When you look at the
Chinese characters for Wushu, it is actually two characters or words, Wu
meaning 'martial' and Shu meaning 'art'. Upon further examination of the
Chinese character for Wu, it too is two characters, Zhi meaning ' do not do'
and Ge meaning 'Fight'. Thus the characters translate to 'Do not
Fight'.Therefore, the word Wushu really means the 'Art of not fighting'.
Wushu may refer to:
Chinese martial arts, the various martial arts of China.
Wushu (sport), a modern exhibition and full-contact sport based on
traditional Chinese martial arts, created in the People's Republic of China
Wushu (term), a Chinese term that literally means "martial arts"
Wushu has over time become a
formal branch of study in the performancing arts by the Chinese. It is the
most popular national sport in the country of China, and is practised by
people of all ages. Modern wushu has shifted it's emphasis from combat to
performance, and it is practiced for its method of achieving heath,
self-defense skills, mental discipline, recreational pursuit and
competition. Wushu is characterized by it dynamic and fluid motions along
with its arial kicks, rolling techniques and weapons.