Dignity and respect are to be given and earned by student and master alike
Individuals have an inherent right to defend themselves with the least amount of harm to others
Masters and teachers should facilitate higher learning and knowledge
The personal development in an equally tensioned manor leads to acceptance in life. An understanding, if you will, that we are responsible for our own actions and their consequences, good or bad.
Masters and teachers should facilitate higher learning and knowledge. They should act as guides to their students on the path of self development. Dignity and respect are to be given and earned by student and master alike. Cohesive development is necessary for both. A sense of humility about our place in the world without too much self absorbed contemplation is essential for correct training and study in the arts of Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi.
Building awareness and a sensitivity to the world around us is one of the key goals of Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi. To realize that we are completely connected to the earth and all of its living beings gives actuality to the Tao (a way of life). An open-minded approach to eastern ways such as Taoism, Buddhism, and Zen as well as western esoteric philosophies, ie. native shamanism, Celtic, earth-based healing, extends the understanding of Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi to more then just physical techniques and self defense.
It is my strong opinion that this approach gives both art forms the completeness they deserve. I believe in the improvement of life for all. And also I believe that each individual has an inherent right to defend themselves with the least amount of harm to another human being. Because all life is precious, it is imperative to realize that we are responsible for a loss of self control resulting in irreversible injuries. Through Circle Kung-Fu's approach a student can truly begin to Learn in Strength and Live in Peace.