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EARLE'S ACADEMY VING CHUN KUEN

KUNG-FU ORIGINS & HISTORY

Image: A bronze halberd from the Terracotta Army; note the sharpness of the blades and good state of preservation.

 

The Terracotta Army warriors (circa 250 BC) were fully equipped with state-of-the art bronze weapons. So far more than 40,000 arrowheads, as well as hundreds of crossbow triggers, swords, lances, spears, halberds, hooks, & honour weapons have been excavated.

KUNG-FU ORIGINS part 2

THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS BY TYPE: A SIMPLE OVERVIEW

 

There are four divisions of Wu Shu (Kung-Fu). They are; Weaponry; Wrestling; Pugilism; & Health Nourishing.

WEAPONRY

There are four divisions of Weaponry

 

1. Rod

2. Knife

3. Lance

4. Sword

 

That is the four broad catagories of Chinese weaponry. The different types of weapons actually number more than 18. Within each grouping may be many different weapons; for example it is said that there are more than 40 types of broadsword.

WRESTLING

There are two divisions of Pugilism

 

Soft Fist - which might be divided into three main catagories

 

1. Yee Chuan

2. Pai Kua

3. Tai Chi Chuan - which might be divided into three major systems: Chen; Yang; and Wu; each representing dozens of styles of Tai Chi.

 

Hard Fist - which might be divided into two main catagories - both might be divided into many

branches. The two main catagories are:

 

1. South Shaolin

2. North Shaolin

Two Divisions of Health Nourishing - Passive & Active. 

Note: these are the health nourishing exercises introduced to China by the Indian Monk Damo, which developed seperately to and later than the fighting arts of China.

Passive Course - might be divided into three main catagories;

 

1. Marrow washing

2. Posing

3. Meditation

 

 

Active Course - might also be divided into three main catagories:

 

1.Sinew Changing

2. Acts Of 5 Birds

3. 8 Peices Of Brocade

Summary of Charts:

There are literally hundreds of different styles of kungfu, each with its own unique history and flavour. Therefore it is important when discussing a particular style that one does not convey to the listener/reader that the facts pertaining to that system, such as origin, or theory, are common to all systems of kungfu.

Kevin Earle

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ARTICLES

"21 Years in Wing Chun" - Sifu Red remembers his first contact with Wing Chun.

"Finding Wing Chun" - Sifu Awatea - his beginning in the Art that has taken him into China, Australia, Southeast Asia, and Hong Kong.

"Invincible Ving Chun" - About the art of Invincibility.

"KungFu History" - Dispelling a myth and recounting some real Kungfu facts & history.

"KungFu Lifestyle" - How can one live a Kungfu lifestyle?

"Legend Of Wing Chun" -Ving Chun is simply defined.

"Little Ideas" .. frequently updated; thoughtful and inspirational ideas from members.

"Memories" ... a Wing Chun Sifu shares his impressions of his training days with Sifu Kevin.

"Schoolboy Interview" ... over 25 years ago a schoolboy interviewed Sifu Kevin.

"Sifu Net" ... Sifu Net And The Wing Chun Riddle. A must read.

"Siu Nim Tao" - Sifu Beau gives this followup to his 2011 workshops in NZ.

"Treasure Lost" ... the remarkable life of Huloo Loo-Chi Hu. 2 videos & articles.

"Wing Chun History" ... A legendary history of Wing Chun Kuen.

"Wing Chun History NZ" ... The real history of Wing Chun in New Zealand

"Wing Chun Master" ...only known interview with Wing Chun GrandMaster Choy Siu Kwong

"Women In Wing Chun" ... The 'First Lady' of Wing Chun - Karen Armstrong

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