Groomed from birth to be a warrior and to do great service for the country, his mother famously had the four characters "jin zhong bao guo" (serve the country loyally) tattooed on his back as a constant reminder to never forget his duty.
|The youthful Yue Fei learning the martial arts under the maxim - "Learn Diligently, Practice Bitterly"|
A mural on one of the temple walls caught my eyes. The image depicts Yue Fei training his martial skills under the four character idiom, "learn diligently, train bitterly" (qin xue ku lian). This maxim is often used by people practising Chinese traditional arts whether it be music, calligraphy, martial arts etc... The best learning process being the combination of knowledge and action.
|Lt-Rt Davidine Sim, Chen Hong, David Gaffney|
Our training trip to Chenjiagou is for the purpose of deepening knowledge and embedding skill. The training curriculum invariably focuses on training the fundamentals (standing pole and reeling silk exercises) and the gongfu form (Yilu) under the watchful eyes and guidance of one of the most highly skilled masters of taijiquan. Most experienced students find this training to be demanding but invaluable, and make many return visits to do the same. The inexperienced and less discerning ones may view the training as repetitive and monotonous and become impatient for more entertaining items. They have no insight into their own lack of skill and think that knowing movement patterns equals proficiency.
|At the tomb of legendary General Yue Fei|