Excerpt from an interview by Violet Li.
Published on December 21, 2017.
When asked what is the creed she abides by, Michelle replied that ‘I don’t abide by any specific creed, but I strive to be the best version of myself through studying martial arts. What martial arts means to me is to make the world a better place through improving oneself and preventing and resolving conflicts with others.'
'In YMAA, we aim to embody the 10 Martial Moralities compiled by Dr. Yang through the influences of his teachers. Morality of Deed: Humility, Respect, Righteousness, Loyalty, Trust. Morality of Mind: Will, Endurance, Perseverance, Patience, Courage. Self-cultivation comes from combining the physical with the mental, emotional, and spiritual training. The Chinese character for “martial” (武) breaks down to two characters: 止 = “stop” and 戈 = “weapons.” In essence, the creed or principle of Chinese martial arts is to “stop weapons” or “stop war.” I see it as training to be a good person and doing good for society’.