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Chinese words for kung fu, martial arts

功夫
kung fu
Chinese martial art

武術
martial arts
fighting skills
skills of fighting

少林
Shao-Lin
(the name of Shaolin Temple)

少林寺
Shaolin Temple

少林拳
Shaolin boxing
fighting technique
originated from Shaolin Temple

武當
Wudang
Wudang Sect
Wudang martial arts

太極
Tai chi

太極拳
Taijiquan
Tai-chi chuan

內力
inner strength
internal force
endogenous force
inner force of Qi, Chi

氣功
Qigong
inner strength in martial art

真氣
essential Qi, Chi
Qi, Chi from qigong
genuine internal energy

精氣神
Essence, Energy, Spirit
精: essence of life,
氣: energy of qi (chi),
神: spirit and mental strength
The ancient Taoists considered these concepts
as the three key factors to
keep the human body alive and healthy.

師父
Shifu
kung fu master

恩師
indebted mentor
beholden master
teacher to whom one is greatly appreciated

師徒
master and apprentice

徒弟
apprentice
kung fu apprenticeship
apprentice of a kung fu master

道場
Dojo
a school or practice hall where karate,
judo, or other martial arts are taught.

掌門人
head of a dojo
master of a kung fu branch

拜師
apprentice to a master
formally become an apprentice to a master

嚴師
strict teacher
severe teacher
disciplinarian

授徒
instruct apprentices
teaching special skills

練武
practice martial arts
training in martial arts

練功
practice one's skill
exercises of kung fu

熬煉
strict training
exercise stringently
practice martial art abidingly

修煉
practice Qigong
practice Taoist asceticism
cultivate vital energy and immortality

俠女
swordswomen
superheroine
female chivalrous expert

俠客
swordsman
knight errant
chivalrous expert

俠義
chivalry
chivalrous
knight-errantry
code of chivalry
strong sense of justice

宗師
grand master
great scholar

大師
maestro
grand master
great master

弟子
pupil
disciple
apprentice
(of Kung Fu master)

嫡傳
official heir
disciple of maestro
learned from a maestro directly
official heir of a kung fu master
lineal descent of a martial art sect

比武
kung fu competition
competition in martial art

切磋
compare notes
learn by interaction
learn from each other by exchanging views

必勝
must win
will most certainly win
cannot fail or be defeated

以柔克剛
use softness to conquer toughness
conquering the unyielding with the yielding

天下無敵
invincible throughout the world
matchless throughout the world
too powerful to be defeated or overcome

生龍活虎
full of vigor and vitality
lively dragon and active tiger

打坐
sit in meditation

坐禪
Zen meditation
sit in meditation

吐納
breathing in meditation
expiration and inspiration
exhalation and inhalation

呼吸
to breathe
inhale and exhale

冥思
deep thought
deep meditation

修行
practice moral teachings
cultivate one's spiritual and religious life

閉關
isolate oneself for meditation
seclude oneself for qigong practice

招式
moves in martial art

身手
agility of body movement

身法
pose and motion
moving technique
(of body in martial arts)

身心靈
Body, Mind, Soul

定力
willpower
power of meditation

念力
psychokinesis
the supernatural power to
move objects by mental effort alone

高手
master-hand
expert of martial arts

格鬥
fist fighting
barehanded fighting
hand-to-hand fight

掌法
palm method
(kung fu, martial art)

掌力
power of the palm
(of kung fu palm method)

火候
crucial moment
level of attainment

千錘百鍊
thoroughly tempered
steeled over and over again
severe training and hammering

擊劍
fencing
swordsmanship
fight with sword

劍客
swordsman
fencing master

劍術
fencing
swordsmanship
art of fencing
skills of a swordsman

劍道
kendo
Japanese swordsmanship

武士刀
samurai sword
Japanese sword

武士道
Bushido
samurai spirit

武士
samurai
knight
warrior

尚武
martial spirit
encourage martial spirit

武功
fighting skills
martial arts accomplishment

武林
Kung Fu Jungle
martial arts circles

武德
martial virtue
martial ethics

武藝
martial arts skill
skill in martial arts

忍者
ninja

忍術
ninjutsu

柔道
judo

黑帶
black belt

空手道
karate

合氣道
aikido

醉拳
drunken boxing
drunken fist
Drunken Master

鶴拳
crane fist
white crane style

鐵拳
iron fist
Tekken
powerful striking fist

鐵沙掌
Iron hand
Iron palm (kung fu)

鐵布衫
Iron cloth (kung fu)

金鐘罩
Golden shield (kung fu)

金木水火土
the five elements:
Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth

五行
five elements
金 metal
木 wood
水 water
火 fire
土 earth

陰陽
Yin-Yang
female and male
negative and positive

八卦
BaGua
Eight Trigrams

拳法
kenpo
kung fu boxing
technique of fist
fighting technique

拳腳
fists and feet
kung fu of fists and feet

推手
pushing hands
backstage driving force
hand-pushing exercise in Taijiquan
(Tai Chi Chuan)

雲手
cloud hand in Tai-chi boxing
moving hands like clouds
wave hands like clouds

散手
Sanshou
Sanda
free hand boxing
Chinese kickboxing

搏擊
kick-boxing
mixed martial arts

擒拿
catch and grapple arts
seizing-and-grappling arts
capturing and grappling skills

寶劍
precious sword
sword of might

交鋒
fight with
wage war
cross swords
engage in a battle or contest

威武
heroic and mighty
mighty and grandeur
powerful and grandeur
imposing and formidable

正氣
integrity
righteousness
spiritual strength
dignity and honor
healthy atmosphere
awe-inspiring righteousness

神功
occult martial art skills
magic power of qigong
remarkable feat of kung fu

祕笈
secret scroll
secret scripture of martial arts

詠春
Wing Chun

截拳道
Jeet Kune Do

穴道
puncture points
acupuncture points

自制
self-control
self-discipline
control oneself

自律
self-discipline

自衛
self-defense
defend oneself

挑戰
challenge

棍法
stick method
stick method in martial art

悟性
comprehension
power of comprehension
capacity for understanding

柔能克剛
Softness can overcome the hardest.

獨門功夫
exclusive style of kung fu
detached sect of martial arts

臥虎藏龍
crouching tiger and hidden dragon
full of all kinds of hidden talents

江湖義氣
loyalty among friends
code of the brotherhood
spirit of honor and justice

黑龍
Black Dragon

蒼龍
dark blue dragon
deep green dragon

青龍
Azure Dragon
greenish-blue dragon

白虎
white tiger

猛虎
fierce tiger
ferocious tiger

虎爪
tiger paw

螳螂
mantis
praying mantis


martial art
brave and daring
military, warlike


fist
boxing


Qi, chi
inner strength


Tao, Taoism
art, method
way, road, path


Zen
dhyana


kung fu
martial art skill, method

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