Wushu, which is also referred to as KungFu in the West, is a generic term for Chinese Martial arts that is composed of basic offensive and defensive movements executed either bare-handed or with weapons.
Wushu originated in China 5,000 years ago and it is considered to be one of China's major cultural gifts to the world. It is the most popular form of physical exercise in China. Various Wushu forms, particularly Tai Chi, are suitable for people of all age groups and physical conditions and can contribute to physical, mental and emotional well-being.
It is difficult to accurately assess just how many schools/styles of Wushu are practiced in the world today. It is estimated that there are more than 100 schools with many individual styles within each of these schools.
For example, Hung Gar and Wing Chun are two well-known styles within the NanQuan School. Other popular schools in the West include Shaolin, Bagua (Pakua), Xingyi (Hsing-I) and Taijiquan (Tai Chi).
Within the Taijiquan school there are five main internationally recognised styles: Chen, Yang, Sun, Wu, Woo, and Dong Yue - a newly created popular style.
The wide variety of weapons used in Wushu practice fall into four main groups based on the nature of these weapons:
Based on the Chinese Martial Arts principles the Duilian form consists of sets of offensive and defensive movements for two or more practitioners in mock combat routines. They usually include three groups:
Bare handed vs. Bare handed
Weapon(s) vs. Weapon(s)
Bare handed vs. Weapon(s)
These forms are usually for demonstrations only and performed with or without weapons by a group of six or more persons. Synchronisation is important as traditional teaching for most students occurs in a group environment and music is used to both guide movements and enhance the concentration and mental attitude required.
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