Clenched teeth, aching muscles, bruised knuckles, trying to withstanding the pain, hard to breath, endure, endure, just a little longer…

This common experience is summarized as “Ku Lian” or “Bitter Training” in Kung Fu circles. Reinforced by the predominant “no pain, no gain” paradigm it constitutes the standard of martial arts training today.
Heavy workouts, lifting weights, rope jumping, jogging, hitting pads, punching sandbags and getting hit and kicked at to become conditioned against pain make up the usual routine martial artists have to go through. Most people accept this is a necessary means to become stronger. Some even like it, but I assume the majority is just pushing trough.

But there’s a different way to excel in Kung Fu. One that is even enjoyable along the way.


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