Best Kung Fu Gets ‘Proved!’
When it came to Kung Fu, Stan was not a very coordinated fellow. He was over-large, maybe 6’ 3”, but he had one of those untidy bodies that carried a bit extra, uh, fat.
Fortunately, he was willing to work hard when it came to Kung Fu.
He worked, never missing a class, and though he wasn’t coordinated, and though he usually lost when it came to free fighting, he kept working hard. He was a second degree brown sash when he found out the truth of his art.
He was a salesman, and he was in New York City for a training seminar. After the seminar he and a few of the fellows he was with were walking down the street, and they decided to go into a bar.
Stan and the fellows each made their order. Suddenly, a thick fellow with a mean face shoved Stan aside and bellied up to the bar.
Stan held onto his drink and said, “Hey!”
The guy turned, grinned, and launched a gnarly fist.
It was a hard right fist to the head, and no doubt the bully boy had managed to mangle a few fellows with it. What he hadn’t figured on, however, was Stan’s training in Kung Fu.
Stan raised a left high block and then shot out his own punch. One punch, right to the jaw, and the fellow fell all the way down. I mean, he was cutting zzzs worse than Rip Winkle!
Stan, confused by the whole thing, surprised by his own reaction, left the bar.
Now, here is what it is all about. You don’t have to train for speed and muscles, you have to train for intelligence.
Yes, it is good to be fast, but what is more important is to use classical training to get the energy to explode from the center of your body, what is commonly referred to as the ‘Dan Tien.’ When the energy explodes, in spite of how slow you might be when on the mat, you’re going to have major speed.
Enough speed to make a block and counter work no matter how ‘clumsy’ you might feel on the mat.
The body is an interesting little put together. Most people think they need large muscles to to knock somebody out, have to have the hard belly, the whole thing. But that is a false image.
What people really need to learn is a knowledge of how the body works. And not just the muscles, but the energy that makes those muscles do their thing.
Classical Kung Fu imparts that knowledge. You get the tight belly and the cannon ball biceps, that is just the result of good exercise, but you get the martial smarts, too.
I don’t care if you are a student of Wing Chun or Preying Mantis or whatever. Good Kung Fu students, in a good Kung Fu style, learn about the energy that motivates the muscles.
You know, if you’re really interested in good kung fu, you should check out the Shaolin Butterfly. Top notch power.