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Some Martial Arts are Really Sports

Virtually all martial arts taught today had, at one time, a very effective combat purpose. As the decades and centuries passed, the purpose for some arts faded. To preserve the concepts, techniques, and philosophy of those arts, many were preserved as sports. The best self defense martial art was usually the one that had not been converted to a sport. However, it also had to be relevant and had application to modern circumstances.

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KUNG FU MOVES IN MARTIAL SPORTS

The discussions continue in chat rooms and at YouTube about why the kung fu moves of Chinese martial arts have not been frequently used in mixed martial arts ( MMA ) fight contests. As many of us recognize, some of the Chinese martial arts have been included in the umbrella discipline we know as Wu Shu. Wu shu is a recognized sport of China in modern times and is almost solely concerned with demonstration art in perfecting ancient forms. For the uninitiated, forms are pre-arranged sequences of the kung fu moves of ancient martial arts. The forms are the architecture of individual martial art styles. The movements of the style are in the forms.

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The Miscasting of Martial Arts

The Miscasting of Martial Arts

Our modern culture has reclassified physical movement disciplines into its own little bucket of definable terms.  Leung Ting WingTsun® kung fu is ‘kung fu’ and is not a sport.  In fact, it might be more accurate to call it WingTsun wu shu.  Kung fu means “hard work – achieving skill” whereas wu shu means “military art” which is more precise description of WingTsun even though Leung Ting WingTsun® is more civilian in nature but uses the military smarts of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese general and master strategist.

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