You Might Be a Neijia Martial Artist

As I explained in Defining The Internal Martial Arts, there is no consistent definition of what constitutes a neijia style. In fact, you might be a neijia artist yourself, and not even realize it! Here are a few of the classic warning signs.

If you are constantly looking inward, yet still cannot stand the sight of blood,
you might be a neijia artist.

If you never merely hit your opponent, but instead utilize Five Element Theory to fa jin from your wu ji stance,
you might be a neijia artist.

If you wear a silk frog-button jacket to the mall,
you might be a neijia artist.

Robert Smith punches Wang Shujin
Wang Shujin and Robert W. Smith

If you know all about the 1960 fight between Wang Shujin and Chiba Kazuo, yet have never heard of the Thrilla in Manila,
you might be a neijia artist.

If you postpone practice when the weather is too hot, too cold, or too windy, before or after eating a meal, or when you feel too excited or too depressed,
you might be a neijia artist.

If your sifu is a deadly fighter, and built like a professional bowler,
you might be a neijia artist.

If you think every other school in town is “more external” than your own—”not that there is anything wrong with that”—
you are definitely a neijia artist!

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