There is much I dislike about the traditional martial arts community, especially TODAY’S so called “traditional martial arts.” That being said, I have quite an extensive background in them! I have second degree black belts in Taekwondo (Moo Duk Kwan) and Hapkido under the late Pong Ki Kim. I am an adopted (Baai Si) in door disciple of the late Chan Tai San. I also have written more in the English language than anyone else about traditional Maht Jong Lama Pai.
I DO have fond memories of all those days, and strong connections. Unfortunately and regrettably I also watched both Korean and Chinese martial arts devolve into trash for the most part. I have a lot of affection for Mas Oyama’s Kyokushin because in that art you see strong traditions without abandoning fighting and effective training. However, I am told that even in that community there are issues
Anyway, before I ramble on yet again, the point! Martial arts still can and SHOULD serve as an educational system. The following fourteen “creeds for living” summarize what I consider to be the important ethical lessons you should learn from the practice of martial arts.
1. Maturity means accepting your responsibilities and meeting your commitments.
2. Brotherhood among your classmates. Learn to cooperate and support each other.
3. Respect for elders. There is no replacement for the knowledge of experience.
4. Respect for teachers. Teachers have dedicated themselves to helping you.
5. Friendship is very important in life. Have true friends and be a true friend.
6. Be modest. Don’t advertise your skills and don’t demonstrate them.
7. Keep an open mind. Don’t pass judgment on other people and be open minded when evaluating other styles and teaching methods.
8. Uphold justice. Use your skills only for good.
9. Strength and purity of mind and body. Beware of outside evils such as smoking, drinking and drugs.
10. Accompany decisions and ideas by action. Have dedication and finish what you start.
11. Take life seriously. You must train regularly and never become lazy.
12. Large egos are carried by small minds. Be proud of your accomplishments but never consider yourself above others. Keep practicing and there is always more to learn.
13. Respect all aspects of your training, delete nothing.
14. Be a role model for everyone around you. Conduct yourself properly and project the ideals of the martial arts.
YES, these are based upon the original Moo Duk Kwan oath….