The modern understanding of the term kung fu is that it refers to the Chinese martial arts, it has become so widely used that it is now virtually impossible to change as the general public and other martial artists even are not aware of the traditional meaning.
Thanks to Hollywood and general lack of information most non martial artists assume that Kung Fu and Karate are the same.
This is something we experience daily in our schools. So now… most Chinese martial arts schools, including ours use the term Kung Fu to signal or inform that we teach martial arts.
If you would like to know the real meaning of Kung Fu or Gong fu please watch our video titled The traditional meaning of Kung Fu.