Questions tagged [kung-fu]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do you call a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan (or Kung Fu in general)?

I know that practitioners of Japanese martial arts are called with a -ka ending (e.g. karate ka), but I wouldn't know how to denote a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan or other Kung Fu styles. I recall ...
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Considering domestic violence, what does Tae Kwon Do teach its practitioners in order for them to protect their loved ones? [closed]

I recently read a comment where the author said he did Tae Kwon Do for self defence and to protect his loved ones. How does Tae Kwon Do, do this? The World Health Organization estimates a third of ...
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Should pole standing (zhan zhuang) be on front or back of the foot?

When pole standing, should my weight be balanced more on my heel (where I feel it works my thigh muscles), or the ball of my foot (where it seems to work more my lower leg)?
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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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What are some ways to prepare for learning a clawing art

I am looking for a teacher and some form of clawing art like the styles based on tiger Kung Fu. While I am searching for a teacher what are the best ways to prepare my body and mind for my eventual ...
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What other styles aside from hak fu mon and fu jow pai use claw styles as a core (or frequent) technique?

I've always had a cat mind, so I'm very attracted to the tiger style martial arts, but I don't have a teacher anywhere near me, as I'm living in the middle of Montana. So I'd like to know what other ...
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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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What are the best free online resources to learn Drunken Kung Fu style? [closed]

Can a weak person learn kung fu? I want to master drunken style. I am fascinated with it. What are the basis of it? and are there any free online resources to learn it?
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

I just came to my new school, where I feel like a loner and there are some students who are professional boxers. The bullying is common here. I'm afraid that they can beat me. I am a weak one unlike ...
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What are basic kung fu stances?

I have relocated to another city a short time ago and now I am training mostly with an old disciple of my sifu. He starts the Tai chi training with practising 3 kung fu stances: Ma bu, Gong bu, Pu bu, ...
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How much time is required for heel stretch?

I am not an athlete but I play football. Approximately how many days will it require to learn a heel stretch? I want to be able to raise my leg up to head level so that the sole of my foot is facing ...
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Does Kung-Fu come from Kalaripayattu?

I read some online texts that say Kung-Fu is originated from Kalaripayattu. Is there any truth to this claim? The Shaolin temple itself was founded by an Indian Dhyana master Buddhabhadra. On one ...
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Why do chinese martial arts sometimes move the sword around the neck?

Why do Chinese martial arts often move the sword tight across/around the shoulder/neck? This is done a lot in many styles, but I do not know why. Its faster to just make an arc over the head to get ...
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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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Repetition or new exercises while leading a Martial Arts club in a University?

I am currently leading the Martial Arts club at my university (mostly Jing-Wu Kung-Fu training). Since it is difficult to get a regular group, I am thinking whether I should stick to basic Kung-Fu ...
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Martial arts to intimidate school bullies

I need to intimidate them because I am at my tipping point now. I can no longer stand their bullying day in and day out. Which martial art is the best to learn to intimidate the school bullies?
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Iron Body - Name of Beating Tool

Chinese martial arts has some training called "iron body" or a variation called "golden bell". Part of the ritual is beating yourself with a "metal flogger" (for lack of better words) for 108 days, ...
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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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How to condition the head/skull in order to break bricks with it?

I came across this You Tube video that demonstrates a specific Kung Fu move, where an individual breaks a concrete brick with his head. Generally speaking, conditioning of certain body parts is ...
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Is this normal for a two section staff?

My Kung-Fu specialty is the two section staff (Dai so ji). I noticed rececently that the three rings connecting the sections has some sort of grime (Not rust) and seems looser. Is this a problem? If ...
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Self development and training [duplicate]

I have been studying for 5 years but mostly practice by myself. I occasional go to my local school for sparing but practice primarily by myself. What ways can I learn new taolus and training exercises ...
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Is it common and expected that shifus give theory classes about stuff like TCM, meridians and joints?

I have practiced taiji for some time. I also practiced shaolin styles for some time. However, when practicing stuff like sparring I feel I could do it better if I understood stuff like traditional ...
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Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu - Multiple attacker methodology

I heard that Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu is unique in its methods for dealing with attackers to either side while still facing forward. Is this true and where can I find the appropriate specific ...