Fri, Sep 08, 2006 - Page 20 News List

Kung Fu 功夫

Students at a martial arts school in Nanjing, China practice their moves.
中國南京一所武術學院的學徒在練習招式。 (照片:美聯社)


As you probably know, Kung Fu is the practice of Chinese martial arts. The beginnings of this kind of Chinese art go back thousands of years. Legend says that a famous military general known as the Yellow Emperor was the first to spread the practice of martial arts in the year 2698 BC.

Since then, hundreds of different styles have started with their own rules and philosophies. Some of these styles try to make their movements similar to the movements of animals: quick and natural. These groups often use kicks and jumps as their main kinds of movement.

Other groups' styles are less fluid. Some use a strong, unmoving style in order to focus on the strength of the fighter instead of the movement.

Although it is largely about the movements of fighting, martial arts is usually practiced more as an interesting and often beautiful way to move and exercise the body and not as a way of actually hurting other people.

(Lynn Steger, Staff Writer)





Today's Words 今天單字

1. legend n.

傳說 (chuan2 shuo1)

例: Legend says that the man who could pull King Arthur's sword from the rock would be the ruler of all of England.


2. philosophy n.

觀點 (guan1 dian3)

例: While our opinions on small things are different, our overall philosophies on life are very similar.


3. fluid adj.

流暢的 (liu2 chang4 de5)

例: The ballerina's movements were so fluid and soft it was almost as if she was floating through the air.


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