Is Wing Chun the same as Kung Fu?

by Jose A. Diaz Ocasio
(Bayamon, Puerto Rico)

Is Wing Chun the same as Kung Fu?
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Answer: Wing Chun is a martial arts style found within kung fu.

Technically, the word Kung Fu is closely translated to "martial arts" in Chinese.

The pronunciation, "Kung Fu" comes from the Cantonese dialect (spoken in Hong Kong).

Today, thanks to all the popular Hong Kong movies, it is now the "un-official" spelling and pronunciation in the West for Chinese martial arts.

However, if you meet Chinese who are not from Hong Kong or the Guangdong province (also known as Canton), where they speak Cantonese, you may hear them say, "Gong Fu" or maybe "Wushu."

These are all similar terms.

But, in China itself, "Wushu" is the common term for 'Chinese' martial arts, not Kung Fu. Most people will talk to you about, or train "Wushu," not kung fu.

Wing Chun is one of many styles found in Kung Fu/Wushu. There is also Taiji (tai chi), Bagua, Choy Li Fut, Sanda, Hung Gar, and many more.

Wing Chun is probably the most effective out of all of them :-)

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