Be the Willow in the storm of life – Kung Fu
I wanted to learn how to defend myself. I wasn’t into who created what when and how many students they had. If my art hadn’t given me what I wanted then I would not have pursued it. History shows that one man/woman created a system of defence out of necessity.
We in civil society hung onto these practises as the law of how to be a martial artist, only to find out that this is not necessarily the one and only true way.
The modern day purist is proud of their lineage back to the originator of their system of martial arts, I think it is a good thing to be able to look back at where ideas originate from but would question the belief that if your martial art does not have lineage to an asian culture or does not span thousands of years, then it is not a real martial art.
Who is to say that because a martial art does not span back to b.c. (before Christ) or from an asian culture, that it is not a true martial art?
There are martial arts cropping up all over the place which do not have lineage to b.c. but are recognised because of their effectiveness, which is what the old systems were recognised for initially but somewhere along the line someone somewhere wanted to control which systems were so called ‘proper systems’ and tried to negate any new systems from developing, by stating if they have no lineage to the one man/woman who created the system then they are not bonafide martial arts/artists. I’m sure you can see the hypocritical nature of this statement and the controlling elements of those not wanting others to think and progress beyond fictious boundaries.
Everything in life progresses, I remember the way I was taught maths at school was totally different to the way children are taught maths today. Can you image being in your final year at school passing your school assessments and gaining your qualifications then 40 years later being asked to take the latest exams in those same subjects, chances are you would probably not fair very well. You could use this concept for anything, because progression is what man will always strive for no matter what the subject, athletics/boxing/bike riding etc.
If you stay in the past, you become the past and will never see the glory of what the future holds for your chosen art.
I know for me it meant the world when I was recognised for my skills at black belt standard. I’m a private person so didn’t go shouting it from the roof tops or anything like that, but there was a new fresh feeling of achievement and confidence. What was my next stage going to be? How was I going to develop further and away from the past?
I noticed that most new black belts either just gave up and were content to have achieved that level of movement, whilst others went on to coach/teach or become competitors. I didn’t want to do either, I wanted to travel the martial arts world and so my journey began.
After all my searching in the past, present and conceptual future and no matter what lineage/system/art I encountered, I found a deep enlightenment and a code I will stand by forever –
‘Be the Willow in the storm of life’