Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Kung Fu and the Tao
Question: Hello Derek, I've been studying kung fu for the last three years. I bought your books based on my teacher's recommendation. He says understanding the Tao can help me take my martial arts to the next level. I've been reading your stories and find them quite enjoyable, but I don't see how they can help me improve my techniques. My teacher knows I bought your books so he will probably ask me what I think of them. I don't really know what to tell him. Please help!
Answer: Well, I would certainly be very surprised if you did discover secret kung fu techniques in my stories. I believe your teacher is refering to the aspect of kung fu that promotes spiritual growth.
The beginning levels of kung fu may seem like a purely physical discipline, but martial arts experts all tell us that, at the higher levels, you will definitely become aware of the powerful connection between body and mind. I feel certain that your teacher is preparing you mentally and spiritually to enter into a more advanced form of practice.
As coincidence would have it, I have just written a new story where the link between kung fu and the Tao is much more explicit. I hope it will clarify this issue for you. You can find it at the following link:
The Kung Fu School