The Five Life Lessons I Learned from Kung Fu

Posted by Steven Collier on Sep. 8th, 2015

In the 5th century BC, the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu wrote a text entitled: the Tao Te Ching. This work would become the basis of all Taoist beliefs, and immortalized the wisdom of Lao Tzu. The tennets of Taoism are observed by millions the world over, but are perhaps most famously implemented by practitioners of Chinese martial arts.

This includes Kung Fu.

Here are five Taoist lessons that we were taught by this NES classic. 

1. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

2. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

3. “Act without expectation.”

4. “There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.”

5. “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

We hope you have found the wisdom of Lao Tzu to be enlightening. Please, reflect on it when next you pop in a cartridge. May his zen outlook, help you keep your cool through even the most trying of levels. And remember:

“The best fighter is never angry.”

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