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Kung Fu is the process of self-perfection.
What is the connection between self-perfection and sidekicks? Why do we all need to practice punches?
A good punch hits a precise target, with the proper fist, at the perfect time. This requires complete focus, and the entire body working in balance and unison. A steady hand requires emotional stability, and a determination that can only be found in the soul. Any practice of self-perfection must sharpen the mind, enliven the body, and awaken the soul in this way.
The ultimate goal of training is not to destroy an enemy or a target. The purpose is to heal and develop ourselves. The goal is to destroy our own delusions, and to mend the divide between our perception and our reality. The ability to defend yourself is a side-effect.
Physically, the martial artist is fast, coordinated, flexible, strong, and enduring. Mentally, the martial artist is creative, focused, strategic, and adaptable. Emotionally, the martial artist is confident, compassionate, honest, and without ego.
Practicing technique allows you to distinguish between what works, and what doesn't. Improving your skills as a martial artist demands that you be completely honest with yourself.
In this way, the martial artist comes to know himself (or herself), and so he (or she) can truly express himself (or herself). This expression births artistry.
Kung fu has existed in China for at least five thousand years. Only things that are truly essential for mankind can survive for this long.
Here is a list of things that have been around as long as Kung Fu: Music, Morality, Friendship, and Love. These things have stood the test of time. They have an intrinsic importance to humanity.
Kung fu leaves no stone unturned on the path towards health and wellness. Through breathing exercises, Chi Gong improves our circulatory system, strengthens our nerves, enhances the performance of all the internal organs, and builds up our immune system. Gun Fa makes muscles and tendons strong, ligaments flexible, and joints mobile. Chin Na teaches us the anatomical properties of the body. Kung Fu technique improves our coordination and our movement.
Overcoming our fears unleashes our creativity. Interaction with an opponent teaches you to keep your cool in the face of danger. The development of emotional control greatly decreases stress. All of this is Kung Fu: a martial art that guards our health and is, in fact, an art of life.
With a clear mind and a healthy body, we can experience and appreciate the world around us in all its beauty.
Only a peaceful mind, uncompromising with its integrity, can maintain. To carry out the task of self-development, one needs to choose a proper tool. The martial arts are the right choice.