When originally taught, Kung Fu was paired with a system of exercise and meditation. The meditation was designed to promote the clear mind required by an authentic self defense system. In other words, students of it learn to respond appropriately to an already launched attack. You haven't seen authentic Kung Fu because it was designed to deal with gangs of robbers or even mounted, bamboo armored soldiers. Going to the ground with one attacker would have meant being killed by the others. The opponent of someone who knew Kung Fu well would be swiftly disabled or killed. In the studio, you will learn exercises designed to develop needed skills. You will be introduced to some techniques that could be used in a friendly contest. As you prove yourself to instructors and your fellow students, you'll gradually be taught the more dangerous techniques. I've been in a number of martial arts studios. All but the Spokane Kung Fu for Life studio had some injuries. I saw none in it. Kung Fu has influenced many other martial arts. If you've practiced any, you'll recognize that influence. You'll also come to recognize ":false knowledge" taught to soldiers or others the monks didn't really want to teach. Some of this false knowledge will cause lasting disability to those who practice it.