Chinese martial arts (kung fu or Gongfu or Wushu) is a series of fighting styles which has developed over the centuries in China. Although being fighting styles, Kung Fu advocates virtue and peace, not aggression or violence. This has been the common value upheld by martial artists from generation to generation. With a number of movement sets, boxing styles, weapon skills and some fighting stunts, Kung Fu keeps its original function of self-defense. Now its value in body-building and fitness is also highly appreciated.
Personality = Indomitable Spirit
I prefer to define one's personality as their "indomitable spirit". You may also have heard this called the "warrior spirit". In fact, Encarta defines the word "indomitable" as "brave, determined and impossible to defeat or frighten". I like to say --- "NEVER GIVE UP"!
We all have within us an indomitable spirit. And, depending on our past, to different degrees depending on the person. Perhaps we were shaped by someone whose indomitable spirit was overdeveloped and as a result ours became subdued and reticent. Or possibly our role models or care givers had an undeveloped or latent indomitable spirit and hence, we could not find our own within ourselves.
Those who have a strong, well-developed indomitable spirit have a strong will to do that allows them to do what ever they set their sights on. Your indomitable spirit directs your life forces, habits (both good and bad) and your condition in life. It has a connection with all avenues of knowledge, activities, and accomplishment. It is the inner energy which controls all conscious and subconscious acts.
The person who has a strong indomitable spirit exhibits energy and enthusiasm in everything they do. They have strength and the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what they believe in. They have passion and excitement - an ardor that you can see in their eyes, a fire "in the belly", a purpose that you can hear it in their voice and control over their physical state that conveys quiet confidence. They are far less likely to show discouragement, because they have the determination, confidence and courage to handle the challenges and obstacles that they encounter everyday of the week.
Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit martial arts
An old saying in Chinese martial arts field says: “The master teaches the trade, but the perfection of the apprentice’s skill depends on himself”. Our masters will teach you how to do something and they will do their utmost to help you to progress, but your actual progress all depends on your personal effort. The harder you train, the more you learn, and the better you get. It is also said: “No pain, no gain” physical pain or weakness will most likely bother you at some point and you might not want to do anything. This is where you need to be extra strong in mind and our masters will do all they can to help you with this and you will come out on the other side stronger than ever.