Martial Arts Edit
The Creation discipline covers any activity that studies the self in order to manifest the material. Martial Arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. While they may be studied for various reasons, martial arts share a single objective: to defeat a person physically or to defend oneself from physical threat. In addition, some martial arts are linked to spiritual or religious beliefs/philosophies such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism or Shinto, Confucianism, and even Islam (by Chinese Muslims) while others have their own spiritual or non-spiritual code of honor. Many arts are also practiced competitively most commonly as combat sports, but may also be in the form of dance.
- "He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire." - Lao-tzu
- "Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners." - William Shakespeare
- "As you think, so shall you become." - Bruce Lee
Kung Fu Edit
The term "Kung Fu" or "Gung Fu" (功夫) is used for the enormous variety of martial arts native to China. The term literally has a meaning something like "discipline" or "trained skill", and covers widely diverse schools such as the flowing and "dance like" Tai Chi Chuan, Wing Chun which emphasizes short-range punches and blocks, and the northern "Crane Style" with athletic kicks and punches resembling those of Korean Tae Kwon Do. Many martial arts claim to have originated at the Shaolin Buddhist monastery. Kung Fu emphasizes the use of the Force, a spiritual energy which flows through the body and which is also said to be the basis of acupuncture.
Karate (空手) or karate-do (空手道) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands from indigenous fighting methods and Chinese kenpō. It is primarily a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands and ridge-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.