At the School there are no uniforms, no gradings and no coloured belts. This might seem strange as most people like the getting ready part, putting on their gi or training uniform, etc. as it helps to focus the mind and make the distinction between the outside world and the dojo (to use a Japanese term for training hall). So why not at the School?
There are 3 characteristics and 5 principles to the System. One of the 5 principles is the void and reality are one. On a superficial level this means that there is no difference between the outside world and the dojo. If you are walking along in the street and someone tries to attack you, do you say to them "Hold on a moment, I just need to run home and get my gi so that I can respond to your attack with the correct mindset". In external martial arts students are driven to exhaustion so that only at the end of the class do they begin to understand and experience lack of ego. In Nei Jia we begin from the position that we must attain this mind set right from the very start. Is a person defined by the uniform s/he wears or the colour of the belt around their waist? The colour of their skin? No. Our system is Northern Chinese i.e. hard line Confucian - you do not rely on external supports/crutches like a favourite tee shirt or a school uniform and the such. If it is easy, then make it hard, if it is hard then make it harder. You are defined as a human being (to yourself) by this struggle (i.e. kung fu). No uniforms, no visible grading system (every class is a grading), no short cuts, no easy way. This attitude means that you are always actively searching, always seeking the Principle behind the Art and attempting to return to the Source, to the very essence of the Art. A beginners mind. This means that you will always be learning; that the Art is alive, not dead or static and you continue to walk the Path for the totality of your life. The verbal word is therefore more important than the written word. Underpinning this is a monistic and unitary view of the world that gives the characteristic 'taste' of the System and everything we do within it, in that the natural and manifest universe is the real universe. The log-line for the System could thus be "Listen up, you who define yourselves by your struggle, the thing that you call the Tao or God (or whatever), is Nature, and this thing is one".
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