(This is a slightly revised version of my essay for my Black Belt/Instructor level examination from the early 90’s in Traditional Northern Style Chinese Martial Arts. The original version of this essay was published in the WuGong: Journal of Chinese Martial Arts, July-August 1998, Vol. 3, #16.)
Originally, in the ancient war torn Asian lands, the martial life was the only life, if indeed you wished to live at all. Over the years and millennia, over the accrued experience of generations, after war after war, the Asian people started turning their combat training into something more.