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[ Change or die. You are here to evolve, and that means transformation—rarely pleasant, always necessary if we wish to do more than languish in a past of illusions. That which does not change dies soon thereafter. It’s important to keep your training fresh and stimulating; this usually will mean putting some quality hours into solitary disciplines.
[ Comfort is dangerous, seek difficult. In training, eat bitter every day. Don’t forget to hammer basics: they will keep your workouts honest—and provide you with powerful tools to manifest new ideas.
[ Bitter alone is a poor diet. Eating bitter every day is only one side of tri-lateral equation. One thousand kicks daily will not stretch your mind’s rational capabilities, nor will it feed psychic circuits of intuition. A complete Art of leg maneuvers combines proper attention, visualization, and conscious breath control patterns, along with repetitions of well-aligned kicking form.
[ Suffering is a great Teacher, but life-threatening poverty is not Noble. It is a fact of human existence that we learn a great deal more from our struggles than from complacency. But if we are to advance in training, we must maintain a decent standard of living, thus guarding Three Treasures of Temple.
[ Chasing illusions of wealth, position, status, social power will stunt your evolution. Modern men have been divested, emasculated, and tamed through social programming by culture of commerce. We are told to defend marketing strategies, bottom lines, and aggressive growth policies of business cartels. These social programmers love money. What do you love?
Edward Orem has 40 years experience in integral mind-body training systems, and holds the following titles: Certified Instructor, Guang Ping Yang T'ai-Chi Assn; 6th Degree Black Sash in Chinese Boxing; 8th Degree Black Belt in Zen Kempo-jitsu, as well as a PhD in Holistic Health. Dr. Orem is the author of several manuals, and has produced 50 training videos. In 1990 Sifu Orem founded Chuan Fa Kempo International, http://kempochuanfa.com.