The characteristics of a true master

Martial arts touch on extremely serious aspects of life of a human being (life, death, law, temperament, injuries, etc.), we can not under any circumstances give our trust to the wrong person.

A good teacher must not only master what his style but also maintain the right mental disposition, with respect to: content, students and all the things that gravitated around them; in this regard we we want to share some ideas (they are not the only ones) of what to look for in a master worthy of this name.

How he lives martial arts:

  • He do not live in (his) past and he is able to keep abreast, both inside and outside of his style
  • If the body and age allow him, he exercises himself regularly
  • He always tries to improve and never feels arrived
  • He sees in his students the continuity of style and not his audience
  • He has no preconceptions, he has an open mind to the comparison with other styles

How he relates with his students:

  • Do not give anything for granted, he gives importance both to the overview both to the detail
  • He listens to the demands and needs of his students with availability
  • He is honest and does not illudes his students (endangering their safety)
  • He encourage students to become better day by day, to practice more and better
  • He encourage students to do their experiences outside of his circle
  • He encourage his students to experience firsthand the goodness of what it claims
  • He does not limits the ability growth of his students to below himself
  • He does not hide to his students risks in applying what he teaches
  • He never belittles nor even offends his students
  • He is able to give trust and respect in a real way

How he teaches:

  • He focuses to make his students better than him (thus giving continuity to the style)
  • He is not selfish, it does not pretend secrecy and promotes the spread of what he teaches
  • He teaches what he know and what he has experimented in with the practice
  • When he teach theory that he has not mastered / tested, he emphasizes it
  • He teach with his example, a straight way, consistent and honest
  • He do not impoverish the style he teaches leaving out the most difficult parts
  • He is constantly careful not to cause physical or moral harm to his students
  • He gives his best but he does not transform the lesson in a personal exhibition
  • He know how to convey what it teaches from many angles and points of view
  • He is generous, he teaches with passion, without looking at the clock or the money

His way of being:

  • He do not spend his time talking bad about all the other masters (especially his own)
  • He reject violence, revenge and anger, rather it embraces dialogue, patience and peace
  • He sacrifices himself in order to be available to anyone who asks for help
  • He has no pretensions to omniscience and above all is he is not autoreferential
  • He is not sectarian nor strutting but humble and willing to discuss
  • He never pretends to be sure about what he can not know or prove
  • He does not has money or praises as primary goal
  • He do not behave so petty (violence, lies, mockery, resentments, etc.)
  • He recognize his limits / faults with humility and without frustration

This is the kind of master that is good to follow. We can benefit greatly from the others, learn a lot of things but always keeping the right distance (moral and temporal).

Author: Master Kongling

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