SPRING AND AUTUMN of WUSHU
excerpted from Professor
Kang Ge-Wu's history
1101 to 1125
Towards the end of the Northern
Sung Dynasty, Wushu had become the main content of various performances,
and it had many stylized routines. Dong Jing Meng Hua Lu records
that Emporer Hui Zong watched the performances on stage in Bao
Jin Building, in the city of Kaifeng.
The repetoire included fights such as sparring of Qiang (Spear)
and Shield, conjuring such as Qi Sheng Dao (Chi Kung); comical
plays such as a quarreling couple fighting each other with cudgels,
circus plays such as fighting with Qiang (Spear) on horseback,
In that period people set up temporary
performance grounds. In the years of Da Guan of Chong Ning (1102
to 1110) the most common displays in Kaifeng included: sparring
with Qiang (Spear) and cudgel (Staff); sparring with Qiang (Spear)
and Shield; Xiang Pu (open hand sparring) and other Wushu performances.
Notes: Kaifeng, once the capitol
of China, is famous as the outpost of the Jewish population of
China, resident there over 1000 years. Even 1000 years ago the
kind of "cinema fighting", sparring and other mixtures
of entertainment and Wushu were already quite popular right along
with circus stunts. The fact that "ancient" techniques
date this far back doesn't make them authentic.
Professor Kang: With his rich
knowledge and practice as well as many scientific achievements,
Mr. Kang GeWu is well-known in present day Wushu cirlces. Some
articles have praised him as "the one who has brought about
a turning point in BaGua Zhang research work", and "the
first in China to have engaged in theoretical and historical research
on Wushu". Kang GeWu is indeed an important figure in the
preservation of authentic Wushu culture.
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