Practice! This sums up the meaning of discipline. Discipline knows no age or sex barrier. A man or woman must learn not to hesitate when responding to a real attack. If the situation demands physical aggression, then this must be so.
However, attacking someone should only be used as a last resort. This must be understood. The student must be disciplined to use reason, develop a preference for talking one’s self out of a difficult situation, unless the choice is obvious. In perfecting one’s physical development the individual must also discipline his mind.
A KEY TO FREEDOM
success will follow him who practices, not him who practices not. No temptation can deter; nobody can humiliate you; no wind, rain, coldness or heat can harm; and no negative persons can disturb you. This was the Shaolin “Internal purification”. By harmonizing one’s inner system, sickness will be prevented and the spirit will be elevated.
A willing student must be dedicated, and Kung Fu must become a part of the being in order to develop the mind, body and spirit to the fullest extent.
Kung Fu can be attained only after long, hard discipline and by enduring what is most difficult to endure, and by practicing what is most difficult to practice.
Men of inferior virtue and wisdom will not comprehend it. all their labours will come to nothing.
There are seven emotions: Joy, anger, anxiety, Adoration, Grief, Fear and Hate. If a man or woman does not give way to these, then he or she is Patient.
Control yourself, let others do what they will. This does not mean that you are weak. control your heart, obey the principles of life. This does not mean that others are stronger.
THE YIN AND THE YANG
Kung Fu is based on the principle of the yin and the yang, a pair of complementary and interdependent forces that act continuously in this universe. In the symbol, the yin and yang are two inter-locking parts of “one whole”, each containing within its confines the qualities of the other, Yin can represent anything in the universe: negativeness, passiveness, gentleness, femaleness, moon, darkness, night. The other half of the circle, yang, can represent positiveness, activeness, firmness, maleness, sun, brightness, day.
The common mistake of most martial artists is to identify these two forces, yin and yang, as dualistic (soft style and firm style). But yin-yang co-exist as one inseparable force of an unceasing interplay of movement. They are neither cause nor effect but should be looked on as sound and echo, light and shadow. If yin and yang are viewed as two separate entities, realization of the ultimate reality of Kung Fu won’t be achieved.
In reality, things are whole and cannot be separated into two parts. When I say the heat makes me perspire, the heat and perspiring are just one process because they are co-existent. The one could not exist but for the other. If a person riding a bicycle wishes to go somewhere, he cannot pump on both pedals at the same time. In order to go forward, he has to pump on one pedal and release the other. So the movement of going forward requires this “oneness” of pumping and releasing.
Firmness is concealed in softness and softness in firmness. Activity includes inactivity and inactivity includes activity. This is what the black and white in the figure are meant to represent.
The famous Chinese Yin-Yang symbol surrounded by eight trigrams which figuratively express nature and its changes. The Yin-Yang symbol, also called the “Double Fish” diagram, represents two opposites residing together. In the heart of Yin will always be found a small part of Yang, and vice versa. Within strength is found weakness; within hardness, softness; inactivity, activity. Inside a sleeping newborn babe there rests a strongly beating heart.
The myriad of things carry Yin and Embrace Yang.
Definition of a Chinese Scholar: One with the book and a sword. Which simply means; a sound mind in a sound body.
Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but the hero’s heart.
The Tao never acts, yet nothing is left undone.
If there is no struggle, there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not struggle against the storm, yet it survives.
The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.