After so many articles, I think it’s time to introduce myself: my martial name is Kongling, I do not like to talk about myself but I want to:
- Give you an idea, as informally as possible, of who I am and of what was my path
- Show you my mistakes, so that you can immediately benefit from them
I practiced martial arts since childhood and I had my first approach with Karate. During those years, my father died and this discipline had the merit to maintain a connection between me and the world; he gave me the awareness of not being different from the others.
From my first experience I’ve basically received 3 things:
- A first martial setting (imparted in a very severe way)
- A partial liberation from my fears (linked to bullying, insecurity, nightmares, etc.)
After some years, during my teens, I had the occasion to practice (very intensively) Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, that, though young and inexperienced, first opened my eyes to the limits and the advantages of the various martial arts.
I’ve understood at my expense that technique is useless without constant determination and practice but, even more, I focused on the fact that:
- There is no perfect martial art, adhering to our personality, each one has some benefits to be exalted and limits to which find a remedy
- Without fighting you will not learn to fight (I tried what it means to be overwhelmed by opponents better than me, to go back home walking with a single leg)
To the JKD followed a consolidation phase of what I learned, accompanied by regular daily workouts: an exaggerate and unreflective search of muscular conditioning in relation to speed, strength and power.
This period brought to light my biggest limits:
- I was too sore to train me without a precise martial direction (I had more and more injuries and wasted a lot of time)
- My physical fitness improved, the technique was stabilized but my mind remained confined to a state of pure violence
The increasing effectiveness in the fight did not match the right mental growth. I remember that during a quarrel with my brother, I broke down (without realizing it) his room door with a punch.
My temperament became more aggressive day by day, so after a number of situations of loss of control, I decided (reluctantly) to abandon the martial practice.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.