International Journal of Sport and Health Science
Online ISSN : 1880-4012
Print ISSN : 1348-1509
ISSN-L : 1348-1509
A Cultural Philosophical Study of Wushu's Modernization and the Basis of Its Universal Value
Zhanyu Liu
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2022 Volume 20 Pages 1-8


This study examines the public debate triggered by private folk fights in recent years and the failure of wushu to become an Olympic sport. The study highlights that the root causes of traditional wushu's crises of practicality and authenticity of are related to the essential nature of sport wushu. Since modern times, to become a so-called “living tradition,” wushu has continuously remade its value orientation. However, the modernized version of traditional wushu and sport wushu have the following problems: both are losing or have lost the original essence of Chinese martial arts. After analyzing the crisis faced by wushu from the perspective of the cultural philosophy of intimacy/integrity, this study proposes that the modernization of wushu and the invention of its universal value should be based on its particularity.

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