Wrong! There is no such martial art as “Kungfu”, it’s a general term covering most of Chinese Martial Art techniques, of which many do kick ass. “Chinese martial arts” is something that historically goes so deep and has spread so wide with different variations that it is impossible to know how many types there are. Bruce Lee was the first one to introduce the art in the west through his famous movies. He mainly practices a style called Wing Chun which he later developed into his own technique. Thus a new style of Kung Fu called Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu was formed, yes that happens too sometimes.
A great place to learn Chinese Martial Arts is Kunyu Mountain which is in shandong province, not far from Beijing. There you can still receive an old school training to learn the real meaning of discipline. Expect to part from your mum for a while. 🙂
The most famous place to see live Chinese Kung Fu is the Red Theatre Beijing where you can see The Legend of Kung Fu Show which is pretty legendary. Incredibly 10% of tourists that visit Beijing go to see the show and there is a reason to it which you can only see by going to see it. Also they do shows in the states and sometimes in other countries too.
Unfortunately because of the movie industry the view on Kung Fu can be rather twisted. Meaning it is not just about kicking ass, in fact that is usually the last thing on a practitioners mind. The objectives mold into your personality to become more kind and fair to people around you. Self defense is one thing, but there are easier ways to learn how to protect yourself if that’s the only thing you are looking for. Kung Fu is a new way of life that increases self-awareness and helps you find inner peace. It’s a path you take that has no end and is different for everyone. So if you just want to enjoy the beauty go an d see the show at Red Theatre. Otherwise you must be prepared to throw away all your prejudices and be ready to accept the new! Good luck 🙂