Freitag, 22. Mai 2009
Text: Should Martial Artists Read Philosophy
I saw yesterday a great film: The Twilight Samurai
There was a dialogue. The Samurai asked his little daughter to learn the Confucius.
So she asked: "If I learn to do needlework, some day I can make kimonos. But what good will book learning ever do to me?"
Samurai: "Well, it probably won't ever be as useful as needlework. But you know ... Book learning gives you power. The power to think. However the world might change, if you have the power to think, you'll always survive somehow. That's true for boys and girls."
One can not express my feelings abouth the question if martial artists should read philosophy better. Practical development alone is not enough. Times can change and one might have to adapt.
In Tai Chi Chuan we are looking constantly for the change and the ability to change relies on the dongjin, the ability to understand. This enables one to follow the other and finally to overcome him.
Thus Tai Chi Chuan teaches us to win through observing and reflecting. Combined with philosophy this can be the tool to react to any changes and challenges in one's personal life. As the Tai Chi Chuan Classics are teaching:
Know yourself and know the other -
stand like a perfectly balanced scale -
move like a turning wheel -
and be free to follow your heart's desires.
Wish you all the best