Kung Fu history

Some research about the history of Kung Fu


Kung Fu, also known as Wushu, is a form of Chinese martial arts that has a long and rich history dating back thousands of years. The origins of Kung Fu can be traced back to the ancient Chinese dynasties, where it was developed as a means of self-defence and combat training.

The earliest known records of Kung Fu date back to the Zhou Dynasty, which ruled China from 1046 BCE to 256 BCE. During this time, Kung Fu was primarily practised by soldiers and was used as a means of military training. It was during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) that Kung Fu began to evolve into a more formalized system, with different styles and techniques being developed.

One of the most famous precesors of Kung Fu was Bodhidharma (if i may say so), a Buddhist monk who is credited with bringing the Shaolin style of Kung Fu to China. Bodhidharma arrived in China in the 5th or 6th century CE (most researchers place the year around 520) and settled in the Shaolin Temple, where he taught the monks a new form of martial arts that combined physical training with meditation and spiritual practices.

Over the centuries, Kung Fu continued to evolve and develop, with new styles and techniques being created and existing styles being refined. During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Kung Fu reached its peak as a popular martial art, with many schools and styles being established throughout China.

In the modern era, Kung Fu has gained popularity around the world, thanks in part to its portrayal in popular culture through movies and television shows. Kung Fu has also been recognized as a sport, with competitions held in countries around the world.

Today, Kung Fu remains an important part of Chinese culture, with many people practising it for both its physical and spiritual benefits. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of this ancient martial art that it continues to captivate and inspire people around the world, centuries after it was first developed.

Final comment
This suggests that some form of martial art already existed before Bodhidharma’s arrival in China.


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