The way of the warrior does not include other Ways, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, certain traditions, artistic accomplishments, and/or dancing. But even though these are not part of the Way, if you know the Way broadly you will see it in everything. Men must polish their particular Way . . . When I apply the principle of strategy to the ways of different arts and crafts, I no longer have need for a teacher in any domain. (Musashi, Singh, p.18) [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MtcHHj64BA"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MtcHHj64BA[/ame] The Spritual Warrior seeks to become a concealed vessal for the Ten Thousand things of Heaven and Earth. The character clues to this potential is that the adept is dutiful, diligent, direct and deferential. It is said that the Chinese community of Martial Art instructors expect students, with this character, to produce much skill with very little direct guidance. However, the student with this potential is intensely, observed. The teachers will teach you the basics and guide you to master them through providing a work ethic standard. Then they stand back and watch you perfect yourself through copying their way of expression. Later they watch you gain the ability to grow to meet challenges and then diminish from notice so as to gain more discipline and spiritual gifts through stillness. They wait until they see that their interpretation of has evolved into you way of interpretation; however, the essence of correctness is not lost in the translation. It is then that they know that a potential Master has been born. They know that several tens of thousands of hours directed towards becoming a spiritual warrior. Ten thousand seems to be the universal number concerning the goal of developing expertise. Ten thousand hours of meditation, research, annotation, practice, conditioning, failure and success is the key to progressing to the point of expertise. Let us break this down terms of time. One will have to train 2 hours a day, five days of the week, for over ten years to attain expertise in Taiji Quan. If one doubles ones training per day to four hours than it would take five years of unrelenting effort. Each day missed is a reminder to the practioner that any break in regimen is a setback requiring a re-doubling of effort. This is an ego cleansing process of self-discovery that places great importance on ones capacity to learn. A teaching analogy would be that they expect you to build a chair after slowly teaching you to build one chair leg. Applying this analogy to my own martial art experiences would signify that my first book described how I finished the other three chair leg. This book describes how I am finishing the seat. The work to complete this task has revealed to me the importance of seeking traditional Form and Function, Martial and Spiritual practices. It has also brought me to understand the meaning of the phrase “authentic Taiji Quan, Kung Fu”. What the phrase signifies is the evolution of Asian lineage Taiji Quan Kung Fu within and amoung the lineage families of Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu Hao, Sun and Li. There is great value in researching and trying to replicate these ethnocentristic lineages of martial and spiritual, form and function. The value is tangibly validated when the practices help one become a peerless boxer. However, the late great Master Bruce Lee - a Wu Shu, Taiji and Wing Chun practitioner who created his own style called Jeet Kun Do, was correct in his assessment of Martial Arts being a sincere reflection of ones self-expression. Self-expression on a cultural level separates Eastern and Western methods of internal skill development while at the same time linking them together. The link comes from a single ability central to find self. To self-express one must know onesself. This is accomplished through the ability to acutely, listen. Through this ability one learns what is within and how to apply that knowledge to hear what is communicated to us from without. This ability accompanied the need for self-expression with regard to the lineage founders of my internal boxing roots and to listen to the fighting spirit that comes from my Western Martial Art roots. MMA, our modern interpretation of Greek Pankration is also steeped in ancient tradition but the forms are lost to all but the most researched and diligent. The choreographers of the movie Troy are the most notable Martial Artists who give us some possibilities of the capabilities of the Greek Warrior through the exploits of Achilles. In the West we have salvaged through recorded Greek accounts of great Olympians as far back as 648 BC, the tactics and techniques of allegedly unbeatable Warriors namely Arrhichion, Dioxippus, Polydamas of Skotoussa and Theagenes. From the mythical ancestry of Herecles and Theseus these warriors who integrated, what we in modernity call, Boxing, Kickboxing and Wrestling give the Modern Western Warrior the foundation and legitimacy of no-holds combative skills that are truly, fearsome. But what is very interesting is that the specific forms that teach how they became so prodigious is missing even as these tactics and techniques and even some strategies have survived. While this is true what is also true is that internal pugilism existed for Pankrationists as their fighting prowess and healing knowledge grew so did the methods for passing knowledge from teacher to student. Pugilistic forms called cheironomia (χειρονομία, grappling) and anapale (αναπάλη, striking) were used to prepare Fighters for functional combative training. “The decision to remain standing or go to the ground obviously depended on the relative strengths of the athlete, and differed between anō (Grappling) and katō (Striking) pankration styles. However, there are indications that staying on one's feet was generally considered a positive thing, while touching the knee(s) to the ground or being put to the ground was overall considered disadvantageous. In fact, in antiquity as today, falling to one's knee(s) was a metaphor for coming to a disadvantage and putting oneself at risk of losing the fight, as argued persuasively by Michael B. Poliakoff.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pankration#cite_note-ReferenceA-2, Aug 2010 ). Again a traditional system master tells us that Mastery of the Martial Arts is an individual endeavor that requires evolution and self expression to be aliving art of value. Since the book is written in english and sold specifically to the West it is likely that he did not mean it only for Asians... Those who learn without using their gong-fu at the initial stages have to bring all their resilience to bear to re-develop their skills gradually so that they can attain the level of wisdom of Confucius. As the saying goes, "Initial difficulties are followed by abundance." This means that one's gong-fu must be exercised according to Mencius' advice: "It should be a matter in which you open your mind and make your heart sincere. Do not ignore your duties; do not rely on the assistance of others. This way, you will be able to restore chaos to order and extend this order to other things, working out a model for your true behavior." As a result of deeds accomplished by methodical application of the purest gong-fu bestowed to you by heaven and revealed internally, the dim and obscure way of the past will transform to brightness and clarity. Dedicated use of this approach will definitely lead to modest maturation of your skills in three years and significant mastery in an additional nine years or so, after which you will be able to quit' practice, as boxing becomes your second nature. By this stage, your body will move without consciousness of footwork, your spirit will lead the arms with unerring precision until the end of your days. Take my word for it. One who works persistently will realize all dreams. (Xin, pg. 195) [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAZp5ST2Hbs"]San Shou Training (Intermediate): Wu Water Boxing Basic Form‏ - YouTube[/ame] After reading this quote from the "Illustrated Explanation of Chen Family Taiji Quan". I realized the worth of my ideas concerning the building of a Western Family System of Martial Arts. The East should be thanked and revered for their contributions and transmissions of Martial Art refinement and skill. Their cultural contributions have rightly been assimilated into Western cultures while Asians themselves have only acculturated themselves to our ways of Martial culture. I think that should continue but not relegate the Western potential to interpret their wisdoms and institute a Western way of Internal Pugilism. With the apparent effectiveness of MMA it is time to reinstitute a more complete system of Pankration with the knowledge transmitted from the East. Our inner teachers are awakened thanks to the East’s sharing of lineage and in accordance with their own treatise the Tao must be a living doctrine expressed by all of humanity in its diverse beauty. Homogenous and ethnocentric statements like “Authentic Kung Fu” are derived from xenophobic perceptions of reality and are only appropriate to publically present when one is unbalanced by the power of change. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnCG6FzU9A4"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnCG6FzU9A4[/ame] Does this mean that there are Western Masters of Martial Arts that are as knowledgeable of Internal Skills as the Eastern Masters? No it doesn’t. Does this mean that the West will become as adept in building internal skill as the Eastern ones but through a integrated means of technology and borrowed wisdoms? Yes it does! So begin your journey with traditional Asian Martial Arts. But complete your Journey with the aid of an inner teacher that will not hold back knowledge when you are ready to possess it or speak in in a language that will force you to learn fluent Madrin for you to decipher a culturally encoded significance. This has already been done for us through the openess of a few Asian Masters and their brilliant Western Apprentices. It is now time to walk on our own instincts. Refine ourselves by learn from our own mistakes and while taking advise whenever and wherever it is given manifest our own internal style that accompanies our very potent style of Modern Pankration. . As stated in the beginning of this book, I am an Internal Pugilist. I am not alone and my way is not the only way but it will make me and others Peerless Boxers in the way that is stated in ancient Taiji treatise. Master Wang states that if we stray but a little we will miss the goal, but he was making a cultural reference. He was talking about having faith in the developmental process of internal skill. In the pursuit of such skill one must have patience in oneself and faith in ones training method and not try to sidestep the process. The Master later goes on to reveal that after several years one is free to evolve one’s own way. I believe the East is the Yin and the West is the Yang and as the Master says we compliment each other when harmoniously integrated. I believe both cultures are ready for that integration and acceptance of each other’s potential : [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfW4HpH1Fa4"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfW4HpH1Fa4[/ame] Excerpts from the Treatise on T’ai Chi Ch’uan attributed to Wang Tsung-yueh (18th Century) as researched by Lee N. Scheele Within yin there is yang. Within yang there is yin. Yin and yang mutually aid and change each other. Understanding this you can say you understand chin. After you understand chin, the more you practice, the more skill. Silently treasure knowledge and turn it over in the mind. Gradually you can do as you like. Fundamentally, it is giving up yourself to follow others. Most people mistakenly give up the near to seek the far. It is said, “Missing it by a little will lead many miles astray.” The practitioner must carefully study. This is the Treatise. So what do you think> Did he all cultures or that only Asian lineage kung fu systems could be authentic?