Cultural Symbols of China Vol 1: Kung Fu

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About Author
Zhu Qianhua
Member of Chinese Writers Association (CWA), is a senior writer of China National Geographic and National Geographic and won the first Zhu Ziqing Literature Award. Representative works include Where is Our Home, South Secret Territory, etc.
Table of Contents
Preface 01
Chapter I Kung Fu Is both Martial Arts and Philosophy
Section 1 Bruce Lee: Great Pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) 002
Section 2 Kung Fu = Martial Arts? 005
Section 3 Evolution History of Kung Fu 008
Chapter II The Spirit of Martial Arts
Section 1 Origin of Wushu 018
Section 2 Shang-Zhou Wushu: Value Justice above Material Gains 022
Section 3 Spring and Autumn and Warring States Period: The Glory of Assassins 027
Section 4 The Han Dynasty: Warriors Shone Like Stars 049
Section 5 Wushu in the Wei-Jin and Southern and Northern Dynasties: Integration with Buddhism 059
Section 6 The Prosperous Tang Dynasty: A Sword Equaltoa Million Troops 067
Section 7 The Song Dynasty: 18 Kinds of Kung Fu Skills 079
Section 8 The Yuan Dynasty: Horn Butting Wrestling and Horsemanship and Archery 097
Section 9 The Ming Dynasty: Development of Kung Fu 101
Section 10 The Qing Dynasty: Good at Riding and Shooting 108
Section 11 Fighting to Erase the Humiliating Tag of ‘Sick Man of East Asia' 112
Section 12 Fight the Japanese with Kung Fu: Defend the Motherland 119
Chapter III Kung Fu: Shaolin in the North and Wudang in the South
Section 1 History of Shaolin Kung Fu 130
Section 2 Wudang Kung Fu: Good at External and Internal Cultivation 142
Chapter IVKung Fu in Chinese Martial Arts Fiction
Section 1 Ancient Kung Fu Fiction: Martial Arts and Swordsmen 152
Section 2 Kung Fu Fiction on Legal Cases 158
Section 3 Old-style Kung Fu Novels 162
Section 4 New-genre Kung Fu Novels 166
Chapter V Kung Fu Movies
Section 1 Heavenly King: Bruce Lee and the Kung Fu Movie 174
Section 2 Chinese Kung Fu and Kung Fu Movies Going Global 182
Appendix 1 Main Schools of Chinese Traditional Martial Arts 190
Appendix 2 A Brief Chinese Chronology 197
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If the Chinese cultural history is a long river, Kung Fu is a brook that empties into it.
In ancient times, Kung Fu was developed on the basis of the benevolence thought of Confucianism. Confucius praise highly benevolence which refers to the dedication to oneself and others, to family and the state. And it is manifested, ??rst and foremost, in patriotism. Mencius stressed righteousness which refers to the quality to sacri??ce the small self and achieve the greater self. At every crisis of the Chinese nation, there always came forward benevolent men and women who sacrificed their families and served their country with great devotion. Numerous Kung Fu masters expressed their concerns for the people, and gone to the frontier and battle??elds to protect the country. Such aspiration for the greatness of the nation has been perceived as the supreme pursuit of the spirituality in Chinese Kung Fu in all ages.
Xin Qiji (1140-1207), the famous patriotic general and sword master of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), led his army to ??ght against the Jin invaders to recover lost territories in the Northern Expedition to the Central Plains. Yue Fei (1103-1142), the national hero and creator of the Yue's Spear, practiced Kung Fu since childhood and led his army to fight courageously against the Jin invaders. Unfortunately, he was framed by the traitors and was killed in prison. Qi Jiguang (1528-1588), the Anti-Japanese hero of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the creator of the Qi's Boxing, led his army to hit back the Japanese who invaded the southeastern coast of China. Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662), was a renowned general of unusual strength. In 1661, after nine months of heroic battles, he led his men to recapture Taiwan, ending the rule of the Dutch colonists over the island. Guan Tianpei (1781-1841), the "General of the Great Sword", led 400 men to defend the Humen Fortress in Guangdong against the British aggressors. Hopelessly outnumbered, he was eventually killed in battle.
All of them are famous Kung Fu masters who de??ed violence and resisted invasions. In this process, Chinese Kung Fu has not only served a military function, but also shaped the noble spirit of patriotism......

Cultural Symbols of China Vol 1: Kung Fu