Kung Fu is used in the West often to refer to the Chinese Martial Art of Wushu, but to the Chinese it actually refers to the process of one’s training.
It refers to excellence achieved through long practice in any endeavor; meaning the strengthening of the body and the mind, the learning and the perfection of one’s skills.
In conversation, one could say that a person’s kung fu is good in cooking, or that someone has kung fu in calligraphy or in the case of this website, one can have excellent kung fu in movement, nutrition and mindset.
The dedication in the development of skill is an important characteristic inherently found in all of the old and modern martial arts, and for good reason.
Skill leads to mastery and mastery leads to intrinsic motivation as author Daniel Pink has pointed out in his book Drive – The Surprisingly Truth About What Motivates Us.
You may have noticed that many forms of martial arts use a ‘belt’ structures in order to distinguish levels of skill within various forms of martial arts.
And so SBF is drawing upon this idea to outline (currently) five belts that we feel dignify physical development within a training environment.
These are not ‘absolutes’ in that the represent certainty within a training environment, but they certainly lean towards skills that one should possess during a process of development.
The Purple Belt
The Brown Belt
The Black Belt
Coming Soon… ** Please note that these belt structures are a work in progress, that in mass adoption they are also subject to change and coaches interpretation. **