Kung fu (功夫) . Wushu (武术) Ancient Warriors - The Shaolin 1/3

Kung fu (功夫) . Wushu (武术)
Chinese martial arts may possibly be traced to the Xia Dynasty (夏朝) which existed more than 4000 years ago. Their origin is attributed to self-defenseneeds, hunting activities and military training in ancient China. Hand-to-hand combat and weapons practice were important components in the training of Chinese soldiers. From this beginning, Chinese martial arts proceeded to incorporate different philosophies and ideas into its practice—expanding its purpose from self-defense to health maintenance and finally as method of self-cultivation. The influence of martial ideals in civilian society spread into poetry, fiction, and eventually film.

Historical places
Shaolin Monastery (少林寺)
Wudang Mountains (武当山)
Mount Emei (峨嵋山)
Kunlun Mountains (昆仑山)

Historical people
Bodhidharma / Putidamo / Damo (菩提达摩)
Zhang Sanfeng (张三丰)
Five Elders (五祖)
Yim Wing-chun / Yan Yongchun (严咏春)
Hung Hei-Gun / Hong Xiguan (洪熙官)
Dong Haichuan (董海川)
Yang Luchan (杨露禅)
Wu Quanyou (吴全佑)
Chen Fake (陈发科)
Chan Heung / Chen Xiang (陈享)
Wong Fei Hung / Huang Feihong (黄飞鸿)
Huo Yuanjia (霍元甲)
Yip Man / Ye Wen (叶问)
Bruce Lee (李小龙)


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