Posts Tagged ‘chinese wushu’

Japans still got it – Wushu over-played in movies?

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Why does every person I’ve ever met who does wushu want to in some way be famous?

Well let’s break it down.

First off, people who practice wushu have discarded most japanese and korean martial arts from consideration, because the former two are not as aesthetic visually.  Many students of Tae Kwon Do adopt the practiceds of wushu now, and Tae kwon do is already one of the most showboat martial arts out there.

Second, like Tae Kwon Do, wushu is a performance art and there for perhaps only its traditional roots had meaning for real application.  At least tae kwon do kicks in the most basic form are useful.  Now im not talking about san shou at all. I’m talking about forms.

Third, the number one athlete in China right now, who has won the most recent international competitions also…wants to be a Jet Li.  The recent winner of the Disciple does wushu.  The newcomer Wu Jing does wushu.  Where did all the japanese martial artists go.  GSP did kiyokushin.  Dulph Lungeron did it.  Seagal did Aikido.  I wanna see a Judo guy get big.  I want to see Kempo come back in a big way.  The only non japanese martial artist whose on a good track is Tony Jaa and even he recycles moves from Ong Bak still, not to mention he’s only been in 2 movies.  Donnie Yen showcased some BJJ in his past 2 movies before Yip Man.  Besides that it’s been Never Back Down, and that movie’s only thing it had going for it was Dijmon Hounsou.

Japanese culture came in strong, but now it has to be prematurely revived.  Bruce Lee films and the current release of Yip Man based film defame the Japanese, but in my opinion, if you’re not Bruce and you do wushu, go up against a Kiyokushin guy, 50 dollars says you get knocked out in less than 5 hits.

Chinese Wushu – External and Internal

Sunday, November 30th, 2008
From: http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=797382&lang=eng_news

Wushu, known in the West as Kungfu, is a kind of Chinese traditional sport characterized by various barehanded and armed combat techniques. Wushu exercises consist of both “external” and “internal” work, the former meaning movements of the body while the latter being related to the spirits. The two aspects are combined as movements are guided by consciousness so as to achieve a unity of body and mind. Thus, constant practice of wushu helps not only to strength muscles and bones, but also to regulate the central nervous system and improve the cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory functions.

Chinese Wushu Moving Heaven and Earth

Wushu, known in the West as Kungfu, is a kind of Chinese traditional sport characterized by various barehanded and armed combat techniques. Wushu exercises consist of both “external” and “internal” work, the former meaning movements of the body while the latter being related to the spirits. The two aspects are combined as movements are guided by consciousness so as to achieve a unity of body and mind. Thus, constant practice of wushu helps not only to strength muscles and bones, but also to regulate the central nervous system and improve the cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory functions. 

To meet the upcoming 2008 Olympics Games, the scientists at the Exhibition Department of the Museum came up with the idea of creating an exhibition on exercise science. According to a visitor survey conducted before designing the exhibition, they found that hands-on activities and self-led discovery are most popular among the questioned in the survey. They tried to lead the visitors to the fantastic world of wushu and to make them understand the right way of health-building.

The exhibition Wushu starts with the sculptures of a grandpa and his grandson practicing Chinese kungfu. Then here at the entrance, a short film is playing to introduce the exercise science. In the gallery, we display Inbody, F-Scan, Force Plate, Accelerometer, 3D workshop and Infrared Camera for visitors to understand their body and movement, and to practice wushu with masters. If visitors are eager to know further about exercise science, we also offer an E-check system for them to use.

This exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Natural Science, in collaboration with Graduate Institute of Sports Science, Taiwan Wushu Association, and United Integrated Services Optical Dept.

This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Sports Affairs Council, Exective Yuan, and in part, by some other enthusiastic communities and people.

How do you define wushu and what other chinese martial arts have similar qualities?