Kūng Fū 功夫 – Part 5
There was once a famous Xíng Yì Quán 形意拳 master. He as famous because his footwork was very good and he could move very fast. When he moved forward to attack, no one could avoid or escape him. People said you had to stay at least ten steps away from him otherwise he could move and reach you in a second! One day another master came and challenged him. The challenger said, “I am ten steps away from you if you can catch me when I start to run, I will respect you and you will have won.” The challenger then start to run, but before he could even move his leg, the Xing Yi Master was already face to face with him and put his hand on his shoulder! After this the challenger respected the Xing Yi master so much and said he did not really see anyone could move like him, he just felt his hand on his shoulder when he started to move!
In the past, sometimes when two masters challenged each other, they would not fight. Sometimes they would test a certain part of their skill. So competitions between masters could be done in many ways. People always want to know if master is as good as people say they are, or if they are fake and a phony. Of course, in the past there were a lot of fake master and the same is true today.