Gung Fu Kuen Kuit – Reloaded

Kuen Kuit are “Words of Wisdom” which capture in poetic terms the finer attributes of Gung Fu. “Kuen Kuit” is Cantonese for “martial sayings” or “fighting songs.”

To the new student;

  • Teachers are just people with greater experience. Take everything they say with a big pinch of salt.
  • The chief concern of your development should be the effectiveness of your fighting ability, the gauge of which should be measured by training with and against competent fighters.
  • Despite what you are being taught, always remind yourself that the system was meant to be simple. Always ask “Is there a simpler way of achieving the same result?”
  • If you find yourself being coerced into unnatural fighting positions, remind yourself that the system was supposed to rely on the natural attributes of average people.
  • The punch is the central movement. All other hand techniques are used to facilitate the punching action.
  • There are no blocks. Any defensive moves are merely diversions used to prevent yourself from being hit with the dual action of setting up your own strike.
  • Do not be afraid to mix sound scientific fighting principles with your own intuition. If it doesn’t ‘fit’ let it go.
  • Amassing techniques only leads to interference patterns when attempting to execute the technique in a highly adrenalized state. Instead, concentrate on being able to fire the same basic punches and kicks from any position, including but not limited to, standing, sitting, crouching, ducking, laying down.
  • Always have a back-up plan.
  • Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law.
  • Skill is not something magically acquired by attending classes. The development of skill depends on what you do, away from the class setting.
  • You are only as good as the company you keep. You are only as good as the weakest person you train with. Always strive to find competent training partners.
  • The best martial artists do not tend to have a significant public or media, or social media profile. They are hidden from view, tending to prefer training and improving over discussing and ranting.
  • Beware of the salesman. There has been, and forever will be, someone, somewhere trying to convince you that what they have is more complete, comes from a better place and contains all the answers you seek.
  • If you seek answers to your questions and are looking for a guru or some sort of authority to guide you, look no further than the reflection in your own mirror.
  • Martial artists dispense advice freely. Be cautious about the advice you adopt.

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