La bufala dell’arte marziale “antica”

Red Cliff - Guan YunIn questo thread ho postato due commenti che mi piacciono, quindi li edito un po’ per per decontestualizzarli e integrarli tra loro e li salvo come nota. Sostanzialmente rispondo a chi sostiene la superiorità delle arti marziali cosiddette “antiche” nei confronti di quelle cosiddette “moderne”. Smitizzo il fine bellico delle arti marziali cosiddette “antiche” e sostengo che le arti marziali si sono sempre evolute con l’uomo e devono continuare a farlo se vogliono sopravvivere. 

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Masters, grand masters, great grand masters…

Master Chan Hon Chung in 1979Westerners who follow the Chinese martial arts, especially those who make a life out of them, are in big troubles with the inflation of the definition “master”. The problem: if you accept that any muscled poser who learned three moves on YouTube or has been photographed in front of a dim-sum calls himself “master”, then you have to find new categories and new hyperboles to define the true masters or even the not-so-bad ones.

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Chinese kung fu is about sincerity and loyalty

Lam Sai WingChinese kung fu is about sincerity and loyalty. It’s about passing on and sharing culture and correct information.  Chinese kung fu is about brotherhood and mutual aid, regardless of the seniority and respective experience of those who practice it.

There’s never mystification or obfuscation in a traditional Chinese kung fu gymnasium, nor secrets accessible only to some restricted group of so-called “initiates.”  And above all, there are no techniques that must be taught incorrectly, inaccurately or incompletely to students deemed “unworthy.”

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