The term Kung Fu has been used to represent Chinese Martial Arts for a long time. Literally translated it means “achievement through great effort”, which is an appropriate description of what it takes to learn Chinese Martial Arts. Originally, to practice Kung Fu did not just mean to practice Chinese martial arts. Instead, it referred to the process of one’s training – the strengthening of the body and the mind, the learning and the perfection of one’s skills – rather than to what was being trained.
The Kung Fu student is therefore expected to put in considerable hard work to condition the body, and build up endurance, stamina and a strong will to succeed. Motivation and self-discipline are essential attributes for the student’s “achievement through great effort”.Kung Fu is more a path towards self improvement rather than a tool to be used for fighting and confrontation.
Chinese Kung Fu begins with the conquering of the opponent and progresses to the conquering of the self.
The road to Kung Fu is lonely, tough and never ending.
At the Shaolin Temple, Kung Fu is only part of the teaching.
Other Buddhist teachings there are considered of great importance.