What is Kung Fu?
Kung fu refers to the the Chinese martial arts, also called Wushu. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial arts. This is also we want our students to know- We are not only practicing Martial Arts skills, but many many Kung Fu philosophies that will benefit our students for the rest of their lives.
What is Wushu?
A literal translation of the Chinese word indicates that "wu" means military and "shu" means art. In that sense, Wushu is a term that describes the Chinese martial arts, similar to kung fu. But nowadays, "Wushu" is used to describe the cometitive Chinese Martial Arts. In short- Wushu is more like modern Kung Fu. In contemporary times, Wushu has become an international sport through the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), which holds the World Wushu Championships every two years. Next World Wushu Championship will be held in Dallas in 2021.
What are the differences between Kung Fu and other Martial Arts
In terms of the form, Wushu/Kung fu forms are most likely more fluent than Karate or Tae Kwon Do. Also, because of the long history, Wushu/Kung Fu trainees practice more kinds of weapons than any other martial arts I know. Here at Integrity Kung Fu, we focus more on the form than the combat skills, especially for our kids classes.
It is hard to say which kind of martial arts is more effective, but I believe there is no most effective martial art, but the most powerful martial artist.
What are the Wushu Competitions Like?
Wushu competitions are generally divided into two disciplines — Taolu (forms) and Sanda (sparring). Taolu or forms are preordained movements designed to defend against imaginary attackers. The forms part of Wushu competitions are of course judged according to specific criteria. However, in essence the forms that are used are derived in many ways from the traditional Chinese martial arts. More recently, Wushu competitions have become known for highly flying acrobatics (high level spinning and jumping kicks, etc), than perhaps previously.
The sparring side of competitions — Sanda, which is sometimes called Sanshou — is all about standing or striking combat. That said, there is a level of grappling used in these competitions, derived from Shuai Jiao and/or Chin Na.
Is There Action Movie Star Who is a Wushu Practitioner?
Yes, Most Chinese Action Stars have Wushu training experience. Jet Li (李连杰) and Wu Jing (吴京) are originally from Beijng Wushu Team, Also Dannie Yenn Practiced (甄子丹) in that team when he was young.