The words ‘Kung Fu’ bring to mind images of warriors locked in mortal combat, silver-screen heroes with superhuman strength, quirky wisdom and undefeatable immortality. But the real roots of Kung Fu focus not on the battle but on self-development. The ultimate goal of the way is integration of the mind, body and soul as a means to attain enlightenment of the spirit. Monks of the Shaolin temple sought enlightenment through long periods of meditation, fasting and disciplined living. These heroes of 2,000 years ago combined techniques of mental focus with naturalistic movements they observed in the world around them. The power of this combination made them the spiritual leaders and the most learned scholars of their time – and the greatest warriors, perhaps of all time.