The History and the Development of Chinese Kung Fu
The history of Chinese Kung Fu can be traced to self-defense needs and hunting activities in ancient China. In the ancient times people lived by hunting for their food and fighting wild beasts. In Shang Dynasty (1600 ~1100 BC), hunting was regarded as an important measure of Kung Fu training, and this lead to Sh脟鈥檜b脙鲁 Kung Fu, one example of ancient Chinese Kung Fu, being developed. Later, in Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC~221 BC), Chinese Kung Fu developed as a kind of dancing芒鈧€漨artial arts dancing.
In the Spring and Autumn Periods (770 BC-476 BC), great importance was attached to Chinese Kung Fu and it attracted the attention of many notable scholars and leaders across China. In the Qin Dynasty (221 BC to 206 BC) and Han Dynasties (206 B.C.芒鈧€?20 A.D.) martial arts dancing was very popular. During that period, innovation of Chinese Kung Fu was promoted; the "Five-animal-style" exercise was an example of the radical innovation in Kung Fu seen in this period.
In Tang Dynasty (581 芒鈧€?618), Chinese Kung Fu developed rapidly, and it became a kind of test of scholarly merit, through which the best students were commended and celebrated. From then on, Chinese Kung Fu was introduced to many other countries, mainly to the throughout Southeast Asia.
In Song Dynasty (960 ~1279) and Yuan Dynasties (1271 ~ 1368), the Development of Chinese Kung Fu reached the highest level. Then in the Ming Dynasty (1368~1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644~1911), Chinese Kung Fu also developed rapidly. During the two dynasties, schools specializing in training Chinese Kung Fu came into being and different genres of Chinese Kung Fu were integrated.
Till now, many teams and organizations of Chinese Kung Fu have been established and developed. Some of them have participated in the Olympic Games. Nowadays, Chinese Kung Fu is not only popular among Chinese, but also popular among lots of foreigners. More and more people are participating and practicing Chinese Kung Fu.
Over its long history, Chinese Kung Fu has incorporated different philosophies and ideas into. It has expanded from self-defense to lifestyle exercise and as method of self cultivation. Chinese Kung Fu has had a large influence of popular culture both in the east and west and is now an integral element of Chinese traditional culture.