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Learning Philosophies and Proverbs


To follow the wrong teacher,

     is like being born from the wrong mommy's tummy.


Learning a hundred things is not as good as practising one thing well;

Practising a hundred things is not as good as mastering one thing perfectly.


How and when does one reach his state of understanding,

     and what is the standard by which the teacher judges the pupil's ability.


Art calls for complete mastery of techniques,

     developed by reflection within the soul.


He who thinks, but does not learn...is lost.

He who learns, but does not think...is in great danger.


The truth in combat is different for each individual in his style.

     1. Research your own experience for the truth.

     2. Absorb what is useful.

     3. Reject what is useless.

     4. Add specifically what is your own.


If you think you're the best, your growth will be mediocre,

If you think you're mediocre, you will always be at your best.


The three stages of learning:

     Learn - to consciously learn a technique.

     Apply - to practice the technique until you can successfully apply it.

     Dissolve - when the technique becomes automatically a part of you.


When an archer is shooting for nothing...he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle...he is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold...he goes blind, or sees two targets - he is out of his mind!

His skill has not changed but the prize divides him, he cares - He thinks more of winning than shooting, and the need to win drains him of power.


Just as yellow leaves may be gold coins to stop the crying children,

Thus, the so called secret moves and contorted postures appease the unknowledgable martial artists.


Shall I teach you what knowledge is?

     When you know a thing, is to recognize that you know it.

When you don't know a thing, is to recognize that you don't know it.

     This is Knowledge!


To seek learning - is to attain knowledge.

To seek the Tao - is to rid oneself of ignorance.

The more one knows, the more there is to un-know.

Thus, increase to decrease.


When the blind lead the blind,

     They will both fall into the water.


Ten thousand rivers flow into the sea;

     The sea is never full.


Learning coordination is a matter of training the nervous system,

     And not a question of training muscles.


The outstanding characteristic of the expert athlete is his ease of movement,

     Even during maximum effort.


There is nothing much in this art; Take things as they are.

     Punch when you have to punch; Kick when you have to kick.


Before I studied the art,

     A punch to me was just a punch, a kick was just a kick.

After I'd studied the art,

     A punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick.

Now that I understanding the art,

     A punch is just a punch, a kick is just a kick.


All vague notions must fall before a pupil can call himself a Master.



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