The Masters <ul><li>Kung-Fu is an advanced form of self defense, widely known in China. </li></ul><ul><li>Bruce Lee (top left) was one of the foremost masters of the art and created his own fighting styles such as the famous Jeet-kun-do and “the way of no way”. </li></ul><ul><li>Chuck Norris, shown here, is today’s foremost expert on the arts of Kung-Fu since the mysterious death of grandmaster Lee. Chuck Norris created the style of Chun-cuk-do. </li></ul>
ORIGINS OF KUNG-FU <ul><li>The creation of Shaolin Kung-Fu is generally credited to a Buddhist Indian man named Tat-Moh or Boddhidharma. He devised a set of exercises that the martial art is based around. </li></ul>
THE MANY STYLES <ul><li>The numerous styles and deviations of Kung-Fu characterize the movements and tendencies of a fighter. These are just a few of the hundreds of styles of the ancient art. </li></ul><ul><li>Snake, Eagle, Dragon, Tiger, and Crane (among others) are all styles based on the movements of animals and are highly specialized. Other, more generalized styles like Tai-Chi and Practical Chun-Cuk-Do are known by a great many more people than the animal styles and are overall more easily mastered. </li></ul><ul><li>There is one style, created by Bruce Lee that does not fall in these two categories. The Way of No Way infused every style together into the most advanced deviation of Kung-Fu. This was only ever mastered by Bruce Lee and although it seems to be the single most effective art, Chuck Norris has never taken on the skill. </li></ul>
WEAPONS OF KUNG-FU <ul><li>With the many styles, come many tools to more easily implement them. Arguably the most common are the nunchaku, or the Chinese straight sword. </li></ul><ul><li>The nunchaku, or num-chucks were the favorite weapon </li></ul><ul><li>of Bruce Lee. It consists of two wooden, bamboo, or metal rods, </li></ul><ul><li>bound in the center by a rope or chain. The weapon can be </li></ul><ul><li>twirled around the body to mesmerize the opponent and utilize </li></ul><ul><li>centrifugal force to strike with blinding speed and accuracy. </li></ul><ul><li>Another weapon, the Chinese straight sword is closely </li></ul><ul><li>associated with the art of Tai-Chi. </li></ul>
KUNG-FU MOVIES <ul><li>Instead of being a mysterious old man in the remote </li></ul><ul><li>mountaintops of china, the master Bruce Lee was </li></ul><ul><li>actually quite famous for his place in show business. </li></ul><ul><li>His last film was Enter The Dragon, shown here. The </li></ul><ul><li>master mysteriously slipped into coma and died 3 months </li></ul><ul><li>before the premier. </li></ul><ul><li>Chuck Norris played in a few of Bruce Lee’s movies and was helped into fame by the late Martial Artist. His role in Walker, Texas Ranger made Norris an American icon even more powerful than Lee. This has brought about the misconception that Chuck Norris was more skilled in the arts of Kung-Fu. </li></ul>
KUNG-FU MOVIES II <ul><li>Kung-Fu movies have slowed down since the Bruce Lee era but are still popular in Hollywood. </li></ul><ul><li>A recent film, “Kung-Fu Panda” is a perfect example of a good kung-fu flick. Other films with kung fu are The Matrix, the Forbidden Kingdom, and the always entertaining, Rush Hour series. </li></ul>
KUNG-FU in GAMES <ul><li>With Kung-Fu and other martial arts, violence is commonplace; and with violence, comes video games. Some of the first video games that included Kung fu were Street Fighter, the Mortal Kombat series, and Double Dragon. </li></ul>
Kung-Fu games II <ul><li>From the first moment Kung-Fu made an appearance in games, fighting games have been some of the most popular games in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting games have become so advanced that people may actually learn Kung-Fu from videogames! </li></ul>
In Conclusion <ul><li>Kung-Fu is not easily mastered, and in my opinion, is one of the best forms of self defense. Most do-jo’s don’t allow students to touch a weapon until they have achieved their brown belt, or what have you. Bruce lee and Chuck Norris, among others are only a handful of people that have truly mastered the magnificent art of Kung-Fu… </li></ul>
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