Chinese Martial arts (Wushu), have been created for the development of your Mind, Body and Spirit. These attributes contributed to survival and well being at times of warfare. Wushu training improves physical ability, health, and mental powers. It gives an individual an excellent method of exercise, a personal art form, a competitive sport, and a basis for self-defense and sparring. Total martial arts training includes Ti (kicking), Da (punching), Shuai (throwing), Na (controlling), Gi (hitting), Ci (thrusting), etc. Related to each style are basic forms, or sequences, which involve multiple defense strategies, and within each movement there are the following attibutes: offense, retreat, mobility and immobility, speed and slowness, hard or soft postures, emptiness and fullness, with or without weapons. This is the basic structure to the Yin and Yang
Other training will include self defense using the particular movements of your forms or particular style of Wushu that is practiced. Defense simulation such as two-man combat training is an essential part of Wushu. There are also internal and external Qi Gong training methods to strengthen the body to withstand strikes and blows. In the advanced stages of training, a student begins full-contact training by sparring with semi-control in order to add realism to the training. Wushu was historically termed “Wu-Yi” or martial arts. Fairly recently, the Chinese government changed the term to “Guoshu,” or “national method.” The term most popular in North America is “Kung-fu,” which actually means one’s ability in any skill, and also means time and effort put forth to attain a certain goal.