Kūng Fū 功夫 – Part 2
When we become very good in martial arts, people want us to compete against others. You might even want to do this yourself. Nowadays, there are a lot of martial arts competitions held in a ring or a cage. In these competitions, to stop the competitors killing or seriously hurting each other there are rules, a judge and a time limit. There are also many different organisations that have made these contests popular, and they make a lot of money out of them. As a result, we can see these competitions all over the world, so martial arts have become a competition and a business.
For our physically for fighting, we are at our best from 15 to 25 years old. This means that the best fighters are only around for ten years. Of course, after the age of 25, they can still fight, but the daily training and fighting is very damaging to their bodies. I am sure they have a lot of injuries. In the end, is this what most people start martial arts for? I am not one of those people. As I have said, I believe most just want to learn some self-defence skill.
Competitions are not new, so in the past, what happened when two Kūng Fū 功夫 masters came together to compete?