A short introduction
Kung Fu - 功夫 (Virtue)
From the Chinese characters, Kung Fu (gong fu) can be translated as "achievement through great effort" or simply 'virtue'.
Shaolin - 少 林
Shaolin Kung Fu specifically refers to a collection of Chinese martial art forms that evolved over many centuries by the practice of Shaolin monks from the Songshan Shaolin Temple in China.
Tai Chi - 太 极
Tai Chi can be translated from the Chinese characters as 'Supreme Ultimate' (fist).
The concept of 'supreme ultimate' is based on the Chinese concept of yin-yang, the notion that there is a dynamic duality in the universe (male/female, active/passive, dark/light, empty/full, forceful/yielding).
'Force' (or 'fist' in Chinese) is associated with the means of experiencing this ying-yang force and achieving the 'supreme-ultimate' discipline.