Frequently Asked Questions
Teacher, may I ask why so many fail to make it to teacher levels?
Everyone seems so eager to learn, yet few make it. Why?
The arts are not for everyone.
People want to try martial arts. They want the
self defense or discipline, or hard workouts for health, but after a
time that wears off. Although there are many people who would make
wonderful martial artists, they lack the true love for the art.
It is much the same as meeting people, at first you like them but after a time
you find something you don't like about them and you break the
relationship. Then there are others who find someone and no matter what
you find there is that special relationship between you and them.
Nothing can break you part, you want be together for life. This is love,
true love and it gets better and closer each passing day.
Every so often
I see this type of person appear in the Kwoon. The love is there and
they fall deeply in love with the Chinese arts.
The arts are not
impossible to master. It is not because of the difficulty in learning the arts that
people drop away, it is the lack of love. Just as in a relationship,
you must apply yourself to make it work, so too with the arts, you must
work and you must sacrifice. But if the love is lacking, so
is sacrifice, and soon you will leave.
As for me I fell in love a long
time ago. The arts to me never lose their appeal, their interest. There is
always a challenge to my abilities. If I had to stop for some reason, I
would be lost, bored, sad and depressed just like a lover feels when
the one he loves dies. The arts is my whole life, my constant companion,
my love. We will be together for life.
So don't think it is a person's
ability that counts. It is their love or lack of it that will determine the outcome.
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