Ego has no place

Ego has no place within our martial arts practice. Many times I have witnessed “instructors” (more like “exhibitionists”) belt int the training bags or bang away as hard as they can on the Mook Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy) all in an effort to impress those who don’t know any better. This is not a display of the instructors skill but his/her lack of skill and understanding of the essential principles belonging to the art.

Such displays illustrate the immaturity of the instructor who in his/her own mind thinks they are impressing others who may be watching. Look at the instructor-speak you use. Is it ego-laced? If so make adjustments and learn how to be humble in your teaching.

It’s sad that so many come and go with out ever learning that there is so much more to Chinese Martial Arts than the immediate results of physical training. Whether one is a new student, a vetran teacher or just casually involved, sooner or later, if one expects to attain true self mastery, one must first understand how to utilse the ‘world within.’ It is never too late to begin.

I feel that most of us who are involved in Chinese Martial Arts as a physical discipline can visualize the magnitude of mind (Yi) control and intent. In fact, it would be no small understatement to say that the source of all power and spirit begins in thought. And, that it is in the actual application of our thoughts that the conditions conducive to personal growth, understanding, lack of ego and harmony are cultivated. Although the process of defeating one’s own ego is a protracted process, it is alo quite unique and can no doubt change one’s life if one so desires. Patience is indeed a virtue and I would encourage you to balance your physical and mental training with philosophical assimilation, winning without fighting by overcoming the enemy within.

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