When one hears the term gong fu, one wonders at first how making tea relates to martial arts.
However, the word kung fu means more than just martial arts. The most basic meaning of the term is related to the words "art", "skill" and "exertion".
You have surely come across a wide variety of Gong Fu scripts. Here are the most common examples:
- Kung fu
- Gung Fu
- Gong Fu
- Gōng Gū
All variations are based on the same Chinese characters:
- Gong = 功 stands for work - effort - diligence - craftsmanship
- Fu =夫 means quality - skill acquired in long practice
In summary, one could say Gong Fu means something like "The art of doing something very well and further improving your skills"
- Cha = 茶 means tea
To learn Chinese martial arts skills, students go through a demanding training program. Kung-Fu students are required to have a strong will, perseverance, patience and discipline in learning the exercises.
In general, the term Gong-Fu or Kung-Fu describes how a skill is acquired with hard effort and perseverance.
Another good example is the practice of the Chinese calligraphy script which requires a lot of gong-fu to be able to do it to perfection.
Jackie Chan put it in a nutshell with one sentence, which I definitely don't want to withhold from you:
“Kung fu lives in everything we do. It lives in how we put on a jacket and how we take off a jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything is kung fu ”
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