Top Five Basic Functions of Chinese Martial Arts

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In recent years, Chinese martial arts have become more and more popular both at home and abroad. Each year there will be numerous foreigners come to China to learn it. What is the unique charm of Chinese martial arts? The functions of martial arts may be an important part.
  • As a human practice which stresses cultivation of moral characters and demonstration of spirit and temperament, Chinese martial arts is conducive to developing good manners and conduct. It also helps adjust one's psychology. The moral characters and etiquette are held in esteem by all schools of martial arts masters.
  • Martial arts practitioners can master various offence and defense techniques of armed and unarmed combat for self defense through a great number of training exercises. Many of the martial arts techniques can also be utilized in military and police training programs.
  • Tai Chi Chuan, one of the traditional schools of Chinese shadow Chuan, and the various still standing exercises emphasize the adjustment of one's breathing, thinking and psychology. These exercises have been proven to have good curative and rehabilitative effects on sufferers of chronic diseases of many kinds. As these exercises help strengthen the coordination of the human body and its immunity, they are ideal for preventing and curing diseases.
  • The practice of the basic exercises and routines of Chinese martial arts are effective methods for improving the pliability of the joints and the suppleness of the back and legs. The generation of energy, the jumping and leaping and the changes from one stance to another, all help enhance human strength and speed of movement. Chinese martial arts, therefore, can be taken as the basic exercise for other sporting activities.
  • The graceful movement of the body, especially the typical oriental charm revealed during exercises and practice of martial arts has an impressive artistic effect and provides visual delight. People can benefit mentally as well as physically from the display of the martial arts offence and defense skills and the exertion of forces through the display.

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