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Judi Smith, JD MBA

Writer, artist, lawyer, technologist, and enthusiastic Shaolin Kung Fu and T'ai Chi practitioner and instructor.

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Kung Fu

Unlock the Secrets: The True Origins of Kung Fu

Peel back the layers of time and step into the world of ancient warriors, mystical philosophies, and a rich tapestry of traditions. The historical origins of Kung Fu offer more than just tales of martial prowess; they’re a window into a civilization’s heartbeat. Delve deep with us into the untold chapters, the captivating evolution, and the timeless allure of one of the world’s most celebrated martial arts.

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Philosophy of Kung Fu

Seeking Wu Wei – Effortless Action

The ability gained through hard work and practice can be described as performing work in an intuitive – effortless – way. Observers of such work see an almost magical naturalness of perfection. This can be seen in a musician that has spent many hours of study and practice before he could play fluently, naturally, and with ease. The Chinese call this apparent effortlessness wu wei (literally “non-doing”). The concept is one of natural action or action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is a state where our actions are effortlessly aligned with nature, characterized by ease and spontaneity. When you have wu wei, you have kung fu.

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