Wushu kungfu course students practicing basic stances

Wushu (武术) and Kungfu (功夫) ‒ Skill and Time

Wushu is a traditional Chinese sport where inner and outer workout are as important . Wushu consists of fighting movements and it’s most important forms of exercise are taolu (forms/routines) and sanshou (combat).

The word “Wushu” is Chinese and it means “skill of war". There are hundreds of different fighting styles in China. These include boxing styles like shaolinquan, changquan, nanquan, taijiquan, xingyiquan and baguazhang, and styles which use weapons such as sword, broadsword, spear and staff.

In the western world wushu is known better with the name “Kungfu” (gongfu), which as a matter of a fact is not a name for any sport. The word “kungfu” is referring to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. The learning of martial arts takes usually a lot of time, maybe this is why the westerners have thought that kungfu means the name of the sport.

Nowadays wushu is still a self-defence and a sport, but it is also popular as a competitive sport. After the founding of People’s Republic of China, the sport has been declared as one of the national sports. Nowadays there are thousands of professional competitors, teachers and researchers in China and all around the world.

Wushu kungfu student practicing with a wooden staff Wushu kungfu student practicing with a southern broad sword