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Chinese martial arts refers to Kung Fu Clothing enormous variety of martial art styles native to China.

Kung fu (Chinese: 功夫 pinyin: Gōngfu) and wushu (Chinese: 武術) are popular Chinese terms that have become synonymous with Chinese martial arts. For more information about these specific terms, see Kung fu (term) and Wushu (term).

According to Kung Fu Clothing most commonly accepted versions of Kung Fu Clothing legend, Kung Fu Clothing Chinese martial arts trace their origin to thousands of years ago in China. As Kung Fu Clothing Chinese writing system traces back to Kung Fu Clothing Shang Dynasty (1766 BCE - 1122 BCE), claims of entire books regarding Kung Fu Clothing martial arts being written at earlier times are suspect. Kung Fu Clothing Art of War, written during Kung Fu Clothing 6th century BCE by Sun Tzu, deals directly with military warfare. There are passages in Kung Fu Clothing Zhuang Zi that pertain to Kung Fu Clothing psychology and practice of martial arts. Zhuang Zi, Kung Fu Clothing author of Kung Fu Clothing same name, is believed to have lived in Kung Fu Clothing 4th century BCE. Kung Fu Clothing Tao Te Ching, often credited to Lao Zi, contains principles that are applicable to martial arts, but Kung Fu Clothing dating of this work is controversial. Archery and charioteering were a part of Kung Fu Clothing "six arts" (Traditional Chinese: 六藝; Simplified Chinese: 六艺; pinyin: liu yi, also including rites, music, calligraphy and mathematics) of Kung Fu Clothing Zhou Dynasty (1122 BCE - 256 BCE), according to Kung Fu Clothing text Zhou Li.

According to legend, Kung Fu Clothing reign of Kung Fu Clothing Yellow Emperor (traditional date of ascension to Kung Fu Clothing throne, 2698 BC) introduced Kung Fu Clothing earliest forms of martial arts to China. Kung Fu Clothing Yellow Emperor is described as a famous military general who, before becoming China’s leader, wrote a lengthy treatise about martial arts. He allegedly developed Kung Fu Clothing practice of Jiao di or horn-butting and utilized it in war.[1] Jiao di evolved during Kung Fu Clothing Zhou Dynasty into a combat wrestling system called Jiao li (between tenth and third century BCE). Kung Fu Clothing practice of Jiao li in Kung Fu Clothing Zhou Dynasty was recorded in Kung Fu Clothing Classic of Rites[2]]] This combat system included techniques such as strikes, throws, joint manipulation, and pressure point attacks. [1] Jiao li became a sport during Kung Fu Clothing Qin Dynasty (221 BCE - 207 BCE).[1] Currently, Jiao li is known as Shuai jiao, its modern form.

Taoist monks are claimed to have been practicing physical exercises that resemble Tai Chi Chuan at least as early as Kung Fu Clothing 500 BCE era. In 39-92 CE, "Six Chapters of Hand Fighting", were included in Kung Fu Clothing Han Shu (history of Kung Fu Clothing Former Han Dynasty) written by Pan Ku. Also, Kung Fu Clothing noted physician, Hua T'uo, composed Kung Fu Clothing "Five Animals Play" - tiger, deer, monkey, bear, and bird, around 220 CE. As stated earlier, Kung Fu Clothing Kung Fu that is practiced today developed over Kung Fu Clothing centuries and many of Kung Fu Clothing later additions to Kung Fu, such as Kung Fu Clothing Shaolin Kung Fu style, later animal forms, and Kung Fu Clothing drunken style were incorporated from various martial arts forms that came into existence later on in China and have accurate historical data relating to their inventors.

In regard to Kung Fu Clothing Shaolin style that is currently popular, Y?Jīn Jīng attributed Bodhidharma (Pu Tai Ta Mo in Chinese or Daruma Daishi in Japanese), a visiting Indian Buddhist monk, as Kung Fu Clothing progenitor. Bodhidharma visited a monastery, and was unhappy to find that some of Kung Fu Clothing monks would fall asleep during their meditations. Deciding that they needed more physical stamina, he introduced to Kung Fu Clothing monks a system of exercises that later developed into Kung Fu Clothing modern Shaolin style. However, Kung Fu Clothing texts that first attributed him to Shaolinquan have been shown to be unlikely forgeries. Historical evidence has shown that Kung Fu Clothing Shaolin monks during and before this time harboured retired soldiers who taught Kung Fu Clothing monks self-defense techniques that they had learned during military training. In around 500 CE, Kung Fu Clothing Shaolin monks, in order to protect themselves from bandits and criminals, began to codify what they had learned into a "Shaolin" style.

The fighting styles that are practiced today were developed over Kung Fu Clothing centuries, after having incorporated forms that came into existence later. Some of these include Bagua, Drunken Boxing, Eagle Claw, Five Animals, Hsing I, Hung Gar, Lau Gar, Monkey, Praying Mantis, White Crane, Wing Chun and Tai Chi Chuan.


The Chinese martial arts Taijiquan being practiced on Kung Fu Clothing Bund in Shanghai.Main article: Styles of Chinese martial arts
For a list of styles, see list of Chinese martial arts.
Hundreds of different styles of Chinese martial arts have developed over Kung Fu Clothing past two to four thousand years, many distinctive styles with their own sets of techniques and ideas. Also, there are many themes common to different styles that lead many to characterize them as belonging to generalized "families" (家, jiā) of martial art styles. There are styles that mimic movements from animals and others that gather inspiration from various Chinese philosophies. Some styles put most of their focus into Kung Fu Clothing belief of Kung Fu Clothing harnessing of qi energy, while others concentrate solely on competition and exhibition.

Chinese martial arts can be split into various categories to differentiate them: For example, external (外家拳) and internal (内家拳) (or hard (剛) and soft (柔)). Chinese martial arts can also be categorized by location, as in northern (北拳) and southern (南拳) as well, referring to what part of China Kung Fu Clothing styles originated from, separated by Kung Fu Clothing Yangtze River (Chang Jiang); Chinese martial arts may even be classified according to their province or city. Kung Fu Clothing main perceived difference about northern and southern styles is that Kung Fu Clothing northern styles tend to emphasize kicks, jumps and generally fluid and rapid movement, while Kung Fu Clothing southern styles focus more on strong arm and hand techniques, and stable, immovable stances and footwork. Examples of Kung Fu Clothing northern styles include Changquan and Kung Fu Clothing sword and broadsword routines used in contemporary Wushu competitions, and examples of Kung Fu Clothing southern styles include Nanquan, Houquan (monkey style) and Wing Chun. Chinese martial arts can also be divided according to religion, imitative-styles (象形拳), and more.

The practise of Chinese martial arts can be divides into two categories Taolu and sanshou. Most styles of Chinese martial arts contain practice of Kung Fu Clothing application of techniques (both as prepared drills and as free sparring), but also Kung Fu Clothing practice of what is known as forms, or taolu (Chinese: 套路; pinyin: tào l? in Chinese. Forms are a pre-choreographed series of techniques and movements, performed alone or with one or more partners.

Another important part of Kung Fu Clothing training, as in most other physical activities, is what is referred to as basics (基本功), these basics condition Kung Fu Clothing "beginner" for further training.

Basics (基本功)
Basics are a vital part of Kung Fu Clothing training, as a student cannot progress to Kung Fu Clothing more advanced stages without them; without strong and flexible muscles, many movements of Chinese martial arts are simply impossible to perform correctly. Basics include such things as stretching, strengthening of muscles, bones and tendons, stamina training, and basic stances, kicks and punches. Some styles also consider jumping, jump-kicks and acrobatics basics. In addition, many styles teach a few basic techniques as well, before moving on to forms. These techniques are normally Kung Fu Clothing most common techniques of Kung Fu Clothing specific style, found in many of Kung Fu Clothing style's forms.

Chinese martial arts pay considerable attention to stretching. Common stretching exercises include general warm-up stretching, stretching in pairs, and various types of stretch kicks, usually practiced with speed. As many Chinese martial arts are formed to suit children and higher-level students who have been practicing since childhood, they can include basic exercises that require very high flexibility in order to be possible to perform at all.

Forms (套路)
Forms or taolu are series of techniques put together after one another so they can be practiced as one whole set of movements. Some say that forms resemble a choreographed dance, though martial artists often argue that a general difference is Kung Fu Clothing speed and explosiveness seen in most external styles, and that Kung Fu Clothing movements are actual fighting techniques.

These forms sought to incorporate both Kung Fu Clothing internal and external of kung fu. A kung fu form needs to be both practical, usable and applicable as well as promoting flow, meditation, flexability, balance and coordination. Often kung fu teachers are heard to say "train your form as if you were sparring and spar as if it were a form".

Types of forms
There are two types of forms in Chinese martial arts. Most common are Kung Fu Clothing solo forms, performed alone by one person, but there are also "sparring" forms, which are a type of choreographed fighting sets performed by two or more people.

Many styles consider forms as one of Kung Fu Clothing most important practices, as they gradually build up Kung Fu Clothing practitioner's strength and flexibility, speed and stamina, and teach balance and coordination. They also function as a tool for both Kung Fu Clothing students and Kung Fu Clothing teacher to remember Kung Fu Clothing many techniques taught by Kung Fu Clothing style, and sort them into various groups.

A style can have many compartments, both empty-handed and with weapons. In most styles, empty-handed techniques are Kung Fu Clothing most common, but many styles also contain forms using a wide range of weapons of various length and type, utilizing one or two hands. There are also styles that only practice a certain weapon, containing only forms with Kung Fu Clothing specific weapon.

Forms are meant to work Kung Fu Clothing body. Once a basic structure is able be maintained in Kung Fu Clothing body forms are then used to work that structure. Forms develop a sensibility of moving from position to position. This teaches Kung Fu Clothing body to react.

Some forms focus specifically on punching and kicking, while others focus on joint manipulation, grappling, jump kicking, or weapons. Still other forms focus on different styles of movement, or on using specific hand configurations. Often, forms will combine several of these attributes.

Appearance of forms
Even though forms of Chinese martial arts are based on martial techniques, Kung Fu Clothing movements might not always be identical to how Kung Fu Clothing techniques they symbolize would look when applied in combat. This is due to Kung Fu Clothing way many forms have been elaborated, on Kung Fu Clothing one hand to provide better combat preparedness and on Kung Fu Clothing other hand to look more beautiful. One easily understood manifestation of this tendency toward elaborations that go beyond what most often might be used in combat is Kung Fu Clothing inclusion of lower stances and higher kicks. Kung Fu Clothing regular practice of techniques while using lower stances both adds strength to Kung Fu Clothing same techniques when used with higher stances, and also facilitates using Kung Fu Clothing same techniques in Kung Fu Clothing lower stances when Kung Fu Clothing realities of combat make doing so Kung Fu Clothing most appropriate choice.

In recent years, as Kung Fu Clothing perceived need for self-defense has decreased, many modern schools have replaced practical defense or offense movements with acrobatic feats that are more spectacular to watch, thereby gaining favor during exhibitions and competitions. Kung Fu Clothing mainland Chinese government has especially been criticized by traditionalists for "watering down" Kung Fu Clothing wushu competition training it promotes. Appearances have been important in many traditional forms as well, seen as a sign of balance but not Kung Fu Clothing most important requirement of successful training. Some martial artists have looked for supplementary income for performing on Kung Fu Clothing streets or in theaters, although in Kung Fu Clothing most traditional schools such performance is forbidden.

Another reason why Kung Fu Clothing martial techniques might look different in forms is thought, by some, to come from a need to "disguise" Kung Fu Clothing actual functions of Kung Fu Clothing techniques from outsiders (from rival schools or from Kung Fu Clothing authorities as legend has it happened in Okinawa). Kung Fu Clothing intention was to leave Kung Fu Clothing forms in such a state that they could be performed in front of others without revealing their actual martial functions, while retaining their original functionality in a less obvious form. However some forms were created for other reasons other than combat and martial application, some forms were created to help martial artists to develope certain qualities. For example acrobatics blended into martial arts helps martial practitioners develope strength, balance and flexibility as well as looking aesthetic.

Modern forms

Modern forms are used in sport wushu, as seen in this staff routineSee also: Wushu (sport)
As forms have grown in complexity and quantity over Kung Fu Clothing years, and many forms alone could be practiced for a lifetime, styles of modern Chinese martial arts have developed that concentrate solely on forms, and do not practice application at all. These styles are primarily aimed at exhibition and competition, and often include more acrobatic jumps and movements added for enhanced visual effect compared to Kung Fu Clothing traditional styles. Those who generally prefer to practice traditional styles, focused less on exhibition, are often referred to as traditionalists. Many traditionalists consider Kung Fu Clothing evolution of today's Chinese martial arts as undesirable, saying that much of its original value is lost.

Application and Sparring
Application training or sparring refers to Kung Fu Clothing training of putting Kung Fu Clothing martial techniques to use. When and how applications are taught varies from style to style, but in Kung Fu Clothing beginning, most styles focus on certain drills where each person knows what technique is being practiced and what attack to expect. Chinese martial arts usually contain a large arsenal of techniques and make use of Kung Fu Clothing whole body, efficiency and effectiveness is what Kung Fu Clothing techniques are based on. However many chinese martial arts appear to be flowery and 'fancier' than other arts but Kung Fu Clothing movements are very meaningful in terms of application. Gradually, fewer and fewer rules are applied, and Kung Fu Clothing students learn how to react and feel what technique to use, depending on Kung Fu Clothing situation and Kung Fu Clothing type of opponent.

Nowadays, many Chinese martial arts choose not to practice much application at all, as Kung Fu Clothing need for self-defense has become less significant in Kung Fu Clothing societies of today. Kung Fu Clothing introduction of firearms has made Kung Fu Clothing traditional weapons and empty-handed martial arts lose much of their power, as even a completely untrained person can kill a master of any style by firing a gun from a safe distance. Before guns existed, however, knowledge of martial arts could save both your and your family's life. Because of this, Kung Fu Shoes applications of Kung Fu Clothing techniques were often considered sacred, and were commonly kept secret from all but family and Kung Fu Clothing closest friends. Today, Kung Fu Clothing views on this tradition of keeping things secret are very mixed, and some schools openly teach applications to anyone willing to learn. Others still require Kung Fu Clothing students to show that they are worthy before teaching applications, "worthy" usually meaning that Kung Fu Clothing students can be trusted that they will not use their knowledge to a bad purpose. It must be pointed out in fairness that some of Kung Fu Clothing masters were in fact members of Kung Fu Clothing criminal underworld (although they may have perceived themselves as righteous) and that some of Kung Fu Clothing actual skill and applications of Kung Fu Clothing various systems were developed in real and extremely violent confrontations both armed and unarmed. This dichotomy did and still does exist.

There are also modern styles that practice application and even focus solely on them,these are rarely found being practised and taught alone and normally found alongside tradiotnal chinese martial arts, these are aimed mostly at modern competition. One such style that has grown quite popular is called Sanda (or Sanshou). Many schools of chinese martial arts schools teach sanshou and work to incorporate its movement,characteristics and theory into sanshou's modern context.It is popular as a competition event and allows martial and Kung Fu Shoes to both practise and put their skill to use in a friendly non hostile environment. It is similar to Muay Thai and is a type of sparring competition where Kung Fu Clothing competitors wear protection and gloves, and get points when scoring a hit on Kung Fu Clothing opponent or performing a successful throw. Sanshou involved both stand up striking and grappling and as a modern competition rules are limited for saftey reasons in turn limiting technique and other components of Kung Fu Clothing martial arts.. However many of these skills and techniques are still practised among many sanshou parishioners, such as Wing Chun Kung Fu and ground fighting.

Weapons training
Most Chinese styles also make use of training Kung Fu Clothing broad arsenal of Chinese weapons for conditioning Kung Fu Clothing body as well as coordination and strategy drills.

Use of qi
Main article: Qigong
The concept of kung fu shoes, Kung Fu Clothing inner energy or "life force" that is said to animate living beings, is encountered in almost all styles of Chinese martial arts. Internal styles are reputed to cultivate its use differently than external styles.

One's qi can be improved and strengthened through Kung Fu Clothing regular practice of various physical and mental exercises known as qigong. Though qigong is not a martial art itself, it is often incorporated in Chinese martial arts and, thus, practiced as an integral part to strengthen one's internal abilities.

There are many ideas regarding controlling one's qi energy to such an extent that it can be used for healing oneself or others: Kung Fu Clothing goal of medical qigong. Some styles believe in focusing qi into a single point when attacking and aim at specific areas of Kung Fu Clothing human body (similar to Kung Fu Clothing study of acupressure), to cause maximum damage or disable certain functions of Kung Fu Clothing body. Some go so far as to think that at an advanced level it is (or was, as some believe such abilities to now be lost, if they ever existed) possible to cause harm without even touching Kung Fu Clothing opponent, a popular concept in Chinese martial arts movies.


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List of Chinese Martial Arts:

For an overview of styles, see Styles of Chinese martial arts.
The hundreds of different styles and schools of Chinese martial arts (中國武術) are collectively called Kung Fu (功夫), Wushu (武術), Kuoshu (國術), or Ch'uan Fa (拳法), depending on Kung Fu Clothing persons or groups doing so. Kung Fu Clothing following list is by no means exhaustive.
Alphabetical listing

Baguazhang (八卦掌 Pa Kua Chang) - Eight-Trigrams Palm
Bafaquan (八法拳)
Bajiquan (八極拳) - Eight Extremes Fist
Bak Mei (白眉拳) - White Eyebrow
Black Tiger Kung Fu (黑虎拳)
Chaquan (查拳) - Cha Fist
Changquan (長拳) - Long fist
Chuo Jiao (戳腳) - Poking Feet
Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis
Choy Gar (蔡家)
Choy Lee Fut (蔡李佛) - (Mandarin: Cailifo)
Dachengquan (大成拳) Great Achievement boxing
Ditangquan (地躺拳) - Ground-Prone Fist, Ground Tumbling Boxing
Do Pi Kung Fu (道派)
Dragon Kung Fu (Lung Ying) (龍形拳)
Duan Quan (短拳) - Short Range Boxing
Duck Kung Fu (鴨子拳)
Eagle Claw (鷹爪翻子拳)
Emeiquan (峨嵋拳)
Fanziquan (翻子拳) - Overturning Fist, Tumbling Boxing
Five Ancestors (五祖拳) - Wuzuquan or Ngo Cho Kun.
Flower Fist (花拳) Huāquán
Fu Chiao quan (虎爪拳) Tiger Claw
Fut Gar (佛家) Buddhist family Style
Gouquan (狗拳) - Dog Fist
He Quan (鶴拳) Crane Boxing

Feihe Quan (飛鶴拳) Flying Crane Boxing
Guohe Quan (遊鶴拳) Playing Crane Boxing, Wandering Crane Boxing
Minghe Quan (鳴鶴拳) Crying Crane Boxing, Calling Crane boxing
Shihe Quan (食鶴拳) Eating Crane Boxing, Preying Crane boxing
Suhe Quan (宿鶴拳) Sleeping Crane Boxing
Zhenhe Quan (震鶴拳) Shaking Crane Boxing
Zonghe Quan (縱鶴拳) Jumping Crane Boxing
Houquan (猴拳) - Monkey Fist

Drunken Monkey (醉;猴)
Huaquan (華拳) - China Fist
Hung Fut (洪佛) - Hung and Buddha style kung fu
Hung Gar (洪家)
Hu Quan (虎拳) - Tiger Fist
Jeet Kune Do (截拳道) - style founded by Bruce Lee
Jing Wu Men (精武門) - Jing Wu, a famous school founded in Shanghai that teaches several different styles.
Jing Quan Do (精拳道) - modern synthetic style
Jow-Ga Kung Fu (周家) - Jow family style
Kong-Dao (空道)- combination of Shaolin and southeast jungle styles
Kuen-Do (拳道)
Lanshou Men - Blocking-hand Boxing
Lau Gar (刘家) - Lau family style

Lai-Ga-Sau - a recent separate branch based in Kung Fu Clothing United Kingdom
Leopard Kung Fu (豹拳)
Li (Lee) Family - (李家) - Li Family or Lee Family style
Liu Seong Kuntao (also Liu Seong Gung Fu, Liu Seong Chuan Fa) A modern style combining Kung Fu Clothing martial arts of China and Indonesia and is now based in Kung Fu Clothing United States.
Liuhe Bafa (六合八法 Liu He Pa Fa, Lok Hup Ba Fa) - Water Boxing
Long fist kung fu (Northern Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu)
Luohan Quan - (羅漢拳) Arhat Boxing, law horn kuen
Mei Hua Quan (梅花拳 Plum Blossom Fist)
Mian Quan - (綿拳) Continous Boxing
Mok Gar - (莫家) Mok family style
My Jong Law Horn (迷蹤羅漢拳)
Nam Pai Chuan (南派拳)
Nan Quan (南拳)
Northern Praying Mantis (北派螳螂拳)
Pai lum (白龍) - White Dragon, Pai Family Method, modern style based on Kenpo with infusion of Chinese flavors found mainly in Kung Fu Clothing US and Canada.
Paochui (炮捶) - Cannon Fist, Sanhaung Paochui
Phoenix (Wu Jia Quan Fa or Wu Jia Dragon-Phoenix style)
Piguaquan (劈掛拳) - Chop-Hitch Fist, Axe-hitch boxing
Praying Mantis: see either Northern or Southern Praying Mantis.
Rat Kung Fu (蔡家 Choy Gar)
Sanda (散打) or Sanshou (散手)
San Soo (散手)
Shaolin Nam Pai Chuan (少林南派拳)
Shaolin Quan (少林拳)
Shen Lung Kung Fu (神龍功夫) - Modern variations of Southern style chinese martial arts based in Kung Fu Clothing United States.
Shuai Chiao (摔跤 Shuaijiao) - Chinese Wrestling
Shequan (蛇拳) - Snake Fist
Southern Praying Mantis (南派螳螂拳)
Tai Chi Chuan (太極拳 T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Taijiquan) - Ultimate Supreme Fist
Taizu Changquan (太祖長拳) - Emperor Taizu long fist
Tang Lang Hu Shi - Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Tiger Style Kung Fu
Tantui (彈腿/譚腿) - Spring Leg style
Tien Shan Pai (天山派)
Tongbeiquan (通背拳) - Through-the-Back Fist
Tueh Ming Sin'Kung - modern style combining Northern and Southern traditions based in Kung Fu Clothing Netherlands
Turtle Kung Fu
White Crane (白鶴拳)
Wing Chun (詠春 Ving Tsun, Wing Chun Kung Fu) - made famous by Bruce Lee
Wudangquan (武當拳)
Xingyiquan (形意拳 Hsing-i Ch'uan) - Shape-Intent Fist
Xinyiba (心意把)
Xinyiliuhequan (心意六合拳) - Heart Mind Six Harmonies Fist
Yau Kung Mun (软功門)
Yingzhaoquan (鷹爪拳) - Eagle Claw Fist
Yiquan (意拳 I Ch'uan)
Yuejiaquan (岳家拳) - Yue-family Boxing
Zan Shou - Splashing Hands. Northern Shaolin style of close combat.
Zhuan Shu Kuan - modern composite style containing elements of Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai and Long fist kung fu. It is based in Kung Fu Clothing United Kingdom
Ziramen - (自然门) - Natural boxing
Zui Quan (醉拳) - Drunken Fist

General Terms

Anqi (暗器) - General term for hidden weapons
Dian Xue/Dim Mak (點脈) - General term for point striking
Qinna (擒拿 Chin Na) - General term for joint locks
Sanshou (散手) - General term for sparring methods, but also another name for Kung Fu Clothing and kung fu shoes sport, Sanda
Tuishou (推手) - Term used for offsetting, uprooting, balance and sensitivity training used in Kung Fu Clothing various soft styles
Chi Sao (黐手) - Term used for sticky hand sensitivity training used in Wing Chun

Internal and External styles
Chinese martial arts may be divided into Neijia (外家, internal family) or Waijia (外家, external family) styles. Many styles combine both internal and external techiniques, Chow Gar is a good example of this.
Internal styles

Baguazhang (八卦掌 Pa Kua Chang)
Feng shou - Hand of Kung Fu Clothing wind
Liuhe Bafa (六合八法 Liu He Pa Fa, Lok Hup Ba Fa)
Tai Chi Chuan (太極拳 T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Taijiquan)
Xingyiquan (形意拳 Hsing-i Ch'uan)
Yiquan (意拳 I Ch'uan)

External styles
Non-internal styles may generally be considered external styles.

SOUTHERN STYLE (Tiger & Crane) Southern style & Wushu are taught at the Chinese Kung Fu Association. Speed, powerful kicks and short punches are used. Movements are compact and powerful. This style takes energy and discipline to learn and is very good for children and young adults. Weapons and empty hand forms are taught along with sparring and form applications in self defense. In the southern style good balance and solid positions are essential, with sudden and powerful movements. Often attack and defense occur simultaneously - both hands are used simultaneously most of the time. Southern style is mainly lineal movements, but these are shorter and more compact than in the north.

WEAPONS A variety of traditional oriental weapons and Kung Fu Shirt are taught at the Chinese Kung Fu Association. The first weapon taught is the single broadsword. Also taught are the straight sword, spear, staff, whip chain, three section staff, sai, as well as many other traditional weapons should the student choose to learn them.
Chinese/Vietnamese Lion Dances are usually associated with Chinese and Vietnamese New Years' celebration, but they have been an essential part of many different celebrations for thousand of years, they are used to expel evil spirits and bring good luck. At least fifteen or Twenty musicians are needed for the traditional Lion dances. Drumming, fireworks and large crowds accompany each appearance of the Lion. Nothing is more exciting at an event than the performance of a Chinese Kung Fu Suit Lion dance. Lion dancing as we know it today, has a continuous history spanning one thousand years it combines folk dance with the skills of Kung Fu. When Chinese/Vietnamese immigrants settled in other counties, they brought the Lion dances with them thus making it world renown. Today people of many ethnic backgrounds perform the traditional Chinese/Vietnamese Lion dance. "Chinese Kung-Fu Association" will provide performance of the traditional Lion dances at such events as Chinese/Vietnamese New Year's celebrations, birthday parties, grand openings, anniversaries, weddings, parades and tournaments. The "Chinese Kung Fu Association" team is a great opportunity for students to develop Kung Fu skills, teamwork and spirit. The "Chinese Kung-Fu Association" would like to off its services for your next public event. From holiday celebrations to school assemblies the "Chinese Kung Fu Association" will be happy to provide a performance by their Lion dance teams. The team can provide an energetic kick off or a rousing close to a wide variety of events and will be happy to do so for all Schools, Churches, Temples, or Mosques free of charge.
T'AI CHI CHUAN T'ai Chi Ch'uan emphasizes subtle movements, increased flexibility, relaxation and meditation, T'ai Chi Ch'uan uses the opponents energy against them with counter moves that require the least amount of effort. It is usually softer and slower than other martial arts. T'ai Chi Ch'uan is excellent for all ages but particularly for older people or those recovering from injury. MODERN T'AI CHI CHUAN T'ai Chi Ch'uan has continued to evolve and there are newer forms that have been created to accommodate time and space when playing T'ai Chi Ch'uan. The original forms are long and can take between 30 minutes to an hour to perform. Newer and shorter forms have been created Kung Fu Uniform to retain the movements but eliminate repetition of movements and conserve time. We teach those forms as the introduction to the traditional longer forms.
YANG & CHEN T'AI CHI CHUAN There are four main styles of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, all of which are represented at the Chinese Kung-Fu Association to some extent. The Yang and Chen style are primarily taught with an emphasis on application and teaching as a true martial art. The Yang 12, 24 simplified and Yang PUSH HANDS Push hands is a quiet and gentle cooperative exercise involving two people. Their arms and hands alternately carry out pushing and yielding action with the aim of increasing their capacity to relax under pressure on Qigong Wushu. This can be summarized by saying push hands involves the interplay of opposites: positive and negative, relaxation and force, yin and yang.
Why is it important to practice push hands? The three pillars of T'ai Chi Ch'uan are the practice of forms, meditation and push hands. The T'ai Chi Ch'uan master of the past invented the game of push hands as a method or sparring. It is especially good for developing the sensitivity to listen to your opponent's actions. If you are correctly following the T'ai Chi Ch'uan principals of Relaxation, Natural Continuous Motion, Circular Motion, Sinking and Rooting you will see this in your pushing hands practice. Besides being the test of your T'ai Chi Ch'uan principals in action for Shaolin Kung Fu, it is also a wonderful way to share energy between two people, and it's fun.
Push Hand Essentials 1. When your opponent strikes you with strength, instead of opposing him (force against force), you simply withdraw your body, neutralizing his weight. Thus his weight will be emptied Tai Chi Kung Fu and will not come to your body. 2. When attacking your opponent you should not attack him immediately. Your hands must first lightly touch his body, and as soon as you interpret that he is going to resist you, you yield (withdraw) slightly and then immediately attack. 3. When interpreting your opponent's energy, you should not put too much weight against him during the time of interpretation. If you have too much weight against him and he moves you may too easily come off balance. To improve your Push Hands and ultimately your T'ai Chi Ch'uan you must "invest in loss"
The Purpose of Push Hands Push hand teaches one to fully realize what sensitivity of the entire body means. Externally the practitioner develops an acute sense of touch transmitted through the skin. Sensitivity and awareness is also developed internally. 2. The practitioner learns how to empty the body of all force. When one rids the body of force, one can experience what it is Taiji Uniform like to be a twinkling star; the body is there and yet it is not there. 3. Through understanding the principals of push hands, one can learn to balance Yin and Yang in daily experience. Thus the quality of life as a whole is enhanced.
T'AI CHI CHUAN WEAPONS Both Chen and Yang T'ai Chi Ch'uan have several weapons forms. The four most commonly seen are the straight sword, the broadsword or knife, the staff and the spear. The forms are done at the same slow speed as the empty hand forms. Yang Sword and Spear form are taught at the Chinese Kung Fu Association as part of the regular T'ai Chi Ch'uan instruction Wing Tsun Kung Fu sequence.