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1. a.The origins of Chinese martial arts can be traced to self-defense needs, hunting activities and military training in ancient China. Hand to hand combat and weapons practice were important components in the training of Chinese soldiers. Eventually, Chinese martial arts became an important element of Chinese culture.
According to legend, the reign of the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi, traditional date of ascension to the throne, 2698 B.C.) introduced the earliest forms of martial arts to China. The Yellow Emperor is described as a famous general who, before becoming China’s leader, wrote lengthy treatises on medicine, astrology and the martial arts. He allegedly developed the practice of jiao di or horn-butting and utilized it in war. Regardless of these legends, jiao di evolved during the Zhou Dynasty (2nd millennium B.C.) into a combat wrestling system called jiao li, the practice of which in the Zhou Dynasty was recorded in the Classic of Rites. This combat system included techniques such as strikes, throws, joint manipulation, and pressure point attacks. Jiao li became a sport during the Qin Dynasty (221 - 207 B.C.). Jiao li eventually became known as shuai jiao, its modern form.
1. B. I am a Black Belt in TKD and have also studied some in Kung Fu. There are so many differences between the two. TKD is primarily Kicks, Punches, Blocks and Forms. While Kung Fu teaches circular movements and the ability to use your opponents energy agasint them. That and TKD is not nearly old as Kung Fu is. Kung Fu is much more adcanced then TKD.
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One day Bruce Lee was walking along and a death star just missed his head. He shouted out what kung fu that. Thats how it got its name, Taekwondo is different to kung fu.
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"kungfu" , which translates to meritorious effort, originated from a Shaolin monastery in China in the 6th century. TKD origins from Korea, which translates to path of feet and and fist, existed since the 7th century, when Korea became inpendent.
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Kung Fu originates from China while Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art. Actually, Kung Fu is a chinese word that roughly translates into "a mastered physical skill" It isn't a specific term for a specific martial art but is a generic term much like the word "Physical Expertise" which can be applied to other activities like cooking, playing musical instruments or even painting. Hence the shift from the word "Kung Fu" to the more specific term "Wushu" in China today when referring to their martial arts to avoid confusion. Tae is Korean for Kick, Kwon means Punch and Do means Way, therefore Tae Kwon Do can be translated as "The Way of Kicking and Punching."
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Other answerers are right.
I could also add as far as form goes, Taekwondo tends to rely more on power, while Kung Fu develops speed. Taekwondo is mostly centered on kicks, while Kung Fu balances kicking and punching. Also, it is difficult to pin down Kung Fu, because there are many varied styles of Kung Fu, and it could be argued Kung Fu is really the name given to a whole number of martial arts originating in China. Kung Fu also tends to be more elaborate and formal.
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