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The Incredible World of Chinese Martial Arts

By: John Savage

Throughout the world, Chinese martial arts are well known and well respected. China is a pioneer in martial arts, founding several excellent styles. Although Kung Fu is probably the most well known, there are others that are just as good. Below, we will look at some of the other Chinese martial arts that are not as well known as Kung Fu.

HSING I

This is actually one of the internal styles of Kung Fu, very closely related to Tai Chi. It teaches students to subordinate their bodies, creating powerful movements with very little expense of energy. HSING I is not really well known in the West, although it is very powerful and well known throughout China. There are very few schools, and very few teachers that teach and practise this outside of China.

Just like Tai Chi, HSING I has deep roots in Chinese medicine and the Chinese perceptions of nature. The blows that come from HSING I come from the five elements of the Chinese metal, fire, earth, water, and wood. Similar to other forms that originate from Kung Fu, HSING I offers complex, dance like movements that are adapted from the way animals react and move.

Due to the training being so demanding and rigorous, and the breathing exercises being so difficult, those who practice this martial art have astounding physical skills and amazing endurance.

Tai Chi

To those who live outside of China, Tai Chi resembles more of a dance. The slow and calm movements it teaches are balanced and exact, performed while the stylist is in a deep state of relaxation. While in this deep state of relaxation, the stylist will be fully aware of what is going on in his surrounding, and he will be completely in control of his movements, although he will appear to those around him to be asleep.

In reality, Tai Chi is an energy exercise that promotes strength, stamina, and flexibility. By using the deep state of relaxation, Tai Chi enables stylists to benefit emotionally and spiritually as well. Tai Chi also uses deep states of meditation as well, helping stylists to learn how to reach their high level of peace.

Chinese martial arts

Even though Kung Fu is the best known martial art in China, there are many different forms and styles that originate from it. There is the Shaolin style as well, which offers several different styles of Kung Fu, including the world famous 5 animals system. The five animals system is among the most popular in China and well known around the world for its devastating techniques and amazing power when used in combat.

Along with Kung Fu, both HSING I and Tai Chi are great martial arts that help with endurance training and flexibility. A lot of Kung Fu students in China choose to study one of these arts as well, as it helps to add to their physical and emotional power.

Students who study Tai Chi or HSING I as well as Kung Fu, have a higher state of endurance and spirituality that simply cannot be matched.

All around the world, China is well known for martial arts. China brought Kung Fu and Tai Chi to the world, which is something we are all thankful for. Even though Japan offers their unique blend of martial arts, many consider China to be the founding father of martial arts. The Chinese have been using martial arts for hundreds of years, showing the world just how dominant it can be as a means of self defense and a way to live your life in a peaceful manner.

About the Author: john savage is Director of The Bible Network and more stories can be read at http://thebiblenetwork.org.uk/

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