Code of Conduct

3 Requirements of Attainment

There are many reasons why students fail to achieve results in their Wushu / Gong Fu training, but to understand principles that lead to successful training, ancient masters have codified many characteristics into three main requirements. If these requirements are met in any field of study, achievement and progress will be attained. These requirements are:

  1. Method – The art form, technique, system of techniques, or technologies used to obtain desired results.
  2. Teacher – A guide that helps lead one or many to understanding of the unknown or misunderstood, using systematized methods of education, behavior and mentorship.
  3. Student – One who has began the journey of obtaining knowledge, through discipleship, apprenticeship, or submitting to a greater knowledge faculty.

The most important requirement in any art is not the method or the teacher, but the student! You may have the greatest teacher or the most fantastic method, but if the student is unwilling or not ready, than you won’t achieve the objectives desired. When the right method is expounded by a competent teacher, then the action of the student is made very simple: you must practice persistently and regularly, using the methods taught by the instructor. Ideas must be fused into the mind that Wushu / Kung Fu training is very demanding, calling for great discipline, endurance, perseverance, determination, and time and effort. The results are very rewarding, and the measure of your attainment is proportional to the amount of purposeful practice applied to your training. Thus, for the student, a complete faith and respect must be given to the method and the teacher (Laoshi or Shifu).

 5 Benefits of Wushu / Kung Fu

  1. self defense
  2. health and fitness
  3. character training
  4. mind expansion
  5. spiritual development

Self-defense – The ability to protect, position, and prevent oneself or others out of danger. Self-defense is a fundamental aim of Wushu / Gong Fu training, without this aspect of training, the art form merely becomes physical exercise or moving meditation.

Health and fitness – The ability to combat illnesses internally and externally, and develop hearing, touch, taste, sight, smell, human essence, vital energy and mind. And to use the body systems harmoniously to achieve power, strength, stamina, flexibility, cardiovascular efficiency, body composition, agility, and balance of the human body.

Character training – Achieved intrinsically and extrinsically. Wushu / Kung Fu emphasizes moral development as well as physical training, stressing values like respect for elders and teacher, righteousness, courage, tolerance, and reverence for life. Wholesome qualities like endurance, perseverance, discipline, loyalty, and a calm disposition are prerequisites for progress, especially at higher levels.

Mind expansion – The understanding of awe-inspiring wisdom is not only intellectual, but experiential. Merely reading about, listening to, or watching Wushu is not enough. One can accrue the ability to recognize and experience different levels of reality, mind, and concentration, which can be especially useful in activities such as prayer and meditation. Mental training guides practitioners along a path of increased mental potential, retention, and awareness. This affects one’s sense of relationship in space and time, such as keenly focusing on an opponent, and simultaneously maintaining a feeling of the space around you, heightening all the senses.

Spiritual development – Through being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually fit, practitioners of Wushu / Gong Fu can augment their essence, energy and spirit. When all of these agents work together harmoniously, the human being will be primed for understanding and realization of the highest truths, known in the great disciplines of the world as Enlightenment, returning to God, union with Allah, unity with the cosmos, merging into the Ultimate Reality, Nirbija Samadhi, or attaining the Absolute Truth.

 Honor Code (Ethical and Moral Precepts)

  1. Treat all with courtesy and respect.
  2. Exemplify righteousness, honor, and compassion.
  3. Use honesty and be trustworthy in your words and deeds.
  4. Understand loyalty, and apply it to your actions.
  5. Avoid conflicts, yield and overcome.
  6. Learn with an open mind (like a clean slate).
  7. Be humble in your actions and achievements.
  8. Destroy ignorance. Ignorance leads to fear and violence.
  9. Value the heart, mind, body, and spirit in your actions.
  10. Treat others like you would like to be treated.

School Rules

  1. Treat instructor with respect, humility, and honor. The instructor is assuming a paternal role to give all the students the best martial education possible, using skills and knowledge that has pervaded their being.
  2. The teacher shall be referred to as “Laoshi, Shifu, teacher, instructor, etc.,” after class has begun and on training grounds.
  3. Older students shall take the responsibility of being model students for the newer arrivals. This is a huge responsibility, and must be taken seriously, in order to assure proper education of the school census. In the teacher’s absence, older students shall uphold the teacher role accordingly, and model the teacher’s style of teaching, and class structure as closely as possible.
  4. Don’t chew gum during class. It affects your breathing.
  5. Tardiness (lateness) is not acceptable in any of the world’s varied cultures or learning institutions. And it is not looked kindly upon from the instructor, who is partitioning his/her time for the benefit of the school’s education. Unless special arrangements are made with the instructor, lateness should be avoided, and the instructor will make a note of it. Upon late entry to class, salute the teacher, after a proper warm up, and move to the rear of the class exercise quietly. Do not expect personal attention the instructor if lateness is excessive in nature.
  6. Martial arts training should be conducted in a focused, concentrated manner, free from excessive gossiping. Attention should be paid to the teacher and the current class exercises.
  7. Think safety at all times. Talk to the instructor in private, if you feel that your safety is being compromised.
  8. No shouting out in class. Observe the classroom behavior of a civilized school setting in class.
  9. Do not interrupt the teacher, unless the matter is important.
  10. 10. Students do not teach what was learned in the past from other art forms, or what has not yet been taught by the teacher. This is very disrespectful to the teacher. Any exception must be first consulted with by the teacher.
  11. Help to keep the school premises neat and clean.
  12. Exercise proper hygiene during class.
  13. Be tolerant of others’ belief systems and cultures.
  14. Keep a clear mind, and healthy body. Smoking, drinking alcohol, using drugs are forbidden on training grounds, and if the instructor suspects recent usage or the student is “under the influence,” the student will be suspended from class.
  15. Treat the acquisition of martial knowledge with great respect, and study and practice what was learned in class outside of class as well. Practicing incorrectly, because of incorrect technique is permitted. Forgetting because of lack of training and visualization outside of class is inexcusable. If forgetting due to lack of retention is abused, then the student will have to wait some time before the student has earned the instructor’s attention to re-teach information due to lack of practice. This should not be taken lightly.
  16. Listen to the teacher’s advice humbly and conscientiously. Follow the instructor’s directions, without any “back talk.” Humble your spirit and foolish pride, so that the student and the instructor can learn from each other.
  17. Focus and control your emotions, especially under fatigue situations, and realize that Gong Fu means “skills acquired through hard work.”
  18. Honor our martial family in your heart.
  19. Crush foolish excuses with wisdom and determination of spirit.
  20. Make ourselves better mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

This work on ethical guidelines was put together for the sake of the progress of the Northern Wushu Kung Fu Institute and its students. Its goals are to help preserve the ancient ethical and moral guidelines expressed throughout martial history and culture. The learning experience should be treasured, as a shared product of all our sacrifice and concentrated efforts. The instructors of this institute will uphold all of the above rules and precepts as well as others. We all must overcome ignorance, to grasp the knowledge and devices that were created to better humanity.