1. Cuong Nhu students should strive to improve
themselves and their abilities in the martial arts in
order to serve the people.
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 students 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 a'rts. Develop an open
mind to new ideas for improving and serving humanity.
Serving others allows you to forget yourself.
2. All students should be faithful to the ideals of
Cuong Nhu and attempt to spread and develop
these beliefs within the younger generation so that
they too will be morally and physically fit.
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 spiritually strong individuals takes one
3. All members of Cuong Nhu are unified in spirit
and respect each other and their instructors.
Each of you is an individual 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. Only by absolute discipline of mind, body, and
spirit do students maintain honor in Cuong Nhu.
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. All members should respect all other styles of
martial arts and only use martial arts techniques
for self-defense and to protect truth and reason.
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. Cuong Nhu students through dedicated daily
practice increase their spirit, stamina and moral
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. The goal of Cuong Nhu students is to maintain
a pure, simple, sincere, and noble life.
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 cor-
rupting 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 sinceri-
ty and nobility in your actions. Simplicity and purity
make life meaningful and worthwhile.
8. Self-confidence, self-control, modesty and a
non-defeatist attitude are the mental keynotes for
students of Cuong Nhu.
As you develop a balance within yourself and harmony
with others, you build values that make you self-
confident. 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 tc
learn. Others will sense this, and you will gain their
respect. Arrogance, on 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 difficulties and hardships.