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Principles of Virtue

Moral Attitudes in Martial arts Training :


(1) Maintain Seriousness

To practice martial arts, you must be serious, meaning sincere and humble rather than proud and arrogant.


(2) Be respectful

When in the company of others, you should be respectful.  Your manner should be polite, modest, and friendly, though not to the point of false flattery, and you should never look down on others with a sense of self-importance.


(3) Receive others peacefully

A martial artist should be even-tempered and harmonious. Avoid being violent, competitive, or insulting, for there can be nothing more disgraceful than to conduct yourself with cruelty.


(4) Maintain a sense of Justice & Integrity

To practice martial arts, you should in all matters be unselfish and unbiased, fair and impartial, open-minded and upright. Be generous, righteous, and incorruptible.


(5) Train/Practice with Diligence

To practice martial arts, you have to work at it industriously and unceasingly. You must not be lazy. Mastery lies in hard work, whereas fooling around will amount to nothing, and success lies in focus, whereas just doing whatever you feel like will make it all fall apart.


(6) Conduct yourself with honor

To practice martial arts, you should have a mentality of loyalty and chivalry.


(7) Cherish Compassion

It is said “The compassionate have no enemies.” To practice martial arts, base yourself in compassion and humaneness. Be mild, magnanimous, and kindhearted. You should have a mentality of universal love.


(8) Be Loyal

A martial artist resolutely avoids getting into fights to prove himself. If you fight with others simply to flaunt your own superiority, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself, for you should instead be contributing your skill, body, and mind to your righteous causes of nations and people.

Essentials requirements in the study of martial arts


1. You should train properly and progress gradually. In practicing boxing, you must not be impatient but must instead let progress gradually unfold. It is generally the case for one who has never practiced, or for one who has not practiced in a long time , that his whole body, its channels and vessels, sinews and bones, will not be nimble. If he is hasty and exerts himself too aggressively, or practices too much in one session, then his sinews and bones, channels and vessels, will be strained to the point of pain. Therefore it is best to listen to your teacher’s guidance and train properly, progress gradually.


2. You should be persevering. There is a saying: “Perseverance is the basis of success.” You must not go only halfway and then quit. No matter what your project is, in all cases you must have perseverance, and in martial arts it is even more important. There is an old saying: “Characters should be written, horses should be ridden, fiddles should be played, and fists and feet should punch and kick.” There is another saying: “Boxing will never go away from [a boxer’s] hands. Singing will never go away from [a singer’s] mouth.” With daily practice over a long period, you will naturally succeed, and you will be able to obtain its benefits for your whole life.


3. Your mind should be calm and your emotions should be in harmony. When learning martial arts, you should quiet your emotions and concentrate your spirit, as well as restrain yourself and be very careful toward others. You must not have an arrogant manner. You will thereby avoid being despised by others in society and you will help influence the spread of martial arts.


4. You should respect the teacher and take his method seriously, and also respect the work and take delight in your fellows. It is therefore said that “skill approaches the Way”. The teacher should be respected, because it is by way of like -mindedness that we work together. To cultivate a spirit of justice and righteousness, of rescuing the weak and bolstering the weary, and to defend the people, are the major aims.

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