There are many reasons to train, but for most, the ability to defend oneself with a high degree of skill is the most compelling. Our school teaches fighting arts that were created by martial geniuses hundreds of years ago – before the advent of firearms. Back then, being able to defend oneself with your bare hands or weapons could mean the difference between life or death. Martial fluency can only be attained through a serious attitude and consistent, hard work and proper instruction. Coincidentally, the original meaning of “kung fu” actually refers to any skill achieved through hard work and practice – not necessarily martial arts.
Learning to play a musical instrument is quite similar to learning our school’s kung fu. In the beginning, you will likely feel awkward with the instrument and there will be growing pains as you take direction from your teacher. You may even have second thoughts as to continuing. You familiarize yourself with the basic notes and a few simple chords and begin learning to read music. This is painstaking and can take weeks and month of daily practice. As you progress, basic songs and musical pieces are learned and practiced and more advanced chords are learned. Years go by, you continue to practice the basics and your instructor continues to push your abilities by teaching new techniques and musical pieces. You begin to feel pretty confident about your playing and happily perform the songs you know for friends and family. Many more years of diligent practice pass and you feel quite comfortable with your instrument and enjoy playing and practice more than ever. It truly gives you joy. You advance with even more difficult and challenging music, can play with your eyes closed, and can even replay music simply from hearing it. You have become better than you ever thought you would and feel as fluent playing music as you do talking. That is musical “kung fu” and an incredibly similar path is followed at our school to attaining martial fluency. With no question, both musical and fighting ability become more fun – more addictive – the better you get.
Both musical and martial fluency are available to those willing to dedicate themselves consistently for years – there are no short cuts. The only difference is that martial kung fu requires more sweat!