Kung Fu is the development of skill through hard practice. This could be any skill. Any skill at all. It doesn’t have to be a martial art.
Kung Fu in the “Western” world is generally recognized as meaning Chinese Martial Arts. However, this is a misunderstanding that came about from martial art films as they were translated into English.
Kung Fu actually means the development of skill through hard practice. This could be any skill. Any skill at all.
It does not have to be a fighting skill or a martial art.
When we watch shows on TV, such as Top Chef, or Iron Chef, or Victory Garden, or even This Old House, we are seeing professionals who have worked hard for many years and developed mastery of their particular art.
This is Kung Fu.
The concept is especially important when we apply it to martial arts. Only through lots of repetition, effort, and practice does a skill improve.
Sifu Gary tells us that 10,000 repetitions are required to truly master a form. That’s roughly 3 times per day for 10 years.
I believe it.
When practicing forms, we continually improve. Even though there’s no end to the improvement in sight, this is a great state to be. Imagine how boring this art would be if the forms were perfected after merely a few years.
It never stops getting better as long as we continue to work it.