The match between intrinsic values of the Chinese martial art and the human development theory

ZHANG Changnian1 CHEN Lan1 ZHANG Changsi2

(1.Capital Institute of Physical Education and Sports, Beijing, China 100191)
(2.College of P.E. and Sports, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China 100875)

【Abstract】As a big brand of Chinese culture, the intrinsic value of Chinese Wushu needs to be recognized by the world. This research discussed the process of Chinese Wushu turning to sports, and explored the relationship between the theory of Chinese Wushu and the theory of human development on the basis of putting forward the original principle of Chinese Wushu by using literature review method mainly. Research shows that: through the encounter history of Chinese Wushu turning into sports step by step in near modern times, it can be found that Wushu has the function of physical education but isn't entirely physical in essence. Wushu is a kind of Chinese-type attacking culture which belongs to Chinese nation and gradually formed in the struggle of production and life. When we look at the whole Chinese Wushu from the perspective of human development using the historical and logical vision, its body-building, self-defense and entertainment culture of humanistic value fits closely with the unremitting pursuit of human development theory on “healthy life,” “personal self-esteem and human rights,” “knowledge and decent living” and “choice or free.” Mining and exploring the deep connection and correspondence on “human development” and Chinese Wushu can help to improve and deepen the understanding of the two aspects.

【Keywords】 Chinese martial arts; theory of human development; intrinsic value; sport orientation; body building and fitness keeping; attack and self defense; entertainment and culture; humanistic value;

【Funds】 Project of 2016 National Social Science Fund (16BTY112, 16CTY020) Project of Beijing Social Science Fund (14ZHC020)

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CN: 11-3785/G8

Vol 40, No. 01, Pages 138-144

January 2017


Article Outline


  • 1 Research object and methods
  • 2 Connotations of human development theory
  • 3 Origin of the Chinese martial art
  • 4 Match between values of the Chinese martial art and the theory of human development
  • 5 Conclusion
  • References

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