The word Kung Fu (Hard Work) means the mastery of some difficult task – the attainment of a standard of excellence. The art of Kung Fu is a combination of many oriental physical-mental disciplines which include: the elements of dance, gymnastics, yoga, boxing, self-defense, weaponry, bodybuilding, meditation, running; a holistic approach to health, fitness, healing, and personal improvement and growth. Kung Fu involves the development of the complete person. It is a way of life, a method of achieving and attaining the highest physical and mental development possible. Kung Fu not only builds strength and self-confidence, but also improves health, fitness, self-awareness, concentration, motivation, and directs and focuses one’s mental and physical energies.
The goals of Kung Fu are achieved through the development of relaxation, strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, agility, mind-body communications; abiding by the laws of nature in respect to diet, body dynamics, yoga, and meditation. Kung Fu develops those forces and potentials which are already within us. The discipline carries over to one’s everyday life so one may be able to accomplish any task with ease using positive energy and concentration In dealing with the recently popularized concept of Kung Fu, one must begin the discussion by explaining that kung fu is not a martial art unto itself, yet is encompasses the most effective and devastating methods of self-preservation known to man. The identity of kung fu is diverse; over 1,000 styles are known or recognized. From Kung Fu came Karate, Escrima, and most important, a way of thinking that became a code of life. Kung Fu requires of the practitioner a strict code of physical and mental discipline, unparalleled in Western pursuits. It is only as a whole concept that kung fu can be discussed, and this entails more than fighting. To be adept, one must follow the Tao, the way, the essence of the philosophy and life of the originators of the arts.
One cannot pay to learn this art; it is only acquired by the desire to learn, the will to discipline one’s self, and devotion to practice. The standards to be met to attain proficiency are so high that the Chinese refer to the master as a disciple of the way of the tiger, the sign of the dragon.
Also it is believed that Ark Yuey Wong was the first to use the word Kung Fu to represent the martial art here in the United States of America.