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is kung fu rly that dangerous or is it just a movie thing
Have you ever watched a boxing movie, like the old Rocky series? All the punches are exaggerated to make the fight look more dramatic and exiting. But you and I both know that if a well trained and experienced boxer hit either of us with a solid combo, we’d be on our ass. The same is true for kung fu.
There are a lot of misconceptions about “kung fu”. The term really just means “skill developed over time through hard work”, so a master chef or elite surgeon or superb mechanic can exhibit great kung fu. In the west we all know kung fu to be a term for Chinese martial arts, which when you get down to it aren’t that different from any other martial art. In any one Chinese system or style you could find some degree of hand strikes, kicks, throws or grappling.
Another term for martial arts in China is wushu. When the communists took power they outlawed martial arts but they wanted to showcase some of the skill and culture, so they allowed the sport version of wushu, which emphasizes the flow of movement, athleticism, strength, power, grace with none of the intent of combat.
Much of what we see in movies is wushu. Many performers have no combat skill and many do. The efficacy of kung fu really depends on what youre trying to accomplish.
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