Martial Morality (Wude): Respect

Respect (Zun Jing)

Respect is the foundation of your relationship with your parents, teachers, your fellow students,other martial artists, and all other people in society. Respect makes a harmonious relationship possible. However, the most important type of respect is self-respect. If you can’t respect yourself, how can you respect others or expect them to respect you? Respect must be earned, you cannot request or demand it. Continue reading

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Martial Morality (WuDe): Humility

Humility (Qian Xu)

By Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, Shou-Yu Liang, and Wen-Ching Wu.
Humility comes from controlling your feelings of pride. In China it is said: “Satisfaction (i.e.pride) loses, humility earns benefits.” When you are satisfied with yourself, you will not think deeply, and you will not be willing to learn. However, if you remain humble, you will always be looking for ways to better yourself, and you will keep on learning. Remember, there is no limit to knowledge. It does not matter how deep you have reached, there is always a deeper level. Confucius said, “If three people walk by, there must be one of them who can be my teacher.” There is always someone who is more talented or more knowledgeable than you in some field. The Chinese say: “There is always a man beyond the man, there is sky above the sky.” Since this is so, how can you be proud of yourself? Continue reading