Ever heard people talk about “internal” in the martial arts? Ever heard them say really dumb things like “real internal doesn’t use muscle” as if you could ever move your body in any way without using your muscles? These same guys like to talk about “brute strength” as if strength is a bad thing. To hear them tell it, no one who did real Chinese martial arts sweated and/or engaged in hard physical conditioning. Now take a look at this picture..
These are Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling) students from Tianjin area from around 100 years ago. During this period, there was already “internal” martial arts. There was already some of this talk. However, when you dig a little deeper it was always among those who were seeking higher class students, and frequently among those teachers who had either a questionable or non-existent fighting reputation.
It actually isn’t very hard to find references and sources showing hard EXTERNAL training in martial arts. There are many manuals depicting large assortments of different devices traditional Chinese martial arts fighters used to GET STRONG.
You might even find so called “internal stylists” doing things they called “nei gong” which in fact look a lot like your everyday average calisthenics; stretching, squatting, push ups, etc. But it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it’s easier to market “secret and unique” to uneducated people who are desperate for magic pills. It’s such a common tactic today, all you have to do is look at all the infomercials for diet pills and workout devices.
The reality is, people come to martial arts thinking they will learn something secret that will give them skill in a short period of time with little to no work. But that is just a myth, or more correctly a LIE…… People seem to forget that the words “kung fu” mean effort over time. If you want skill, it is going to take long hours of hard work…..
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