In my previous podcast I said that according to what I learned from my teacher, Shou Dao came into China from the North Europe with the tribe that was worshiping the tree. It mixed with other martial arts along the way, and finally blended well with early Daoism or whatever was there before Daoism, some time between 200 and 1500 BC. I don’t have exact dates, and I don’t even have evidence that all this is true. But I choose to go with the story since I don’t have any alternatives.
Whether or not the legend is true, the foundation for Shou Dao is harmony with Nature and the Middle Path.
As you probably guess by now, Shao Dao is not just a regular Martial Art School. Instead, it is a whole philosophy in its own right. I will not even try to describe Dao in a short podcast. I will not try to describe Dao period. Everything I say is just like a snapshot of my perception of the World at the moment I said that. And the very next second it may change and turn into its opposite like Yin turns into Yan or Yan into Yin. So there is no Status Quo in life. Everything is changing constantly. There is nothing permanent except the change itself. And this may change too! How often have I seen people who were trying to hold on their thoughts thinking that they got the life by the tail? How many times have I been guilty of that myself? Trying to hold on my thoughts long after circumstances changed?
The idea of constant changes and the Middle Path is not new or unique. You can find it in other philosophies. I am not gonna talk about them today, or compare other teachings to Shou Dao. I will just concentrate on our school…
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