally translated, “wu” means military
“shu” means art or skill. Wushu therefore means
The Chinese character that represents wu is composed of
two parts. The first part, “止” means “to
stop.” The second,
“戈” is a pictograph of a spear. When combined,
symbolizes the idea of using military power to subdue
violent disorder. By promoting peace, Chinese martial arts
serve and protect while avoiding conflict.
Wushu is a national sport in China, much as Tae Kwon
Do is for Korea, football for the United States, or soccer
for Brazil. The most popular sport in a country of over 1.3
billion people, Wushu is practiced in nearly every province
What is the difference between Modern
Wushu and Traditional Kung Fu?
Many people do not understand the difference between modern wushu and traditional
kung fu. In the US, competitions using routines formalized by international
standards are termed wushu. In China, wushu has a far wider meaning, including
all forms of combative arts. Modern wushu stylizes the techniques of traditional
kung fu turning it into a performance-oriented series of precision movements.
Modern Wushu stresses hand-eye coordination,
but also important are aerial acrobatics, speed, movement, performance,
presence and beauty, etc. Wushu has become an athletic and aesthetic
performance as well as being a competitive sport; while "kung fu" or traditional
wushu remains the traditional fighting practice, some utilizing the
bodies internal energy or "chi" and follows the simple principle
of "subduing the vigorous by the soft."
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