Cultivate the Power Only
Alongside the Control
By Simu Patti Everett
With the power of Kung Fu comes the responsibility of
having self control. Protect yourself and control the situation by doing
the least amount of damage to others. Taoism and Zen Buddhism, the basic
philosophies behind the art, espouse the belief that you are one with
the rest of the universe (and so with your opponent). To hurt another
you hurt yourself. If you are driven by vengeance or power hunger you
will destroy others and also yourself. You must strive to cultivate a
genuine benevolence toward mankind and nature. As you become more secure
as a practitioner and as an individual this will come naturally. You will
feel less threatened and will lose the desire for vengeance. Perhaps,
the following quotes will facilitate your understanding. The philosophical
aspect of kung fu is "Learn the ways to preserve rather than destroy.
Avoid rather than check; check rather than hurt; hurt rather than maim;
maim rather than kill; for all life is precious, nor can any be replaced."
"Kung Fu must be thought of, in its final form and
spirit, as an expression of man's indomitable will to survive adversity
in the most direct, self reliant manner possible. This requires only that
which nature gave him, a mind and body, vigorously disciplined as an inseparable
entity. Within this framework Kung Fu will be presented as an experience
which begins on the physical level and gradually deepens to a pervasive
philosophy the totality of one's behavior."
"If there is no contention, there is neither defeat
or victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet
"It may some day become necessary for you to take a life.
. to save another, or to save many. You will feel as I do, then ... you
will feel sorrow no matter how evil is the creature you slay."
Forget the dominant western demand for someone to "overpower"
an antagonist; dismiss any personal desires or emotions in the midst of
conflict; instead follow the enemy's intent by permitting him to overpower
himself. Kung Fu is sweat, repetition, pulled muscles, and hard work through
sacrifice, time and effort. This is the method of Kung Fu, not the movie
Mastery of the simple life is the glory. Treat other
students with respect. Those students who fail to respect you. They too
are your teachers. Observe They teach you ugliness and how not to be.
Train hard every day, but do not over-train. Learn to know how to get
the most from your body, mind, and spirit.
Know yourself. Don't be an alien in your own body. Judge
yourself only by where you are in each self contained moment. The past
is gone, the future only a fantasy. Now is the only time in which you
can act. Judge yourself not by the color of the ribbon around your waist,
but by the quality of your art each moment you practice. Kung Fu can work
for you or it can destroy you. Handle the art in the proper way. Let the
symbol of the break stance speak for the art in general. Cultivate
the power only alongside the control.