kung fu

kung fu

noun \ˌkəŋ-ˈfü, ˌkŋ-\

: a form of fighting without weapons that was developed in China : a Chinese martial art

Full Definition of KUNG FU

:  any of various Chinese martial arts and related disciplines that are practiced especially for self-defense, exercise, and spiritual growth

Origin of KUNG FU

Chinese (Beijing) gōngfu skill, art
First Known Use: 1966

kung fu

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Chinese martial art that is simultaneously a spiritual and a physical discipline. It has been practiced at least since the Zhou dynasty (1111–255 BC). Its prescribed stances and actions are based on keen observations of human skeletal and muscular anatomy and physiology, and many of its movements are imitations of the fighting styles of animals. Its combative techniques resemble those used in karate and tae kwon do. Self-discipline is emphasized. Kung fu performed as exercise resembles t'ai chi ch'uan.

Variants of KUNG FU

kung fu Pinyin gongfu


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