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Chinese Martial Arts

Written by Sierra Rein
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Chinese martial arts have a unique quality all to their own. The modern techniques arrive from thousands of years of traditional "Wu Shu" (or martial arts) teachings. The skills involved with this nation's martial arts include fist fights, weapon fights, and kicking, throwing, holding, chopping and thrusting.

Within each style of martial art, there are many different unique and individual schools (for example, there are more than 100 training styles of Chinese boxing alone). Some Chinese martial arts, like Tai Chi and Kung Fu, have been integrated into many Western self defense schools and workout regiments. However, if you wish to learn traditional Wu Shu training, as well as the specific spiritual and philosophical knowledge behind these ancient arts, it is better to contact a teacher experienced in the original art and learn from him directly.

Choosing Between the Many Chinese Martial Arts

If you are eager to step into a martial art from China, take a moment to reflect on what you wish to get out of it. If you are interested in meditative and focused-energy training in addition to physical strength, perhaps Tai Chi is the best choice. However, if you are searching for a self defense style that can be instantly used on the streets, look into Chinese Wushu weaponry training to learn how to handle an attacker using a knife or bat.

Before stepping into the first day of school, it is a good idea to make sure you have the right martial art clothings and equipment. Chinese uniforms, like many other martial arts gis, should be loose fitting on the body yet allow for flexibility and unhampered movement. Ask your school regarding unique training gear, such as fake rubber knives or other weapons, and if they recommend any special videos, protective gear, or sparring sets to be used as well.


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