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Chinese Kungfu

Chinese Kungfu (中国功夫), as the important part of Chinese traditional culture, is one of the main contents of Chinese national sports and one of methods that Chinese to take exercise and defend oneself for thousands of years. Kungfu, named Chinese Martial Arts for short, was regarded as the essence of Chinese culture.

Due to the historical development and geographical distribution, Kungfu is derived from different schools such as fighting technique, combat skill, attacking and defensing strategy. Through Qigong, standing pole or other training methods to improve the muscle power and neurological reactions.

The history of Kungfu could be traced back to primitive society, when man combated with wild animals with sticks and gradually accumulated some experience in offensive and defensive. Kungfu was applied to martial training during Shang and Zhou period. It formed schools and was kept records in Qin and Han Dynasties. Kungfu finally reached the pinnacle in Song and Ming Dynasties. Qing ruler prohibited civilian association to practice Kungfu, so in folk Kungfu was taught secretly in the form of “She” or “Guan”.

The Republic of China was sunk into internal and external troubles, so Kungfu ushered a great development. Various boxing associates arose at the historical moment. After the found of republic, Kungfu was listed as a formal match event and was taken in charge by special agency.

Bruce Lee
It was Bruce Lee who brought Chinese Kungfu and Chinese movie to come into modern westerners’ eyes. As a warrior, Bruce Lee dedicated all his life to research and carried forward Chinese Kungfu. He studied Tai Chi following his father in few years old, studied Nei Jia Boxing following professional martial artist Zipeng, Liang and learned Wing Tsun with Ye Wen who was a lead of Hongkong martial art.

Bruce Lee set up national martial arts hall to disseminate Wing Tsun and Jeet Kune Do, meanwhile, he gave a variety of speech to tell his understanding about Chinese martial arts. After he exchanged with martial arts elite throughout the world, Bruce Lee wrote several original manuscripts about Chinese Kungfu, which made great contribution to spread Chinese martial all over the world.

Bruce Lee was the first superstar of Chinese martial arts. In 1972, he was named as one of the ten stars in Hong Kong. In 1993, Americal Hollywood Star Avenue paved Bruce Lee’s memorial badget. In 2007, he was selected as “50 mover stars” on TotalFim magazine.

Shaolin Temple
Referring to Chinese Kungfu, you will immediately think of the Shaolin Temple. Sholin Temple is at the foot of Wuru Peak, Songshan Mountain, Henan province. It was established in Bei Wei Dynasty, in 495. As the notable Buddhism temple, Shaoli Temple is the cradle of Shaolin Kungfu.

As an ancient martial arts school, Shaolin Kungfu has been the symbol of Chinese Kungfu. Shaolin Kungfu refers to a traditional Buddhism cultural system shaped in the special cultural environment of Shaolin Temple with martial performance as the main form. Jin 2005, Shaolin Kungfu declared to Human Oral and non-material cultural heritage.

Shaolin Kungfu is the combination of Chan (禅) and Quan (拳). Chan means Chan Buddhism, the religion of Shaolin and Quan refers to the martial arts of Shaolin. From the ancient time to the date, daily life of the monks at Shaolin Temple is well defined.
05:00: getting out of bed
05:15-05:30: Chan sitting Qigong
05:35-06:30: the time for morning kung fu practice
06:40-07:40: morning Buddhist lessons
07:45-08:30: breakfast
09:00-11:30: doing temple affairs
11:30-12:30: lunch
12:40-14:00: noon rest time
14:00-17:00: afternoon Kungfu practice
17:10-18:40: evening lesson (Buddhism)

18:50-19:30: dinner time
21:00-23:00: 1 hour of night Kungfu practice for reviewing every kind of exercise
23:10: go to bed

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