星期二, 6月 06, 2006

一日为师,终身为父

It was 1999. My first step stepping into TAR College led me to the world of Martial Arts. From the day I started my first lesson in Shito-Ryu Karate-do, every single drop of my blood, every single breath, every single step, every single movement of my hand was actually filled by the spirit of Martial Arts.

My Master, Mr. Lim You Sie has spent a lot of times, efforts, and patients in teaching and training me to become a good Martial Artist. I was solely trained by Mr. Lim, he is as my teacher, also as my father who brought me up during my darkest period in college time, he is the one who raise my self confidence, self awareness, and lastly, self emptiness.

He is the one who taught us the philosophies of Martial Arts, ‘Kara’ (空), ‘te’ (手), ‘do’ (道), means the way of empty hand, in fact, the hidden meaning is the empty mind.

‘As solid as the mountain, as empty as the sky’ – means your step and stance were as firm as a mountain, your mind has come to the level of emptiness, your movements flow as nature as the water without hesitation.

‘空手无先手’ – means as a Karete-ka, we will never release the first strike or simply that we can never initiate a fight.

Above were just 2 examples of thousands philosophies in Karate-do, a Japanese Martial Art. The students were well trained to strengthen their physical and mental fitness. It is a perfect ground for a person to shape their personal values. In TARC dojo (training center) under the guidance of Mr. Lim, the students were taught to let go their ego, and the students were taught not to fight instead of how to fight.

About 1 year ago, Mr. Lim had a sudden severe health problem where I was almost to loss my beloved teacher. I felt so regret that I did not manage to inherit the knowledge that he has passed to me because I had been stop training for recent 1 to 2 years. The club was supported by Mr. Lim for more than 10 years or perhaps 20 years, the seniors that he had trained were gone one by one after graduation or after few years working in the business world, and I was one of them.

I received Mr. Lim’s call last week, he was asking me to come back and teach the newbies in the college. I immediately said I can’t since I have not been training for so long. He was pissed off and for the first time he shouted at me:

‘I have trained you so hard, how can you say you cannot? Once a black belt, always a black belt!’

I kept silent for seconds, felt so embarrassed and useless. I respect my teacher and hence I obey his instruction. For me, it meant once a master, always the father.

I have to go back, like a salmon fish, have to swim against the stream and back to its origin place to lay its eggs.

It is a responsibility, no matter you like it or not, you must carry out the task that has been assigned to you.

每一个人
背后总隐藏着某种责任
不管你发现了没
慢慢地会有到来的那一天

有时
除了担当责任
还要背负使命
路还得走下去

你可以如同拆翼天使
选择不了了之
也可以如狼如虎
选择挺起胸膛
脚踏实地的往前走

一日为师终身为父
现代的武者
也承传了古代日本武术的精神
尊敬师父并遵从师父的指示
有如向师父鞠躬时不用双眼提防
就算师父一剑挥下
也必须似死如归

2 則留言:

Erik Mann 提到...

another great blog from you guys. i'd point you to mine but it isn't yet the way I'd like it. i do have a website that I think is cool, kind of almost about russian martial art

Sheau Huey 提到...

I know Mr. Lim too. He is very good to me. But we have quarelled recently and are not in talking terms. Feel so sad.