[kuhng foo, koo ng]
- an ancient Chinese method of self-defense by striking blows at vulnerable areas of an attacker's body using fluid movements of the hands and legs.
Origin of kung fu
From the Chinese word gōngfú literally, skill
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- any of various Chinese martial arts, some focusing on unarmed combat, others involving the use of weapons
from Chinese: skill, accomplishment
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Word Origin and History for kung fu
1966, from dialectal Chinese kung fu, said to meant literally "merit master," but Barnhart has it as "boxing method."
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