Chinese martial arts
|Chinese martial arts|
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|Literal meaning||martial art|
These fighting styles are often classified according to common features, identified as "families" (jiā), "sects" (pài) or "schools" (mén) of martial arts. Examples of such features include physical exercises that copy certain animals, or training methods inspired by Taoism, and legends. 
Styles focusing on qi are called "internal" (nèijiāquán), while others concentrate on improving muscle and heart fitness, and are called "external" (wàijiāquán). They are also often classed according to region, that is "northern" (běiquán) and "southern" (nánquán).
- Deason, Rachel. "An Introduction to the Different Kinds of Martial Arts in China". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
- "History of Chinese Martial Arts". en.chinaculture.org. Retrieved 2020-08-16.