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Kung Fu Master-Traditional Martial Arts Focus On Virtue
Many westerners probably learned about kung fu from the movies and TV, and who hasn’t dreamed about beating down a bad gunman with quick kicks and bare hands? But to reach the higher realm of traditional Chinese martial arts, it will be hard to succeed if one puts his effort simply on physical strength, fancy techniques, and a mindset of beating people down. kung fu master Youfu Li said one must instead cultivate his martial virtue. As abstract and mysterious as it may sound, martial virtue involves simple principles. In Li’s words, “Martial virtue (“Wu-De”) is to stop the evil and promote the kind. It is actually to be a good person.” Traditional Chinese martial arts is never about aggression, but to defend the vulnerable and the kind. Li is the chairman jurist of the 2019 NTD International Chinese Martial Arts Competition, a platform aimed at preserving and presenting traditional kung fu since 2008. During the competition’s recent European Regional Preliminary in Dresden, Germany, Li talked with NTD Television about the martial arts values that the competition is trying to bring back.