It’s not something you can see, but it has many colors and is incredibly important.
Bravery is one of the key requirements of the beginning student and becomes one of the major attributes of the advanced one. It is also one of the primary reasons our school is ideal for today’s youth. Many students who begin at our school do not have any martial arts experience, nor any familiarity with the Chinese language and culture. Being that we are a traditional school, this can be intimidating and difficult for a westerner to adapt to. Continuing on this course takes bravery.
Hundreds of kicks, holding stances for minutes on end, struggling to learn and remember movements, grueling sparring sessions with students possessing significantly more skill, training through injury, the pressures of preparing and testing for the next rank…. these are just a few of the many elements of kung fu that require bravery at our school. It’s a personal decision each student must make to press on.
Students will also exhibit bravery out of school. It might be as simple as stepping in to help someone in trouble to something more major like defending someone in a violent situation. The bravery gained through the hard training provides a solid basis for the student to determine right from wrong and the strength and skill to act on it properly.