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Category: Chicago Wushu
Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:00
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Contemporary Wushu

John C performing Wushu dropstance

Nowadays, the term wushu is synonymous with contemporary exhibition sport and full contact sparring based on Chinese martial arts. Modern wushu is composed of forms taolu and sparring sanda. Taolu forms are individual routines similar to kata or gymnastics floor routines where a martial artist performs an individual performs a series of martial arts moves and is judged according to specific rules regarding artistry, skill, power, and precision. Sanda is the modern Chinese version of sport fighting which involves punches, kicks and grappling.

Traditional Kung Fu / GongFu

Ther terms traditional kungfu or traditional wushu can refer to a variety of traditional Chinese martial arts styles including Shaolin, animal styles, northern and southern styles.

Taichi / Taiji

Taichi is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced for health reasons. Tai chi forms are known for their slow movement. There are several styles of tai chi but the 2 most popular ones are Chen and Yang. Tai chi chuan literally means "supreme ultimate boxing" in Mandarin. The philosophy of tai chi is to meet violent force with softness. The theory is to be sensitive to the movement of your opponent and remain in physical contact with him and safely redirect his attack.

Mike A performing taichi straightsword

The beginner in this class focuses on Yang style Tai Chi. Basic mobility, hand and leg coordination and the 24 or 108 routines are practiced. After a certain proficiency has been reached the student will move on to Yang Tai Chi Sword then eventually branch out into the older, more martial, Chen style. Advanced students will learn Wudang Straightsword.


Carlos Pesina performing Bagua

Baguazhang's main characteristic movement is circle walking. Practitioners walk around the edge of a circle facing the center as if circling an opponent.

Cheung is the main system practiced, including: qigong, 8 changing palms, swimming body dragon, dao, spear and deer horn knives. Other forms, styles, and their applications may also be included.