We are used to assessing the meaning of sports achievements through external attributes and achieve goals that are measured by generally accepted norms.
Chinese martial artists have not yet been able to explain in terms familiar to a European what Wushu is, and not only because in other languages there are no exact correspondences. Wushu is not a structure, not a set of rules and exercises with a clear procedure. This is a space, image, picture, which, without its own framework, merges with Chinese culture as a whole, combining methods of conducting battles, meditative exercises, rituals.
The Three Beginnings of Kung Fu
In Kung Fu, three main principles are organically combined:
- physical strength
In sports, we are accustomed to putting technique and power first, Wushu masters put spirit first.
Traditional martial arts of China is a form of achieving psychophysical perfection through training the spirit, removing mental clamps, expanding the boundaries of consciousness. By removing the artificial limitations inside, you find that the boundaries of the physical capabilities of the body are also expanding. You are no longer affected by external conditions, the need for physical comfort and artificial stimulants is gone.
It is rather difficult, but it is necessary to realize: kung fu inside.
Each action in kung fu is born as an internal impulse as a result of the merger of three sources: spirit, qi energy, physical strength. The goal of practitioners is to comprehend each technique at the level of foreboding, and not as a chain of changes in body position.
Wushu masters say: “Only when you have decided to make taolu, you should already know what the last movement looks like.”
To achieve success, not exhausting trainings, practicing the technique to automatism. The fighter must be in a state of complete inner peace, “create”, directing the qi energy to the right place. Only then his body is able to make an absolutely natural, natural external movement, the only true one at the current moment.
Achieve success or begin your journey. What is your goal?
What matters is not physical training itself, but the fact that working on the same movement day after day, in any weather, without thinking about external discomfort, you gradually penetrate deep into the forms. Significant is not the desire to quickly achieve something, to reach the goal, to “tick”. There comes an internal understanding, an almost physical touch of the path and meaning of everyday work.
Kung fu is a goal, a path, and everyday hard work.
In the history of Shaolin, there are many stories when the master introduced the student to kung fu in an unusual way, for example, forced him to carry water from the river every day, in any weather, on slippery paths and thickets. In order not to spill a drop, it was important to walk slowly, immersed in the process, completely freed from distracting thoughts. A few months later, the student mastered the skill of soft, silent movement and absolute concentration, after which the training of external forms was quick and meaningful.
The mission of the master is to convey the tradition, the philosophical component, adopted from his own teacher. Thus, each master is involved in the process of continuous formation and updating of Wushu. Ancient knowledge is not denied, not considered obsolete, but leads to the development and enrichment of Wushu, playing the role of a solid foundation.
The path to mastering kung fu is not perfect compliance with the canons and copying the teacher. This path is inside, in the soul, it is open only to you. The teacher will show the beginning, help to understand the depth. But the student must overcome it himself. More than the level of the teacher depends on the willingness to find a way. If the student is ready, he will develop, even if he has not practiced any practices and physical activities before.