Chinese martial arts, colloquially referred to as kung fu or gung fu (功夫) and wushu (武術), are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the
centuries in China.
These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families" (家), "sects" (派) or "schools" (門) of martial arts.
Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal (内家拳), while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called "external" (外家拳; wàijiaquán).
Geographical association, as in northern (北拳) and "southern" (南拳), is another popular classification method.
(source citation en.wikipedia.org )