Call it “Kung Fu” or “Wu-Shu”, yet it is highly misunderstood.

Wushu (translation “War Arts”) covers all aspects of Chinese martial arts both Traditional and Modern.
Wikipedia Wushu definition
Wikipedia on Sport Wushu

Wushu is:
1. Wu De- martial honor, code, and ethics.
philosophy: Shamanic: (spirits and animals), Taoist: (I-Ching, Qi, Yin-yang), Buddhist (Shaolin, Meditation, Enlightenment) Confucius (Virtues, Ancestry, Order), Muslim (Allah, Acrobatics), Scientific (sports, medicine, measurement), Traditional Chinese medicine- (acupuncture, herbs, massage) orgins.

2. Taolu (the study of traditional and modern external forms and internal forms like chanquan and taijiquan) ,

3. Internal partner training: Tui Shou (push hands) Rou shou (bagua push hands), An shen pao (Xingyiquan) and other sensing methods in traditional arts example: Chi sao in Wing Chun.

4. San Shou (fighting) , both Internal and External, example “Taiji san shou”. San Da, San shou, “Pakua san shou”, etc.

5. Weapons- Tao lu forms and sparring. there are over 100 known Chinese weapons.

6. Shuai Chiao (Wrestling),

7. Qin-Na (seize and grapple).

8. Fighting sets (barehand and weapon), two people or more.

9. Qigong and Meditation (training qi and mind)

10. Strength and stretching training: various devices to stretch and build muscles, endurance, etc.

Wushu is mistakenly judged as the more modern Taolu sport recognized forms. This is false and misleading.

There is nothing more hypocritical than a traditional kung fu or Traditional taijiquan player that criticizes and puts down wushu, since traditional is within it definition.

About Administrator

Coach Matt Stampe is a Database Administrator and I.T. professional. In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Massage Therapist licensed under the Virginia Board of Nursing, and is currently a student at Virginia University of Oriental Medicine ( He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Yang Tai Chi Kung fu for over 25 years. He was President of the Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy (VCU) Martial arts club, Secretary and Treasurer of USA chapter of Yongnian Association under Sifu He Weiqi. Experience includes: Kung fu schools: Omei Shaolin (Sifu Lu Xiaoling) 3rd degree Black Sash, Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Sifu Clarence Burris), United States Wushu Academy (Coach Christopher Pei), and Qi Elements (Sifu Nancy Bloomfield), Former Head Coach: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation centers(Adults Tai Chi), Hope Chinese school (kids classes), NOVA MMA gym in Arlington (kids classes), and VUOM Martial Arts Tai Chi club (Fairfax). He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, combat, and spirit. As a true combat athlete, he teaches methods so people can be confident to defend themselves.
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