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Aug 12, 2008
Guide to Martial Arts and Kung Fu

Kung Fu is a type of martial arts, which originates in China and is centuries old. It was first practiced in order to survive and provide food; tactics were adopted from the way animals fought and that is one reason why many martial arts and Kung Fu styles will refer to animals such as the monkey style, and so on.

The Development of Martial Arts and Kung Fu

Martial arts and Kung Fu changed throughout the years to adapt to the specifics required to fight different types of animals and people. Martial arts and Kung Fu are even created by different types of regions depending on the way the climate or terrain forced the locals to change their fighting tactics.

Today, martial arts and Kung Fu are mostly learned out of the passion for the sport and sometimes for self-defense as well, which is probably the best defense for anyone irrelevant of their size or age. Martial arts requires a great amount of dedication to both meditation and physical exercise in order to perfect your moves.

Martial arts and Kung Fu, like any other exercise, needs to have consistency in order to be able to perform when the occasion arrives. You can learn martial arts at home in the comfort of your home with a professional DVD where you will be shown step by step how to perform and on what moves to focus on more than the others.

However, if you are a beginner to martial arts it is recommended to join a traditional class so you get a consultation with a qualified instructor whether you are fit to perform these exercises as well as learn the basics the right way the first time.

Martial arts and Kung Fu is difficult and you may not get the hang of it on the first session or even the next few, but remember practice makes perfect and that is all you can do. Learn to also listen to your body and don?t push it more than you should, for example if you have shortness of breath, chest pains and/or severe pain in any part of your body stop exercising and immediately consult the instructor or a doctor.

If you are not provided with specific uniforms for performing martial arts and Kung Fu, you should try and dress comfortably in order to be able to move freely and perform the required movements.
About the Author
Charlie Reese is a kung fu and martial arts professor. He likes showing men and women different techniques and moves.
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