What is Kung-Fu?

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A while back I had the opportunity to watch a Chinese presentation led by a martial arts master regarding kung-fu.  When I started watching, I was expecting a lecture on historic lineage leading up to today.  Luckily it was anything but that.  The master started out by asking the question “What is kung-fu?” A few people did in-fact reference history and martial arts styles.

After listening for a few minutes he shook his head and everyone was confused.  

He said that “kung-fu” is not as specific as a style of martial art.  For that matter, it`s not even limited to the idea of martial arts as a whole.  Kung-fu was and is more of an abstract reference to one`s mastery, love, and oneness of their relative art. A person expresses their kung-fu through their state of mind, their understanding, and their expression of self through their respective art.  This can be demonstrated through martial arts for sure, but it also extends to calligraphers, artists, singers, dancers, factory workers, teachers, and to anyone that has shaped their kung-fu.

This was much better explained by the master, but I believe that this is what I searching for in my previous post several years back about lonesome fighters.


About mindofryan

spontaneity - check open minded- check optimistic- check 一期一会 - check I am a College grad, managing the daily work load, a social life, and personal hobbies. I love martial arts and am interested in seeing the world and it's cultures.

Posted on March 16, 2016, in Martial Arts, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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