How did Chinese martial arts elite form?

Chinese martial arts have a history of more than 2,000 years, formed and developed not only for combat purposes.

During a rally in Sichuan on April 27, MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong defeated the high-power politician Wei Lei. The duel took place only for 10 seconds when the Tai Chi master was defeated in “wink”. Xu’s take on the game and the declaration of “defending the whole martial arts” sparked a wave of debate that whether traditional Chinese martial arts was “outdated” in real combat.

Many network users even described Wei’s failure against Xu as “humiliating” and arguing whether traditional martial arts were really effective in real combat, or just a form of “flowery” martial arts practice.

According to SCMP, Chinese martial arts have a history of more than 2,000 years, contributing to spreading the country’s culture and even literature. However, Chinese martial arts have been practiced for many years for various reasons instead of fighting.


Traditional Chinese martial arts have a history from before the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC). Hundreds of years before the Qin Dynasty, many aristocrats were ready to pay professional killers to protect their personal lives or invade the enemy’s territory. Later, similar to Rome, some wealthy families began to train gladiators, asking them to participate in battles to “buy fun” in the arenas.

Under Qin Shihuang, this form was prohibited. Their combat techniques are still passed on to the next generation, though more of a representation.

Martial arts performance

In about 750 years between the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Nguyen Dynasty (1279-1368). Commercial martial arts began to prevail throughout China, when economic activity developed in many cities and large towns. Many masters make their way to perform to earn money, show off fighting techniques and challenge the audience to participate in duels.