Start Submission

Reading: Gong and fa in Chinese martial arts

Download

A- A+
dyslexia friendly

Articles

Gong and fa in Chinese martial arts

Author:

Timothy J. Nulty

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, US
About Timothy
Associate Professor of Philosophy
X close

Abstract

The distinction between gong (skill) and fa (technique) is ubiquitous in Chinese martial arts. Utilizing Maurice Merleau- Ponty’s notion of ‘embodied intentionality’, I examine this distinction. I draw specific examples of the kinds of skills under discussion from a particular style of taijiquan – Hong Chuan Chen Shi taijiquan (Master Hong Junsheng’s transmission of Chen taiji boxing) – and I argue that understanding taijiquan in terms of embodied intentionality allows us to understand important taijiquan concepts such as chansijin, yin, and yang. Although in this article I focus on one specific style of martial art, I argue that the general analysis of the gong-fa distinction based on embodied intentionality is widely applicable.

How to Cite: Nulty, T.J., (2017). Gong and fa in Chinese martial arts. Martial Arts Studies. (3), pp.50–63. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2017.10098
6
Views
6
Downloads
Published on 16 Jan 2017.
Peer Reviewed

Downloads

  • PDF (EN)