Motion Capture Visualizations Reveal the Beauty of Kung Fu

The movements in kung fu are so graceful that even when you replace the human with random digital objects, the art of it still shines through. Tobias Gremmler captured the motion of kung fu and then recreated it with different digital variations: as a fabric weaved over time, expanding into emptiness, reconstructing shapes from motion, and so much more. It’s lovely.

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DISCUSSION

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It’s beautiful, but anyone who studies martial arts should know that they are comprised of both the martial and the art.

Many martial arts have choreographed patterns that were originally intended to be used as training tools. A student would learn these forms over time to perfect the movement they need to perform techniques.

Over time these displays were cultivated to look more and more impressive, but many of them have little to no martial application. It looks good, but it might not be practical.

Basically it’s important to know that many of these forms are about as effective in a fight as dancing, so they lack a martial application, and are therefore not actually a martial art. They are closer to figure skating. Beautiful, but not a martial art.