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External Chinese martial arts and health

Author(s): Lam MHS, Kok EYL, Louie HTL, Lee KY

Abstract

Martial art which includes a series of disciplines, schools and traditions is originated in China. Nowadays, it has become one of the world famous sports. This article will firstly give an introduction about Kung Fu (martial art) and distinguish between the external/hard style Kung Fu and the internal/soft style Kung Fu, followed by highlight some of the characteristics that make external/ hard style Kung Fu unique. After reviewing the health benefits, including the physical, mental, and social benefits of external/ hard style Kung Fu, the author then give some basic ideas on training principles of external/ hard style Kung Fu and the recommendations on designing effective external/ hard style Kung Fu training programs.

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