The term “Wushu 武 術 ” translates to “martial arts” and is a general term for the Chinese Martial Arts. However in recent times, “Contemporary Wushu” has become a competitive international sport under the International Wushu Federation (IWUF). Wushu is subdivided into two categories: taolu 套路 and sanda 散打.
Taolu is focused on performance routines that draw from more traditional styles of the Chinese Martial arts and simulate self-defense techniques while incorporating acrobatic techniques known as nandu 難度 (difficulty movements). Taolu is a highly athletic practice and emphasizes detail, speed, power, and agility.
Sanda, formerly Sanshou 散手, is also known as Chinese kickboxing. It was originally developed by the Chinese military and incorporates both traditional and modern applications. It combines full-contact kickboxing techniques as well as wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps, elbow and knee strikes.
What is the difference between Wushu and Kungfu?
Wushu and Kungfu are both often used to indicate the Chinese martial arts. However, “wu 武 /shu 術” translates to “martial arts” while kungfu (gong 功 /fu 夫) translates to “the development of skill with time and effort/hard work” and can be used to indicate expertise achieved in any discipline, martial or not.
We offer classes for both children and adults of all skills levels. Visit individual pages for more details.
Our Wushu program incorporates training methods from both contemporary Wushu and Shaolin systems, and offers classes in both taolu and applications training. Below you will find a description of the different levels and requirements for our students at each level. Each level is further subdivided into Copper, Silver and Gold, each with specific requirements for advancement.
Time for completion of each level is dependent upon factors including but not limited to: student’s previous experience in martial arts upon joining a program, body awareness and understanding of concepts, attendance, and time spent training and studying outside of class. The length of times shown are purely estimates and vary with every student.
Fundamentals (3-6 months)
Tigers: Intermediate – Advanced (1-3 years)
Dragons: Advanced – Life Long Learners
This video is great example of what a wushu taolu class at East Cloud Kungfu looks like, showing the general class structure as well as examples of both basic and advanced practices.
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