Taken directly from the Yi Family/ Pa Kua
One who practices Kung fu must have soldierly virtues ("wu de"). He must seek perfection in scholastic or ethical pursuits. Also he must have a passion for profound knowledge and a sense of morality. Kung fu training begins by studying the six virtues: honesty, compassion, diligence, foresight, humility and wisdom.
Great importance is attached to the consideration of morality, opposing violence, righteousness and courage as opposed to private or personal fighting or brawls. In order to learn Chinese martial arts, one must train and discipline oneself. Train not in order to contend against others or create conflicts. Playing with this learned tool, like playing with fire is renown to be capable of burning one's self to death.
Remember always that it is
easy to dodge an open attack, but difficult to escape a secret or concealed one.
Strive to become a martial artist by following these principles.
• Keep your promises
• Keep company with those of similar hobbies to your own.
• Respect nature
• Respect your parents and teachers
• Pay particular attention to the spirit of humanity
• Study Kung fu diligently
• Associate with all people on good terms
There three main points that you must remember in order to achieve success in your study. These are: You must be conscientious in your practice, study persistently and persevere. In this way you will become skilled in kung fu. Do not be impractical or care only about vain demonstrations. Everyday you must devote yourself to perfection.
THE STUDY OF KUNG FU MAY BE DIVIDED INTO SEVERAL PARTS.
First, strengthening of the internal organs. This may be taught by postures, breathing, techniques and special exercises. Many "newer" arts concern themselves with the physical application of movements only, so the idea of strengthening the body through specific exercise and hidden techniques is unique to true kung fu.
Second, strengthening of the mind and spirit. A stronger inner self is a by product of several things such as: devotion to a deep philosophy of life, study of ancient philosophical texts such as the writing of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, the development of insight, concentration and a quiet confidence (without arrogance) and respect for all creatures.
Third, the study of the healing arts. Traditional medicine has been closely associated with our family's kung fu since its birth. Along with your study of kung fu, study of the traditional healing arts such as nei kung (internal exercise), healing massage, herbology, and acupuncture.