What is Chinese Wushu?

In many parts of the world, the term Chinese Kung Fu is recognized but not Wushu. People also hear of Taiji but have no clue its relation to Wushu. As such, this page was set up in an effort to help those interested in Wushu, Taiji etc. to better understand the art. Taiji in reality is a component of wushu which covers many different northern and southern styles. Most people here in North America are associated with the terms Kung Fu from martial art movies when they were popular with the emerging overseas community from Guangdong Province. Kung-fu defined in Chinese terms means mastery of one's skill (examples: calligraphy, painting, dancing etc..) As such to use the term "Kung Fu" to connotate Wushu is not 100% accurate. Wushu (in mandarin means Martial Art).

Wushu consists of open hand forms, weapons and dual fighting forms. Open hand forms consist of such styles as: Long Fist, Shaolin Quan, Taijiquan, Xingyquan, Tongbeiquan, Baguazhang, Nanquan(southern fist), etc.

Weapons include: Broadsword, Sword, Spear, Staff, Double Broadswords, Double Swords, Pudao, Kwan Dao, etc.

Dual Fighting meanwhile, consists of: Bare hand sparring: open hand sparring and grappling.

Armed sparring: broadsword vs broadsword, sword vs sword, spear vs staff, single broadsword vs spear, three section vs spear, etc.

Bare hand vs weapons: ex. broadsword, spear or double spears.

Li Rong

(Li Rong teaching a class in the early 1990's).