Adam Hsu über „Purity of Styles“

In seinem Buch „Lone Sword against the cold, cold Sky“ schreibt der Taiwanesische Kung Fu Lehrer und Buchautor über die Reinheit der Kung Fu Stile:

„Although a good many people come to me hoping to resolve uncertainties about the purity and health of their Kung Fu, a significant number deeply believe what they practise is 100% pure. What are the elements of these convictions? Basically, we see three …

1. They believe in their styles, whether legendary or obscure, or their masters, whether world-famous or low profile. Some students are evensworn, closed-door disciples, their relationship to the master officialy sealed through a formal initiation ceremony.
2. Many believe their form is pure and traditional for a number of reasons. It is famous. It has one hundred and eight movements. Not one move is missing or incomplete. Or they’ve learned many of it’s forms, sometimes a great many. If the style has twenty-one, they do them all. And don’t forget the weapons!
3. They believe with a sincere heart. Their lives and practice reflect this dedication. If their martial arts histories include other systems, they were only temporary diversions. Now they’re on the right path. They attend tournaments, read books, some in Chinese, subscribe to magazines, watch all the Kung Fu movies, and own a good collection of videotapes and DVD’s. Their Kung Fu must be pure.

These factors however, are all external to the Kung Fu itself. Therefore these are not reliable indicators. To judge the purity of a person’s Kung Fu, I must see him practice. Only from watching his punching, kicking, turning, stepping, jumping – only from his movement – can I tell if what he does is pure KungFu or not. […]

For this reason, I treat a practioner’s personal history – meaning his master, style and forms – like name-brand clothing. With enough money, anyone can shop at Macy’s. But wearing the most stylish clothing does not automatically transform you into a fashion model nor does it necessarily make you beautiful. How do you carry yourself? Are your movements gracious and graceful? What about expression on your face, the look in your eye? Designer clothing with „stiff“ and „sour“ will not be flattering and could make you look worse. Likewise, incorrect practise of as many forms as you want in any great style you admire can make you worse, not better.
(Adam Hsu, Lone Sword against the cold, cold sky, Santa Cruz, 2006)

Ich finde diesen Passus aus seinem Buch deshalb bemerkenswert, da er tatsächlich auf so viele Kung Fu Praktizierende zutrifft.
Weitere Meinungen hierzu wären schön …