The Martial Arts Journey
by Paul Brecher BA FAcS MPCHM
Founder and Chief Instructor of The College of Chinese Martial Arts

I began training martial arts at the age of ten in 1977. Training in the Chinese Martial Arts has benefited me immensely. It has given me health, strength, combat skills and confidence.

The College of Chinese Martial Arts teaches and encourages the development of the positive character qualities of truthfulness, honor, sincerity and respect in its instructors and students.

The College of Chinese Martial Arts helps to guide people along a positive path. However, a person’s progress is ultimately up to that individual. We teach but only you can learn.

Remember do not confuse the teacher with the techniques that they teach. Learn the techniques and apply them to yourself. Be responsible for your own progress. Only through your own dedicated practice can you make progress along your own path. You should make the teachings your own and not try to be like the teacher. The instructor is trying to be the best version of them-selves, you should try and be the best version of yourself.

To train in the martial arts you must be strong and dedicated. You need to be calm and focused and fight like a tiger. The process of becoming an insider is gradual and takes many years. With dedicated training over time you will understand the martial arts from your own experience.

Practice is the key to success.

I hope that through your training you are able to bring Yin Yang balance to your health and your life and make progress on your martial arts journey. Training in the Chinese Martial Arts brings three great benefits, good health, martial skill and understanding Tao – The Way.

It is a very enjoyable and interesting journey, and it overlaps with the Chinese healing arts that also have great benefits.

It is hoped that you will never need to use your martial arts for self-defence.

But better to have and not need than need and not have.

Enjoy the training, and do not be where fights happen.

Paul Brecher BA FAcS MPCHM
Founder and Chief Instructor of The College of Chinese Martial Arts