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Who invented Kung Fu?

  1. Nov 11, 2013 #1
    The title pretty much says it all, anybody know who invented Kung Fu?
     
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  3. Nov 11, 2013 #2

    jedishrfu

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    Martial arts has a very long and storied history in many countries, kingdoms and empires. I don't think there's a definitive answer. Shaolin Kung fu in China is a derivative of Indian martial arts that were further refined into what we see today. Other styles such a Tai chi are known to be village arts from a specific family. Every style will have its founder and the founder will have learned an earlier style which he/she didn't like and so improved and renamed it.

    A more recent example is Bruce Lee who's basic style was Wing Chun (developed by the Shaolin Nun Ng Mui) which he combined with many other existing styles both western and eastern to create Jeet Kune Do (way of the intercepting fist).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing_chun

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeet_kune_do

    Martial arts goes through a form of evolution dropping techniques that don't work and replacing them with better techniques that do and from time adopting the name of teacher.
     
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  4. Nov 11, 2013 #3

    Akaisora

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    Someone who had a lot of free time.
     
  5. Nov 11, 2013 #4

    jedishrfu

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    I suspect they got paid to teach by being a trainer for some private or regional army especially if they were good. Nowadays they go into acting and use a lot of wires.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2013 #5

    SteamKing

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    In the US, it was David Carradine.
     
  7. Nov 11, 2013 #6

    jedishrfu

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    Except Bruce Lee as Kato in the Green Hornet was what got me interested. The Kung Fu tv show was the idea of Bruce Lee. He pitched it to the studio, they rejected the idea thinking Bruce wouldn't be able to attract an audience. They resurrected it and picked Caradine as the lead.
     
  8. Nov 11, 2013 #7
    The people who invented zero...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parashurama#Kalaripayattu
    EDIT: some further research shows this to be based more on myths than facts.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Bodhidharman_(Kung_Fu_Founder)
     
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  10. Nov 11, 2013 #9

    Evo

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  11. Nov 11, 2013 #10

    Evo

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    I just googled "Kung Fu".

     
  12. Nov 11, 2013 #11
    I'm trying to cut back on Google :)
     
  13. Nov 11, 2013 #12

    jedishrfu

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    One other thing to note is that while kung fu is the popular western term, in China they would use wu-shu (martial arts) or more properly "kung fu wu shu" ie having a skilled achievement in martial arts for a practitioner.
     
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