Realistic view on learning a martial art
The right approach:
When a student has a qualified Sifu who is willing to teach him everything and if that student learns long enough and wholeheartedly, well; it is quite simple, just follow along!
Of course this can only be true when there is a relationship with mutual trust between sifu and his student. Therefore the student should study martial ethics and apply them.
One of those ethics is humbleness. One becomes humble by realising that the teacher has a higher knowledge than his own. In that way, a student becomes humble and gives respect.
Other important points are:
- We may not forget that the kungfu education is based on chinese culture, with it's typical chinese family values. This is very important for the proper learning process of the student.
- Should the students' ego grow too big with the growth of his kungfu standard and he doesn't give respect anymore (even up to becoming big-headed); well; in that case he will block himself for further learning. In general, most sifu's will change their teaching policy.
After trying their outmost best to correct the student and when they have no other choice, they will eventually stop teaching or dismiss the student.
For those studens who are willing to learn properly through loyalty and good understanding of martial ethics, or eventually use the proper kungfu knowledge to create a way of life in which the art becomes a life journey, they will understand the true meaning of the term kungfu. The accomplishment of a person through work, study and time!