Do you remember watching television on Saturdays when you were a kid?
Saturday mornings were cowboy shows like Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, and Sky King. But the afternoons were those full-length crazy Kung Fu movies. The actors’ mouth movements never seemed synched with dubbed English voices. And the sound effects — that “whoosh, whoosh” sound even when somebody picked up a cup of coffee.
One of the greatest of the Kung Fu stars was Bruce Lee. Bruce began his martial art career learning a style called Wing Chun Kung Fu. Wing Chun was a branch of Fukien White Crane Kung Fu which I had an opportunity to learn.
Part of Kung Fu is learning a “form” — a series of movement that looks likes a dance. As I recall, the forms came about when Chinese War Lords forbade the practice of the Martial Arts. They feared that its practitioners might overthrow them. Martial Arts, in effect, went underground.
When I was studying White Crane, I remember my teacher explaining the purpose of Martial Arts.
Studying Martial Arts will teach you techniques of self-defense. Self-defense is not its primary reason. You learn to train with weapons like the short and long staff. Mastering the use of weapons is also not the reason for studying Martial Arts.
The reason to learn Martial Arts is to become a better human being.
Where have you heard that before?
Bill said it
Isn’t that what Bill says in many of his videos? He believed that the reason to learn to paint was so we could become better human beings.
Learning to paint has never been about learning to paint a fir tree. It was never about creating another painting. Learning to paint, like Martial Arts, helps you develop the discipline to master a craft. This process of learning will serve you in other areas of your life.
Your hidden talents
If you can create a work of art, what else are you capable of? What other hidden talents do you have that you didn’t know existed?
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Bruce Lee explains his philosophy.