Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 475

In order for the students or the teacher’s offspring to develop in a positive way, the Sīfú 師父 – Teacher, will set down certain rules or instructions.

Móuh Dāk (Wu De) 武德 and the Ancestor Rules詠春祖訓

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What is the Móuh Dāk (Wu De) 武德?  Móuh 武 means Kūng Fū 功夫, Dāk 德 means morals. So in English we can translate this as martial art code. These are the actual morals of Kūng Fū.  The Chinese character for martial arts Móuh 武 is made up of two other characters. The first character, Gwō (Gē) 戈, means to fight the other character, Jí (Zhǐ) 止, means stop. So together, Gwō 戈 and Jí 止 make Móuh 武 which is Kūng Fū.  So the meaning for Kūng Fū is stop fighting. How can we do this? This is to do with stopping other people fighting each other or stopping people attacking you without even harming them. To be able to do this your skill must be very good, we can see this portrayed in movies about famous martial arts masters like Wòhng  Fēi Hùhng 黃飛鴻, Grandmaster Ip Man 葉問 and some high level Buddhist and Daoist monks. This is the image of traditional Chinese Kūng Fū, and most people will study for good health and also self-defense. In order for the students or the teacher’s offspring to develop in a positive way, the Sīfú 師父 – Teacher, will set down certain rules or instructions for them to follow, like the Wing Chun ancestor instructions. However, the majority of Kūng Fū practitioners will follow the rules set down by the Móuh Dāk. 

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