6/15/2007 10:39pm, #31
Why choose Kung fu?
A lot of people on this site look for a style that is quick to learn and effective in a fight, and that is it. Chinese martial arts are not known for this. I am curious as to why the members here have chosen to train kung fu.
6/15/2007 10:49pm, #32
Because they thought it would be cool and would work.
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6/15/2007 11:03pm, #33
6/15/2007 11:55pm, #34
I have never done kung fu, however some day I would like to try it. I'm not real sure why, maybe because I watched to many kung fu movies when I was a kid. I read the book American Shaolin about a month ago, it made me want to try sanda real bad but could'nt find anything around vancouver wa. that looked legit. I guess I wouldnt have time now anyways.
6/16/2007 2:50am, #35
Mine goes a bit deeper into an idealistic philosophy. In reality when all was said and done I had done more CMA than any other style. We know that Kung-fu as a system doesn't translate well to western language. It's technically not martial arts but that's what we associate it with.
I was watching Stephan Bonnar vs Keith Jardine tonight. I believe Bonnar was touted as a BJJ stylist but then as the night went on you heard about his transfer from TKD, to boxing, adding Muay Thai. Somewhere after TKD he took up BJJ. So why claim any or all? Depends upon how you look at it.
Even you Hui_Xiu claim MT, CMA and Boxing. Why? Does it give you a bit of legitimacy? I've trained in over 8 different styles of martial arts and can actually promote people in 8 of them. Kung-fu toughened my body, showed me balance, help me understand movement, gave me the base to adapt to other styles. It's my base style so I claim Kung-fu.
6/16/2007 7:26am, #36
Yes, Omega I put Boxing and MT in my style fields because I want to show exactly what has influenced my style.
"Kung-fu toughened my body, showed me balance, help me understand movement, gave me the base to adapt to other styles. It's my base style so I claim Kung-fu."
I agree with this statement 100%. I trained in a karate style before kung fu, but it didn't really stick with me. But I trained boxing after kung fu, so I've adapted the boxing training to my kung fu style. Same with the Muay Thai, except I've only been training muay thai for a few months. I've been practicing kung fu a lot longer than anything else, so it is definately my foundation.
Sorry to talk so much about myself, just wanted to answer the question well.
6/16/2007 10:47am, #37
I'm not trying to say you're wrong dude. Like I said mine is a very idealistic point of view. I mean I'm extensively trained in SAMBO with Judo and Jujitsu influence. I just emerse it in "my kung fu"
6/16/2007 11:31am, #38
6/16/2007 12:01pm, #39
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Most of the training I have had was in Chinese and Tibetan styles. I like many of the concepts and have found them useful. I guess that over time I just stuck with CMA and Tibetan styles even after trying other styles for various lengths of time. I used infighting from muay thai, standup from boxing and panantukan mixed with the tibetan styles I know. The teacher I have now has more knowledge in those areas than I do and the instruction is better. My MT, boxing, and panantukan are slowly being replaced with more CMA and Mongolian Martial Arts.
So I would say that I'm learning CMA, Tibetan MA, and Mongolian MA because I feel I'm getting the best training I can find. Many people have the opinion that "Kung-fu" is useless. My response to that is some CMA's are totally useless but some are good, it depends on the trianing method. I've been to CMA schools that train 99% forms, I never go back again. I've stuck with the schools that emphasize principles, drills, and techniques over forms.
Last edited by Hands; 6/17/2007 8:35pm at . Reason: Replaced "Kung-fu" with more acceptable terms.
6/16/2007 10:51pm, #40
Just to clarify.
A person does not actually practice Kung fu but instead should try to achieve a high level of skill (kung Fu) with practice of a martial art.
In truth, Kung Fu can be used to refer to just about any skill. A chef can have good kung fu, so can a surgeon. Even a BJJ player can have good Kung Fu.
What Omega said about his Kung Fu makes perfect sense in this context.
Kung Fu as used by most people to describe the CMA's is incorrect.