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anonymous asked:

What's the difference between karate, martial arts, and Kung fu?

Uhh. Well, first, martial arts is the term for any cultural style of fighting, like karate, kung fu, tae kwon do, Brazilian jiu jitsu, krav maga, aikido, etc… they come from all over the world and have different histories and often really interesting origin stories. A martial art can revolve around join manipulation and technique, like aikido or judo, ground fighting like Brazilian jiu jitsu or wrestling, fighting while using weapons, like archery and kendo, or involve striking with your hands, feet, elbows, and knees, like karate, muay Thai, boxing, tkd, krav maga, wing chun, and many others.

Now the basic/main differences between karate and kung fu are geographical and historical. Karate originated in Okinawa, an island near Japan, which has been under the influence of both Japan and China over the years, but karate was developed while the Chinese were in charge (fun fact, but I’m not 100% sure if this is true, is that the Okinawan farmers were not allowed to have weapons during this period, and so developed ways to use farming tools offensively. Because, who can tell a farmer to stop using his scythe that he needs to cut grain?), and so is based off of Chinese styles, but was later brought to mainland Japan in the early 1900s, where some say it was “refined.” Kung Fu, being the general term for Chinese martial arts, has therefore existed for much much longer than karate. I think the most influential style of kung fu for karate is called White Crane (again, I’m not exactly a history buff when it comes to this stuff). Wing chun and wushu are types of kung fu, as is the ideology of the five animals. Think Kung Fu Panda, the animals are tiger, mantis, crane, monkey, and snake, and are utilized to display the variability of fighting styles as well as the ways of life a martial artist can lead.

Tl;dr: Martial arts is the umbrella term, “kung fu” just means any and all martial arts from China, while karate is a distinct (although incredibly expansive) martial art, which has been influenced greatly by kung fu styles.

Hope that helped :)

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Man quits steady job to make ‪swords‬

For many, 33-year-old Jia Huaijin is like a hero from a ‪‎Kung Fu‬ novel.

Jia abandoned his stable job at a state-owned enterprise five years ago, and has dedicated himself to making swords at a farmhouse in his hometown of Guying, a town near Henan Province’s capital city Zhengzhou.

For the past five years, Jia has worked day and night in his blacksmith’s shop in pursuit of his dream to recover swords from nearly 2,000 years ago’s Han Dynasty, which lasted from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.

Jia has become so immersed in in his craft that even his appearance has changed, now invoking the look of an man out of a history book. Nowadays he usually wears old-fashioned Chinese clothing, and has a bun top of his head, making him seem more like a blast from the past.

Jia has become a bit of a celebrity these days. The price for his work ranges from 100,000 yuan ($16,120) to 200,000 yuan ($32, 240) a piece. His work has earned him international acclaim after a Canadian man asked him to make a sword, a moment Jia is quite proud of.

The town of Guying was once home to many blacksmiths 2,000 years ago. Jia said his love for swords has been deeply rooted in him since he was a young boy. “A favorite activity for my childhood friends and I was putting a nail on the rail, and watch as it would turn into a ‘blade’ under a passing train.”

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Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Workout Master Post

  1. Earthbending Strength and Conditioning
  2. Firebending Strength and Conditioning
  3. Waterbending Strength and Conditioning
  4. Airbending Strength and Conditioning
  5. Tough Like the Toonz- Episode 5: Korra’s Body Training (Jaxblade)
  6. Iroh’s Prison Workout

Workouts will be added to this list as they are finished/I have time to add them.

(P.S.- If you’re not already following jaxblade, you should go ahead and do that. You’re welcome.)

If you like a bit of feminism in your martial arts history, look no further than the lady on the left, Chen Shichao.
Chen Shichao was a member of the renowned Jingwu kung fu institute (a school primarily responsible for reshaping the face of kung fu teaching) and believed in total equality not only in the institute but in martial arts in general.
She would often tour, promoting Chinese kung fu for women in an attempt to increase the number of ladies learning martial arts.

Health teacher: we’re watching an educational movie for the next few days before spring break. I really like it because it’s about exercise and shows how exercise is great.

Class: -waits for boring movie-

*hears Kung fu panda intro*

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED. MY HEALTH TEACHER PLAYED KUNG FU PANDA. WE’VE WATCHED KUNG FU PANDA FOR 3 DAYS.

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I’ve always wondered about the truth behind Michael Jackson’s interest in martial arts and whether he was an actual practitioner.
His ex-bodyguard who, granted, is well known for being a lying piece of shit, said Michael was a real fighter who’d actually achieved a blackbelt in some form of kung fu and Will Smith has said that at, one point, he believed Michael to be a blue belt in Taekwondo.
There’s also the talk of him being a massive Bruce Lee fan and, of course, on his tour of China, he stopped off at the Shaw Brother studios.
Not only that, but he would often visit martial arts schools in various places (above, with Michael in the blue, was a trip to a Japanese Karate school).

But nothing has ever been truly revealed. It’s all just talk. Apparently he trained a lot and his dancing helped with his speed. But there’s nothing to suggest that Michael was an actual martial artist.
It would be amazing to know more about his interest. I’d like to thing that, much like RZA, he had a huge collection of kung fu movies in Neverland…bot who knows?

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Jackie Chan is currently the world’s most famous martial artist. As a director, producer, action choreographer, martial artist, comedian, singer, stunt performer and, most importantly, an actor, Jackie has stunned billions of movie goers worldwide with his martial arts and acrobatic movements. “I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan”. Jackie