List of Kung Fu & Wushu Words, Commands & Terminology

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List of Kung Fu & Wushu Words, Commands & Terminology

Here are many of the basic Chinese words, terms and commands used in Kung Fu (Wushu). For other martial arts words & commands (i.e. Japanese used in Karate), please visit the main Martial Arts Terminology section.

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Important Kung Fu (Wushu) Words & Commands

  • Begin - Kai Shi (pinyin: kāishǐ, simplified chinese: 开始)
  • Block - Kwa
  • Bow - Kow Tow (pinyin: kòutóu, simplified chinese: 叩头)
  • Cheers (when drinking/celebrating) - Gan Bei
  • Dodge - Seen
  • Ear - Erduo
  • Eye - Yan Jing
  • Foot - Jiao
  • Form or Routine - Taolu (pinyin: tàolù, simplified chinese: 套路). The first syllable "tao" should not be confused with "dao" which has different meaning, pronunciation and chinese written character
  • Good - Hao (sounds like How). Very good is Hěn Hǎo (Hung How) and not good is Bù Hǎo (Boo How).
  • Goodbye - Zai Jian (pinyin: zàijiàn, simplified chinese: 再见)
  • Grab - Fong
  • Head - Tou
  • Hello - Ni Hao (pinyin: nǐ hǎo, simplified chinese: 你好). Sounds like Nee How.
  • How Are You? - Ni Hao Ma
  • I - Wa
  • Instructor - Jiaolian (pinyin: jiàoliàn, simplified chinese: 教练)
  • Kick - Ti (pinyin: tī, simplified chinese: 踢). Not to be confused with 腿 (pinyin: tuǐ) which means leg or foot
  • Kung Fu School - Kwoon or Wu Guan
  • Lateral Stomp Kick - Ce Chuai Tui
  • Leg - Tui
  • Life Force - Qi or Chi (pinyin: qì, simplified chinese: 气)
  • Master - Shifu (pinyin: Shīfu, simplified chinese: 师父)
  • Neck - Bo Zi
  • No - Bù (Boo)
  • Nose - Bi Zi
  • Not Good - Bù Hǎo (Boo How)
  • Punch - Quan
  • Roundhouse Kick - Bian Tui (whipping leg kick)
  • Salute - Gen Lai
  • Side Kick - Ce Ti Tui
  • Stomach (Belly) - Du Zi
  • Student - Tu Di (túdì, 徒弟)
  • Thank You - Xie Xie
  • Very Good - Hěn Hǎo (Hung How)
  • You - Ni or Nee
  • You Are Welcome - Bu-ke-qi (literally means don't act like a guest)

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