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story attributed to the rich lore of
Chinese martial arts tells of a master
and his student walking in the garden.
The student asks the master, “Why,
since you always talk of peace, do you not
teach me to be a gardener rather than a
fighter? Surely the work of a gardener is
more serene and peaceful.”
The master answered, “Tending to the
garden is a worthy and peaceful pastime,
but it does nothing to prepare you for the
difficulties of life. It is easy to be calm in a
tranquil setting, but to remain calm and at
peace when you are under attack is much
more difficult. Therefore I teach you that it
is better to be a warrior in a garden than a
gardener in a war.”
B e t h e B a d d e s t
By Kimber Fountain
self defense fitness
Ingrained within all martial arts is a collective
philosophy that recognizes the importance
of training the whole person, not just the
body. The wisdom within these teachings is
timeless—martial arts first originated in India
over four-hundred years ago. But ironically,
what makes things timeless is their ability to
evolve, to change, to stay relevant.
The universal wisdom at the core of martial
arts has proven itself so full of truth that
the actual physical art has been able to
morph and multiply and diversify while still
maintaining its integrity. American martial
artist Ed Parker was specifically aware of
Karate’s fluidity when he created American
Kenpo (pronounced and often spelled
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