All systems regardless of their country's origin have their beauty with their good points as well as their bad points. All of them have the capability to let the practitioner grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually using the Martial Arts as vehicle to grow by This is In my opinion the martial art's greatest gift The system or style or vehicle you choose to grow by matter» only If you grow.
Bruce Lee. my Instructor In Jeet Kune Do. influenced me to appreciate all styles without being bound to It and to appreciate all methods regardless of their country's origin. Style like food, is according to your personal taste; when you try to Impose your taste on others. It may or may not be the "taste" for them. Arguing whether the Chinese styles arc better than the Japanese styles is futile. It is like saying Chinese food is always better than the Japanese food. Each person has his persona) taste for food and he alone knows if it tastes good for him. A good martial artist like a twfl connoisseur of food can appreciate all the foods of different countries and still have his dislikes and likes In each category. A true martial artist like a true connoisseur of food does not label himself as a Greek food eater, or a Mexican food eater, or Italian food eater for he know«; that labeling himself, can only limit his horizon in taste"
I believe in the premise that no style or system or race or nationality can have a monopoly on ail that :> functional and worthy in the martial arts If this premise is true than the Filipino Martial Arts has more than its share to offer eo the Martial Art World.
First of all 1 am not a master in the Filipino Martial Arts just a Curo (Instructor) I have been very fortunate to have studied under many of these masters It's very difficult to say whether one Instructor was better than another. For that matter, one's best instructor migh: have been another student or training partner or opponent. 1 have had many instructors in the Filipino martial arts and some have obviously given me more knowledge than others, but each instructor has taught me something unique To quote an ancient Zen saying. "In the landscape of Spring there is .neither better nor worse; the flowering branches grow, some short and some long." In other words. I would never compare my instructors to determine who was better or smarter, who was faster or had more knowledge, ltow do you compare the beauty of an ocean to the majesty of a forest; how do you compare a desert to the mountains? I owe a debt to all my In-stnitors.
Yet it'=. also my belief that one learns from himself. An Instructor gives mostly of his love and his experience. He can teach technique, but tht? ability to use that technique comes from within oneself
There ate four stage:. (1) You must be aware of the truth; (2) you must understand the truth: (3) you must function in the truth and. (4) you must maintain the truth Of these four stages, the instructor can help you partially in ll) becoming aware of the technique and (2) understanding the technique To function in the technique and to maintain it is without doubt the student s responsibility.
Once you have learned tiie basic:?. from any Instructor, you must seek elsewhere. This elsewhere Is "within yourself." Truth i* in being yourself, totally and allvety.
The following are a list of my Instructors in the Filipino martial arts who warrant special recognl tion. I dedicate this book to them and to the following people (in alphabetical ordeT) that have greatly influenced my life.
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