Kung fu is used to take a chaotic mind and turn it into a flourishing garden of thought.
The physical side of Kung fu is what is seen on tv, its all people know about it because they are not worthy of its study until they realise it.
Kung fu comes in many many forms, it is not limited to a style, a style is somthing we make from kung fu.
Just because the styles available are what is on offer, does not mean that after you learn discipline in one style you cannot progress and create your own personal style based on what is essentially your most powerful stance, movement pattern, or technique.
Kung fu is misunderstood from its original intentions, purely because many heathens have gotten hold of it and are not following the rules associated with attaining and maintaining balance in thier lives.
Kung fu is not an excuse to pick fights, thought in this area is needed greatly because it is a fairly gentle art in most cases and this is misinterpreted.
The reason we are not shown what can be done by most kung fu masters is because of the nature of man and the overwhelming desire to do battle inherant within 'most' of us.
A dedicated passion for peace is what is needed to achieve control and perfection of the art.
He quickly loses control over the mental aspect through training only the body. this leads to very bad karma.
Kung fu learner 'Y' becomes gentle yet powerful and accurate through the correct path of 'mind first and foremost, body later' This leads to a very healthy lifestyle.
Kung = Energy
Fu = time
anything that takes energy and time developes its own level of kung fu.
Chinese based martial arts are often refered to as kung fu. When regarding these systems of martial arts, many people, especially todays modern martial arts crowed, mis understand the truth behind chinese based martial arts.
There are many schools of kung fu that do not have actual masters teachning them, this is where the common mis conception of its effectiveness comes into play. those ignorant of the truth behind chinese martial arts view these schools and form an incorrect ideal of what kung fu is.
traditional chinese martial arts, often are very quick, very powerful, and extremely effective in thier efficiency.
to become proficient in chinese martial arts however, takes great time.
due to the methods and the variance in technique, chinese martial arts, often, take three times longer to become proficeient in. however, when you reach a state of proficiency, you will have a higher degree of available techniques. Rather than the simple basics that many (mostly modern martial arts such as MMA) have. A "kung fu" master, delves in depth to the intricacies of the human body and its mechanics, exploiting any and all weaknesses in thier opponent, being able to explode from any position, and from any posture with heavily practiced techniques for such occasions.
only the ignorant believe any system of martial arts superior to another.
it is simply in the practitioner itself.
for those seeking very in depth studies that will only grow and flourish with time, traditional chinese martial arts are for you.
for those seeking basics and a quick step guide to basic average fighting skills, do not study traditional chinese martial arts. you will not understand, you will be left behind, and you likely will not have the will, determination, and patients required for such a highly refined skill set.
in kung fu, we practice the thousand techniques, a thousand times.
thus the extra time involved in learning to become truly profitient.
in the beginning your kung fu will be weak, near the end, your kung fu will be unrivaled.
See also: Pretty Much every other fighting style. Except Tae-Bo, Tae-Bo is the secret to victory.