My sifu (Master Antony Korahais, left) and sigung (Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, right). They have what I want and are willing to teach it, and I am proud to be their student and very proud that I can call them my teachers. Image taken from http://www.flowingzen.com
This may sound quaint, but my role models in the martial arts are my master and grandmaster. Both are life-loving, easy to smile or laugh, and literally life-saving people who have dedicated their lives to training, systematizing, and spreading their arts to the public.
How much force is too much? Do we really have to maim our opponents? How proactive or reactive should we be in a sparring match or a fight? Is showing mercy to an opponent a worthwhile endeavor? How did past masters react?
The question of the day on the LinkedIn Martial Artists forum was the relative amount of offense and defense used in various arts and how much was “too much” force.
“Bail Moon From Sea Bottom,” a potentially fatal and combat ending grip to the groin. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org