What do you think of first when you hear the word Kungfu Master?
Do you imagine an old man, maybe in his 50ties, better in his 60ties who lives in a small hut on a mountain, meditates the whole day and is preferably a monk?
You have watched too much TV sunshine.
Every now and then when I search through different Martial Art Forums I read about disappointed Martial Artists, who came to China in hope of finding a Kung Fu Master.
A grand teacher, who will just like that invite them and train them.
Instead they end in big Kung fu Schools, where everybody just seems to want their money.
Let’s get this straight.
They feed you, they train you and they give you a place to live. Now which idiot would offer this for free to a random stranger, who often isn’t even actually interested in really learning martial arts but just wants an adventure for one year, sometimes even just one month?
(Yes Chinese students do pay less, but do you want to live the same way? 4-8 bed dorms, just cold water and no heating in the winter, but that’s not what this article is about.)
Come on, China arrived in the 21st century too. Why should somebody still live the old way, do you live in a hut on a mountain at home?
I am not saying that there are not some Kung fu Teachers out there, that still follow the old path, but they will have very likely no Webpage…and as a beginner who just arrived in China and possibly is not even speaking the language, what makes you think you deserve to be trained by one of them yet?
Actually you can find your teacher anywhere and there is this saying that everybody always will find the teacher they deserve.
To actually form this special relationship a student has with their Master will
take time. It builds on trust and also on mutual respect. This respect you’ll have to earn first.
If you are not giving it your all, why should your teacher waste his time on you.
With some you will have an immediate connection with, others will just take you in after month of proving yourself and some just will never built this special bond with you. That is life, people are different and sometimes it just won’t fit.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t learn a lot.
Some of your teachers will be younger than you, some maybe will have less muscles, but trust me each one of them will be able to teach you a lot.
Most will have started training in their childhood, over years of daily training. They have pushed their bodies in ways we usually never will experience if we are not professional athletes.
Even the worst of them will be able to teach you something.
There is no magical aura around them and they are in the end just people like you and me, who dedicated their whole life to training.
They do know what they are teaching, you just don’t know how to use it yet.
Anybody can be your teacher, sometimes even the other students you train with and if you are willing to learn, you will learn.
You don’t need this magical master.
How good you will become in Kung fu in the end depends on you. On how hard you train, on how good you become and how far you want to go.
Train your hardest and when you haven’t found your special master yet, do not worry.
He or maybe even she will come.
You will always find the right teacher, but you have to be ready for them.
So stop complaining about how Kung fu died and there are no true Masters anymore.
Kungfu is very much alive, it can be found in the most unlikely places.
Instead of searching for this magical teachers that will lead you into a fantasy world and complaining on how impossible it is to find “true” Kung Fu, how about you start training instead and start forging your own path.
You will find your teacher when you are a worthy student!
What do you think about this topic? Any experiences with searching for things, that are actually in front of your nose and being disappointed when they are not as expected.
How do you handle these situations?
Or have you found your special teacher yet, whether for sport or any thing else in life? How did it happen?
Please share your story =)