kung fu

\ ˌkəŋ-ˈfü , ˌku̇ŋ- \

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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Bay Area Discovery Museum Chinese New Year Celebration Lion dancers, a kung fu demonstration, a chance to watch master calligraphers at work, lantern making and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., Feb. 19. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Events listings," 14 Feb. 2018 Those activities include dragon and lion dances, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, music, fortune telling and more. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The week’s top 10 list is hoping the weather cooperates with fun," 14 Feb. 2018 The gyms include classes like seniors zumba, chair volleyball and cane fu (kung fu with canes). Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Goal: Longer Life With Less Loneliness," 28 Apr. 2018 Through Wu-Tang’s influence, Chang herself became a student of kung fu films, watching them with girlfriends and falling in love with the John Wu films and Chow Yun Fat in particular. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Sophia Chang Ain’t Nothing to Fuck Wit’," 25 June 2018 The film industry is perhaps best known for 1970s-era kung fu movies starring Bruce Lee and acclaimed ’90s-era dramas by the director Wong Kar-wai. New York Times, "A Crackdown on Film Props Angers Hong Kong’s Cinephiles," 1 June 2018 Probably the most important thing to realize here is that this is a little bit kung fu. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Medical know-how for the family caregiver," 24 Apr. 2018 The ball took a rather awkward bounce and flew up above his head and, rather than wait to bring it down with his chest, executed an ridiculous kung fu-style kick to play in his teammate. SI.com, "PHOTO: LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wows As He Audaciously Controls Ball Above His Head," 24 Apr. 2018 The elderly man shared his knowledge of shamanism, yoga, kung fu, and peyote, which Castaneda wrote about in several books. Los Angeles Magazine, "A Brief History of L.A.’s Most Notorious Cults," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of kung fu

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kung fu

Chinese (Beijing) gōngfu skill, art

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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 , ˌku̇ŋ- \

Kids Definition of kung fu

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

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