Core value of "Du" in Chinese martial arts

WANG Gang1 ZHANG Daoxin2

(1.School of Wushu, Wuhan Institute of Physical Education, Wuhan, Hubei, China 430079)
(2.School of Sports, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China 215021)

【Abstract】This paper analyzed "Du" in material aspect, institutional aspect and spiritual aspect of Chinese martial arts by the methods of literature review and logical analysis. We hope to further reveal special cultural connotation of Chinese martial arts by the explanation of the core value of "Du." Conclusions: Except pursuit of "holism of body and spirit" and "harmony between man and nature," the outer layer of Chinese martial arts focuses on integration with "Du," emphasizing on perception and understanding of skill movement and embodied in exact control; the middle layer emphasizes coordination of "Du," leading to propriety of behaving and represented by behavioral control in social activities; the core layer emphasizes mental analysis of "Du," pursuing holism of body and spirit in a natural way, and represented by practitioners' natural transformation from technique to Tao.

【Keywords】 Chinese martial arts; Chinese culture; martial arts culture; martial arts thought; material aspect; institutional aspect; spiritual aspect; core layer;

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【Funds】 Project of the National Social Science Foundation (14BTY076)

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ISSN:1007-3612

CN: 11-3785/G8

Vol 38, No. 05, Pages 8-13

May 2015

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Abstract

  • 1 Research methods
  • 2 “Du” and Chinese culture
  • 3 Interpretation of “Du” in Chinese martial arts
  • 4 Conclusion
  • References