I hear a lot of things today that make me think the the true spirit of martial arts is being lost. With MMA becoming bigger than ever there is a certain lack of focus upon the moralities which make Martial arts so amazing.
Here is a link to a site with great definitions of the Martial Moralities.
Morality of deed includes:
Humility, Respect, Righteousness, Trust, and Loyalty.
Morality of mind consists of:
Will, Endurance, Perseverance, Patience, and Courage.
These are disciplines which I try my best to integrate into my everyday life even if I do not always succeed. They were once even taught public schools, however it seems now that everyone is so afraid that someone will take a simple life lesson the wrong way that they cannot even be taught there. So it seems that these vital lessons are disappearing even from the word of Kung Fu.
These are lessons which not only apply to martial arts but to all of life, for without trust and respect for yourself and for those you encounter everyday how can we get anything out of this world worth having?