I saw a blog post tonight while jumping around the internet which I found bothered me quite a bit. The blog post basically said that the writer believed that arts such as Karate, Tea Kwon Do, and Kendo were superior to Chinese Kung Fu because Chinese Kung Fu has no moral code. Now first I am going to start by saying that I disagree with the entire statement. I personally don't believe anyone art is superior to any other. They all have their ideal application purposes and situations; and once learned can in fact compliment one another very well. Now to the point I was really bothered by, it seems that a lot of people today want to rely on some outside to tell them what is morally correct. This to me seems a bit off, you do not need your exercise regime to tell you what is an appropriate way to conduct yourself. I have previously written a post upon the martial moralities which, while they do seem to be lacking today, are by no means nonexistent to Chinese Kung Fu.
If the kindest deed is done with dark intent can it truly still be called a kind deed? This is a very simply question, with a very simply answer. If you go through your life giving to others without expecting anything in return you will gain all that you need. Be kind to those around you even when they cut you down with cruel words. Do not raise your fist in anger only in level headed defense. These are the basic rules of humanity. The thing is you didn't need me (or anyone else) to spell this out for you, you already knew these things. You don't need any outside source to tell you, these messages have been handed down from generation to generation. The sad thing is they seem to be disappearing because we are constantly counting upon someone else to teach us and our children. But why? It isn't hard to teach others these lessons, simply lead by example and others will follow you.
If you missed my blog on the martial moralities I've added the link here: Martial Moralities Blog
And here is a link to a wonderful book all about Martial Virtues:
Wishing everyone the best in their training!