wu·​shu | \ ˈwü-ˈshü How to pronounce wushu (audio) \

Definition of wushu

: Chinese martial arts

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The name of the martial art wushu derives from the Beijing dialect of Chinese, where it was formed by combining the words for "martial" or "military" ("wǔ") and "art" ("shù"). This form of hand-to-hand combat (known more familiarly as "kung fu") was highly developed in China by the 3rd century B.C.E, and it is credited with influencing other martial arts that arose within Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Modern wushu, however, has separated itself from traditional kung fu to emphasize aesthetics and performance. One of the more well-known divisions of wushu is tai chi, the ancient discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises.

Examples of wushu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with surfing and climbing, in the running to become new events are baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, squash, and wushu. The Editors, Outside Online, 24 June 2015 The Matrix expands that computer to envelop reality itself; the virtuosic bending and breaking of digital rules naturally becomes a kind of physics-defying wushu. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 These athletes may have more familiarity with different, edgy sports like breakdancing, sport climbing, parkour, wushu and skateboarding. Karen Weaver, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 China claimed the first gold medal of the games in the morning session with Sun Peiyuan's acrobatic victory in wushu's changquan discipline. John Pye, Fox News, 19 Aug. 2018 The two sports, which are extremely popular in Japan, are joined by bowling, roller sports, sport climbing, wushu, squash, karate and surfing (which will be considered as first-time Olympic sports) on the list. Cheryl Wray | Cwray@al.com, AL.com, 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of wushu

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wushu

Chinese (Beijing) wǔshù, from martial, military + shù art

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“Wushu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wushu. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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