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Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher, I love the martial arts but I am not into fighting. I like the study of forms and techniques, but I am not into tournament competition. Can I still learn martial arts without fighting?

Many Chinese learn martial arts without the fighting aspects. In Taiwan, each morning many hundreds of people gather to practice Tai Chi in the park. Most of the practitioners have little or no knowledge of the fighting aspects of Tai Chi or even care to know of its combat value. They practice for the health benefits Tai Chi advances. Many who study Wu Shu in China have little understanding of true hand to hand combat. They study purely for the artistic values of the arts and the physical benefits derived from the practice.

Of course the martial arts were primarily developed for personal self defense, but today the arts are more than just fighting. They comprise an art form that advocates self discipline, good health, and philosophy. As I often say, martial arts are based on the three great pillars of the development of Mind, Body and Spirit. It is up to each students to discuss with his teacher what it is he is hoping to achieve in martial arts training. This way the teacher can focus in the area of interest.

There is no disgrace in not wanting to fight. In fact, nonviolence is always the preferred way to handle situations.

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