Kung Fu, also referred to as Quanfa or Wushu, is a Chinese martial art that arose from the Xia Dynasty, sometime between 2205 and 1766 BC. Despite the modern association between Kung Fu and fighting, Kung Fu was a term actually originally used to describe any studious practice that involved stamina, diligence and time, not limited to physical action. This specific type of fighting wasn’t even referred to as Kung Fu until the late 20th century. Before we get into why Kung Fu is better than other martial arts, let’s identify the kinds of Kung Fu
The 3 types of Kung Fu are Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Wing Chun.
Shaolin Kung Fu is the most popularized and oldest version of Kung Fu, having existed for thousands of years in China, and arriving in America in the early 1990s. The purpose of Shaolin Kung Fu was for the protection of early Chinese monasteries, which were often filled with wealthy donations. The monks were trained in Shaolin Kung Fu in order to defend themselves against any thieving intruders.
Tai Chi is more commonly known as Shadowboxing. An internal art of fighting known as Nejia, which places more focus on mentality, spirituality and Qi, as opposed to more physical elements of the practice. Yin and yang, a concept teaching the importance of the balance between good and evil is often learned about when being taught Tai Chi. The name Tai Chi even translates to Taijiquan in Chinese, which is a combination of the words taiji (yin and yang) and quan (fist). Tai Chi is one of the slower fighting types. But there are 3 common types of Tai Chi that can be more fast-paced; Chen, Wu and Yang.
Lastly, Wing Chun is the swiftest sword of Kung Fu. In Wing Chun, athletic legs and nimble arms are necessary. Teachers of Wing Chun advise remaining relaxed and tranquil, when combating an opponent, which might be reminiscent of Wing Chun’s name’s translation; beautiful springtime. The qualities of bamboo are admired by the students of Wing Chun for being tolerant while retaining the strength to retaliate.
The creator of Wing Chun is widely attributed to Ng Mui, who taught her apprentice, Yim Wing-Chun to defend herself against handsy gentlemen. One of the many reasons why Kung Fu fighting is superior to other types of martial arts, is that there’s an entire song dedicated to it. But as catchy as Kung Fu fighting is when it echoes in your head after watching this, the real reasons why Kung Fu is better than other martial arts are as follows.
Kung Fu isn’t only an offensive method of fighting, but also a highly defensive one. In other martial arts, there’s generally a lot of movement across the ring. Whereas with Kung Fu, the brunt of the fight is reacting to the opponent’s moves in a way that disables them where they’re standing, often being referred to as circular moves as opposed to linear moves.
Kung Fu is a graceful art, not just another way to get your daily half hour of exercise. In this art, the movements flow with refinement. And if done right, appear as if they’re executed with finesse and ease. It’s because of this flow that Kung Fu is referred to as a soft style of martial arts.
Karate and Taekwondo are the opposite of this, hard martial arts that tend to have a stop and go effect when being observed. In order for Kung Fu moves to flow easily, much more effort, training, power, time and acumen is required when learning them. There is no practice more known for its production of skilled and virulent military leaders and generals in Chinese history than Kung Fu. These leaders and generals were often bearing the weight of their individual empires such as Qin Shi Huang, Huang Zhong and Yue Fei. All of these warriors were trained in Shaolin Kung Fu, which has enabled many innovators, builders and even rebels of the Chinese government to exist undefeated over the years.
Shaolin traditions teach to obey good governments and to abolish bad governments. Many types of fighting from countries such as Europe, Japan and Russia have all challenged practitioners of Kung Fu only to find that they had been triumphed by Shaolin masters, such as Hua Yuanjia, Gu Ruzhang, Wang Zi-Ping and Wong Fei-hung.
The final reason why Kung Fu is better than other martial arts is because in Kung Fu, it is essential that the fighter approaches the fight with respect, honor, compassion and courteousness. Kung Fu’s focus isn’t to damage one’s opponent in a fight, but to desist and ensnare them. No, Kung Fu’s primary objective isn’t for sport, health benefits or to make oneself more intimidating, it is to breed positive mental, spiritual and physical improvements in one’s life, to enjoy one’s life and to excrete leniency to all one comes across. The philosophy of Kung Fu since the beginning has been one far beyond the face level of physical action. Kung Fu yearns to teach its practitioners the value of discipline and earnestness.
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