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    traditional kung fu culture has never been similar to traditional upperclass chinese culture. it was always a subculture/counterculture of soldiers, criminals, and nomadic people who immigrated to china. however there is a energy and fire in kung fu that is missing in modern times for many people and it can help us and give inspiration and encouragement.

    confucius list of gentlemanly arts had caligraphy and playing harp, but also lifting logs, archery and chariot fighting wearing 200 pound bronze armor. yes kung fu is about refinement, but not the pinke finger up kind of refinement. its about refining iron.

    kung fu culture is not about pouring tea and bowing so low it looks like ur giving urself a blowjob. its about learning to be mentally and physically strong, being loyal and never betray, and helping the weak. these principles are simple but are difficult to do in real life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bawang View Post
    kung fu culture is not about pouring tea and bowing so low it looks like ur giving urself a blowjob. its about learning to be mentally and physically strong, being loyal and never betray, and helping the weak. these principles are simple but are difficult to do in real life.
    Dang... you almost make me cry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bawang View Post
    kung fu culture is not about pouring tea and bowing so low it looks like ur giving urself a blowjob. its about learning to be mentally and physically strong, being loyal and never betray, and helping the weak. these principles are simple but are difficult to do in real life.
    欲成名,志当砺,功夫真,怀绝技,满受损,谦受益,弃杂念,秉公心,重仁义,扬武德,讲谐气,不畏邪,不下 欺,匡助弱,扶正义,奉劝君,要记牢。

    You desire a name? You must have the determination of a grindstone! For true Gong Fu, to develop a supreme skill, you must be content to suffer injury. Be modest about profit, abandon distracting thoughts, cling to an impartial mind, attach great importance to benevolence and righteousness! Cultivate Martial virtue, have fair temper, shun evil and never deceive. Help the weak, uphold justice and respect the law. You must remember these things well.


    --- Excerpt from Shaolin SanZiJing.
    問「武」。曰:「克。」未達。曰:「勝己之私之謂克。」

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    Quote Originally Posted by bawang View Post
    traditional kung fu culture has never been similar to traditional upperclass chinese culture. it was always a subculture/counterculture of soldiers, criminals, and nomadic people who immigrated to china. however there is a energy and fire in kung fu that is missing in modern times for many people and it can help us and give inspiration and encouragement.

    confucius list of gentlemanly arts had caligraphy and playing harp, but also lifting logs, archery and chariot fighting wearing 200 pound bronze armor. yes kung fu is about refinement, but not the pinke finger up kind of refinement. its about refining iron.

    kung fu culture is not about pouring tea and bowing so low it looks like ur giving urself a blowjob. its about learning to be mentally and physically strong, being loyal and never betray, and helping the weak. these principles are simple but are difficult to do in real life.
    Great post!

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    Ditto to what others have said, go for a cultural training experience, not for a superior one. China is huge, you can find all kinds of training depending where you are, like in the US. It's gong fu's place in the culture that is completely different, it's a real perspective shifter. And it's nice to have company. Also, as Gene pointed out, when you're a foreigner doing gong fu in China, people are looking at you, and there's a real pressure to represent.

    And, sorry, but I'm taking this opportunity to plug the articles I wrote about training in China.

    http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/...p?article=1092
    http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/...p?article=1153

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    a point about "chinese culture" and "kung fu culture"

    this is "opera"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2kL4VKiAHs

    this is also "opera"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGAbZNUwu-w

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    Quote Originally Posted by bawang View Post
    a point about "chinese culture" and "kung fu culture"

    this is "opera"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2kL4VKiAHs

    this is also "opera"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGAbZNUwu-w
    the second one was awesome

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