kung fu

\ ˌkəŋ-ˈfü How to pronounce kung fu (audio) , ˌku̇ŋ- How to pronounce kung fu (audio) \

Definition of kung fu

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

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The director grew up on kung fu movies and always wanted to make his own grindhouse epic. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "The definitive ranking of Quentin Tarantino films, from worst to best," 30 July 2019 The Chinese-Canadian actor, 30, was announced as Marvel’s pick for the role of the kung fu master in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at Saturday’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Simu Liu Asked Marvel for an 'Asian American' Hero in 2014 — Now He Is One!," 22 July 2019 Who cares if Moore doesn't actually know karate or kung fu? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "First trailer for Dolemite Is My Name pays tribute to a blaxploitation legend," 12 Aug. 2019 Lee, of course, is the kung fu star who remains a legend today. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 2019 Short Term 12′s Destin Daniel Cretton is directing Shang-Chi, which centers on the classic comics character and kung fu master. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Marvel reveals new details about Shang-Chi movie," 21 July 2019 The double feature paired an action movie set in Mexico with a kung fu fantasy about medieval China. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 The whole soft sofa to himself, a glass of whisky in his hand, the television purring sights that held his attention, kung fu, football, sumo wrestling, Prince Naseem thrashing someone. Leila Aboulela, Harper's magazine, "Whisky Lullaby," 10 Jan. 2019 Shaq’s Big Fella, now a kung fu instructor, has an issue with Drew, who will have to address this and other emotional issues if this underdog team will ever coalesce enough to win. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Uncle Drew’ has a predictable game plan," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of kung fu

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kung fu

Chinese (Beijing) gōngfu skill, art

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The first known use of kung fu was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of kung fu

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

kung fu

\ ˌkəŋ-ˈfü How to pronounce kung fu (audio) , ˌku̇ŋ-\

Kids Definition of kung fu

: an art of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China

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