Dear Cuong Nhu Martial Arts family,
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you all as Head of the Style since IATC in 1998. I have learned to reach deeper and become better because of the examples from many of you. We all share one common goal and that is to improve the human mental and physical presence. The heart and the soul are nurtured through time. I’m proud to say that I have had more true friends over a span of two-thirds of my life, still in contact, than most people. It is earned, not made.
As our enemy, time, is ticking on us, let’s not wait to remind ourselves of what a wonderful extended family we have created for many years. Let’s meet to rekindle, refresh, rejoice, and repeat the same katas we forgot from the year before. The memory of our past and present will reflect what our family should be like years from now.
This year is unprecedented in the record-breaking number of Dan candidates testing for our style. Come support, cheer, and inspire our peers that have been working hard in improving the style. As the roots get deeper our tree is growing stronger and the longevity is guaranteed. The Cuong Nhu tree has endured the test of weather and time and it is the best it’s ever been. Let’s continue to build on it so the younger generation can have the same benefit as us from a single seed called Dong Ngo.
There are many categories of things we love: ourselves, others, work, creativity, and challenges. Love starts from within. It begins in the mind as some form of reasoning. That leads to doing something about it. Then passion keeps it going. This is Mind, Body, and Spirit.
In this sense, Love is an imagination, vision, and dedication. It is a relentless approach and a non-defeatist attitude to attain a goal. Love must be free form and non-enforceable to be effective. If you must sacrifice your soul and character traits as well as your relationships with others, then love is just a selfish obsession. If love has no growth potential and benefit beyond the present time, then its merely just a task completed.
Everyone has love for many things in their lives. If it benefits only you then it is a show, but if it’s also for others, then it’s truly a service. Loving yourself is a knowledge, loving all others is an understanding, and love to make everything better is a gift. When you are willing to share and give, you conquer your fears and weaknesses. Go live life as you want it to be – don’t just wish it to be how it should be. That is also the difference between living a life and leaving a legacy.
“Whatever It Takes”