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When it comes to martial arts, I am an expert. I am not an expert in English writing, music, or dance, but when it comes to Kung Fu, I am the PhD. level! I am not bragging on my own behalf, but after 45 years of experience, just like a doctor can cure cancer, I can cure some hard-to-treat disease: it’s my specialty! Let’s talk a little bit about weapons! The Chinese Kung Fu looks very abstract, especially to a Westerner, like a foreign language to an outsider. To Chinese people who can read and appreciate this, the movement is natural to us and the meaning makes sense. A Western mind may look at Kung Fu like it is useless or meaningless movement, but hidden within the movement is meaning.
When it comes to body movement, it is too easy for me. When it comes to the weapon, though, it is very interesting to share all different kinds of body extension. By body extension, I mean a weapon or weaponry. For example, each weapon has its own special or individual use. A big Kwan Dao has a different cut, different weight, and different angle than a little dagger, a small axe, or a one-handed Dao (Chinese Sword). Each weapon is applicable in a different situation. You may have a large sword, but a tiny razor can still cut your throat! If you hold a large spear, the most beautiful in the world, but you do not know how to move with it, how can you kill your opponent?
Our weapon-based Kung Fu has ground and standing work, and depending on the weapon, we adapt to the situation with our movement. Kung Fu for me is the principle of balancing Yin and Yang, and the movement of. Just like heavenly girlfriend, beautiful or ugly, it doesn’t matter what you think but some may perceive her as ugly or beautiful. I can train with little daggers, carried in my backpack to any corner of the world that I want to practice. But, if I travel with the large Kwan Dao, I may be arrested!
The main aspect of weapon Kung Fu is the body movement. Like a house, the body movement is the foundation, and how can you have a strong house without a strong foundation? I’ve loved Kung Fu since I was a kid, and I’ve trained since then to become a master. Not because of the title, but because I love the art, like a doctor who loves medicine. I can handle any form, I can read any movement. Just like a cat who can watch a mouse move and jump in anticipation of the next move, I have the ability to focus my mind. Any movement is my mind, and my mind is my movement. The mind and movement alternate with each other.
When you reach the point where your movement is a direct reflection of your thinking, that is what I call Kung Fu Enlightenment of the Than Vo Dao spiritual martial path. For me, the Kung Fu enlightenment does not mean some kind of religious enlightenment, but it represents the full understanding of the Kung Fu movement knowledge, use, and application. When your Kung Fu is second nature, you don’t have to think in order to respond to whatever comes to you, just like a monkey making a terrifying leap from branch to branch. Thinking within an action. When you make a move, you don’t think, but that thinking is a move. For example, when the opponent comes to attack you, if you wonder “How can I block or attack this” it is already too late. When somebody comes to you with a knife or a hammer, and you instinctively respond without thought, this is the mindless action (wu xin, mindless) that exemplifies Kung Fu enlightenment. When the Yin and Yang are in harmony.
It’s going to snow tonight, very seriously, this March when the weather was about to turn warm. So, I decided to share a special teaching of the former Kung Fu Champion and Master. I might retire soon, but my art will never retire! It has been rooted in me for years, and I love the art so much, without Kung Fu my life would be meaningless. I share to all my students, friends, all over the sea, in America where the land saved my life, and has brought me a lot of joy/sadness/happiness.