Chinese martial arts room arguably some of China’s many popular and also successful social exports. In spite of their widespread and enduring popularity, many people’s understanding of the Chinese martial art is limited. Join us together we explore the history and society behind these ancient forms of self-defense. 

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Studying the Chinese martial arts is a an excellent way to gain a deeper knowledge of Chinese culture.


Chinese martial arts vocabulary

HànzìPīnyīnDefinition
功夫gōngfūkung fu; martial arts; skill
武术wǔshùwushu; martial arts
外家拳wàijiāquánexternal style (of Chinese martial arts)
内家拳nèijiāquáninternal style (of Chinese martial arts)
qi; crucial energy
北派běipàinorthern school/style (of Chinese martial arts)
南派nánpàisouthern school/style (of Chinese martial arts)
少林功夫Shàolín GōngfūShaolin Kung Fu
咏春YǒngchūnWing Chun
八极拳BājíquánBajiquan
太极拳TàijíquánTai Chi
yīnyin; a dark, female force
yángyang; a bright, male force
八卦掌BāguàzhǎngBaguazhang