This is a republish of my essay that I turned into the Shaolin Wuyi Institute of Texas for my rank-up test yesterday.
Topic: Why do you want to learn Shaolin kung fu and what are your goals in training?
My purpose for learning Shaolin kung fu is to mentally better myself and find spiritual peace through martial arts study.
I had missed being in a martial arts school for close to 15+ years when my high school obligations unfortunately cut into my studies. Soon afterwards college studies and adult obligations further ate into my time. During my time without martial arts, I felt like a kite in a hurricane. Trying to aspire to further my mental and spiritual development, but being knocked astray by many obstacles from my life. It wasnâ€™t until my life stabilized in the last year that I began to look into returning to martial arts.
I had talked with a dear friend about martial arts schools and he had advised me to seek the Shaolin Wuyi Institute since the schoolâ€™s values closely match my personal values and may possibly be able to put me back on my path to mentally better myself and be back on track with finding spiritual peace. That was what brought me to the school in September of 2015. Ever since I stepped in the schoolâ€¦ I have felt welcome as a student and it is a peaceful haven for me when I stop in for class after work. I acknowledge I havenâ€™t been in the group classes lately due to my job getting a little more hectic with the end of the yearâ€¦ Instructor W and his private instruction has been essential in my journey.
My goal in training is to find spiritual peace through studyâ€¦ I have definitely found that my mind is much more settled since I have been with the school. I find that I am able to think a little more clearly through tough situations in my professional life. I feel that with studying Shaolin kung fu, I can build upon the mental foundation I have rebuilt with my short time with the school to help rebuild my mind like a fortress to help my mind be at peace in crisis and in relaxation. If there is anything I miss most, I miss the spiritual focus that martial arts gave me and to find it again now with kung fu studyâ€¦ Itâ€™s something I want to rebuild upon.