Kung fu, or Wushu, has meaning beyond the world of martial arts.
It's one of the reasons to yearn for the life of a swordsman, and a symbol of national strength in the days of war.
Perhaps, international communities have learned about kung fu mostly from action films starring Bruce Lee.
Kung fu has since become one of the icons of Chinese culture.
Nowadays, different famous kung fu styles are still alive.
They are being promoted as part of the country's traditional culture and sport.
The Kung Fu Series of CGTN's “1.3 Billion” celebrates some of the most renowned traditional Chinese martial arts.
Huo's Fist for Practice
In 1910, Huo Yuanjia established the Chin Woo Athletic Association.
He had become famous for the complicated moves of Mizongyi (literally "Lost Track Fist").
As a style designed for beginners to learn the art, Huo's Fist for Practice is the best way to start learning about the legendary family of martial arts.
Yang-Style Tai Chi
Yang Style Tai Chi has 126 traditional stances.
The strength is hidden beneath. Its practitioners always wait and react.
The main offense move is "to push the hand."
Baguazhang (literally "Eight Trigrams Palm") is based on the philosophy of I Ching.
Its typical moves include circle walking, palm turning, and Tangnibu (literally mud-wading steps).
Every single technique comes from the feet's movements.
If you stand still, you are like fallen blossoms.
Shaolin Style Boxing
It's said that Shaolin is the origin of all Chinese martial arts.
Shaolin Style Boxing is a system of boxing with and without equipment derived from true fighting experiences of the ancestors.
It's now evolving to be the basis of Wushu Sanshou.
In martial arts, weapons are an extension of one's limbs.
The art of the sword is best displayed in the Wudang style.
It features softness in the moves and showcases the “Tao” of the sword.
Choy Li Fut
Choy Li Fut combines the advantages of three boxing styles.
The stances are flexible and the kicks are swift like shooting stars.
The art emphasizes the balance of offense and defense, and is highly practical.
Qingcheng Tai Chi
In the scenic Qingcheng Mountain, every move of Qingcheng Tai Chi reflects the notions of Taoism.
Unlike other styles, Qingcheng Tai Chi focuses more on the practitioner's health and fitness.
Martial arts embody deep philosophies, and people shall always practice them with goodness.
Kung fu, which was once called “guoshu” (literally National Art), still gives people spiritual guidance to this day.
See the real Chinese kung fu in the modern world on CGTN's “The 1.3 Billion” – Kung Fu Series.
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