Martial Arts Philosophy
Martial Arts Philosophy
(The way of Fighting, The way of War)
(The Artistic expression of)
The Artistic expression of fighting, The Artistic expression of War!
This is the fundamental basis to why human beings begin a journey in the world of Martial Arts and look to try the vast range of Martial arts on offer, Once the journey has began it changes into so many different things for so many different people.
In our experience the number one reason why people start the Martial Arts training is a lack of confidence, the fear of confrontation and to find what is missing in a persons life and to put that in place, Martial Arts training has so many differing purposes for so many different people and we could list them all but lets see how we get on with the important elements first.
Martial Arts Training and the Philosophy of Martial arts is divided into these three categories:
The Mind, The Body, Our Spirit
Lets give an overview of these three subjects here and then look deeper at the Philosophies of Martial arts and Wing Chun Kung Fu.
The Driving force behind our lives, with out our Mind we would not function in the day to day life that we all have, our Mind is fed with information and knowledge just like everything else that if fed to keep it alive, how are we feeding our Minds? positive information or negative, are you feeding it on a daily basis or allowing it to starve and therefore allowing the most important part of our existence to fail.
The Physical body that keeps it all in, our arms, our Legs, our Torso etc etc, how do we maintain this, is it a healthy body, a fit body, a strong body or is it one that could be improved.
Our Spirit is the driving force behind our thought processes, What we think, what it is that gets us started or makes us stop, Makes us determined or makes us want to give up, when we are confronted with an obstacle how do we deal with that, are we positive or are we negative.
Kung fu/Kungfu or Gung fu/Gongfu is a Chinese term referring to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial arts. The Chinese literal equivalent of “Chinese martial art” would be 中国武术 zhōngguó wǔshù.
It is only in the late twentieth century, that this term was used in relation to Chinese martial arts by the Chinese community. In the Western popular culture, the term “Kung fu” is often erroneously used as an umbrella term when specifically referring to Chinese martial arts. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term “kung-fu” as “a primarily unarmed Chinese martial art resembling karate.” This illustrates how the meaning of this term has been changed in English. The origin of this change can be attributed to the misunderstanding or mistranslation of the term through movie subtitles or dubbing.
Confucius September 28, 551 – 479 BC)was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.
The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.
Taoism, also known as Daoism, is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin with an emphasis on living in harmony with, and in accordance to the natural flow or cosmic structural order of the universe commonly referred to as the Tao (also romanized as Dao). Taoist thought and philosophy was later incorporated into the religious traditions and practices of the ancient Chinese religion hundreds of years after its original development. The term Tao means the “natural way of the universe”, “the way”, “path”, or “principle”, and can also be found in other unrelated ancient Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao denotes something that is both the source of, and the force behind, everything that exists.
Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who lived about 25 centuries ago in what is now Nepal and northeastern India. He came to be called “the Buddha,” which means “awakened one,” after he experienced a profound realization of the nature of life, death and existence.