Training in Kung Fu is not about fighting. It is also not about coming in and learning a bunch of techniques, but rather using these movements to help students explore and discover how to better use their own body. They are cultivating awareness, understanding and creativity in movement. The use of a single technique is only limited by the creativity of the individual. We are a Martial Art, which means that we use combative movements to express ourselves.
We challenge the Body, the Mind and the Spirit. Physical movements are backed by a keen mind and driven by a strong spirit. These things must be cultivated.
The teaching of our Kung Fu is centered on our three rules.
Rule #1 Listen to Trusted Adults.
We all listen to trusted adults. I listen to my wife, the doctor, the mechanic, a student’s parents. Students are practicing this skill in class with the expectation of being able to better apply it outside of Kung Fu.
Rule #2 Don’t Hurt Anyone.
This applies to others in a broad spectrum, but it also applies to oneself. There are many ways to be hurtful to oneself, and we work to develop a more positive outlook. It’s not OK to beat someone else up. It’s also not OK to beat yourself up. Instead, take responsibility and learn from your mistake.
Rule #3 Have Fun.
Yes, have fun! If we listen and are not being hurtful, then we should work to enjoy what we are doing, whatever that may be. Happiness is something that should be cultivated too.