субота, 23. јануар 2016.

Discipleship

This article is written by my teacher , Master Wayne Yung from Hong Kong , head of Snake Crane Wing Chun athletic association .

Being a Snake Crane Wing Chun teacher I had a number of students from all over the world . Some of them became my disciples but not all understood what discipleship really means, what  honor and responsibility title of a disciple brings. I will try in short to explain what discipleship really means .
DISCIPLESHIP
is social institution related to Chinese martial arts and has its roots in old Confucian tradition . This kind of  engagement  can be only found in traditional  Chinese martial arts and it is Chinese tradition for centuries . We need to preserve traditional cultural values on which foundation traditional martial arts were built or we will loose the arts and our self. It is important to know , discipleship is acceptable for all people regardless of the culture , religion or ethnicity they belong . Discipleship is ethical and moral guide among other things and norms that discipleship is trying to uphold are universal.
Yup Sut Dai Gee which literary translated means (In the back door Skill son) is the Chinese name for Discipleship.
Traditionally the Yup Sut Dai Gee or disciple  represents the school & Sifu in the public eye. If a Disciple behaves badly or sets a bad example it is a poor reflection on the school and the Sifu of that school. Dishonor is then placed on that school through the disciple’s actions. The Yup Sut Dai Gees looks after the school and makes sure that Mo Duk (Martial Virtue) is upheld at all times in the Sifu’s absence. A Disciple is committed to carrying on his or her Sifu’s teachings. Before a student becomes a Yup Sut Dai Gee he must  earn the respect and trust of his Sifu. It must be proven that the student who may become a disciple is honorable, loyal, reliable and has total faith is the School & his or her Sifu !
If a Yup Moon Dai Gee (student) decides to accept the honor of becoming a Yup Sut Dai Gee or Discipleship he or she then takes on the responsibilities that come with that title.




Many people now days seek discipleship for all the wrong reasons. If you want to become your Sifu’s Disciple, consider what are your  motives for such an action. It is not what your Art can do for you, but what you can do for your Art. You do not become a disciple to promote yourself. Quite the opposite, to become a disciple is to abandon your own selfish thoughts and dedicate your practice to others.
You must always put your Art, your Ancestors , your Sifu  and your kung fu brothers and sisters first.
It becomes your sworn duty to honor your teachers by maintaining your lineage. To become a disciple is like adopting a parent it is not something to be taken lightly. You will swear on oath to be bound to your school & Sifu until death. A warrior’s word is like an arrow, once released; it can never stray until it strikes its target. A Yup Sut Dai Gee also takes on the responsibilities of the school’s growth. If a school does not grow it dies. So the disciple shares this burden with the Sifu. It is said if a Sifu has many Yup Sut Dai Gees, his school will prosper. Because there are many looking out for the well being of the Sifu & school.


Master Wayne Yung.