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The origin of Chinese Martial arts 中国武术的起源  Wushu in China goes back to ancient times, originating from productive laboring of the ancient ancestry 祖先. In the primitive society, being out-numbered 数目超过by animals, facilitated with only simple tools and inferior差的[in'fiəriə productive forces, people had to survive by gathering in groups. They lived on hunting with rocks and sticks. Hitting 打with their hands, kicking with their feet and cutting, chopping 砍 or stabbing 刺with simple weapons, they performed all kinds of movements, which displayed certain skills of defense or attacking. These performances made up the substantial background of Wushu. In the clan[klæn]部落society,...

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The name Hua Mulan has been synonymous with the word "heroine" for hundreds of years in Chinese society and culture.Disney's 1998 animated film,"Mulan," brought her name to a wider audience.The following version of the well-known story is presented in the form of Longjiang Opera.On a peaceful morning,glistening with a rosy glow,Mulan washes clothes and practices martial arts with her fellow mates.But the sound of the bronze gong breaks off the harmony in the small town:The army is again recruiting new soldiers.The old and ailing Hua Hu,Mulan's father,is getting ready to be recruited,but his "son",a young and handsome soldier,is standing in...

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The World Jianshu League (WJL, from Chinese jiàn shù 劍 術, "swordsmanship") is an organization dedicated to preserving the art of the jian, a traditional Chinese sword, through organized competition, discussion, and documentation. The WJL consists of a growing number of wushu schools primarily situated in the United States. The league's main focus is to introduce a new form of sport competition using the jian, similar to sport fencing, or kendo, and thereby preserve, revive, and advance such jianshu concepts as can only be gained through one-on-one competition. BackgroundThe practice of jianshu in modern times has declined because its traditional...

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Taijijian (simplified Chinese: 太极剑; traditional Chinese: 太極劍; pinyin: tàijíjiàn; literally: "Taiji Sword") is a straight two-edged sword used in the training of the Chinese martial art Taijiquan. The straight sword, sometimes with a tassel and sometimes not, is used for upper body conditioning and martial training in traditional Taijiquan schools. The different family schools have various warmups, forms and fencing drills for training with the jian. Historical use of jian in TaijiquanThe Yang and Wu families were involved in Qing dynasty military officer training, and taught jian technique to their students.Traditional Taijijian forms are rooted in martial application, and are...

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The Sword of Goujian (Traditional Chinese: 越王勾踐劍, Simplified Chinese: 越王勾践剑) is an archaeological artifact of the Spring and Autumn period (771 to 403BC) found in 1965 in Hubei, China. Forged of copper and tin, it is renowned for its unusual sharpness and resistance to tarnish rarely seen in artifacts so old. This historical artifact of ancient China is currently in the possession of the Hubei Provincial Museum. DiscoveryIn 1965, while an archaeological survey was being performed along the second main aqueduct of the Zhang River Reservoir in Jingzhou, Hubei, a series of ancient tombs were discovered in Jiangling County. A...

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