Its so funny now thinking back to those Kung-Fu movies where the master makes his apprentice do all the shit work in order to learn the secrets of Kung-Fu. Its not funny when you realize you talk to professionals in any sort of business and you hear the similarities of a successful boss that grew out of poverty thru hard work versus the young intern who just want to cut corners and then eventually steal company secrets.
There is a lesson in this. My friend who's a pro making mascot costumes have advised me about hiring students and to be careful with what you share because some young punk like the one I met, will think they learn 2 days of kung-fu by sitting around think his smarts can defeat years of hard earned experience. Other kung fu masters (replace kung-fu with "Prop") have seen my skills and technique and realize that I studied under Ching Chao and my skills are indeed worthy of respect. Respect that I earned from hiding in my cave, devoting every minute of hardship, constantly challenging my own self for I am my own toughest opponent. You are you own worst enemy because in your mind you can defeat yourself with one thought of laziness. Discipline is what conquers these thoughts. Never underestimate yourself and your abilities. Never fear that someone can steal your techniques and skills. It took you years to learn and hone those skills and unless we are in the Matrix and they can download your brain you have very little to fear. Whats most important is the master knows that he and only he himself can develop new strategies against his own techniques. The apprentice who learns too much of your secrets may still have the upper hand in defeating you but your years of meditation and wisdom to see the big picture is far more important than some skills. When you are able to see beyond distance and beyond time, knowing that people will try to defeat you, you need to develop moves in secret and predict your enemies moves simply by knowing your enemies better.
Mistake number one of my former apprentice is that he thinks he knows all my techniques while he only studied under me for 2 months. There were many things he didn't learn nor he was aware of. The master not only imparts knowledge, he also is a student of life and he is constantly learning. Being able to keep an open mind and a humble ego will allow new insights to develop within and through this the master learns more about himself through others and through Time. He in essence learns from others as they are experiments or prototypes if you will. Every apprenctice is a work of the master. He builds versions of himself with each apprentice. Everyone he gives knowledge to is a trial and test of his own skills and strategies. It is also a test of Loyalty and faith on the part of the student. It would be foolish for the apprentice to think that what he learns is indeed useful or complete for if the Master never stops learning, his apprentice's training will never be complete. Sometimes the master is so full of guile and strategy perhaps he is testing the apprentice worthiness or simply the mind and understanding of true Kung Fu secrets:
- Time and Yourself is the True enemy. You can defeat everyone on the planet, but Time will age your body and you will never be able fight with stronger and younger opponents.
- Knowing this The Kung Fu masters imparts his knowledge to separate students and teaching a certain skill to those who are adept at it.
IN doing this he knows that there will be a balance. Only his most trusted student gains the real secrets and there are many ways to gain those skills (which I will not tell for it is a Real Secret)
- The key to nature and existence is Balance. No enemy or any man can conquer death, not even will all the power he has or how much wealth he gains, he will never live pass beyond time.
- Any fool who thinks he can cheat death by seeking for miracles have fell into traps of his own Ego.
- Ultimately your Ego is your worst enemy, and the stench is called pride and any Kung Fu master that have a nose will smell it in a far distance and even if you try to hide your stench, he will still smell it just by working with you day to day.
This is why the Master only imparts only certain knowledge and to use you to do his bidding. If you refuse, then the keys to the chamber of Kung Fu secrets will not be passed to you. You may leave the dojo and try to start your own school of Kung Fu but it is done with Pride as your seed and that shall always be your downfall. The master need not to try and defeat you, he sits, he waits, he builds himself stronger with new skills and moves while he watches you like a clown in a circus.
All things go in full circle and thats why it is more important for a Kung Fu Master to see the whole picture painted by Time.
Student of Life
p/s Ching Chao is a made up name, any similarities with living or dead persons
is coincidental...or maybe not.