We’ve all heard the song and asked the question. As a matter of fact, everyone WAS Kung Fu fighting…and don’t you dare call me Shirley.
Kung Fu is definitely one of the more interesting martial art forms. It requires a significant amount of patience and training.
Jet Li once said, “You need balance. That’s why I like martial arts: it always tells you how to control your body, your mind, your heart.”
What martial art you choose to train in depends on you. I know that it can all get Kung-Fusing when you start looking at the options. Karate, Tai Chi, Judo, Taekwondo, and the list goes on.
Of course, you can always opt to train in a few. As you get a bit more talented, you can even go into some of the different weapons that are used. I’m not saying Chinese stars or anything crazy, but I could definitely stand to learn how to use nunchucks.
Besides the fun of saying nunchuck, I finally saw Kung Fu Panda. I’m certainly not an expert, but I thought the nunchuck scene looked kind of fake.
Still, if everyone’s going to be Kung Fu fighting, you should probably know a few things.
Don’t Fight Too Much
There’s something to be said about being a lover and not a fighter. If someone’s going to throw a punch (or a kick or a jab), though, you should know how to defend yourself.
“You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon’s advice is one that we should all take to heart. Not only should we not have enemies that we fight with frequently, but we also don’t want to fight them so often that they learn all our moves. How are we supposed to defeat someone if they anticipate every move that we make?
It’s also not healthy to fight. It’s why there’s counseling and anger management. You know what a Kung Fu match between a married couple is called, right? Marital arts.
When you feel as though you’re always fighting with someone (or looking for a fight), take a deep breath. Try to find your inner peace.
Not so good at that? We’ve got a few tips:
- Practice self-care
- Be grateful
- Take a walk in nature
All throughout Sherman Country, there are opportunities to be at peace with nature and with yourself. Of course, if you want to learn inner peace and find out how to have expert timing with your kicks, there’s always Kung Fu.
Just remember that you have to fight without anger. As Lao Tzu once said, “The best fighter is never angry.” Watch a single episode of Cobra Kai (or one of the Karate Kid movies), and you’ll quickly see that the Chinese philosopher knew what he was talking about.
Have a Purpose When You Fight
If you’re going to fight, know what you’re fighting about. There’s no use going into a fight with no purpose. You’re likely to end up down on the ground, wondering where you went wrong.
The best fighters go into the ring or onto the mat with the purpose of showing their strength, their control, and their balance. They are fighting for integrity and rank rather than to make a point or to put their challenger on the ground.
If you’re going to fight, whether it be physically or with words, be sure that you know why you’re fighting. You should also ask yourself whether it’s worth the fight. Often, we say things that we cannot take back. The same can be said once the first punch is thrown. There’s no way to take that back once the damage is done.
Sylvester Stallone has some good advice that you should consider, too: “It doesn’t matter how hard you hit back. It’s about how much you can take, and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward. That’s how you win.”
If you don’t know how much you can take and you don’t want to suffer, you might not want to start a fight at all.
A good sensei will teach you the difference between fighting and defending yourself. You don’t always have to strike first, and you should always have mercy. Again, though, if everyone starts Kung Fu fighting around you, it’s important to know how to dodge the hands and the feet that are as fast as lightning.
Don’t Fight Over Space
One of the most common reasons why people fight is that they don’t have enough personal space. If you find yourself wishing that you had a man cave to watch the Minnesota Vikings (or, for you Wisconsin folks, the Green Bay Packers) play, it may be time to look for a pole barn.
These steel buildings aren’t just for man caves, though. Our team of innovative designers can work with you to create the structure of your dreams. The pole barn can be created as an ag building, a storage facility for all of your snowmobiles and hunting equipment, or even as a barndominium for you to call home.
When you have the space that you truly need, instead of making do with what you have, you’ll find that the fighting comes to a halt. You’ll have the room to walk away and cool off if necessary. You’ll also have the room you need to get the various jobs done.
We’re not saying that you shouldn’t learn to Kung Fu fight. You should absolutely do that. You never know when you’re going to walk through Chinatown and find that everyone is doing it. We wouldn’t want you to be left out of that kind of fun. After all, it’s a little bit frightening, and you need to be prepared.
What we are saying is that you’re less likely to need Kung Fu fighting in your everyday life if you invest in a pole barn. Having sufficient space is a beautiful thing.
Give us a call to discuss your needs in Sherman Country so that the fighting can come to an end.