IMITATION AND THE FIGHT OF 10 ANIMALS
It is the style of Chinese Kung Fu created by the Master Antonio di Salvo and recognized by all the most important Federations and Sports Promotion Bodies in Italy. The only style in Italy that is based exclusively on imitation and the defense fight of 10 animals: tiger, snake, deer, monkey, mantis, crane, dragon, panther, leopard and eagle.
The 3 fundamental characteristics of Kung Fu – Dong Wu Xue are:
– Imitative style, based on the peculiar study of animals: agility, spirit, instinct and strength
– Essential style, aimed exclusively at real combat
– Hard and intense style to practice, because it requires energy and a lot of effort and perseverance
The style aims to continue on the ancient main road trying to respect and preserve the criteria of wisdom that have generated and developed the Martial Arts, and to complete itself embraces in a comprehensive view also schools and different styles highlighting the points in common and emphasizing the main characteristic of imitation. Dong Wu Xue means:
“Study the animals” and imitate them it means fighting and defending like them.
The style is certainly very particular: it is harmonious, decisive, aggressive and above all extremely spectacular. The gestures may seem quite complex because of the harmony and peculiarity that must be taken into consideration in imitating them, and with study and constancy .. every movement will always be more powerful, faster, while in a static pose the attention will be just like that of a leopard … pointing a prey.
To fully understand Kung Fu – Dong Wu Xue it is necessary to take over the Animal Instinct. Owning and embodying the spirit and the different characteristics is one of the secrets of style.
Every animal has its own physical conformation, its own nervous structure, its own muscle tone and many others such as: speed, agility, flexibility, sinuosity or explosive force, these characteristics used by the animals themselves for their defense or to manage the most varied situations of danger .
Power is built with the ferocity that a practitioner can emit in his training. The student in practice will have to use a Spirit out of the ordinary if he wants
to get excellent results, he will have to feel like a wild tiger coming down from the safe and proud mountain or a snake that in the shadow carefully studies its prey ready for lightning attack.
No doubt anyone can assume a fierce facial expression, b
ut what an ordinary person
cannot do is move in the hypnotically beautiful way in which a predator moves. In fact, a true practitioner of this splendid Art, in imitating its movements will have to move in a truly “non-human way”.