March 1, 2009

Wu De 武德 Martial Virtue

is the philosophy of conduct for the Martial artist.

Youxia literally translates to "wandering force" refers to a Martial artist who wanders the land and uses his abilities to do good and right wrongs.

Respect 尊敬 Zun Jing
Respect the many who have come before you. Respect those whose effort carried the arts through time to be handed down to you. Respect your teacher and the art he gives you. Respect your kung fu family for the aid they lend you. Respect the school for it brings you together. Respect other Sifu, schools, kung fu practitioners, and martial artist as if they were your own. Respect all people and treat them with dignity and humanity. Respect yourself so that others can admire you and follow your example.

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." - Lao-Tzu

Humility 谦逊 Qian Xu
Understand your limitations, so that you may look to those who are better and learn from them. Recognize your own faults, so that you do not judge harshly others for failing you yet possess. Do not compare or compete with others, so that you do not try to prop up your ego on the backs of others you should be pulling up with you. Do not be afraid to admit your mistakes or that you do not know, acknowledge your failings and learn from them. Do not believe yourself more important than any other. Treat other people as equals and help them because it is the right thing to do. It's been said that when you can help others who cannot possibly help you in return, you have learned humility.

“The taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bows.” – Chinese Proverb

Honor 榮譽 Rong Yu
Learn the names, deeds, and contributions of those who have handed down your Art. Learn the history, culture, customs, and language of the nation that spawned your Art. Act with honesty, integrity, and fairness to reflect well upon yourself, your peers, your teachers, and your ancestors. Cultivate trust in yourself and with those you associate. Do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.

"Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one." ~Chinese Proverb

Virtue 道德 Dao De

Seek clarity of self, so that you may understand others. In that understanding you will be able to achieve empathy. You will be able to see the world from their perspective and guide them to the Right view of the world. Empathy will make their pain, their suffering, their failings, and their life, personal. It will become your pain, your suffering, your failings, and your life. In doing so you will be unable to ignore them, and feel compelled to heal them, comfort them, and teach them.

Follow the golden rule, Treat other as you will to be treated.

Follow the golden mean, Do nothing to excess.

"The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.” - Chapter 49, Tao Teh Ching