THE POWER OF THE PUNCH! - Black Belt Magazine
February 1, 2001
Martial artists often walk into the USA Shaolin Temple in New York City hoping to learn secret fighting techniques. They imagine that the Shaolin monks have practiced mysterious methods of combat for centuries, and they want to learn thosekeys to instant victory. I usually tell them that they've watched too many movies. The true secret to becoming a better martial artist is expressed in the USA Shaolin Temple mantra: "More Chi! Train Harder!" That's the way the Chinese monks have trained for centuries, and it's the way you should train today.
Throughout history, the greatest fighters - be they martial artists, boxers, sumo wrestlers or kung fu practitioners - have risen to the top because of their hard work, courage, focus and discipline. That recipe for success can be applied to every other part of life as well. This article will discuss methods for mastering the techniques, but you must keep in mind that no matter how complete your technical knowledge is, the real secret of Shaolin fighting lies in the effort you put into your practice sessions.
Chinese martial artists have a saying: “The top is the basics; the basics are the top.” To get to the top, the best place to start is at the bottom. Starting at the bottom means daily doses of punches, as well as stance and movement training to develop your speed, power and strength.