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Wu De Hui, Martial Arts Moral Ethics Association


In martial arts training, the strongest arm can win and hurt so many people. I don't like this. Being gifted with a strong arm alone does not make a fine leader or necessarily a fine human being. A person needs to be balanced. When people learn the martial arts they must have De, moral training, to calm them. If they do not, then all they evolve in their character is a tendency for cruelty. Cruelty, misery and destructive rebound behaviours live in the same house; thus is a person destroyed. True masters and the precepts taught within the great martial traditions never allow the martial arts purpose to win/kill to control character. To retain a natural human purity/tranquillity of spirit, and to move toward a sublime inner state, then De, moralintelligence, must control character. When a person has De, self and natural human nature are balanced. The Wu De Hui is the style of martial arts I teach at my school. De, moral intelligence, is included not only in the title Wu De Hui, but is an integral part of the training. In any field, prowess without De, moral virtue, will only lead the practitioner into trouble and deny them the opportunity to develop their natural human nature, which is much more than the fruit that stems from prowess alone.

The basic level of training teaches us to correct bad habits that create postural flaws and internal pressure. Only then can physical activity in all circumstances be performed with maximum efficiency, without disruption of Qi or blood flow throughout the whole body, including organs, or even through a single joint. When this training reaches a higher standard, it is difficult to suffer ills from the effects of normal ageing.

This is part of the culture Professor Wong has offered to the modern generations. The seeds of this training begin with the practice of slow Tai Ji Quan. The slow, precise movement teaches co-ordination of breath with movement. This strengthens the breath and builds Qi (vital energy). Emphasis is upon correct positioning of body for the maximum advantage of natural meridian pathways. Each position will lead the Qi through a particular pathway and when you can feel the Qi, you can learn how to keep internal and external postural integrity in all life circumstances. This is Qi training. 

Wu Gong physical art’s training is termed Li - internal energy and Jing - co-ordination training. This comprises the strong martial style exercises. Wu Gong strengthens all parts of the physical structure. Emphasis is to eventually be able to concentrate and organise energy to be focused upon a single point. The initial stages of this style of development, is to understand and strengthen every part of the body, to use and co-ordinate every part, all according to age.

Nature Dao

Nature Dao training is associated with study concerning the Lore of Nature and matters relating to development of a wholesome spirit, (not to be confused with any form of religious practice or worship). The course is open to any person who has completed 3 years of Tai Ji and for TCM students. This is a further step on from Tai Ji and Wu Gong physical arts. The Dao course is high-level training for development of mind, Spirit and physical co ordination. This includes how to quieten and concentrate the mind and develop all aspects related to spirit.  It includes the teaching of self-healing techniques and meditation.

The effect upon the body and mind when we train in the above ways is to build up all the individual parts that together make up the whole person. The combined totality of this development is called Dan. Nei Dan is the co ordination of the whole person into a balanced unified whole. Medical practitioners are the instructors of these courses; all emphasis is upon the development and strengthening of holistic health.

Over the years Professor Wong has trained many teachers in these exacting and exciting arts. There is no competitive aspect, young and old perform the training according to age and physical make up. Many patients are directed towards the physical arts for the required need of making them stronger and as a practical aid for prevention. The co ordination of the physical and healing arts is all a part of the original Chinese Medical tradition.

Our aim is not only to treat the prevailing sickness and not worry about the future. Our purpose must be two fold, to treat sickness and to prevent the next oncoming sickness. This is why, over time, everybody must deepen his or her knowledge. People should try to seek a stream of unfolding natural self-cultivation and become skilled enough to recognise and thereby prevent the subtle progressions of disharmony. These people will be able to actively engage in the practice of prevention and finally be able to attain a healthy happy life of at least one hundred years.


Photo. Professor Shu holding a fine example of the Dang Gui root. A visit to the most famous growing region for this herb, located south of Lanzhou. Academy tour 1997.



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