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Forms of Chinese Kung Fu

Forms of Chinese Kung Fu
Forms of Chinese Kung Fu
Forms of Chinese Kung Fu
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With centuries of development in China, Kung Fu has gained a large mass base and has become a more and more popular skill learned among people of young and old even among different nationalities. It is a large system that contains various schools and geners. Due to geographical regions and different kinds of techniques and methods, each kind of Kung Fu style has its own identity and features.

Kung Fu is characterized by the region of north and south in China, the saying "southern hands, northern feet" is an honored phrase that symbolizes the distinction between the two general styles. This distinctive difference between north and south is mainly due to geographical variation, which leads to the difference in physical difference thus a difference in techniques and methods of the north and south.

Northern styles of Kung Fu are good at combat in a large open range while southern styles are more suitable for short range close quarters. Northern styles are centered on the techniques of long extended stances and evasive tactics while southern styles focus on skills of powerful blocks, jumping and kicking techniques. It is recorded that there are hundreds of styles existed in China. Here are some most famous and influential schools of Kung Fu to be detailed as follow.
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Shaolin Kung Fu



Shaolin Kung Fu is considered as the largest and most widely spread style in China and all over the world. It is originated from Shaolin Temple in Henan Province. Based on Buddhist philosophy, Shaolin Kung Fu incorporates its physical exercise and mental training with endurance, flexibility and power. The perfect combination of boxing and zen is the most outstanding feature of Shaolin style Kung Fu.

Under the complex system of Shaolin Kung Fu, various forms (taolu in Chinese) are included, the famous ones are Shaolin Long Fist, Xinyi, Lohan. Also the seventy-two specialized styles of Shaolin Kung Fu are quite famous and popular among people. Nowadays, Shaolin Kung Fu has developed into a human cultural phenomenon for fitness, defense and athletics and has been a unique part of Chinese culture.
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Tai Chi



Tai Chi is another popular style of Chinese Kung Fu. Originally for self-defense but tai chi has evolved into a form of exercise for stress reduction and fitness. Tai Chi is distinctively featured by its elegant and slow style that focuses on meditation in motion and promotion serenity. This kind of Kung Fu has combined Taoism, dialectic ideology, traditional medicine and physical exercise to get a safe and low impact styled Kung Fu. Tai Chi has been quite popular among all ages now.
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Wudang Martial Arts



Wudang Martial Arts are as famous as Shaolin in China. It is based at Mount Wudang in Hubei Province and created by Zhang Sanfeng under the guidance of Taoist theories. Wudang Kung Fu is featured by conquering motion with stillness. It contains profound Chinese philosophical theories, taking the essence of Ching and Taoist and blended into boxing. Wudang Kung Fu not only demonstrates techniques for self-defense, also it is designed for keeping health and prolongs one's life by studying the laws of life and nature, also Ying and Yang. Under the system of Wudang Kung Fu, Tai Chi Quan, Xinyiquan, Baguazhang, Wudang Qigong are included to its essentials. 
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