Master Huo Yuanjia co founder of the Chin Woo Athletic Association
Master Hughes Martial Arts Codes of Ethics:
- Always honor one’s family without expectation of receiving. Strive for family honor because it is a lifelong responsibility.
- Honor your teacher or teachers. Give and sacrifice without the expectation of receiving, as it is a lifetime responsibility to your teacher, who gives you the gift of the art.
- Treat your fellow students as a brother or sister. By giving and helping them to be better, you will strengthen yourself.
- Senior students, be humble. Treat junior students as equals, thus enabling you to have the respect and position of a senior.
- Junior students, be respectful to your senior. Their treatment of you as an equal is a sign that they are starting to understand a deeper meaning of Kung-Fu and are worthy of respect. This humbleness is to be respected.
- Never consider yourself knowledgeable, regardless of time in training. We are only on a staircase that is very long with no apparent end.
- Recognize that everyone will have strengths greater than yours, regardless of their time in the art. Try to help them with their weaknesses and your weaknesses will be eventually strengthened.
- Senior students are responsible to demonstrate the Kung Fu Codes of Ethics in and out of the Kwoon. This demonstrates the strength of your art and makes good practitioners of the art as well as good and teachers.
Lou Gwong Yu one of the four super lords of the Chin Woo
- Rely on your teacher’s judgment. Many times you may not agree with policies, or actions, but it is your responsibility to stand behind your teacher and strive for better understanding as junior students do towards you. Remember one is just on a step and possibly the next step will give you better understanding. A student can ask the teacher, respectfully, for further explanation and clarification.
- Remember a teacher is human. They make mistakes and have human problems like anyone else. Realize that no one will be a perfect example. It is this kindness and understanding that makes you strong for appreciating their humanness and their quest for betterment.
- Be an example of courtesy, regardless of what step you are in martial arts. Courtesy in and out of the Kwoon/dojo is a sign of strength. By giving courtesy, you get courtesy and respect. This is the same as the golden rule: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
- Allow criticism and suggestions by anyone. Others can catch something that is very true and helpful, if you are open. Remembering that we are all equal humans and thinking we know a lot, means we know little.
- Never openly criticize your teacher. Hold your doubts or criticism to yourself and possibly your view will change latter on the matter. Criticizing your teacher says you are his/her equal in knowledge and experience. This is considered very poor code and essentially you need another teacher. (I would say to criticize your teacher disrespectfully is bad, but to criticize your teacher in a respectful manner is not bad and will lead to growth for the teacher and the student. As indicated earlier: teachers are human also and make mistakes. It is my belief— that to criticize is to grow for both the student and the teacher.
- When your teacher is speaking listen carefully, and never cut off your teacher when he is speaking. This shows you do not value his/her words. If your teacher is speaking to you it is because he/she is sharing knowledge, feedback or camaraderie. Don’t take that for granted. Respect is at the center of this guideline. Wait to be recognized, and then speak.
- Pride. A way to show pride is to carry yourself earnestly, try your best even if it’s not up to your expectations.
- Sparring practice is practice in containing one’s ego. Approach this practice with a smile and from that you will be better at it. Containment of one’s ego is essential for developing a proper mind and spirit.
Praying mantis masters Chiu Chi Man and Chiu Leun
- The showing of too much power in any joint lock exercise shows you have low level ego containment. Use of technique with kindness and appreciation is a sign of strength. To intimidate others is a low level action.
- Tenacity. It is your responsibility to do your best in all classes. Do not allow ones self to just follow or stand idle. Keep practicing, regardless of your grasp of, or ability of the technique. It is your responsibility to not complain of tiredness or your ability to do the practice. Keep your frustrations to yourself. Though: diligent and hard practice come mastery.
- Cleanliness. Refined cleanliness means a refined mind. Clean clothes and body show, by example, the honor and ethics you hold.
- Never ask for knowledge. Let your teacher decide when you are ready. To ask is a sign that you have mastered what has already been given you. Remember any knowledge has a lifetime of perfecting. By working hard on what you have is the first sign that you are ready for more and deserve it. The key here is to be at the level to ask the type of questions that will lead you more knowledge. Your teacher will know by the question(s) you are asking, if you’re ready for the answer or more knowledge.
- Always remember your teacher’s birthday or any special holiday. Give them a gift of appreciation from your heart, no matter how small.
- If you are far away from your teacher and you visit them or any other teacher, it is proper to bring them a small gift each time. This can be food for casual visits or presents suitable for more important visits. This is traditionally important.
- If you have had a falling out with your teacher, but want to reestablish your connection, it is most important to bring a gift upon your first contact and to give your humble apology. A good teacher will forgive most things, but disloyalty is never forgiven in a traditional Kung-Fu Kwoon. A student who does anything against his teacher is never to be trusted.
- Anytime one is in the same table preparing to eat in the presence of their teacher, they must wait till the teacher takes the first drink or bite before they do. This is a show of respect and courtesy.
- Have fun, seek happiness, meditate… enjoy!