A Look at the History and Advantages of Kung Fuwritten by: Michael Fulcher
Before learning martial arts, people tend to be concerned whether
martial arts will desensitize them to violence. Though all martial arts
involve physical moves that may look aggressive, the basic philosophy
beneath each art propagates peace and tranquility. If you still have
apprehensions, Kung Fu is your solution – a unique martial art from
China with its core tenets based on the virtues of defense and peace
rather than aggression and violence.
Kung Fu through a Historical Perspective
Also known by the names of Wushu or Gongfu, Kung Fu is a Chinese
fighting style that acquired popularity all over the world. It is ironic
that a martial art which stresses peaceful philosophy at present was
born out of the incessant battles that the ancient Chinese had to
contend with. But even then, the emphasis was to self-defend rather than
victory and aggression.
The proper origins can be traced to King Huang-Di of the Xia Dynasty of
China who is supposed to have introduced the art form to his country.
Since then, Kung Fu had remained an inevitable component of the defense
strategies of dynasties that followed, most significantly the Shang,
Zhou, Qin, Han and Song dynasties. Over these ages, Kung Fu acquired a
philosophical aura which expanded its horizons beyond self-defense and
A monumental event in the growth of the philosophical doctrine of Kung
Fu was the establishment of Shaolin style. Ancient forms of Kung Fu were
already practiced in the Shaolin Temple, a Chinese Buddhist monastery
since the 16th century itself. A southern Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma
shaped it to the renowned Shaolin style in circa 720 CE. Introduction of
the philosophical dimension established Kung Fu as a sought-after
martial art in China. In the modern era, when the value of martial arts
started being recognized in general, Kung Fu got the status of a
universally accepted and preferred martial art, and aspirants started
flocking to learn Kung Fu.
Learning Kung Fu: The Advantages
What sustains the glory of Kung Fu even after two millenniums since its
origin? Modern scientific and psychological inquiries have thrown light
over the remarkable potential of this martial art. The hand-knee
movements in Kung Fu can tone your body and make you healthier. An
authentic study by Tsang TW et al shows that Kung Fu can increase bone
density and enhance aerobic capacity. Kung Fu can also de-stress you and
help you to face stressful situations in a composed manner.
Psychotherapists opine that Kung Fu can make you insight-oriented,
patient and calm (K. K. Wong, 1981). Kung Fu is a healthy and soothing
retreat, a spiritually rich alternative to the hectic hours you spend in
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Bruce McCorry at the Shaolin Temple
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