Wushu is the most popular national sport in the country of China, and is practised by people of all ages. Wushu is practiced for its method of achieving health, self-defense skills, mental discipline, recreational pursuit and competition. Wushu is characterized by its dynamic and fluid motions along with its arial kicks, rolling techniques and weapons.Wushu is composed of many Northern and Southern Chinese martial art styles. Wushu is known for its flavor, rhythm, its beauty.
When you look at the Chinese characters for wushu, it is actually two characters or words, Wu meaning 'martial' and Shu meaning 'art'. Upon further examination of the Chinese character for Wu, it is two characters, Zhi meaning ' do not do' and Ge meaning 'Fight'. Thus the characters translate to 'Do not Fight'. Therefore, the word Wushu really means the 'Art of not fighting'.
Kung Fu is Chinese martial arts, popularly referred to as kung fu or gung fu (Chinese: 功夫; pinyin: gōngfu), and also by the Mandarin Chinese term wushu (simplified Chinese: 武术; traditional Chinese: 武術; pinyin: wǔshù), are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families" (家, jiā), "sects" (派, pài) or "schools" (門, mén) of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal (内家拳, nèijiāquán), while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called external (外家拳, wàijiāquán). Geographical association, as in northern (北拳, běiquán) and southern (南拳, nánquán), is another popular classification method.