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Chinese Kung Fu

Developed over centuries, Chinese Kung Fu began as form of military training, self-defense and health cultivation. It has developed into much more. It now has a following all over the world and is studied primarily for its health benefits and for entertainment. It is a popular subject for competitions, movies, books, and television shows.

It is believed that Chinese Kung Fu as early as the Xia Dynasty (2205-1766 BC). At that time it was used as a form of military training, including hand to hand combat and weapons practice. It soon expanded its purpose to include health maintenance and began to spread into the civilian population. In 509 BC, Confucius suggested that the common people practice the literary arts, as well as Kung Fu. Because of his suggestion, ordinary citizens began to seriously practice Chinese Kung Fu. Ever since, Chinese Kung Fu has developed nonstop.
Shaolin Kung Fu
Considered by many as the true authentic Chinese Kung Fu, Shaolin Kung Fu was developed at the Shaolin Temple in China’s Henan Province. It is said that the monks living in the temple developed their Kung Fu from watching the birds, fish, and animals which lived around the temple. Shaolin Kung Fu incorporates boxing, cudgel, spear, and sword into their routine. Shaolin Temple currently teaches Shaolin Kung Fu to not only monks, but the general public as well. The monks from Shaolin have created several performing troupes which have performed in China and around the world.
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Wudang Kung Fu
According to legend, Wudang Kung Fu originated during the Song Dynasty (960/1279) on Wudang Mountain by a Taoist monk named Zhang Sanfeng. This form of Kung Fu is based on the teachings of Taoism. It became extremely popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1911) when Emperor Yongle assembled a force of 300,000 civilian workers to build 33 Taoist complexes on Wudang Mountain. The workers finished their work in 13 years and during that time they started studying Wudang Kung Fu. It soon spread across China.

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