I’m thinking about doing chinese martial arts, but i’m not too flexible. are there any chinese martial arts that don’t require too much flexibility?

Unfortunately flexibility in all martial arts is of benefit but Kung Fu (that does include Taiji) requires the most. Their whole training revolves around agility. The Chinese start their kids very young and they often go to extremes to train their children in flexibility. Fighting in Kung Fu is only taught to older kids well into their teens (16-17 and up). All the early training which can last up to 10 years is to develop prowess in a student. Now this is if you train Kung Fu the traditional way and this is how a traditional Chinese instructor will teach you. In the west you will find instructors who do not train you that much on flexibility and agility and they will just teach you some forms but I found most of the times most of those students’ forms never look right. The fluidity in the Kung Fu forms comes from a very agile and soft body and can not be duplicated the same way through strength and stiffness makes things all the worse. This is the honest truth.
However, I started Kung Fu late in life. I learned some flexibility through my training but it will never be there where my Chinese class mates are and I am OK with that. I will never be really any good at it and I am OK with that too. I love the challenge and I thoroughly enjoy the training. Kung Fu is not about who is the best (in China it is but not in the US) but what can I do with my training. My balance is so much better, I am more agile and faster and also flexible. All that beautifully compliments and blends into my Karate training which is my first martial art and it does give me an edge in many other things like sports, health, endurance, focus, the way I deal with others and challenges in life and I am OK with all that. It is all how you look at things.


Hi Im Ben Hedges and welcome to Discovering China, your portal to China’s cultural heritage. On this weeks show…

Characters from Chinese history portrayed through dance;

The world’s first orchestra to incorporate full-time Chinese instrumentalists;

And artworks by Falun Dafa practitioners go on display in Taiwan.

NTD Television recently hosted its fifth International Classical Chinese Dance Competition. Classical Chinese dance is wildly different from Western ballet, as it actually evolved out of Chinese martial arts. It is incredibly expressive, and many contestants at the competition portrayed famous Chinese historical figures through dance. Margaret Trey talks to the contestants and finds out how they brought these legendary figures to life.

Two weeks ago, NTD Television hosted the premier performance by the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. The orchestra is unique in that it is the only Western style orchestra in the world to incorporate full-time Chinese instrumentalists. Here’s a look at that performance…

In Taiwan last week, artworks by Falun Dafa practitioners went on display in Zhanghua city. Falun Dafa is a Chinese spiritual practice that has been persecuted by the Communist regime in mainland China for over 10 years.

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Brief History of Chinese Art

On April 3, 2013, in Chinese Art, by admin

I was never going to upload this but a few of my friends wanted to see this video I had made back in 2008 for my Art History class in high school. I sound terrible because I wasn’t able to breathe (I was sick for almost three weeks)! Somehow I managed to get through with it… I missed my group members videos tho’ so I was sad about that :(

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