September 8 Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

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Drop Stance

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.” Lee Jun-fan AKA Bruce Lee

The meaning of Kung Fu means to acquire mastery and skill through hard work in any subject, not just martial arts. However, typically when we speak about Kung Fu (or Gung Fu or Wushu) it’s meaning is the martial art. Back in the day, Buddhism traveled from India to China as a result of cooperative trade among the countries; it is believed that Kung Fu came from India along the same channels. Kung Fu is primarily a striking style of martial art. It was developed to aid in hunting and to protect against enemy attacks. It utilizes hard (meeting force with force) and soft (using an opponent’s strength against them) techniques. It is a physical, as well as, philosophical art. Kung Fu advocates virtue and peace, not aggression and violence. I tried Shaolin Kung Fu for the first time today and here are the five basic Shaolin poses that I learned:

  1. Horse’s Stance (Ma Bu 马步)
  2. Bow Stance (Gong Bu 弓步)
  3. Cat Stance (Xu Bu 虚步)
  4. Drop Stance (Pu Bu 仆步)
  5. Cross Stance (Xie Bu 蟹步)
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Horse’s Stance – legs wider and butt lower, but I’m learning
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Bow Stance -from the side the body should look like a bow
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Cat Stance – Extremely difficult, all of the weight is in the bent leg. I’m bent too far forward but that’s why it is a practice.
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Cross stance – and that killer stare. LOL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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