I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR MARTIAL ARTS
Please I will like to know more about you and your martial arts. I don't mind to convert myself to your style.
— Joakim, Nigeria
I am different to different people. Most martial artists don't like me. The reason, I believe, is that I am not afraid to say the truth, and most people don't like to hear the truth. I am one of the few who are vocal in advocating that kungfu can be used for fighting, and chi kung can overcome illness.
Actually there is nothing very special about these two statements. They are statements of truth, like saying that cars can be used for transporting people, and clean water can quench thirst. The problem, of course, is not as straight-forward. It arises because most people today practice a grossly debased form of kungfu and chi kung. They cannot use their kungfu for fighting, or use their chi kung to overcome diseases. One would expect that these people would be grateful to be made aware that their kungfu or chi kung is debased, and be given a rare opportunity to practice the genuine one. But this is not so. It is one of the idiosyncrasies of humankind to remain blissful in ignorance or be aggressive in defiance.
Many people call us liars because our claims are too good to be true. Most kungfu practitioners cannot apply their kungfu for combat and most chi kung practitioners have no chi experience even when they have practiced for many years. Yet, we claim that our students can attain these results only after a few weeks, even a few days. It is understandable if they find our claims hard to be believed, but it is unreasonable for them to make accusations without checking the facts, and insensible for them not to take advantage of this opportunity fo find out whether our claims are true.
On the other hand, those who have benefited from our arts regard me as a very generous and effective teacher. Some of those who have recovered from diseases that many consider as incurable even consider me a god!
We practice Shaolin Kungfu, Wahnam Taijiquan and Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung. We consider these arts the best. This is only logical, otherwise we would not practice them. Would you practice an inferior art when a better one is available? Some people do, but we won't.
This may be the main reason why many people consider us boastful. They are mistaken. While we consider our arts the best, and are very proud of it, we are aware that other people may consider their arts better than ours. That is their right and their business.
Hence, we never attempt to convince others to change to practicing our arts. In fact, we often do the reverse. We share many of our secrets with others, encouraging them if they wish to use the secrets to improve their own arts. When someone who has practiced other arts wish to change to ours, we ask him to consider carefully, and if he still wants to make the change, we remind him to be grateful and respectful to his former teachers.
The above is taken from Question 2 of November 2008 Part 3 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.
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