Chinese kung fu, also known as wushu or Chinese martial arts, is an important part of traditional Chinese culture and leave a feeling of mystery. Here’s a list of famous Chinese martial arts styles.
- Tai Chi
Tai chi, is a Taoist internal martial art style characterized by its breathing techniques. It is a highly popular martial arts style that seems to aid balanceand serves as stress relief for a significant number of practitioners.
- Chinese Qi Gong
“Qi gong” is an invaluable component of traditional Chinese medicine that has its origin in ancient times. Its primary stimulus was the search for longevity, with the ultimate aim of immortality, which has so enchanted the Chinese mind for centuries. More on qi gong.
- Shaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin Kung Fu is well known in China and abroad. The original purpose of Shaolin shadowboxing was keeping health, treating illness, protecting famous mountains, safeguarding ancient temples, self-defense, and repelling enemies. It boasts diverse patterns, plain forms, and rich internal and external kung fu.
Shaolin Kung Fu Sub-Styles:
- Xiao Hong Quan – Little red fist
- Da Hong Quan – Big flood fist
- Tong Bei Quan- Through the back fist
- Liu He Quan- Six harmonies fist
- Taizu Chang Quan – Emperor Taizu’s long fist
- Qixing Quan – Seven-star fist
- Da Pao Quan – Big cannon fist
- Xiao Pao Quan – Small cannon fist
- Chang Hu Xin Yi Men – Forever preserve the heart-mind link/door
- Meihuaquan- Plum flower fist
- Luohan Quan- Arhat fist
- Tongzigong- Shaolin child training
- Dan Dao – Single sabre technique
- Long – Dragon technique
- Chang Chuan
Chang Chuan, also known as Long Chuan or Tai Zhu Chuan, is one of the classic Shaolin Kung Fu Styles. “Chang” means long and often in Chinese language, and also indicates the Kung Fu style has long reach and wide influence, or the Kung Fu should be practiced often.It is said that Chang Chuan was created by Zhao Kuang Yin, who was known as Song Tai Zhu, the first emperor of Song Dynasty (960-1279).
- Bagua Palm
It is also named Bamu Palm, or Lao Ba Palm. Bagua Palm, also known as Youshen Bagua Palm or Bagua Lianghuang Palm, is a fist form style emphasizing on the variety of palm techniques and movements. It is a soft and internal style of martial arts, characterized by its breathing techniques and meditative qualities.
- Monkey Style
The martial arts type Kou Si developed is called Da Sheng Men, or “Great Sage” Kung Fu. He named the style after the legendary Monkey King Sun Wukong from the Buddhist tale Journey to the West. Later, his student, Geng De Hai, morphed his prior knowledge of Pi Gua Kung Fu with the teachings of Kou Si to form a derivative monkey style called Da Sheng Pi Gua.
- Wing Chun
Wing Chun means “eternal spring.” Wing Chun is said to be the world’s most popular form of southern kung fu. The martial art is all about close quarters combat on your feet. The stage in a fight that comes before grappling, Wing Chun is designed to protect people on the street.
- Hung Gar
Hung Gar’s earliest beginnings have been traced to the 17th century in Southern China. More specifically, legend has it that a Shaolin monk by the name of Gee Seen Sim See.
Wong Fei Hung also took refuge there, where he trained under See. Eventually, Hung Hei Gun became See’s top student. Hung Gar was named after Hung Hei Gun, causing most to consider him the founder of the system.
- Choy Li Fut
Choy Li Fut is a form of kung fu that even martial arts hero Bruce Lee enjoyed. Lee felt that Choy Li Fut rivaled Muay Thai as a highly effective striking style.
- Zui Quan
Zui Quan is a style of Kung Fu known as the “Drunken Fist” style. This style tries to imitate a drunkard’s movements in order to confuse opponents and allow for devastating counter attacks.This style is best known for its use in the Jackie Chan movies “Drunken Master” and “Drunken Master II”.
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