Fear in Martial Arts Part VI
Sadly, fear is not just confined to students of the Martial Arts. It is also the underlying reason behind instructors that bully their students. Those insecure about their ability and knowledge have to resort to intimidation and humiliation in order to win the respect of their students. Things such as punishment press-ups and demonstrating techniques with unnecessary force serve only to bring more fear to the training hall.
So how then do we go about conquering this great demon fear? This knowledge of how to do so was extremely hard won by Master Lau and is not something he parts with easily. However, conquering fear is central to the good that Martial Arts have to offer the individual and society, because fear is the root of all violence. Combating fear is the way to a more peaceful individual and peaceful society and is what elevates the Martial Arts above other forms of exercise.