Code of Ethics

Code of Moral Conduct and Ethics of
Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts

 
Your conduct as a member of Cuong Nhu should be governed by these eight principles.

  1. The student should strive to improve themselves and their abilities in the martial arts in order to serve the people.
  2. The student should remain faithful to the ideals of Cuong Nhu. They should attempt to spread and develop these beliefs in the younger generations so that they too will be morally and physically fit.
  3. All members of Cuong Nhu are unified in spirit and respect with each other and their instructors.
  4. Only by absolute discipline of mind, body and spirit do students maintain honor in Cuong Nhu.
  5. The Cuong Nhu student should respect all other branches of the martial arts and should only use martial arts techniques for self defense and to protect truth and reason.
  6. Cuong Nhu students through dedicated daily practice increase their spirit, stamina and moral character.
  7. The goal of the Cuong Nhu student is to maintain a pure, simple, sincere and noble life.
  8. Self confidence, self control, modesty and a non-defeatist attitude are the mental keynotes for students of Cuong Nhu.

 

Applications of the Code of Moral Conduct and Ethics of Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts

1) Your training should not be self-serving. If you only teach, but do not work out, you only feed the ego. If you strive to serve others, you can know yourself through them as you learn and grow. You grow if you continually flow out toward others. Grow with other sstudents as well as your own to improve the quality of Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts. Students and instructors should share pride in the development of the martial arts. Develop an open mind to new ideas for improving and serving humanity. Serving others allows you to forget yourself.

2) Develop completely the attitude of perseverance and patience. Never give up or quit. Development of the younger generation is like growth in nature. It takes three months to plant a garden and receive the fruits of your labor. Several years are needed to plant a tree and see the results. To develop the people into morally, physically and spirituallly strong individuals takes one hundred years.

3) Each of you is an indivudual with a distinct personality and role in life. You can learn by yourself, but if you grow with others in mutual respect, you develop harmony. From an individual musician, we hear a lone instrument. But join it with the efforts of many musicians, and the physical and spiritual strengths of each combine to produce beautiful music.

4) With discipline in all three – body, mind and spirit – you can discover The Way. Determination and discipline is your mental path. A healthy body and hard training is your physical path. Courage, love and caring is your spiritual path. As you travel those paths, strive always to seek the best. Create for yourself a love for perfection and you will gain honor through honesty, loyalty, sincerity and pride. Yours will be not a possessive love, but an unconditional love.

5) Have harmony with others in the martial arts. If you like some styles but reject others, you cannot keep a balance in your attitude toward, and application of, the code of ethics.

6) If you stop working out, you will decline. Ceasing to grow is the first sign of dying. Daily training gives you good health, balances your mind and body, and above all, brings you a positive and loving attitude toward life.

7) Early in life you closely identified with these values. As you grew, the struggle to survive the pitfalls of society and bad experiences in life conspired to weaken those ideals. You must now develop a healthy resistance to corrupting influences so you can return to nature. Embrace a simple life by accepting and doing your best. Do not expect too much from others. If they fall short, accept their shortcomings with understanding. Strive for sincerity and nobility in your actions. Simplicity and purity make life meaningful and worthwhile.

8) As you develop a balance within yourself and harmony with others, you build values that make you self-cofident. Self-control means maintaining your emotions. If you break this balance in yourself, it can carry over in your attitude toward others. If you are modest, you become more aware and are always ready to learn. Others will sense this, and you will gain their respect. Arrogance, ono the other hand, is a weakness because it stunts your learning ability. Having a non-defeatist attitude takes courage and sacrifice. From this you overcome yourself and constantly grow through your difficulities and hardships.