Wushu incorporates what we know as being Kung Fu. In Chinese language, the term kung fu refers to any skill that is acquired through learning or practice: good skill = good kung fu; whereas the term Wushu literally means martial art.
Wushu is, therefore, the umbrella term for traditional and contemporary Chinese Martial Arts. In form, it blends the elements of performance and martial application. Wushu training develops the practitioner's flexibility, strength and speed, combining explosive power with relaxed movement, fierce intent with flawless technique and seemingly effortless execution.
Encompassing a wide variety of styles, these arts are often described as being either Northern, Southern or contemporary. Practices include bare hand forms, as well as long (staff, spear), short (straight sword, broadsword), flexible (rope dart, chain whip) and double weaponry (usually double sword).