The first Kung Fu style I learned was Wing Chun, it was explained to me that the system is an external/internal system of martial arts. To be honest with you I didn’t even know what that really meant.
I always figured well a block is a block and a punch is a punch etc…
While that is true, what I have discovered in my own journey is the main difference between Internal martial arts and external martial arts is simply. One looks for answers from within while the other looks for answers on the outside.
The reason why I decided to study internal martial arts is because I realized one day I would grow old and weak. All of us are running uphill and sadly the hill just keeps getting steeper. The only thing we can do is learn how to use our bodies as efficiently as we can because as time goes on we all get weaker.
Master: Even when you think you are being soft, you are not. Student: But why? Master: Because you are already thinking too hard… ~Sifu Larry Rivera Can you relate? I know I can! #Kungfu #martialartist #wisdom #martialarts #quotes #spirit #mindset #mindovermatter #tao #besoft #dontoverthink #feel #chi #master #sifu #selfdefense
While time doesn’t stop we can slow things down. The best way in my opinion is through learning things like Tai Chi or any of the other internal martial art styles.
At the end of the day internal and external martial arts teaches you how to defend yourself. However only internal martial arts teaches you how to live.