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#159900 - 07/13/05 04:31 AM Re: the learning of life v.s the learning of fighting [Re: Wonton]
ButterflyPalm Offline

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 2637
Loc: Malaysia

I am going to make some predictions.

You will probably move to another school where combat applications is emphasized. Then a few years down the road, you will find that just doing fight-training all the time is getting pointless and that you will wish there is more 'depth' to all this martial arts thing and say to yourself, if only I have been more patient, take the time to do the forms (armed / unarmed), get 'immersed' in the entire system (which in CLF's case will get you to the fighting part later as the syllabus is so large -- 1 1/2 years in CLF is still kindergarten) then look back and be proud that your kung fu training is "complete" and you have inherited a system and not just learned some fighting techniques.

Its like playing classical flamenco pieces on your guitar or just strumming a few chords in a family singalong.
I'll rather be happy than right, anytime.

#159901 - 07/16/05 12:46 PM Re: the learning of life v.s the learning of fighting [Re: Wonton]
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Registered: 12/18/04
Posts: 404
The reason why alot of people relate learning of how to live with the learning of gong fu, is because every barrier, bottle neck, and lesson learned in gong fu, is found in your real personal life too. If you can overcome it in martial arts, then you can over come it in life. Also, gong fu is about perfecting certain aspects of yourself, that never ceases, so is life (to some). How effective gong fu is, is totally up to you, and not the style nor techniques. With the right outlook, you can make anything work.

If you learn who you are, and what you are capable of, and are not bound by thoughts of "what should be" or "how-to," then you should have the ability to use your tools to overcome adversity. Fighting skill is a direct reflection of your spiritual and mental progression, good technique and fancy form, while necessary, is superficial alone, there must be substance. Learn for every action you make a direct reaction of your enviornment/opponent, nothing more, nothing less.
Truth comes from the absolute stillness of the mind...

#159902 - 07/22/05 04:38 PM Re: the learning of life v.s the learning of fighting [Re: Wonton]
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Registered: 01/18/05
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Hang in there Wonton most of the Choy-Li-fut practictioners that I know, at junior Instructor or Instructor level are powerful fighters, from that sneaky leg blocking technique that flips back to grion kick. To that powerful uppper cut that I've seen drop people on the street like a side kick!!!

All systems have their strengths, your system was born to rumble.

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