CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS

Chinese Martial ArtsChinese Martial Arts History can be traced back more 4,000 years. As many early forms of martial arts from all over the world, China’s martial arts were developed for training soldiers when fighting on the battlefield.

Ancient legend states that weapons and hand-to-hand martial arts’ techniques were propagated by China’s Yellow Emperor. When the Yellow Emperor rose to power in 2698 BC, the legend states that he personally developed hand to hand martial arts, and weapon fighting as we as astrology, Chinese medicine. Chinese Martial Arts history also claims he developed a form of Chinese Wrestling called Jiao Di, which involves strapping horned helmets to your head and wrestling someone. During the Zhou Dynasty, 1122 BC – 256 AD, this Jiao Di Wrestling with the horned helmets later evolved into Jiao Li and was documented in the Classic of Rites.

Chinese martial artsDuring the Zhou Dynasty, the story in Chinese Martial Arts History ramps up a gear. The philosophical trends at the time were Confucianism and Taoism, and the martial arts developed in a way that reflected these. Confucianism states that martial arts should be practised as one of the six arts for ideal worldly living. Taoism on the other hand works with the balance on Yin and Yang, Hard and Soft.

Now for one of the most famous sorties in Chinese Martial Arts history. Around 600AD, an Indian Buddhist monk arrived at the Shaolin Temple, the Chinese Martial Arts history does get a bit vague, but what seems clear is that Buddhism had already come to China and was being practiced at the Shaolin Temple. Over a time, the practice turned to Bodhidarma’s style of Buddhism and he also taught some physical exercises, probably an early form of Yoga to keep the monks physically healthy.

During the sixth century AD This area of China was riddled with bandits and Kung Fu was developed with force. Arguably for defence of the temple and for the wandering monks. The Shaolin Monks became infamous fighters and were asked to joined many military operations across China. Many monks and lay people travelled long distances to learn from the Shaolin Monks. This part of Chinese Martial Arts history continued on well into the 17th century.

Chinese martial artsAround a similar time, Tai Chi was also making waves in the Chinese Martial Arts history books. Wudang Mountain was the centre of this, being the main Taoist centre of China. Wudang Mountain had a Golden era during the Ming Dynasty but flourished in many others too. Tia Chi today is still practiced everywhere in China

Up until the early 20th century, Kung Fu was rally only practiced within the confines of a family, military elite and monks. After the invasions and subsequent negative effect of the British and French invasions, the Chinese government was keen for the Martial Arts schools to open their doors to the general public Chinese communities. Many of the myths and legend about the Chinese Martial Arts History, was created during this time and many books and movies were all helped along by the schools selling their secrets skills.

Chinese Martial Arts History takes a battering

During the Cultural Revolution, Martial Arts in china were outlawed and many of the texts and building were destroyed. Martial Arts practitioners either stopped practice or fled the country. The communist party centralised Chinese Martial Arts and created approved forms of Kung Fu and Tai Chi. These still exist today in the form of WuShu and 1994 saw a relaxation on ‘Traditional Chinese Kung Fu”. Trouble it most of it was destroyed and only very slowly are the traditions and knowledge coming back into the country and being developed.

Ba Fa Quan - There seems to be very little information about Ba Fa Quan, or Eight Methods. It is a Chinese martial art developed by Li De Mao… Continue Reading
ba gua zhang BA GUA ZHANG - Ba Gua Zhang is recognized as one of the three orthodox "internal" styles of Chinese martial art (the other two being Xing Yi Quan and… Continue Reading
Black Crane Kung Fu - "From the crane, we learn grace and self control". Black Crane Kung Fu is the second of the styles of Shaolin kung fu, it traces… Continue Reading
Black Tiger Kung Fu - Shantung black tiger kung fu originated in the Henan Shaolin temple before being released. It has more emphasis on footwork than the southern Shaolin kung… Continue Reading
Chang Chuan Chang Chuan - Chang Chuan meaning “Long Fist” in Mandarin, was developed by Zhao Kuangyin, founding Emperor of the Song Dynasty (960–1279). His style was called Tàiz? Chángquán,… Continue Reading
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan - The Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan family assimilated all the arts they practiced and created their own version of the predominant art which they practiced,… Continue Reading
Cheng Ting Hua Ba Gua Zhang - While it is known, that Dong hai Chuan was the creator of the Martial art Of BaGua Zhang. Cheng Ting Hua Ba Gua Zhang can… Continue Reading
chinese martial arts CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS - Chinese Martial Arts History can be traced back more 4,000 years. As many early forms of martial arts from all over the world, China's martial… Continue Reading
Choy Gar Choy Gar - Choy Gar, meaning "Rat and Snake Style Combined". The exact origins of Choy Gar are unclear. The art is believed to have been developed during… Continue Reading
Choy Li Fut - The birthplace of Choy Li Fut Kung Fu was King Mui, a village in Ngai Sai (or West Bank of two coastal ledges) in Sun… Continue Reading
Chuo Jiao Chuo Jiao - Chuo Jiao or Chuojiao meaning “Poking Foot” in Mandarin, originated in Northern China. The Chinese martial arts saying, “Hands of the south and legs of… Continue Reading
di tang quan Di Tang Quan - Very little is known about the origin of Di Tang Quan, but it is thought to have become popular during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127… Continue Reading
Dragon Kung Fu - The origins of Southern Dragon kung fu are hard to place since most of the history is oral, very little being written down. Southern Dragon… Continue Reading
Drunken Kung Fu - Drunken kung fu began in Buddhist and Taoist folklore. The Buddhist version says that during the Song Dynasty, a well known martial artist named Liu… Continue Reading
Duan Quan Duan Quan - Duan Quan meaning “Short Distance Fighting” in Mandarin or “Short Style” boxing, is a close range martial art that is very popular in the Hebei… Continue Reading
Eagle Claw Kung Fu - Shaolin "Fan Tsi Eagle Claw Kung Fu" is a set of traditional Chinese kung fu fighting techniques. This type of Northern Kung Fu was developed… Continue Reading
emei quan Emei Quan - Emei Quan meaning “Emei Fist” in Mandarin, is a style of Chinese martial art named after the Emei Mountains, which are located in the Szechwan… Continue Reading
fan zi quan Fan Zi Quan - Fan Zi Quan (Chinese: literally "Rotating fist") is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes offence and defence with the hands. Its movements have been described… Continue Reading
Feng Shou Kung Fu - Feng Shou Kung Fu is an all round self-defence system. It is an internal or ‘soft’ martial art, which uses the principles of relaxation, giving… Continue Reading
Five Ancestors Fist Five Ancestors Fist - During the 13th century a Shaolin monk named Bai Yufeng, combined the five Shaolin styles into one syllabus to develop his own system, known as… Continue Reading
Five Animals Kung Fu Five Animals Kung Fu - The Five Animals Kung Fu style is a prevalent form of martial art that is commonly found in southern China. The style includes elements of… Continue Reading
Fu Jow Pai Fu Jow Pai - Fu Jow Pai meaning “Tiger Claw System” in Cantonese (Mandarin pinyin: Huzhuapai, literally “Tiger Claw School” or “Tiger Claw Style”) was founded by Wong Bil… Continue Reading
fut gar Fut Gar - Fut Gar or Buddhist Style is a relatively modern Southern style of Kung Fu devised primarily from the combination of Hung Gar and Choi Gar… Continue Reading
Gao Ba Gua Zhang - Gao Ba Gua Zhang was developed by Gao Yisheng, also named Gao Deyuan, was born in Shandong province, Wuli county, Dashan village in 1866 and… Continue Reading
Gou Quan Kung Fu Gou Quan - Gou Quan Kung Fu (Dishuquan) meaning ‘Dog Fist’ in Cantonese is a martial arts style indigenous to Fujian province, China. While sharing many similar features… Continue Reading
Hao Style Tai Chi Chuan - Hao Style Tai Chi Chuan, also known as Wu Yuxiang style taijiquan, was developed in China at the turn of the nineteenth century in Yongnian… Continue Reading
Hebei Xing Yi Quan - The term 'Hsing I Chuan' means 'mind form method'. The mind governs and leads the movement of the body. The forms are characterised by short,… Continue Reading
Henan Xing Yi Quan - Henan Xing Yi Quan is called many different things including: - Henan Xingyi Liuhe Quan ("Mind-Intention and Six Harmonies Boxing") - Muslim Xingyi Quan -… Continue Reading
Huaquan kung fu Huaquan - Huaquan Kung Fu, also know as China-style boxing system, is a style of Long Fist Kung Fu (Changquan). It is believed to have originated in… Continue Reading
hung fut kung fu Hung Fut - A Buddhist monk named Lei Jo Fune, created this southern Shaolin-based Hung Fut Kung Fu system during the 17th century in the Fujian province of… Continue Reading
Hung Gar - Hung Gar Kung Fu is a form of self-defense originating from the Fujian Shaolin Temple hundreds of years ago. The Shaolin Temple was founded in… Continue Reading
KUNG FU - Martial Arts have been developing in China for over 4000 years. The Ancient Egyptians had a stylised form of unarmed fighting recodered in tomb murals… Continue Reading
Lai Tung Pai Lai Tung Pai - Lai Tung Pai was originally known as “Poon Kuen” or “Encircling Fist”, Lai Tung Pai (sometimes spelled Lai Tong Pai, also known as Panquan), is… Continue Reading
Lee Style Tai Chi Chuan - Li Ho-Hsieh created the Lee Style Tai Chi Chuan in a small fishing village outside Beijing. The style was handed down through generations until it… Continue Reading
Leopard Kung Fu - Leopard kung fu began as a southern style that has seen some northern influence in the form of Panther. Leopard is construed as a soft… Continue Reading
Liang Zhen Pu Ba Gua Zhang - Liang Zhen Pu Ba Gua Zhang style can be viewed as a combination of the Yin Fu and Cheng Ting Hua styles. Liang’s student, Li… Continue Reading
liu he ba fa Liu He Ba Fa - Translating literally as 'Six Harmonies Eight Methods', Liu He Ba Fa is an internally-focussed martial art and is also referred to as 'Water Boxing'. One… Continue Reading
luohan quan Luohan Quan - It is believed that monks in the Shaolin Temple created Luohan Quan by copying the facial expressions of the statues of “Arhats” (saints or sages)… Continue Reading
Mei Hua Quan Mei Hua Quan - Mei Hua Quan, meaning “Plum Flower Fist” in Mandarin is thought to have originated in the 17th century in northern China. Practitioners learn fist, hand… Continue Reading
Monkey Kung Fu - Monkey Kung Fu was developed by Wang Lang, who had already forged the Praying Mantis kung fu system, found yet another breakthrough while walking in… Continue Reading
Nam Pai Chuan Nam Pai Chuan - Nam Pai Chuan is a hybrid Shaolin Kung Fu style that combines elements of Judo, Wado Ryu and Tae Kwon Do. The name translates as… Continue Reading
nan quan Kung Fu Nan Quan - Nan Quan Kung Fu, meaning “Southern Fist” in Cantonese, is a popular modern style created during the 1960’s in China’s Guangdong and Fujian provinces. Contemporary… Continue Reading
Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu - It is generally conceded that the founder of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu was the boxer Wang Lang, who developed the method of combat around… Continue Reading
Old Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan - The founder of this form of Old Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan was Wu Yu Xiang (1812-1880) who was a native of Yung Nien, the… Continue Reading
Piguaquan Piguaquan - Piguaquan meaning "chop-hanging fist" in Mandarin, uses a number of sweeping actions to generate speed through the hips and arms to produce powerful strikes. Also… Continue Reading
Shanxi Xing Yi Quan - The Shanxi Xing Yi Quan Style is composed of the twelve animals and the five forces (elements) as the heart and soul of the practice.… Continue Reading
Shaolin Temple Kung Fu - Toward the end of the 5th Century AD an Indian Buddhist monk by name of Ba Tuo was traveling through China teaching Buddhism, helping and… Continue Reading
Snake Kung Fu - There is precious little written material available about the snake kung fu styles, although they are foundation sets in traditional Shaolin, family styles, and are… Continue Reading
Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu - If Northern Praying Mantis kung fu is the epitome of popularized, widely dispersed kung fu, then the true Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu counterpart must… Continue Reading
Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan - Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan was developed by the famous martial artist Sun Lu Tang (1861-1932) also known as Sun Fu Quan. It contained the… Continue Reading
Tai Chi Chuan TAI CHI CHUAN - To this day, there are two beliefs on Tai Chi Chuan History. The first, more legendary origin, believes that Tai Chi Chuan was created by… Continue Reading
Tai Chi Push Hands - Tai Chi Push Hands (a.k.a. Pushing Hands, Tui Shou, Sensing Hands) is an exercise performed by two people who are attempting to improve their Tai… Continue Reading
Taizu Chang Quan - Taizu Chang Chuan or Tai Tzu Quan for short, can also be referred to a Chang Quan Kung Fu or Emperors Long Fist Kung Fu… Continue Reading
Tiger Kung Fu - The tiger plays a great role in Chinese history and mythology, so it is only fitting that the beast should be chosen as one from… Continue Reading
Tong Bei Quan Tong Bei Quan - Originating in the 17th century Tong Bei Quan, meaning ‘Spreading Power from the Back Boxing’, as Tong means ‘through’, Bei means ‘back’ and Quan means… Continue Reading
White Crane Kung Fu - White Crane kung fu History show that it came from Tibet. The legend of its beginnings is with an old man who would contemplate daily… Continue Reading
White Eyebrow Kung Fu - Pak Mei kung fu (pronounced Bahk Mei), or White Eyebrow Kung Fu was created by the Taoist Monk Pak Mei during the Qing Dynasty in… Continue Reading
Wing Chun History Wing Chun - The popular legend of Wing Chun History is that a Buddhist nun called Ng Mui was one of five monks to escape the Shaolin temple… Continue Reading
Wu Shu - Among China's well kept secrets, one caught the imagination of Americans - Chinese Wu Shu Kung Fu. Wu shu History is an important component of… Continue Reading
Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan - Master Wu Chuan Yau (1834-1902) was the founder of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan. He was a Manchurian member of the Imperial Guard in Beijing.… Continue Reading
Xing Yi Quan History Xing Yi Quan - Legend has it that Xing Yi Quan was originally created by Yue Fei, whom many consider to have been China’s best general. It is often… Continue Reading
Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan - Yang Fu Quai is the founder of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Also know as Lu Chan, he was born in Nan Quan village of… Continue Reading
Yi Quan - Wang Xiangzhai (1886-1963), also known as Nibao, Zhenghe or Yuseng (Monk of Universe) was one of the best students of Guo Yunshen (Kuo Yun Shen),… Continue Reading
Yin Fu Ba Gua Zhang - Dong’s first and by far his longest serving student was Yin Fu (1842 – 1909). Yin started studying with Dong in the mid 1860’s and… Continue Reading
yin-yang-ba-gua-zhang Yin Yang Ba Gua Zhang - Yin Yang Ba Gua Zhang comes from the Tian family and originated in Sichuan Province, near to the Ermei and Qingzhen Mountains. It is an… Continue Reading

Leave a Reply