True Kungfu is a way of life that must have honor, virtue, chivalry, fearlessness in order to have true meaning in a persons life. Just learning techniques so we can hurt another person or defend ourselves is a very narrow goal. It is also true and reasonable to understand that merely learning a set of movements and routines (prearranged sequences of movements, techniques and so forth) just because they are “traditional” and in order to continue a tradition takes the focus away from a real self-development and draws the individual toward the idea of sacrifice of the individual for the collective.
We see this as an argument why to learn one style of kungfu as opposed to taking a step back and seeing the bigger picture of what the real purpose of Bushido or Wushu truly is. All styles have their inception in the genius of an individual who, based on their own individual attainment gave birth to a recombination of skills and methods or even innovations often combining systems not dissimilar to the modern concept of “mixed martial art” of the present day. Where the difference resides is the particular social and cultural context of the period of innovation and development of a martial art system. If the context is for instance the “warring states” period in China as an example then that particular context will generate a variety of innovations, not only in basic methods of body control and movement; this extends not only to the individual but also to the movement and control of 10,000 (or more) men under arms. It goes without saying the conflicts between warring groups will also spur the development of innovations in utensils of war, i.e. types of crossbows, spears, mace, swords, and all other various types of implements, including innovations in logistics development as well as missiles and so forth.
What however is the common denominator no matter what the social and technological development? It is the individual soldier. The Warrior and what can be called, “the warrior spirit”. With there being countless books, monographs, private family manuscripts as well as official government publications and documents both ancient and modern the subject is vast and an understanding of the value of mind, development of intent as well as the moral and ethical character as it relates to the basis and approach to one’s martial art; be it karate, shaolin martial arts, bushido, wushu, wuyi-wujiquan, or any other modern system.
With this in mind we at Wujido provide a basic guideline for the dedicated practitioner for building a deep and spiritual foundation that will provide a moral and ethical as well as intentional support for their training. We might suggest that this is a very complete set of requirements but at no time should a person limit themselves and when practical it is advised to make a personal research into the more classical literature having to do with the practice of martial arts.
Wujido has the 7 requirements
- The unquenchable fire of a Sincere Heart
- The impenetrable helmet of a Persevering Spirit
- The skillful shoes of Energetic Effort
- The protecting chest plate of strict Discipline
- The responsive awareness of holding focus
- The open door of respect for others
- The virtuous Action of Embracing the Good and Rejecting the Bad