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Training Wushu in China - Glossary
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Wushu Training in China - Glossary

This is a guide for those who plan to visit a Chinese martial arts school.
Below you will find a list with the most important Chinese expressions for wushu training. If you plan to learn wushu in China, larn all them and if you have any dificulties in pronouncing them, visit www.zhongwen.com. At zhongwen.com you have a "Pin Yin" (Chinese phonetic transcription) dictionary, from which you can find futher writing and pronounciation instructions. Check out the wushu main page for detailed wushu instructions.

Wushu Glossary

  • wu shu - CHIENSE MARTIAL ARTS - also known as KUNG FU
  • tao lu - FORM
  • lian - TRAIN, EXERCISE
  • lian gong - TRAIN, EXERCISE
  • gong fu - SKILL. (thats what people think is the Chinese martial art. kung fu)
  • ti tui - KICK LEGS (the basic kicking techniques)
  • tui fa - KICKING TECHNIQUES
  • ya tui - STRETCHING LEGS
  • ya - STRETCH
  • xia cha - DOING THE SPLITS
  • xia da cha - DOING THE SIDE SPLITS
  • ti - KICK
  • ti gao yi dian - KICK A BIT HIGHER
  • zenme ti? - HOW DO YOU KICK?
  • tiao - JUMP
  • tiao ji lai - JUMP UP
  • tiao gao yi dian - JUMP A BIT HIGHER
  • teng kong - THE JUMPS
  • da - HIT or PUNCH
  • da teng kong - HITTING or DOING THE WUSHU JUMPS (to hit a whirlwind kick etc....)
  • di yi duan - THE FIRST PART (of a wushu form)
  • di er duan - THE SECOND PART (of a wushu form)
  • di san duan - THE THIRD PART
  • di si duan - THE FOURTH PART
  • chuan tong quan - TRADITIONAL STYLES
  • quan - FIST, PUNCH, FORM
  • ji shu - TECHNIQUE
  • tou lan - LAZY
  • nu li - DILIGENT
  • zong ming - INTELIGENT
  • ming bai - UNDERSTAND (I understand, (how to do it))
  • wo bu ming bai - I DONT UNDERSTAND
  • dong - UNDERSTAND (The word coming out of your mouth)
  • nan - DIFFICULT
  • rong yi - EASY
  • jian dan - EASY
  • hao - GOOD
  • bu hao - BAD
  • pao bu - RUN, RUNNING
  • pao ji lai - COME ONE, RUN UP, FASTER
  • kuai, FAST
  • man, SLAO
  • kuai yi dian - A BIT FASTER
  • man yi dian - A BIT SLOWER
  • ni hui ma - CAN YOU DO IT
  • wo bu hui - I CANNOT DO IT
  • bu hui - I,HE SHE etc. CANNOT DO IT
  • wang qian - FORWARD
  • wang hou - BACKWARD
  • shang bu - SMALL STEP IN BETWEEN

Wushu Techniques

Body Parts

  • tou - HEAD
  • xiong bu - CHEST
  • fu ji - ABDOMINALS
  • tiu - LEGS or LEG
  • da tui - THIGHS or THIGH
  • xiao tui - CALFS or CLAF
  • jiao - FOOT or FEET
  • xi gai - KNEES or KNEE
  • bei - BACK
  • ge bu - ARMS or ARM
  • yan jing - EYES
  • ji rou - MUSCLES
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