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The History and Philosophy of Wing Chun Kung Fu Thesis for Level Ten Grading censored student of Sifu Rick Spain WWCKFA History In the Beginning The deep nature of our own species and those that preceded us in evolution includes competition violence and killing Prehistoric men no doubt fought one another for dominance food mating rights and survival The dawn of a structured or scientific approach to fighting no doubt occurred with the first primitive man to pick up a stick with which to strike an enemy or prey Conflict and warfare form pivotal events in human history Arguably many ancient rituals sports and ceremonies are reenactments of battles in one form or another The Olympic Games held by the ancient Greeks were regarded as a religious festival during which war was suspended The Epic of Gilgamesh written down in about the eighteenth century BC in Mesopotamia one of the earliest centres of civilisation shows that most weapons of war had been invented by then the major exception being explosives which were to be invented by the Chinese almost 2800 years later Gilgamesh a hero of Uruk in Babylonia fought with axe sword bow and arrow and spear His contemporaries used battering rams against enemy cities and rode to battle in chariots The concept of a martial art or science of combat no doubt developed along with civilisation Organised warfare required trained and disciplined soldiers and generals and instructors to command and train them The earliest accepted evidence of a martial art exists in two small Babylonian works of art dating back to between 2000 and 3000 BC each showing two men in postures of combat Whilst there is almost no other evidence to support the hypothesis that martial arts originated in Babylonia and Mesopotamia and were carried eastward to India and China there is evidence that trade took place between the Harappa culture of Northern India and the Mesopotamians as early as 2500 BC
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