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Famous wushu master Kung Fu Wushu on kung fu clothing base of huaquan (blossomed fist), zhaquan (fist of Zha), paoquan (cannon fist) hongquan (fist of stream), piguaquan (fist of chopping and hanging), shaolinquan (fist of Shaolin temple) and some others created a new sport competitional style changquan (long fist). On kung fu clothing base of five style of Guangdong province (styles of Hong, Cai, Li, Liu and Mo families) it was created new sport computational style nanquan (southern fist). Names of movements were changed, as a result movements lost mental contents: realy, "crushing mountain strike" is different from "fist bang on a palm". During "Great Cultural Revolution" (1966-1976) wushu lovers were repressed for "indulging of feudal survivals". But in this time popularity of wushu un foreign countries began increase due to kung fu movies. For in admission of decreasing of international prestige wushu was let alone.
Introduction: The materials our group is presenting are taken from the book
Spring & Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts, written by Kang Gewu. Each of us will
be giving our presentation followed by a personal statement about our experience
with Chinese martial arts.
What is Chinese martial arts? Chinese martial arts is a physical sport that originated 5000 years ago with its theoretical foundation, offensive and defensive movements. The practice of special skills, routines and fighting skills are the three exercise patterns of Chinese martial arts. Other names, such as Jiji (striking techniques), Wuyi (martial arts), Guo shu (national techniques), Gongfu (practicing techniques), have been used. In 1990, the International Wushu Federation unified these names into Wushu.
What are the goals of Wushu? When we think of practicing Wushu, we often come up with two goals that practitioners can benefit from: health improvement and self defense. First of all, Wushu can impose positive effects on our body's motor, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. It can balance and strengthen our health internally and externally. From the frequent stretching and retractions of our muscles, it accelerates the circulation of energy through the channels in our body. Therefore, it improves our health and helps us maintain our well-being. Secondly, the practice of Wushu enables us to transform the opponent's greatest strength and speed into weaker strength in which we can defend ourselves and defeat the opponent. In addition, Wushu is not only improving our health and preparing ourselves for self-defense; it is also helping us to cultivate our virtue and morality. By practicing Wushu, we cultivate our bodies and minds, standardize our words and deeds, and evaluate good and evil. It also helps us to understand the concept of holistic Wushu, the theory of Yin and Yang, and Quan theory as perfected by the traditional philosophical concepts.
Grandmaster Yip Man in action !!|
In this short demonstration the real "simplicity" of Wing Chun Kung Fu is shown.
Towards the end of the sequence of movements note how Grandmaster Yip Man is able to trap both of his opponents hands rendering him helpless.
He then follows up with a side-palm strike to the neck.
Personal Experience with Wushu: Practicing Wushu helps me to
be more aware of my surroundings and to concentrate better on the tasks I do.
The wooden dummy is also used as a conditioning device to
supplement the sand bag for training short range punches, palms, chops and
kicks. Its advantage over the sand bag is that all the deflecting movements can
be practiced on it ... The wooden dummy reinforces the correct stance, correct
arm angle, correct stepping and the correct power generation.
Wooden Dummy Training|
In Wing Chun training, the wooden dummy presents a "person" to train with.
The design of the wooden dummy is such that nearly all the Wing Chun techniques can be drilled on it. Due to the fixed nature of the dummy the individual practitioner's movements become quite exacting and precise.
A formal set of wooden dummy techniques is taught by most Wing Chun schools and after the student has become familiar with this, he is free to improvise.
Kongmenquan (fist of empty gates)
Yumenquan (fish fist)
Taiyi wuxing qinpu (grappling of five elements and Great One)
Jiugong shibatui (18 legs of nine palaces)
Bamenquan (Fist of eight gates)
Shijiaquan (Fist of Shi family)
Gaojiaquan (Fist of Gao family)
North-Eastern styles Tanglangquan (Fist of Praying Mantis)
Santongquan (Fist of three Tongs)
Sunbinquan (Fist of general Sun Bin)
Boziquan (Fist of lame man)
Paochui (Cannon fist)
Chuojiao (Thrusted-in feet)
Fanziquan (Rotating fist)
Huaquan (Blossom fist)
Huaquan ("Fist of Valuables" or "fist of Hua Zong")
Meihuazhuang (Pillars of Meihua Plum)
Yingzhaoquan (eagle's claws style)
Tongbeiquan (Fist of spreading power from the back)
Shuihuquan (Fist of "Water armgin")
Yanqingquan (Fist of Yan Qing), also known as mizongquan (Fist of lost track)
Changjiaquan (Fist of Chang family)
Splashing Hands training first emphasizes basic footwork; the shuffles left
and right, reverse shuffle, shuffles with kicks, 45 degree shuffle, close the
gap, close the gap kick, etc. Then the hand techniques are learned and
coordinated with the shuffles. The feet move rapidly as if they were on fire.
The hands jab, punch, and uppercut while the feet are in motion. In order to
develop the incredible speed for which this system is noted, one must be
completely relaxed, applying power in the last instant at the point of contact
with the opponent. Like a bullwhip, one is loose and flexible, power engages
right at the end. The student is always reminded that relaxation yields speed,
and speed yields power. Throughout each phase of training, whether in the
foundation techniques, the series of Browns, Advanced Browns, or the forms of
the 5 animals, Small Cross and Four Corners, the student learns to develop the
sensitivity of touch required to fight as close as possible to the opponent. Two
main drills are used regularly to refine the techniques and to sharpen the
timing, and more importantly, to instill the principles underlying the system.
As in the internal arts of Hsing-I, Qi Gong Outfit,
Tai Chi and Hsiao Chiu-Tien, the student, while practicing alone, trains as if
he were facing a highly skilled opponent. When engaged in a real fight however,
he approaches the opponent as if the opponent did not exist. His mind becomes
empty and his body reacts in the way it was trained to move.