The Capkido Philosophy is derived from an ancient philosophy. Every part of the body is rigorously trained to become a weapon.
The Capkido Philosophy
- Avoid Rather Than Check
- Check Rather Than Force
- Force Rather Than Injure
- Injure Rather Than Maim
- Maim Rather Than Kill
As the saying goes “Every arm must become a spear, every open hand a sword, and every finger a dagger”.
To transfer our weak bodies into strong tools of self-defense is the primary physical goal. Read more…
However, practice is much more than body conditioning. The student is constantly challenged by the repetitive rigors of practices, one of which goals is to search to propel the student beyond his physical capabilities. A strong emphasis on asceticism has been safe guarded by the tradition of the Ancient Masters. The yi (will) must be developed to overcome the weakness of the body. For this purpose, the student must train very hard to master his own body. At the same time he must also learn breath and mind control exercises called Qi-Gong. These exercises, both external and internal, have been passed down from the Ancient Masters to help the student in the attainment of his\her daily goals and to lead the “Good Life”. There are no short cuts to this.
The spiritual aim of martial arts should be to create the will (yi) to reveal, heighten, and feed the spirit (Shen). This practice should progress from the beginning and carry on through all training in the martial arts, for however long one continues to practice the martial arts, whether it is a powerful explosive external style or a more soft or subtle internal art.
GOOD, BETTER, BEST, NEVER LET THEM REST, UNTIL YOUR GOOD IS BETTER, AND YOUR BETTER IS BEST