Peace-Time Martial Arts 慈
We practice and teach ‘peace-time martial arts’. We are under no illusion that we are teaching anything different. What this is, is a study of efficient of movement, internal principles and combative techniques with a focus upon integration of body and mind into one unified whole. Through a study of the nature of martial technique a person learns how to unify Ming (health and life) and Xing (inner nature) whilst working through the various layers of distortion which lead to inner feelings of low self-esteem, insecurity and frustration. In short they tackle many of the things which prevent a person from reaching a state of inner peace.
We live in times of relative peace and therefore the focus should be upon the most likely and common opponents within our life, inner turmoil and physical illness. Few of us will be killed by a violent assailant but many of us will die early from heart disease or a similar ailment.
The path of the spiritual warrior is a path of discomfort, inner questioning and arduous repetition, but it is a solid and long-established way to reach a state of spiritual elevation.
In Damo Mitchell’s opinion, after a lifetime spent in the martial arts, this is the direction that traditional Gong Fu should evolve. Those who obsess over a study of violence will draw more violence into their life and ultimately increase their personal suffering.