What is "Wushu"?

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Discussion' started by JediKnight25, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. JediKnight25

    JediKnight25 New Member

    Hi, I would like to know what "wushu" is? :confused: It got something related to kung fu, but more close to a sport? I know is Chinese, but I haven't found yet a web site that explain me really the techniques, advantages, styles, history, etc. Also I'd like to know its relationship with other Chinese martial arts, and his classification (external/internal). Thanks in advance for the info.
  2. Visage

    Visage Banned Banned

    "Wushu" is the current umbrella term to denote Chinese Martial Arts. However, it is more commonly, in the west, used to refer to display aerobics based around traditional Chinese Martial Arts. Generally, if someone says "Kungfu/Gongfu", they are refering to a fighting system, if they were to say "Wushu" it is taken as a form of acrobatics.

    Hope this helps :)
  3. Mengcunman

    Mengcunman Valued Member

    It all depends where you ask. In china everybody will say 'Wushu' as martial art. You would have Chinese wushu, Japanese wushu, and so on.
    Here in the west.... Wushu refers most of the time to modern performance of a group of styles/forms. It is all performance, no solid grounding or applications of the techniques.

    the 'traditionalists' call their 'wushu' most of the time 'kung fu/gong fu' just make it clear that they have nothing to do with the modern stuff. ( or that is at least the case in our school)
  4. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    From the Wikipedia... emphasis added by moi

    This is Modern Wushu
    This is the Definition of the Term "Wushu"
    Ain't the Interweb great?

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