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Kung Fu is an umbrella name for a wide variety of Chinese martial arts systems. Styles which are categorized under the name Kung Fu include:
- Wu Shu
- San Shou
- Hung Gar
- Wing Chun
- Pai Hao/White Crane
- T'ang Lang/Mantis
- Internal Boxing "Neijiaquan" Styles
- Taijiquan Tai Chi
However, Kung Fu over the years has encompassed likely thousands of different styles. However, many of them fell into obscurity over the years because of secrecy, or because the style was absorbed, or transformed into another style. Kung Fu is often categorized into "Soft" or "Hard" styles, or "Internal" and "External". "Hard" or "External" styles focus on physical techniques. They may rely on developing strength, speed or other techniques, and generally can vary from style to style. "Internal" or "Soft" styles are influenced by Taoism and Chinese Internal Medicine with a focus on relaxation and the circulation of chi. It is claimed by some practitioners of "Internal" styles that the skill that can be attained by an "External" style is limited by body constraints, whereas with "Internal" styles, there are no limits to skill.
For more information about Kung Fu refer to Wikipedia.
Places in Davis to practice Kung Fu:
New Tai Chi, Xingyiquan, and Baguazhang classes are now being offered at the Experimental College. See the Summer 2014 schedule
The Tai Chi Club at UC Davis now has practice sessions in the other internal boxing styles of Xingyiquan and Baguazhang.