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What is Kung Fu?
Kung Fu is the traditional Chinese martial art practiced by millions of people in China, as well as in other countries. Almost all of the other Asian martial arts have been derived from or were greatly influenced by Chinese Kung Fu. Thus, Kung Fu can be said to be the “mother system” of almost all the martial arts. Kung Fu is an all-encompassing martial art, whereas most other forms are narrower in scope. Japanese Karate-Do deals mainly with punching, blocking, and kicking. Japanese Judo deals mainly with throws and locks. Korean Tae Kwon Do deals mainly with empty hand and kick techniques. Chinese Kung Fu has empty hands, kicks, blocks, throws and joint-locks as well as weapon techniques, and finally healing skills. Kung Fu truly covers a much broader scope than any other martial art.
The terms “Kung” and “Fu” are Chinese terms that literally mean “accomplishment” through time and “Effort or Energy”. This generic term was used by people to refer to anything that required a great SKILL, because a skill is acquired through a large amount of time and effort. Hence, a good chef preparing a delicious meal can be said to have good “Kung Fu” or skill. However, in modern times the meaning has become synonymous with all the Chinese Martial Art systems.
What is the difference between Kung Fu and Karate?
Basically, Kung Fu was developed in China whereas Karate comes from Japan and Okinawa. It should be noted that Kung Fu is considered the “mother” system of many arts of combat (including Karate) because many dynasties ago the Shaolin monks fled China due to execution by a fearful emperor and went to other countries like Japan, Okinawa and Korea.. The monks then taught people some of their techniques, but their art was simplified into a basic form of self-defense known as Kara-te (or “empty hand”.) Karate is characterized by simple (yet effective when mastered) linear movements. Tae Kwon Do tends to utilize kicking techniques as its primary weapon of defense. Kung Fu is much broader in scope in that it is a complete system having hand and foot techniques as well as healing and diverse weaponry. Karate is rigid and linear whereas Kung Fu is hard and soft, linear and circular. Thus, Kung Fu is more complex and involved than Karate and the newly developed Tae Kwon Do.
Can Kung Fu help my ADHD child?
Kung Fu has been shown to greatly improve the focus of many children with Attention Deficit Disorders including ADHD. This type of child needs a well-structured environment and a well structured program such as ours at American Kung Fu Academy. Our qualified instructors will help the individual learn to concentrate and FOCUS. Many of today’s youth need discipline and self-discipline to function as productive members of our society. Kung Fu training can help!
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