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Famous wushu master Kung Fu Wushu on kung fu clothing base of huaquan (blossomed fist), zhaquan (fist of Zha), paoquan (cannon fist) hongquan (fist of stream), piguaquan (fist of chopping and hanging), shaolinquan (fist of Shaolin temple) and some others created a new sport competitional style changquan (long fist). On kung fu clothing base of five style of Guangdong province (styles of Hong, Cai, Li, Liu and Mo families) it was created new sport computational style nanquan (southern fist). Names of movements were changed, as a result movements lost mental contents: realy, "crushing mountain strike" is different from "fist bang on a palm". During "Great Cultural Revolution" (1966-1976) wushu lovers were repressed for "indulging of feudal survivals". But in this time popularity of wushu un foreign countries began increase due to kung fu movies. For in admission of decreasing of international prestige wushu was let alone.
Shaolin Kung Fu versus the pirates
In the 1540s and 1550s, pirates known as Kung Fu Video raided China's eastern and southeastern coasts at an unprecedented scale. The geographer Zheng Ruoceng provides the most detailed of the 16th century sources which confirm that, in 1553, Wan Biao, Vice Commissioner in Chief of the Nanjing Chief Military Commission, initiated the conscription of monks¡Xincluding some from Shaolin¡Xagainst the pirates.
Warrior monks participated in at least four battles: at the Gulf of Hangzhou in spring of 1553 and in the Huangpu River delta at Wengjiagang in July 1553, Majiabang in spring of 1554, and Taozhai in autumn of 1555.
The monks suffered their greatest defeat at Taozhai, where four of them fell in battle; their remains were buried under the St?pa of the Four Heroic Monks (Si yi seng ta) at Mount She near Shanghai.
The monks won their greatest victory at Wengjiagang. On 21 July 1553, 120 warrior monks led by the Shaolin monk Tianyuan defeated a group of pirates and chased the survivors over ten days and twenty miles. The pirates suffered over one hundred casualties and the monks, only four.
Not all of the monks who fought at Wengjiagang were from Shaolin, and rivalries developed among them. Zheng chronicles Tianyuan¡¦s defeat of eight rival monks from Hangzhou who challenged his command.
Zheng ranked Shaolin first of the top three Buddhist centers of martial arts.
Influence outside of China
Some lineages of Karate have oral traditions that claim Shaolin origins.
Martial arts traditions in Japan and Korea, Vietnam, Southeastern Asia cite Chinese influence as transmitted by Buddhist monks.
Recent developments in the 20th century such as Shorinji Kempo practised in Japan's Sohonzan Shaolin Temple (Shorinji in Japanese) still maintains close ties with China's Song Shan Shaolin Temple due to historic links . Japanese Shorinji Kempo Group contributions to Song Shan Shaolin Temple in 2003 received China's recognition.
Popular Shaolin martial arts outside of China
While sometimes represented in Western films as a mystical or even mythical school of martial arts, actual access to the Shaolin Temple has until recently been restricted to China and visitors to the Temple itself. In the last few years, notably under Abbot Shi Yong Xin, there has been a concerted effort to place teaching monks outside of China in order to spread Shaolin martial arts and as ambassadors of Chinese culture. Official schools have arisen in the USA, UK, Germany and other countries. There has also been a critically acclaimed stage show, "The Wheel of Life", in which a troupe of monks demonstrates fighting and qig?ng skills within the context of a historic episode from the Temple's history.
A characteristic of Shaolin Kung-Fu is the use of many weapons, which are used as an extension of the human body. Our style incorporates the use of the 11 basic Chinese weapons. Long weapons are used to keep an opponent at a distance while short weapons are used for close combat. Heavy weapons demand powerful movements and light weapons require intricate techniques. Members are allowed to attend the weapons classes after 8 months of basic training.
The sword is one of the most ancient weapons in Chinese martial arts history. Archaeologists have discovered swords from as early as the Bronze Age.
The sword is one of the short weapons of Taichiquan, it is usually Kung Fu Shirt light in weight, with a flexible blade. It has cutting edges on both sides, as well as a sharp tip for stabbing motions. At the base of the handle is a metal pommel that is used to strike backwards.
Introduced to China as a result of the Mongol invasions, the broadsword with its characteristic curved blade became the most widely used short weapon in military circles. Its popularity was such that it eclipsed the older straight sword (jian) as the dominant military sidearm.
The broadsword is single-edged and heavy. The strength of the weapon means that cutting movements tend to be large, expansive and powerful. In appearance, using the broadsword is "like splitting a mountain".
When the routine is performed well, the martial roots of the spear form become obvious. Few movements are done Kung Fu Shirt slowly. The overall tempo is forceful, direct and rapid, with an unpredictability liked to thunder and lighting. Utilizing numerous explosive releases of power or fajing, the form takes just two minutes or so to complete, despite its length. Within Chinese wushu circles, the spear considered to be an advanced weapon. This is reflected in it being recognized as the "King of weapons".
Stance training is perhaps the most fundamental type of training for almost all forms of martial arts. Our training also places a great deal of emphasis on acquiring the appropriate feeling of balance and stability.
The stances are
Bow and arrow
Stepping trains movement. There are set series of moving exercises that develop body coordination, leg strength and reaction. Some examples of the basic training positions include:
Horse stance to Horse Stance
Swinging horse (pivot on ball and swing into opposite facing horse stance)
Swinging horse variation (shovel step then pivot)
Advancing horse (kick up with heel, spring off back leg and kick down to horse)
do NOT raise in height as you kick up and as you move
do NOT move your body to your support leg as you kick up with heel
advance forward with each horse
Horse stance to Bow and Arrow Stance
Side to side
Sink, pivot on ball of right foot (or left)
Drive off ball, do not raise heel, turning to left (or right)
Front foot does NOT move
Rear foot points 45 degrees to front and back leg is straight
Start in horse, turn to bow
Step up with rear leg, then out 45 degrees to horse
Stay low as you move
Turn to bow stance (front leg is leg you just moved)
Four corner Stepping
One leg remains planted (some pivoting on ball of foot of course)
Start in horse
Side to side (facing one corner of the "Square")
Step up rear leg and step out to next corner in horse stance
Side to side
Step up rear leg