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Kung Fu (功夫: intense work/hard work), Kuoshu (national art) or Wushu (武术: art of war), is a group of fighting styles developed in China over centuries, inspired by chinese philosophies, religions, legends and nature.

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Why is wrestling considered an Olympic sport whereas karate and kung fu are just considered martial arts?

Wrestling is a self defence martial art and also an (Olympic) game which audiences sit and watch. Other martial arts like karate are the same - with a martial/self-defence and sport component, so why ...
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Function of tassel in Chinese straight sword?

Back when I started learning Chinese straight sword, tassels were almost universally utilized, but my sense is that in recent years, there has been movement away from using it, partly in service of ...
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Martial applications of Chinese fan

If you've ever seen a kung fu fan form, you probably came a way with the impression that it's a pretty dance, with no real martial application (and, quite frankly, searching recently for videos online,...
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Very high horse stance

When I attempt to go into a horse stance my form breaks down after just a couple inches of depth. I cannot go lower than this and begin to lean significantly if I go any lower. I'd estimate my thigh ...
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Wushu: Jumps, Falls, Acrobatics

I am an adult interested in reaching a personal high level in wushu. I realize that some of the most difficult techniques come in the acrobatics elements. I figure that it would help to get a head ...
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a foreigner like myself would like to be a disciple of a shaolin teacher?

I'm 17 years old in Australia and I want to dedicate myself to a shaolin Buddhist who`ll teach me the true way of a human, I do want to do some sort of kung Fu but I want to look up to a teacher that ...
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Could a non-Buddhist person become a monk/master at Shao-lin temple?

I heard that Shao-lin is teaching Kung-Fu to foreigners who are non-Buddhist people. By learning Kung-Fu from Shao-lin temple, Could a non-Buddhist person become a master/teacher/monk at Shao-lin ...
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Which chinese martial art is known in the West as kung fu?

Since "kung fu" is not a martial art and simply means the mastery of a discipline, I'm wondering firstly which martial art is known in the public eye as kung fu and secondly which martial art is ...
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Is a Master always required to learn kung fu?

I am a beginner to kung fu. However, I am an academic student as well. Apart from the economic reasons in training under a master, I also am not able to find time to go to a far off place to train ...
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Are there any Wing Chun Kungfu training dummy designs that are fit for use in a condo?

I'm looking to practice some with a training dummy at home. I live in a condo (apartment building), and am concerned with: being able to mount it properly noise absorption - minimal noise production ...
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Are there striking or weapon styles that use hip tilt?

In Shorinji Kempo we make a point of learning to use different hip positions. I forget the exact Japanese names but basically we have hip forwards and hip backwards stances that we use in different ...
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What do Chinese Kung Fu Instructors Look for in a Good Display?

When I look at a Japanese martial art I can tell the proficiency level of an individual by looking for clean movements that look the same each time they are performed. I can also look out for 'focus ...
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Translators at the Shaolin Temple

I want to train in the Shaolin Temple for a year, but I'm afraid I won't be able to communicate there. So, are there a lot of foreigners training in the Shaolin Temple who speak English, Dutch, or ...
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Has a trained martial artist ever used their hair to gain advantage or attack opponents?

This may sound silly, but I'm wondering if it's possible to use your hair as a weapon in a self defense situation. Perhaps as a hair-whip? I understand that long hair is often a liability in a fight, ...
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To what extent does height give an advantage in any type of fight?

Last month Sylvester Stallone posted this picture in Twitter with the caption: Just in case you forgot how tall Ivan Drago is. The man was a walking eclipse. So I was thinking to what extent does ...
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What martial art uses vambrace/bracelet or forearms for a fighting technique?

I remember there's an Asian martial arts technique (especially China, and I believe India also has it but I don't know which tag to use for that) that solely uses their forearms for strikes and blocks ...
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How can you keep “three feet on the ground” and still perform an effective kick?

During a brief interaction with a former Shoalin Kung Fu instructor, he told me some concepts about kicking in general that could help me improve them. He said that many Chinese martial arts teach you ...
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Is there a martial arts manuscript/record or technique using a glaive while on horseback?

As the title states, I want to know if there is a martial arts technique with a manuscript record (preferably in English with an image or a video explanation) that uses a glaive type sword while on ...
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In which conditions can a foreigner be a Shaolin monk?

In which conditions can a foreigner reach the title Shaolin monk? Should they go to an institute, being in homeland and training at age 4-5? Is this title reserved for a dedicated group of people?
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Was the Southern Shaolin Temple real and if so which location is valid?

We may never know the definitive answer to this one, but was hoping someone could shed some light in terms of educated opinions and/or factual evidence that points in a certain direction. Here's ...
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Have any Kung Fu styles established a formal connection to the Shaolin Temple?

I often see martial arts schools claiming to be "Shaolin" in some way or another. As far as I know, though, that claim doesn't necessarily mean they are connected to the temple. Where can I find a ...
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Iron palm monster hand training

How do you get a hand like this? How do you achieve this goal? Which exercises do I need to do for making my hand like this? Thank you in advance!
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Is there a legitimate fighting technique using dual sword on horse?

My question comes from this video(link provided below). I am not convinced that the person in the video who used dual swords on a horse to cut some tatami was faking it or not, but I ask anyway ...
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Is there a technique/trick to maintain balance when fighting in close combat on a ship, armed or unarmed?

I mean like a stance or something without grasping an object like a rope or other solid object to not sweep away. When I mean armed I mean something like a sword, spear, or other melee weapon. The ...
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Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?

I'm looking for a reliable book, website or document that I can use for reference to study each technique specification, and memorize each compulsory Wushu form defined by IWUF. For Changquan and/or ...
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What is the purpose of Baguazhang deerhorn knife having some of its blade protruding/pointing inside?

Won’t it hit/stab the wielder if knocked/pushed in? i know potentially it can be a handguard/armguard protection but so far as i see, most of this also sharpened or very pointy. (correct me if iam ...
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Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?

In my opinion, Kung Fu fighters seem to be stuck into their own environment/technique. I say this because I've never seen any Kung Fu guys fighting (for real/professionally) in a fight with MMA rules. ...
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How do martial artists make stronger fingers via hot sand?

I have seen films in which a martial artist thrusts his fingers into hot sand. What is the name of this exercise and what are its benefits?
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How does one “become like water”?

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes ...
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Grip on a Kung-Fu staff (Bo) during training

When training with a Kung-Fu staff, should I keep a strong grip on the staff or a loose grip? *by training I mean doing basic staff exercises such as rotation or simple movements with the staff.
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King of Iron Palm Training

Master Gu Ru Zhang was also known as the “King of Iron Palm”. What is the name of this martial art style? Where do I get information about this man and his style? How do I achieve the goal of having ...
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When doing qi'gong form of four-square breathing, does one visualize the microcosmic orbit or something else?

There is a basic qi'gong form which goes with four-square breathing. Practitioners will recognize it: standing with feet shoulder width apart, hands held out front; on inhale hands are raised from ~...
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How to make knuckles bigger like Bruce Lee's knuckles?

In this picture: Bruce Lee's knuckles are very big. How to make big knuckles? Which exercises do I need to do and how many times to achieve this? Note: knuckles push-ups doesn't help to make ...
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Training martial arts in china

Has anyone got experience with any martial arts (Kung Fu, Tai Chi, etc.) camps in China? I would like to visit one to fulfil a childhood dream. It is not so easy to find information about which camp (...
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Which pressure points are easy reachable for attack?

What I do know about pressure points are some points of body where vital attack could break the nerve system and make human less conscious about surrounding. but most of them are very behind of ...
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What are the origins of the Isshin ryu's vertical fist with thumb on top?

I was taught in my jujitsu school to make a fist with the thumb on top which I discovered through some internet digging is the way Isshin ryu practitioners make a fist. I have yet to find anyone else ...
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The 180 degree leg split

I started taking kung fu lessons from my shifu around 2 months back. However, I have yet to achieve a full 180 degree leg split. When I attempt this, my inner thighs and outer hips hurt a lot. I am ...
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Which style to cross train with Southern Mantis Kung Fu?

I have been training Southern Mantis Kung Fu for around 20 years. I started Hsing I Quan about 8 years ago. I was thinking of adding some throwing game, grappling etc but didn't want to go to BJJ. ...
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What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?

I recently saw a Seven Star Praying Mantis school perform in public for a cultural festival, and one of their characteristics is the seven-star stance. The stance entails one of practictioner's leg ...
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Is it true that Wing Chun Fails before wrestlers or Boxers?

I've started Wing Chun few days before. Everything seems to be nice, but I've seen some videos on internet, they say that Wing Chun can't handle Boxers or Wrestlers. What are the comparisons between ...
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Can a foreigner train shaolin kung fu inside the shaolin temple? [duplicate]

I want to study Shaolin kung fu in China after i finished my school. My first choice is inside the Shaolin temple, but I don't know if that's possible as a foreigner. I would also like to know on what ...
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What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?

When I hear anyone talk about a specific Chinese martial art, it falls into either a Northern Chinese or Southern Chinese style. I have learned that the general differences between the Northern and ...
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Chinese Dadao info?

I am very interested in the Chinese Dadao and how they were used in combat. Is there any good resources out there on the use of and training with the Dadao specifically? I've seen a lot on the use ...
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Can long wet cloth really be used effectively as a weapon?

From the Once Upon a Time in China 2 movie, I found it rather hard to believe that the way the 'cloth stick' was used, would actually be feasible. The list of martial arts weapons does not have it. ...
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The use and historical authenticity of a 9 hook broadsword

I've recently bought a 9 hook broadsword from an online martial arts store. I bought it mainly for decoration, but as an ex kung fu practioner and a general sword enthusiast I want to know how it is ...
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What form of martial arts should I choose? [closed]

I'm 20 years old and want to learn a martial art. I have fractured my leg twice in the past, but still I want to try. Which form should I choose? My physical strength is good, have fast reflexes, ...
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What to do with a grabbed leg?

Well. I have seen some Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Kung Fu fights on YouTube. I noticed that kicks are much more dangerous to the one applying the kick than I thought. Many times kicking fighters hit ...
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Is it possible to learn Martial Arts (Kung Fu in my case) effectively without sparring?

I want to enroll in a martial arts school in my neighbourhood. The lessons are given by a shaolin monk and the few lessons I followed were really intense and interesting. When I asked if we were going ...
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What is the purpose of slow movements in poomsae / kata / taolu for?

I'm curious what you are taught about martial application for slow movements? Is there a general concept that a slow movement has a particular meaning? Or does it really depend on the specific ...
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Lowering shoulders when punching

I have a problem that I can not seem to fix: When I throw a punch I raise my shoulders along unconsciously. At the beginning I thought it was because of shoulders tension and with practice the ...