The Nature of a Man

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   By Enforcer on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 02:42 am: Edit Post

"Many years ago, in the Honan province of northern China, there was a hung gar school presided over by a master whose secret techniques of fighting had been handed down from father to son, generation after generation. The master hoped that when his only son was competent enough he would take over running the school. His son was indeed adept at many of the techniques within the system and could be classed as the top fighter in the school. However, he had no skill as a teacher and could not explain the ststem to the students.

The father worried that when his son took over the teaching many of the secret techniques, some over 200 years old, would eventually be forgotten. The son lacked patience with the slower members of the school, and seemed only to have time for the best students. One day his father asked him why it was he only instructed the good fighters. To which the son replied that he couldn't have bothered with the students who were too slow at learning the techniques. It was much more exciting teaching the accomplished fighters, because he could see results almost immediately.

The father explained to him that everyone has a different nature which is born within them and cannot be changed. Although some pupils learn quicker, it is often the slower pupils who turn out to be more competent with time.

Being a great fighter is not what it is all about, there is philosophy that goes hand to hand with technique. Wisdom, patience, and clear understanding of each students needs is what makes a good teacher. We are all born unique and it is wrong to mold someone into something they are not. To try to do so would be against his nature and not the way of kung fu.

He could see his son had a rough time understanding so he told him a story about a scorpion and a frog to help him understand.

'One day a scorpion arrived at a bank of a river. But there was no bridge. He asked a frog that was sitting nearby if he would take him across the river on his back. The frog refused because he thought that the scorpion would sting him. The scorpion replied that it would be foolish to sting the frog because then they would both drown. The frog could see the logic in this and so agreed to carry, but about halfway across the scorpion stung the frog which immediately died, drowning the scorpion in the process.'

The kung fu master's son looked up at his father expecting there would be more to the story but there wasn't any more. The son said that he didn't understand why the scorpion had stung the frog. The father replied that stinging and killing are what a scorpion does -- that is its nature. The scorpion is not to blame because it had no choice to fight its inhibition and impulse. You cannot changr the nature of something, he went on to say. One student may be slower at learning than another, but that does't make the faster student a better fighter, or a better person. Each student developed and acts according to his nature. The son at least understood and taught his students equally."

   By Datuibad on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 01:32 pm: Edit Post

COOL!!! a wake up call

   By Bob #2 on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 06:48 pm: Edit Post

Scropions also play really cool rock songs. ROCK YOU LIKE A URRICANE!!

   By Jamie on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 05:03 pm: Edit Post

I heard the story a bit different. I think a talking scorpion would be able to paddle the bloated frog carcass like a raft to land easily.

   By robert on Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 08:51 pm: Edit Post

Cut off the scorpions stinger, and you will change his nature... Who knows, maybe it will become a fad in future metro scorpion generations..

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