Seven Rules for the Practice of True Kung Fu
Use this guide to identify the authentic schools
By Daniel Corona
Bruce Lee did two great things for martial arts on television and on the silver screen: the first one, which was positive, was to introduce Kung Fu (or Wushu) in the west, causing great admiration among the martial arts practitioners. The second one was negative: since it was impossible for most people to learn Kung Fu, many frauds cropped up, falsely advertising to teach it, and people went (and still go) excitedly after these people to learn this martial art.
Have you ever wondered why this happens with Kung Fu and not with other martial arts? The answer is quite easy: with Karate, the masters themselves watch that their art does not become corrupted. Also, it is relatively easy to travel to Japan. There is constant exchange with the Japanese culture in all professions, so it is not easy to profit without somebody hearing about it.
In Tae Kwon Do, they are always watchful of their schools and of the people who teach their arts. There are national associations that keep an eye on their correct practice and the respect of their logos and uniforms. But what about Kung Fu? Who could tell you that you were doing things wrong when it was impossible to even enter China?
This situation caused Chinese Martial Arts to become an easy target for many frauds, phantom organizations and even some recent arrests I read about in the paper. Masters abusing their students. In short, chaos reigns in the Chinese arts. Not only in martial arts, but also in medicine and meditation. This is quite sad.