Traditional Martial Arts Facing Crisis
1. martial arts：n. 武術
2. spare no effort：v. 不遺餘力
3. enlighten：v. 領悟
4. essence：n. 本質、菁華
5. authentic：adj. 道地的、真正的
6. inherit：v. 繼承
7. disciple：n. 弟子、徒弟
8. eliminate：v. 去除
According to some martial arts masters, traditional martial arts are facing a crisis. These days, people are less likely to put in the hard work that it takes to really learn the practice… and then how do you know you found the true master? Our correspondent in Taiwan managed to catch up with a 4th generation master of Qinxi Tang.
Liao Bensheng spares no effort to promote Hsi-luo-chit-kam martial arts. He uses all his time to teach his family the skills that were passed down to him.
And when he heard that NTD will host the International Chinese Martial Arts Competition, he was very pleased.
STORY: Liao Bensheng says that the better you have cultivated your mind, the better you will be at martial arts. They say that only when a person has a clean mind can he enlighten to the essence of Buddhist kungfu.
[Liao Bensheng, Qinxi Tang Master]:
“This is not like the new martial arts that were spread after the Cultural Revolution. It is authentic and inherited from Shaolin Martial Arts. It is 170 years old and is known as Hsi-luo-chit-kam.”
[Huang Yuxian, Qinxi Tang Disciple]:
“Chinese people say that in the practice of both Chinese culture and martial arts, one must cultivate both your inner self and your body inside. I believe that practicing martial arts, in the end, serves to help people.”
Hsi-luo-chit-kam came from the Shaolin Temple. Before you practice, you must try to clean out your mind, regulate your breathing, and eliminate all thoughts. You must gather in your essence, breath, and spirit as one. So when facing any situation, you can deal with it calmly.
NTD, Yunlin, Taiwan.