Etheric comes from ethereal meaning 'heavenly' or 'spiritual'. Fighting with the etheric body elevates you to a higher level with mind, body and spirit as one.
Kung Fu is a general term in the West to describe all Chinese Martial Arts but actually means 'attainment of skill' through time and energy. Somebody can have 'Kung Fu' in any area where they have attained a high level of skill.
Internal Martial Arts
Internal Martial Arts refer to martial arts that focus on mental, spiritual and energy building training methods. Internal Martial Arts treat the mind and body as one entity and are able to generate exceptional skills, speed and power with minimal effort. Internal training methods strengthen the body throughout ones life and there is no limit to what can be achieved.
External Martial Arts
External Martial Arts refer to martial arts that focus on physiological training methods such as repeated forms, strength training and cardio. External methods can be impressive but do have a limit on what can be achieved depending on body type and age.
I Chuan is a Chinese Internal Martial Art founded by Wang Xiangzhai (See Lineage) which translates as 'Mind Boxing'. Wang Xiangzhai first trained Hsing I Chuan before forming his own martial art which threw away forms and techniques in favour of instinctive movement and building power through Internal training methods. Because I Chuan practices instinctive movement in favour of set forms, practitioners have their own individual style of fighting and different practitioners can have very different fighting styles within the same art.
Hsing I Chuan
Hsing I Chuan (often shortened to just Hsing I) is a Chinese Internal Martial Art founded by Ji Jike (See Lineage) which translates as 'Mind Form Boxing'. Hsing I focuses on linear lines of attack and trains power through Internal exercises. Hsing I is often referred to as the most 'aggressive' of the three classical Internal Arts due to its direct lines of attack which constantly move forwards through the opponent.
Ba Gua Zhang
Ba Gua Zhang (often shortened to just Ba Gua) is a Chinese Internal Martial Art founded by Dong Haichuan (See Lineage) which translates as 'Eight Trigram Palm'. Ba Gua focuses on circular and spiralling lines of attack and trains power through Internal exercises. Ba Gua is often referred to as the 'middle ground' of the three classical Internal Arts, being more 'passive' as Hsing I but more 'aggressive' than Tai Chi.
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan (often shortened to just Tai Chi) is a Chinese Internal Martial Art founded by Chen Wangting (See Lineage) which translates as 'Supreme Ultimate Fist'. Tai Chi focuses on neutralising attacks before countering and trains power through Internal exercises. Tai Chi is often referred to as the most 'passive' of the three classical Internal Arts due to its strategies to neutralise attacks.
Wing Chun is a Chinese External Martial Art founded by and named after the martial artist, Wing Chun, which translates as 'Beautiful Springtime'. Wing Chun gained popularity in Kong Kong, as opposed to mainland China, with Yip Man being regarded as the greatest practitioner of this art. Wing Chun focuses on changes of direction and springy power to draw the opponent off their centre before attacking.
Qi Gong translates as 'Life Energy Cultivation' and is a Chinese Internal health system which strengthens the mind, body and spirit, and improves overall health and wellbeing. Practicing Qi Gong can lead to greater levels of energy and helps to increase power when used for martial purposes.