A man practices martial arts in the morning on the grounds of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. PHOTO BY TOM CHRISTENSEN.
Movements originating in fighting systems developed throughout China’s history have been stylized into routines touted for individual physical fitness and psychological well-being as well as contact sports and competitive exhibitions. China’s martial arts influenced those of other countries and have inspired literature and movies.
Wushu is a Chinese term usually translated as martial arts.