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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Irving surprises with a wicked sense of humor and zen soulfulness as aging playground legend Uncle Drew, and Shaquille O'Neal is hilarious as his frenemy, kung fu master Big Fella. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Your ultimate Fourth of July movie guide: A suggestion for every holiday scenario," 29 June 2018 Irish dance and Greek line dance were also demonstrated, as was kung fu. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Families 'experience the whole world' during Field School Cultural Fair in Park Ridge," 4 May 2018 The slate included everything from kung fu and taekwando demonstrations to K-pop and hip hop dance, and the performers’ ages ranged from preschool dancers to Malden Senior Center singers. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Crowd swarms lion dance at Chinatown festival," 7 July 2018 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

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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

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\ˌkəŋ-ˈfü, ˌku̇ŋ-\

Kids Definition of kung fu

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

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