Top 10 Chinese Kung Fu Styles Featured
Here is the list of Top 10 Chinese Kung Fu Styles:
1. Shaolin Kung Fu 少林功夫
Shaolin Kung Fu is well known both at home and abroad. It originated from the Shaolin Temple in China. It integrates the wisdom of Zen Buddhism into Chinese Kungfu and formed various kinds of sub-styles.
2. Tai Chi Quan 太极拳
Tai Chi only has a history of several hundred years, yet it has been practiced widely by the public in many parts of China. Tai Chi absorbs the advantages of different marital arts, integrates Yin-yang theory traditional Chinese medicine and other ideas, creating a set of marital art. Practicers move their bodies slowly and gently to develop one’s internal power.
3. Wing Chun Quan 咏春拳
Wing Chun is one of the strongest, most direct Kung fu styles. Wing Chun originated in the early 1700s at the Shaolin Temple and was then was widely spread by Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun teacher, Yip Man. The main principle of Wing Chun is “simplicity.” The less complex the techniques are, the more effective they will become.
4. Baguazhang 八卦掌
Baguazhang is a soft and internal style martial art. It attaches importance to the interplay between mind and outside movements and is often characterized by slow and flowing movements.
5. Xing Yi Quan 形意拳
Xingyiquan is one of the oldest Internal Martial Arts styles, the other two are Tai Chi and Baguazhang. Xingyiquan pays more attention on internal power, with loose movements but clear intention. It features aggressive movements, explosive power and unpredictable fighting skills.
6. Choy Lai Fut 蔡李佛
Choy Li Fut compromises the merits of different martial arts techniques, forming his own Kung Fu style. Choy Li Fut stresses on relaxed, internal power instead of muscular force.
7. Baji Quan 八极拳
Contrary to Tai Chi, Bajiquan features explosive, short-range power techniques, and is closely related with the military system. Many bodyguards who protectpoliticians practise Bajiquan.
8. Praying Mantis 北螳螂拳
Praying Mantis was created by Wang Lang during the late Ming and early Qing periods. It mimics the actions of a mantis with two hands like hooks. It emphasizes hand play and footwork as well as speed and agility.
9. Nan Quan 南拳
Nan Quan, also known as the Nanfang Quan, is the combination of Southern Shaolin boxing and other southern boxing techniques. Nan Quan stresses on simple actions, changing and short-range hand plays and steady footwork.
10. Chang Quan 长拳
Chang Quan is a family of external martial arts styles which combines many Chinese martial art styles. It emphasizes fully extended kicks and striking techniques.
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