Kung fu/Kungfu or Gung fu/Gongfu is a Chinese term referring to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete, often used in the West to refer to Chinese martial arts, also known as Wushu. It is only in the late twentieth century, that this term was used in relation to Chinese Martial Arts by the Chinese community. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term \Kung-fu\ as \a primarily unarmed Chinese martial art resembling karate. \ This illustrates how this term has been misused in English. The origin of this misuse can be attributed to the misunderstanding or mistranslation of the term through movie subtitles or dubbing. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial. The Chinese literal equivalent of \Chinese martial art\ would be \u4E2D\u570B\u6B66\u8853 zh\u014Dnggu\u00F3 w\u01D4sh\u00F9. In Chinese, G\u014Dngfu (\u529F\u592B) is a compound of two words, combining \u529F (g\u014Dng) meaning \work\, \achievement\, or \merit\, and \u592B (f\u016B) which is alternately treated as being a word for \man\ or as a particle or nominal suffix with diverse meanings (the same character is used to write both). A literal rendering of the first interpretation would be \achievement of man\, while the second is often described as \work and time/effort\. Its connotation is that of an accomplishment arrived at by great effort of time and energy. In Mandarin, when two \first tone\ words such as g\u014Dng and f\u016B are combined, the second word often takes a neutral tone, in this case forming g\u014Dngfu. The word is also sometimes written as \u5DE5\u592B, this version often being used for more general, non-martial arts usages of the term. Originally, to practice kung fu did not just mean to practice Chinese martial arts. Instead, it referred to the process of one's training - the strengthening of the body and the mind, the learning and the perfection of one's skills - rather than to what was being trained. It refers to excellence achieved through long practice in any endeavor. This meaning can be traced to classical writings, especially those of Neo-Confucianism, which emphasize the importance of effort in education. In the colloquial, one can say that a person's kung fu is good in cooking, or that someone has kung fu in calligraphy; saying that a person possesses kung fu in an area implies skill in that area, which they have worked hard to develop. Someone with \bad kung fu\ simply has not put enough time and effort into training, or seems to lack the motivation to do so. Kung fu is also a name used for the elaborate Fujian tea ceremony (Kung-fu cha). However, the phrase \u529F\u592B\u6B66\u8853 (kung fu wu shu) does exist in Chinese and could be (loosely) translated as 'the skills of the martial arts'.
Chinese martial arts
Chinese martial arts, also referred to by the Mandarin Chinese term wushu and popularly as kung fu or gung fu, are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families" (家, jiā), "sects" (派, pài) or "schools" (門, mén) of martial arts.
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Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty.
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G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by the toy company Hasbro. The initial product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces with the Action Soldier, Action Sailor, Action Pilot, Action Marine and later on, the Action Nurse. The term G.I. stands, in popular usage, for Government Issued and after the First World War became a generic term for U.S. soldiers. The origin of the term dates to World War I, when much of the equipment issued to U.S.
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Wing Chun, also romanised as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun, (and sometimes substituted with the characters 永春 "eternal springtime"); (also known as Snake-Crane style); is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilising both striking and grappling while specialising in close-range combat. The alternative characters 永春 "eternal spring" are also associated with some other southern Chinese martial arts, including Weng Chun Kungfu and White Crane Weng Chun (Yong Chun).
Wing ChunWing ChunHakka cultureChinese martial arts
Shaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin Kung Fu refers to a collection of Chinese martial arts that claim affiliation with the Shaolin Monastery. Of the multitude styles of kung fu and wushu, only some are actually related to Shaolin. Aside from a few very well known systems, such as Xiao Hong Quan, the Da Hong Quan, Yin Shou Gun, Damo Sword, etc. ,, after the loss of records during the 20th Century Cultural Revolution it would be almost impossible for a particular style to conclusively establish a connection to the Temple.
Shaolin Kung FuChinese martial arts
Kung Fu (TV series)
This article is specifically about the original TV series (1972–1975) "Kung Fu". For other uses, see Kung fu (disambiguation). Kung Fu 230pxDavid Carradine and guest star Sondra Locke, 1974. Format western, drama, actionCreated by Ed Spielman Jerry Thorpe Herman MillerStarring David CarradineKeye LukePhilip AhnRadames PeraCountry of origin USANo. of seasons 3No.
Kung Fu (TV series)Kung Fu (TV series)1970s American television series1972 television series debutsMartial arts television seriesTelevision series by Warner Bros. TelevisionWestern (genre) television seriesAmerican Broadcasting Company network shows1975 television series endings
Nèijiā is a term in Chinese martial arts, grouping those styles that practice nèijìng, usually translated as internal martial arts, occupied with spiritual, mental or qi-related aspects, as opposed to an "external" approach focused on physiological aspects. The distinction dates to the 17th century, but its modern application is due to publications by Sun Lutang, dating to the period of 1915 to 1928.
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Hung Ga 洪家, Hung Kuen 洪拳, or Hung Ga Kuen 洪家拳 is a southern Chinese martial art associated with the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung, who was a master of Hung Ga.
Hung GaChinese martial arts
Shang-Chi is a Marvel Comics character, often called the "Master of Kung Fu". He was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. He has no special superpowers, but he exhibits extraordinary skills in the martial arts and is a master of Wushu (the actual Mandarin name for the various Chinese fighting arts) both empty handed and with weapons, including the staff, nunchaku and double-edged sword.
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Kung Fu Records
Kung Fu Records is an American independent record label founded in 1996 by Joe Escalante and Warren Fitzgerald of the punk rock band The Vandals. Founded in order to release a record by the Riverside, California band Assorted Jelly Beans, the label soon grew to include a roster of notable artists such as The Ataris, Ozma, Tsunami Bomb, and The Vandals themselves.
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(born August 24, 1968) is a Japanese/American professional wrestler best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment, where he was a one-time Cruiserweight Champion and a one-time Hardcore Champion.
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Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong action comedy film directed and produced by, and starring Stephen Chow. The other film producers were Chui Po-chu and Jeffrey Lau, while the screenplay was written by Huo Xin, Chan Man-keung, and Tsang Kan-cheung. Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Danny Chan, and Bruce Leung co-starred in prominent roles. After achieving commercial success with Shaolin Soccer, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia began to develop Kung Fu Hustle in 2002.
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Kung Fu Panda 2
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the sequel to the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda, in which Po and his friends battle to stop a would-be conqueror with a powerful new weapon, with the giant panda discovering a disquieting link to his past in the process.
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The Karate Kid (2010 film)
The Karate Kid (known as The Kung Fu Dream in China and sometimes Karate Kid 5 and Best Kid in Japan and South Korea) is a 2010 American martial arts film and remake of the 1984 film of the same name. Directed by Harald Zwart, produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the film stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Principal photography for the film took place in Beijing, China; filming began around July 2009 and ended on October 16, 2009.
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Fujian White Crane
This article is about the Fujian style of White Crane. For the Tibetan style, see Lama (martial art). White Crane Boxing is a Southern Chinese martial art which originated in Fujian (福建) province and is now practiced throughout the world. According to oral traditions, the creation of this style is attributed to Fāng Qīniáng, a female martial artist.
Fujian White CraneChinese martial arts
Kung Fu Fighting
"Kung Fu Fighting" is a disco song written and performed by Carl Douglas and produced by Biddu. It was released as a single in 1974, at the cusp of a chopsocky film craze, and eventually rose to the top of the British and American charts, in addition to reaching number one on the Soul Singles chart. It received a Gold certification from the RIAA in 1974, won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Selling Single, and popularized disco music.
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Origins of Asian martial arts
Theories of the origins of Asian martial arts range from the highly diffusionist to models which show greater recognition of independent invention. The former argue that Asian martial arts history consists of one cohesive tree of thought, with branches spreading transitively to each country and originating in India or even Greece. The latter arguments believe that defense arts naturally evolved in each place, similar predominantly because humans are similar.
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Kung fu (term)
Kung fu, gongfu, or gung fu is a Chinese term referring to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete, often used in the West to refer to Chinese martial arts, also known as Wushu. It is only in the late twentieth century, that this term was used in relation to Chinese Martial Arts by the Chinese community. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term "Kung-fu" as "a primarily unarmed Chinese martial art resembling karate.
Kung fu (term)Chinese martial arts termsCantonese words and phrasesChinese martial arts
Northern Praying Mantis (martial art)
Northern Praying Mantis is a style of Chinese martial arts, sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin. It was created by Wang Lang (王朗) and was named after the praying mantis, an insect, the aggressiveness of which inspired the style.
Northern Praying Mantis (martial art)Praying Mantis (wushu)Chinese martial arts
Blondie is the eponymous debut album by American New Wave band Blondie, released in 1976 on Private Stock Records. The first single "X Offender" was originally entitled "Sex Offender" but since radio stations would not play a song with such a controversial title, the band renamed the song. After disappointing sales and poor publicity, Blondie bought back its contract with Private Stock.
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For information on the fictional Pai Mei from Kill Bill, see Pai Mei (Kill Bill).
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Northern Shaolin (martial art)
In its broadest sense, Northern Shaolin refers to the external (as opposed to internal) martial arts of Northern China referring to those styles from the Northern Shaolin Monastery in Henan. At its most specific, Northern Shaolin refers to a style called Northern Shaolin Boxing School, disseminated by Gu Yu-jeung (1894–1952; also known as Ku Yu-cheung or, in Pinyin, Gu Ruzhang) and represented today by Grandmaster Chan Kowk Wai.
Northern Shaolin (martial art)Chinese martial arts
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu is a martial arts comic book magazine published by Curtis Magazines, a short-lived imprint of Marvel Comics. There were a total of 33 issues published, plus one "Special Album Edition," before the series was cancelled.
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Monkey Kung Fu
Monkey Kung Fu, or Monkey Fist (猴拳), is a Chinese martial art which utilizes ape or monkey-like movements as part of its technique. There are a number of independently developed systems of monkey kung fu. Examples includes Xingzhemen (行者門) named after the protagonist Sun Wukong of the popular Ming dynasty novel Journey to the West, Nanhouquan (南猴拳) or Southern Monkey Fist originating from the Southern Shaolin Temple as well as the more well known Da Sheng Pi Gua Men 大聖劈掛門 style of Hong Kong.
Monkey Kung FuChinese martial arts
Southern Dragon Kung Fu
The movements of the Southern Dragon style of Shaolin Boxing are based on the mythical Chinese dragon. The Dragon style is an imitative-style that was developed based on the imagined characteristics of the mythical Chinese dragon.
Southern Dragon Kung FuChinese martial arts
Lee Marrs (born September 5, 1945) is an American comic book writer, animator, and one of the first women underground comix creators. She is best known for her comic book series, The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp, which lasted from 1973 to 1978.
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Kung Fu San Soo (功夫散手) is a martial art based on techniques from all over China, both Northern and Southern Chinese martial arts systems. The 5 Family Fist (五家拳) is an important part of San Soo, and is commonly practiced in the Taishan region of the Guangdong province. Kung Fu San Soo as taught in China has many traditional forms and isometric exercises in its training regimen. Chin Siu Dek (Jimmy H.
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Kung Fu Dunk
Kung Fu Dunk, also known by its former title Slam Dunk, is a 2008 Chinese-language live-action film. It was directed by Taiwanese director Chu Yin-Ping and filmed in Taiwan and mainland China. The film was previously titled Slam Dunk, but later the title has been changed to avoid confusion with the Slam Dunk manga and anime series which it was roughly based on despite the film itself having no association whatsoever.
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Anima Studios (Ánima Estudios in Spanish) is a Mexican animation studio founded in 2002 by Guillermo Cañedo White, Fernando De Fuentes, Fernando Pérez Gavilán, José Carlos García De Letona and Federico Unda. It produces animated content distributed mainly in Mexico and Latin America.
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Southern Praying Mantis (martial art)
Southern Praying Mantis (南派螳螂, which reads in Cantonese as Nam Pai Tong Long, translated as Praying Mantis) is a Chinese martial art native to the Hakka people (客家, in Cantonese read Ha Ka or Ha Ga, a reference to descendants of the Han Dynasty who later migrated south at a time of political unrest).
Southern Praying Mantis (martial art)Praying Mantis (wushu)Chinese martial arts
Hei hu quan
Shaolin Shandong black tiger fist is a northern Chinese martial art which originated in Shandong Province.
Hei hu quanChinese martial arts
Leopard Kung Fu
Leopard Kung fu is style of Kung fu and is one of the Five Animal styles. It was supposedly created by Jue Yuan with help from Bai Yufeng and Li Sou. The emphasis of leopard is speed and angular attack. The leopard does not overwhelm or rely on strength, as does the tiger, but instead relies on speed and outsmarting its opponent. The power from the aggressive speed. The leopard practitioner will focus on elbows, knees, low kicks, and leopard punches.
Leopard Kung FuChinese martial arts
In Southern Chinese folklore, the Five Elders of Shaolin are survivors of the destruction Shaolin Monastery by LianZong Wang Qing Dynasty, variously said to have taken place in 1647, in 1674 or in 1732.
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Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Yie Ar Kung-Fu is a 1985 arcade fighting game developed and published by Konami. It was considered by many gamers in Japan to be the basis for modern fighting games. It pit the player against a variety of opponents, each with a unique appearance and fighting style. The player could perform up to sixteen different moves, using a combination of buttons and joystick movements while standing, crouching or jumping.
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Kung Fu Kapers
Kung Fu Kapers is an episode of the British comedy television series The Goodies — a BAFTA-nominated series for Best Light Entertainment Programme. This episode is also known as "Ecky-Thump". As always, the episode was written by members of The Goodies.
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Answer That and Stay Fashionable
Answer That and Stay Fashionable is the debut studio album by American rock band AFI. It was originally released on August 1, 1995 through Wingnut Records. It was re-released on April 22, 1997 through Nitro Records.
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Drunken Monkey Form or Drunken Monkey Pole Form of Kung Fu is a Chinese martial art, and one of the variations of the Monkey Style. This style is different from Zui Quan (Drunken Fist), as the practitioner is imitating gestures of an intoxicated monkey, rather than a human fighter. Drunken Monkey does not begin with drunken-like gestures, but rather the drunken aspect enters the forms in the middle section when the practitioner plays the movements of a monkey drinking stolen wine.
Drunken MonkeyChinese martial arts
Master of Kung Fu
Master of Kung Fu
Kung Fu (wrestler)
Raymundo Cuesta Veloz (January 20, 1951 – January 3, 2001) was a Mexican Luchador or professional wrestler best known under the ring name Kung Fu. As Kung Fu he made a name for himself as part of Trio Fantásticos along with Kato Kung Lee and Black Man, a very popular tecnico (Face or "good guys") trio in the early 1980s.
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Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu
Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu (TWC) is a style of the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. It is claimed to be the authentic, more effective version of Wing Chun taught exclusively to Grand Master William Cheung by Yip Man. GM Cheung claims it is superior to the conventional Wing Chun system, referred to by GM William Cheung as "modified Wing Chun".
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Kung fu (disambiguation)
Kung fu (disambiguation)
Odd Couple (film)
Odd Couple is a 1979 Hong Kong film directed by Lau Kar Wing (Liu Chia Yung), who also stars, alongside Sammo Hung. It was the first film to be released by Gar Bo Motion Picture Company (aka Gar-Bo Film Company), an independent production company set up by Hung, Lau and producer Karl Maka. The movie is a showcase for the different techniques used to wield some of the Chinese mêlée weapons, particularly the Dao broadsword (or sabre) and the Qiang spear.
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Inside Kung Fu
Inside Kung Fu is one of the major martial arts magazines in the United States. It is owned by Action Pursuit Group Media. The magazine focuses on Chinese martial arts but also covers martial arts and self-defense topics in general. It annually inducts martial artists into its well-known Hall of Fame.
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Half a Loaf of Kung Fu
Half a Loaf of Kung Fu or Dian zhi gong fu gan jian dan is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film starring Jackie Chan, who was also action choreographer and co-writer. The story takes place in olden day China. Chan plays a traveling acrobat named Jiang who bumbles his way into a job at the mansion. After breaking house rules and pissing off the evil witch living in the guest room, Jiang comes across two kung fu masters dueling in the woods.
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Jow-Ga Kung Fu
Jow-Ga Kung Fu (aka Zhou Jia) is a form of Kung Fu. It was founded by Jow Lung who was born in 1891, on the eleventh day of the third lunar month (April 16th, 1891) in Sa Fu Village of the Canton Province, and died in 1919. His father was Jow Fong Hoy and his mother’s maiden name was Li. At the time of its inception, this particular style of Kung Fu was labeled as having the head of Hung Gar, the tail of Choy Gar and the patterns of the tiger and leopard, or simply Hung Tao Choy Mei.
Jow-Ga Kung FuChinese martial arts
The Victim (1980 film)
The Victim (orig. 身不由已; Shen bu you ji) is a humorous Hong Kong action film directed by Sammo Hung released in 1980. Starring Hung and Bryan Leung Kar Yan, the film is also known as Lightning Kung Fu and San bat yau gei. The US release was in June 1982. Although he had only a very small role in The Victim, former Peking Opera School student Yuen Biao played a key part in the making of this film.
The Victim (1980 film)Martial arts films1980s action filmsCantonese-language filmsKung fu filmsHong Kong films1980 filmsFilms directed by Sammo Hung
Praying mantis kung fu
Praying mantis kung fu
Kung Fu Factory
Kung Fu Factory is an American video game developer located in Los Angeles, California in the United States. The company was formerly known as Just Games Interactive, which developed Mortal Kombat: Unchained and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, and worked on UFC Undisputed 2009. Kung Fu Factory is the first third party developer to have worked on a Mortal Kombat game.
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60 Second Assassin (film)
60 Second Assassin (aka My Life Is on the Line) is a 1979 Taiwan martial arts film directed by Chung Wang.
60 Second Assassin (film)Taiwanese filmsKung fu films1979 films
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